Monday, November 17, 2014


So, it's Monday. 


And y'all know how I feel about Mondays. 

If you don't, let's just leave it at this... I'm trying to do better about complaining, and I'd  hate to spoil that resolve so early in the week.

Mondays on the blog means my weekly post dedicated to Faithful Finish Lines.  Faithful Finish Lines is a fitness program I enrolled in at the end of the 31 day writing challenge.

Let's just say that I did much, much better in the writing challenge than what I am doing right now in the FFL challenge.

Mostly because I like to write.

And I don't  like to exercise, much, especially on cold, rainy days.

And also because I lack discipline. 

And because winter (even though it is not wintertime... yet...) is for hibernating.  You know, as in getting fat for winter stores and then sleeping all. the time. 

Except I'm pretty sure the whole getting fat thing is so you'll have extra energy to burn off as you are sleeping and not eating, and in the wintertime I generally do plenty of both.

So, there you have it...

I will say that I got in more steps last week than I had been.  And I also ate a couple of servings of fruits and vegetables.  (Yes, I'm counting the chili and taco soup I had for lunch a couple of days as vegetables).  I have made friendemies with my treadmill in a kind of sort of way, and I managed to go to the grocery store last night to pick up some healthier snacks.

I have a plan.  I have my exercise plan printed off.  And a hot date with the dreadmill treadmill, ie my new best friend, tonight.

And I have a goal set.  On January 4th (the first Saturday of the New Year) I am going to go outside and run my own personal 5K. 

I can only  hope that it is not raining/sleeting/snowing/feeling like the Artic tundra. 

In that case, you may find me encased in ice as if I were a cast member on Once Upon a Time meets Frozen...

largely because the huffing and puffing will have caused ice crystals to form around me.

This week's goal is to notice the protein in our diet.  I eat chicken, mainly, and have planned snacks with peanut butter, so I feel pretty good about that.  Hope to do better with logging my foods, too... and can I take a moment here to note that I only ate a few bites of the Smores Gigi's cupcake I purchased this weekend? 

It's the little starts, the little steps, that add up, people...

Sara also challenged us to make our fitness goal a mission... a way to reach out to other people.  I really liked her suggestion about praying as we exercise.  I generally do this, anyway... only it's for myself, that I won't die and get tripped up on the treadmill because I'd really  hate to have my face skinned up... and I can picture it in my head just like on a bad cartoon.  I like the idea of praying for other people as I'm exercising, though.  It just might make my time go by faster... and it's much more productive than Dance Moms.

And I have no more episodes left on DVR, anyway...

So, there's that. 

And it's Monday... and this week is going to be much better.

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  1. How neat that you joined a fitness challenge. I also dislike exercising but I am realizing as I get older that running around after my kids is just not enough.

  2. Have you used my fitness pal to log what you eat? I used it several months ago and it was great! I'm currently not eating sugar and white flour until a couple of days before Thanksgiving, so I feel your pain, but I do feel empowered making good choices!

    Have a happy Monday!

  3. Woot! Woot! EVERY small step in the right direction is a step! Keep on making baby steps to change. YOU CAN DO IT! It takes awhile for habits to form--but once they do, you might actually discover a newfound love for your treadmill (have you considered listening to audible books whilst you walk?).

  4. You got this! I really like how you have planned out your next positive steps! That is so much better than just *thinking* about them. :) You have specific plans. I can't wait to hear about your successes this week!

  5. I liked the idea of praying while running. Next time I try it I'm going to try and have the prayer requests somewhere I can see. I kept getting distracted today. :)

  6. I feel the same way as you do about Mondays. And it is 17 degrees and snowy in Chicago...ick. It is so great that you are being mindful about what you eat as part of your exercise plan....something I tend to always forget. Good luck and keep on truckin'!

  7. I hope your week and your exercise plan are going well! I loved your honesty about your fitness prayers LOL! Keep going, you can do this!