Monthly Archives: February 2012

W8- Food and Drink/Reflection/All Things Pretty!


Food and Drink- didn’t get to this day’s blog…sorry!

This blog was initially a fun outlet for me to be creative and keep family up to date with what I am doing, but often times it is another item on a very long to-do list.  I feel good that I was consistent thus far, but I may miss a day here and there. Although I initially wanted to do this each day, I don’t want to forget the original reason why I started it.  I want to keep it a positive aspect of my life and something I look forward to doing but not allow it to become something I HAVE to do…So that said…here are some pretty things for the day!




W8- Inspiration {Affirmations}


How many of you are familiar with affirmations?  If you aren’t, look at the base word “affirm” and then think of a statement that affirms who you are…They are also statements that affirm who you want to be or how you want to be if you aren’t exactly feeling it at the moment…

Some examples:

I AM smart

I AM beautiful

I AM kind

I AM Worthy

I AM Special

These are simple statements meant to be said repeatedly to yourself, to help motivate, inspire, encourage, and push you to believe in the awesome person you are.  Often times we get caught up in negative thinking and can become our own worst enemy.  Affirmations can encourage you to keep going when things get difficult. 

Affirmations can be anything you want them to be.  One day you may be repeat the affirmation,”I Am Healthy” and the next day you may be saying, “I Am Happy.” Personally, I struggle with feeling good enough…so even if I don’t exactly feel super good at my job, I might tell myself, “I am smart, I am meant to be a teacher, I am going to get through to them…” I can do this, I can do this…”

Affirmations are yours and yours alone.  They can literally change your life and lead you down a positive and creative pathway.  Writing them out activates the creative being in you and you become a little more reflective and a little more purpose driven.   

How can you use affirmations? You can put them on post-it notes and place them in places that are applicable to the message.  Or just write them on a piece of paper or in a journal. Maybe you have a white board at home that you write notes on, a pad of paper on the fridge…

 Bathroom mirro-“I AM Beautiful just the way I am” or “I am in control of my feelings”

The kitchen pantry -“I AM healthy.” 

In the car- “I AM Mindful of my surroundings”

At work, “I AM cooperative and helpful”

On your computer as a screen saver- “I AM Worthy”

An affirmation jar where you drop in affirmations

Remember if you think something over and over and over, before long it will become a reality…

Give some of these ideas a try and let me know how it goes!  The beauty of affirmations are they are completely individualized, you think of what you need to hear most and then you work on believing it!!!  My favorite one comes from one of my favorite books. In the book you are supposed to say it at the beginning and then again at the end…it’s a little affirmation chant and I encourage you to chant it each day to yourself!


W8- Spirituality {I love it when these things happen!}


God works in my life all the time, but sometimes it’s more obvious than others…

Remember how I said in my previous post that I had lost/misplaced my pedometer…well, I found it!  I truly believe God was working in my life to help me reflect and come to terms with my health.  I can get so stubborn that I will keep at something just because I made it a goal. Without the pedometer, I wasn’t really able to track my mileage, which led me to deeper thinking about the entire goal of running in general. As soon as I was able to stop and really think about the benefits of this goal, I was able to realize it wasn’t working out in the most beneficial ways…my health was good but bad because I was in pain, by running I was actually hurting myself.  As soon as I was able to accept that, guess what happened?  My pedometer reappeared!  I wasn’t even looking for it, I just looked down in my car and there it was!  That is no coincidence my friend…that was God speaking to me in his own special way.  Thanks be to God!


W7- Health and Fitness


Reflection time…

So this running idea has had its many ups and downs.  On the plus side, as a whole I did feel more energized and I was starting to see some more definition in my physical appearance.  Yet on the down side, my feet were ridiculously sore.  My feet (specifically heels) tend to hurt in general, but they were hurting so much more after I started this goal of trying to train for a marathon.  By the end of last week I was really starting to rethink this idea of running.  Then on Sunday, I lost/misplaced my pedometer! 

I started to research sore heels and why mine might be hurting so bad. I know I am not a doctor, but I know my feet and I am pretty sure that I have Plantar Fascittis…

Definition: Plantar fasciitis is irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot.

Symptoms: The most common complaint is pain in the bottom of the heel. It is usually worst in the morning and may improve throughout the day. By the end of the day the pain may be replaced by a dull aching that improves with rest.

Most people complain of increased heel pain after walking for a long period of time.

One of the risk factors is running…

That said, I have decided that running isn’t for me…at least not in regards to running marathons. Some of the treatments include stretching/icing/new shoes with more heel support/orthodics/rest…I need to look into this more.  Online, I found some heel supports that you could wear with shoes, an iced rolling pin and rolling ball that you use to stretch the heel and ice the heel, and some brands of shoes that are made to improve heel and arch support…

I want to be fit and in shape, to have energy and feel good so in the meantime…I will stretch regularly (staying limber is important, especially as we get older and want to avoid waking up achy) and begin taking yoga more seriously.  I think making measurable goals is important, but I also want to be realistic and listen to my body.  I will let you know how the week goes next Saturday. 

***Sometimes it’s important to make big goals and push yourself, but other times it is just as important to listen to your body and know when to stop and make a change. The goal to health and fitness is feeling better, having more energy and being active…how you get there is up to you, just work on getting there!


W7-Family Fun


One of the ways we have fun as a family is by hanging out at home watching Funniest Home Videos.  Sure it’s nothing glamorous or adventurous…but the simplicity of being together and laughing adds such joy and comfort to our evenings.  My little guy has it set as one of the shows we record, so it’s always available to watch…it’s family friendly and we don’t need to worry about hearing or seeing inappropriate things. 

Having fun with your family is really  just about making your time together count, adding meaning to the time you share. Be present, let the ones you love know you are invested in the time you spend with them and your family will be stronger and more united! 

Peace and love to you and yours!

W7- Food and Drink


I made much more this week opposed to last week, but I wasn’t so good about taking pictures…

So here’s what I made…

Crock-Pot Meal: Italian Chicken over Pasta

This was inspired by a crock-pot seasoning packet…All I did was add frozen chicken, a spoonful of minced garlic, the seasoning packet, 1 cup of water, and a can of diced tomatoes…and viola!!!  I served it over spagetti and it was super yummy! 

The recipe meal was Valentine Inspired Rice Krispy Treats

It was a simple recipe…6 cups of rice crispies, 3 tbsps of butter and 10 oz of strawberry and plain marshmellows…I melted the butter first, then added the marshmellows until the mixture was all melted…then remove from heat and add rice crispies…stir quickly and spoon into a butter baking dish…use a buttered spatula as well to flatten it all down…If you have cookie cutters you like, you can instantly cut into desired shapes, or just cool and cut in squares after about 15 minutes…Best if enjoyed within the first day…

Juice- I ate my fruit, and made more salads, so I didn’t juice…but I did drink plenty of orange juice and so I feel okay about my choices…