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Tidbit Tuesday

Just another installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head…

It’s been so long since I’ve written anything and I don’t even know where to start.

Israel was wonderful. You never know what kind of person you will get when the travel agent matches you with a stranger but Dian was a dream. We got along and had a great time together. The scenery was different than what I had expected. Instead of lots of brown and yellow there were wildflowers, lots of green and of course the various blues of the sky and sea/river. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept us moving at a quick pace. There were certain areas I would have liked to linger in and others I could have skipped but overall it was a spectacular trip.

The family managed to make it without me. DS was sad to see me return because it meant an end to the “good” snacks and the unlimited tv and computer time he enjoyed at the sitter’s house afterschool each day. DD was glad to no longer have laundry and babysitting duties. Dh was happy to go back to just his usual work load.

Somehow I got onto Jon Acuff’s mailing list – can’t remember how- and he just sent an email about starting over and it really resonated with me. My plan for the new year ground to halt after Israel and it is time to get back in the saddle and get to work. I’ll be recommitting to my word for the year – COMPLETION- by choosing some items to get done. Stay tuned for an update on that.

I got off track with my fitness due to the trip but I’m planning to get back into the swing of things with the beginning of March fast approaching. I’ve been toying with starting a 100 day challenge – working on doing a plank position exercise and trying to add more seconds each day. Anyone up for joining me? You wouldn’t have to do the same exact challenge. Just pick one thing (like taking care of one piece of paperwork-that’s a hint for you J) and commit to doing it for 100 days. It would be helpful to do it with other people – we could check in with each other and cheer each other on. Let me know if you would be interested in joining me. I’ll be starting March 1st so that gives you sometime to come up with your challenge.

Need to get to work on the laundry and a plan for dinner, so I’m off for now. Please think about joining in the 100 day challenge – I need all the help I can get to keep me on track.

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Fitness Friday

I’ve been in a bit of a funk since I got back from Israel and haven’t done much in the way of fitness. I forgot to take my fitbit with me – left it charging at the computer when we left for the airport. I was really bummed because I was looking forward to some record breaking days. Several people in the group did have their devices so I was able to get an estimate of steps for the trip.  Overall it was quite good but I’ve done little to no walking since then. It has been frigid again and the kids were off school three days this week.  I’m behind my goal although I’m not sure how far behind – need to check my records and make a plan to get back up to speed.

Haven’t done much with the cardio/strength training since I’ve been back. I did do some type of stretching/yoga everyday of the trip and most days since. I need to learn to roll with the changes in my schedule – that is still a difficult thing for me. I’m not good at being spontaneous, I tend to get in a bit of thinking rut and spend way too much time bemoaning the changes instead of dealing with them.

I’ve found a strength training plan that I’m going to try. Not sure if I will be able to pull it off but since I’m going for  developing the habit of exercising, I’m going to do minimal repetitions and hopefully I’ll manage it.

What do you do for fitness when the weather is so dreadfully cold? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Please leave me a comment. Thanks

 

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