I don’t know who to say “Thank YOU” to!

I don’t want to take too much time this morning. I feel guilty…no this is not a confession session…but I wanted to apologize for the vast gap between my blog posts! I am sure you are wondering how dad is doing. I will fill you in on that at a later date but for now…he is doing good. We had a few set backs in his year long endeavor with his cellulitis, toes and leg. He is now at home and I must say how proud I am of him and his encouraging attitude through all his troubles.

Although I am thankful to the Lord for all that HE has brought us through with dad, I am not here to talk about dad. I am here to say thank you. To whom? Well, I don’t know. Really. I don’t know!

Yesterday my daughter and I went on a few errand runs for my grandmother. Bless her heart she tries to run everywhere and can barely walk out the door! So, we got a good jump on the day and went to a few shops to pick up all the wrong things for granny (LOL – bless her!).  At one of those shops walked in on two females having a very personal and loud conversation. It was not an argument…just loud girls talking about their…um… personal situations with the opposite sex. No matter where I went with my little in the store…. you could hear their mouths. At first glance they were beautiful girls. One of the heavier nature and one of the …grab a chicken leg, girl you need to eat, nature. But none the less both “looked” rather beautiful and well put together. Their outward appearance was rather nice.  But then….. she opened her mouth!  As soon as the conversation started I knew I had to get isles away because my little princess has large ears! She picks up on everything and doesn’t mind asking questions. However, I encourage questions….I do not like for such little ears to HAVE to WONDER beyond their years. No more than probably 17 themselves…the drama of the conversation and the situations they are in were ….well…..I don’t have words for! (pick your mouth up…off the floor. Sometimes I just can’t find the words to say! I does happen, you know!)

Okay, so there I was, in the middle of the store. I was sporting my bright blue “JESUS paid it ALL” T-Shirt with a nail pierced hand on the front.  As I walk by the females (at this point there is no way I am giving them the title of LADIES), I feel an overwhelming sense to bow my chest out in order to make sure they see my shirt all the while pushing my child along while covering her ears. And so I did.  I even pulled a Vanna White and underlined the name of Jesus on my shirt as I walked by!!!!!! The looks from the females was priceless but didn’t change a thing. They didn’t even stop to catch a breath – I was dodging mouth trash the whole way down the isles while Kaylyn is asking (in a rather loud voice), “Mommy…why we in a hurry? Is the devil chasing us?”  Later on I asked her why she thought the Devil was chasing us and she said, “You said he was there. You said, oooooh… that’s just the devil!” See…she does listen to everything I say! Oh be careful little Mommies what you say!

I thought we had dodged a bullet from the devil with those mouthy harlots until we got in line! ARGH!!!  There I was in line. Praise the Lord Kaylyn was being entertained by the little girl in front of us to pay no never mind to what was going on around us (keep in mind they STILL hear!) I casually looked over my shoulder and there he was. No, not the girls. Oh they were still there..but they were in the isle right behind me. This small gentleman was standing between the isle and another cash register. When I looked over my shoulder…his eyes met mine. He was a rather short black man. Maybe in his late 50s. His eyes were blood shot red. His clothes were not dirty but not neat either. ….and having to live in a world where most do not care what Christianity is like (or play the Christianity game with a Bible in one hand and a liquor bottle in another) – I automatically assumed he was of an intoxicated manner. I am sorry to say that I judged him from his outer appearance in which I quickly dealt with within my own heart! He was all smiles and eyes wide open. Kaylyn didn’t mind it… she gave a sweet big smile back and a gleeful “Hey” and a small wave of the hand. After standing in line for a few seconds…. the sound of those girls started ringing louder. I wish I could explain it…the way it was at that moment….I turned, I caught his glimpse, defeat of such content coming from the mouths behind us on my face…a quick glance back at my little girl…and all this was acknowledged by his facial expression and then I turned back around. It was a quick 2 seconds. Then I heard it…..

“Girls, this is not the place for that. Those things need to be kept in the privacy of your own home. There are little ears around here. You could be better than this.”

My heart smiled.

My heart ached. Those girls had no respect for anyone. As soon as that precious man made his statement one girl made a few quick yells and down the isle she went. It was awful. the disrespect, the worldliness, the lack of common kindness or consideration for children present or for the elderly and this little man never blinked an eye to help without anyone asking.

I paid for my things and turned around to say Thank You and he was gone. He didn’t go out the door. I was making sure of that…I kept my eyes on the door to make sure he didn’t get away without me atleast shaking his hand, giving him money, or something that he needed. I looked around. It was a very small store so I walked to find him. He was nowhere to be found! Where could he have went? There was no restroom. The sign said unavailable. I looked outside. Nothing. No one. Hmm….. then it hit me.

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

He was my angel for the day.

When we least expect it….God always has someone or something there let us know that He is always near.

This child of the KING has been blessed!

Another lesson in modesty for my little one. Modesty is not just in dress.

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1. having or showing a moderate or humble estimate of one’s merits, importance, etc.; free from vanity, egotism, boastfulness, or great pretensions.
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4. limited or moderate in amount, extent, etc.: a modest increase in salary.
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God bless….and remember…..there are little ones that hear every thing you say…..and be kind to everyone. You may just encounter my angel! 🙂
KIM
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Is My Child Worth My Time?

In today’s modern world of technology…..I find things are missing. I look back on my childhood and see books, playgrounds, pots and pans (not used for cooking), sticks, paper, glue, material dollies, sock monkeys… and so much more that our kids today are missing out on!  The majority of children today know more about computers, lap tops, cell phones and game systems than the average intelligent adult.  Where are the imaginations of children? I often think of a precious friend that has a very energetic son. He can turn anything into a warrior’s sword or use one wood plank and imagine it’s a building block for an enormous castle with a dragon guarding the draw bridge. I love it. I could sit for hours listening and watching him. His mind is full of wonderful and exciting things that he brings to life in a moments notice! My daughter is somewhat the same…but maybe not to such scale as my friend’s son. She loves to role play with her dollies, read, color, do crafts and dance.  She brightens my day at every morning wake.  However, I find myself involved with housework and creating school sheets on the computer and keeping up with business on Facebook….that I hear myself saying “just one moment, please!”  – although I tell her at every moment I get that I love her and I kiss her as much as I can …..do my actions of being self indulged in the computer or these awful phones with Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and etc….APPS that pull us away from precious time with those that we love REALLY tell her that she is more important than what I am doing….or that SHE IS WORTH MY TIME?! 

Life with these precious babies isn’t long. First, we are not guaranteed tomorrow…so today should be precious. Second, we can blink and they are grown. Where has the time gone? Where are those moments that we sit and plan but never follow through with.  How often do we really get outside and just sit in the grass with them or run through the rain? I find myself saying….no, shhhhh, stop that…and whats all this excitement???? SHHHH!!!!  When I should be saying HEY! LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!!!!  She is little….and I should let her be!  What is a house without the laughter and giggles of the silliest girls and boys? DULL I tell you! DULL!   I learned a while ago…don’t over estimate that…I had to slap myself in the face to wake up just a few weeks ago….that I don’t have forever with her being young. Every moment is special and every moment is the most important moment. Don’t get me wrong…I teach manners and for her NOT to interrupt me when I am talking to another person unless it is an emergency. I am talking about all the other stuff. What stuff? Well, what about these:

1. Stop and Listen to your child when they want to ask a question. Questions are the building blocks of learning right?! Their inquisitive minds are running 90 to nothing and they are looking to us, as parents, to answer every mind blowing idea or thought they may have. They trust us. They are believing that if anyone is going to teach them the truth…it would be mom and dad right?! How will they know that if we don’t listen to them.  More times than naught, it’s not that they have a ton of questions…they really and truly just want to share a moment. A moment with you!  Don’t give that moment a second of wait time…because it is never  a second…nor a minute and moments are often time never a moment but more than less ….a forgot memory of what could have been. AND with that being said…..

2. Your walk talks louder than your talk talks.  Ever said, “You know I love you right?!” Why would you have to say such a thing if you walk in your words? Its not for them…its for us, right?! We feel guilty for spending more time in work, computer, friends or “mommy time” that we need reassurance they know we actually love them! OH MY! Put the computer down. Step back away from Facebook. Are your friends worth your family?! Will those items you put down miss you? NO! But your children will! and you will miss out on some great time and rewards of being a parent!  Re-evaluate your life and your priorities. I am talking to myself here.  I have a precious daughter that I love with all my heart but I find myself writing a blog or doing Plexus work and saying, “just a moment, honey – I will be right there.” Yes, she needs to learn patience and that some things  and time she WILL have to wait – but do I not think that the computer will wait for me to stop what I am doing and run see the most magnificent color page ever colored by a 5 year old?! Will Facebook forget me because I stop to wrap a dollies arm because she fell from the bed after the doctor told her not to do such a thing AND because the Monkeys closed their eyes (they didn’t want to have to tell on her for jumping on the bed)!  The words that come out of my mouth are important, but the become less of an impact if my feet/walk over shadow them.  I have a splendid job of being a mother and with that I have great responsibility to raise my child in the admonition of the Lord. If my words are not in tune with my step….I know that my daughter will struggle with major things in her life – one being her relationship with the Lord. I don’t want to be the cause of that. Remember, Parents, more is caught than is taught!

3. Take time to read to them.  That is a precious time together. Reading, it is a door to an imaginational world that brightens some dull moments in this one. Rainy days are great for building a tent and turning the lights out….and using a flash light to open a book into a amazing world of adventure! It creates a world where everyone listening can become involved! Our choice of books begins with the Bible. We love reading how God has proved Himself over and over again.

4. Make Memories! Then Celebrate them!  My daughter has a play camera…and she is always making a memory.  I smile and say cheese more than I ever have….but that’s okay. She teaches me and reminds me every day through her own actions that I need to break the camera out once again and get a shot of this!  Its a memory!!!!  Then we celebrate it on…..hold on….CHINA!  Yes, we even break out the good plates and use them! Matter of fact, no plate or cup is put up for special occasions. We use them on a daily basis. Every day is a special occasion!!!  I have a blessed life with my loved ones and I want to make sure I celebrate as much as I can with them. 

5. Slow down!   Slow down mommies!  We get so busy trying to do so much for our little ones and keep them involved with every little activity so they don’t miss anything that we fail to realize they ARE MISSING SOMETHING……YOU! Your child does not have to be in every activity that comes across their path. Baseball, soccer, basketball, swimming, dance, voice, piano, girl scouts, boy scouts, clubs….they don’t have to do it all! You will find yourself so busy that you don’t have time to spend with them. SLOW DOWN! Enjoy a sport but in moderation. Just try one at a time and be involved with it! I remember growing up, my sister and I were a part of many different softball teams.  I made some amazing friends through those teams and I still have them today. One in particular that means the most to me…here we are 31 years later…and she is just as dear to my heart as in the beginning! But the one that meant more than them all…even from my softball years….was my mother! She was right there involved in every game and most of the time coaching them! She stood firm on her beliefs of not missing church for games and her testimony was the same in church as it was on the ball field.  I can’t look back in my life and NOT see my parents right there supporting me through all that I did, but most important, I can’t look back and NOT see my parents involved with me in what I did! I am thankful for that! What memories we have. I want that for my little one as well. Nothing is more deserving of my time (outside of the Lord) than my little one. I have a duty to raise her and I must be 100% involved to do that! Image6.  Get used to I AM SORRY! Plain and simple…your children need this. We are not perfect, yet we want them to be at times. Sit perfectly in church and QUIET! Their room must be clean and everything in a place where I PUT IT (she is only 5 – I am thankful everything is off the floor!) I will over react – I will lose my cool – I will forget something they were excited about – and I will be human. I am sorry is not a stranger at the door of my mouth…..I know I need to practice it and I know she needs to hear it. I pray daily to remember, she is watching me and sometimes she just needs to feel a hug and those words to help her understand that God is still working on both of us! 🙂

Friend: “Do you know what your kids want?

Me: “Besides cell phones?”

Friend: “Your kids want you.”

Boom.

“When they say ‘Mom, watch me,’ they just want you. When they pull you away from whatever you are doing, it’s because they want you.” 

I sat there, both convicted and freed by her words. They jolted my heart awake. My kids don’t need me to fix their problems, they don’t need me to provide more stuff or help them try and keep up with everyone else. I thought back to the times when I was asked to “Take a look at this,” and I was too busy to stop what I was doing. I vowed from that day forward to be present in the moment as much as I possibly could.

“God, I realize they need me, but even more, they need You. I need You because this mothering thing is awesome and hard. When I look back, I won’t remember the days. I will remember the moments. And I’m thankful for that because, believe me, there are days I don’t want to remember!”

I do want to remember the drive on the way to school this morning. The way my daughter laughed. The moment she opened up and shared her heart. The way our hearts connected. Those treasured moments make up for the rest of the day with the exaggerated eye rolls and exasperated sighs. It’s all part of this job.

Instead of asking myself “Is her room clean? Did he ace that test?” I’m asking “Did I connect with them in a way that I will remember twenty years from now? Did I listen when she called my name four times? Did our hearts meet for a brief moment? Did he know that even when I couldn’t fix the problem, I was there for him?”

At my house, rooms are still messy, floors are still sticky, and laundry still piles up. After all these years as a mother, I’ve accepted the fact that there will be good and bad days. I lose my cool, pick my battles, and say a lot of I’m sorrys. But in a few years, when my house is quiet and my children are gone, I will be able to recall the precious minutes when I stopped everything and just loved them because that’s what God wants me to do.                                                        

Excerpt from Chapter 2, Rhinestone Jesus

7. Last but not least…………………… LOVE. Love them with all your might. They are precious and they are a blessing from God. He chose you to parent them. He Chose you to LOVE them. He chose you to raise them the best way you know how – of course with guidance from His Word. Whether from birth or adoption, you were hand picked by the grace of God and chosen for the most important job in the world…..to be a parent. Be that. Be that person they look to for guidance, love, friendship, discipline, fun, teaching, and anything else you can give them. You only have for a short time and in that time teach them to through action what they should be to their own one day. God bless and be thankful for those precious little ones.

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What Should a 4 Year Old Know?

I have a five year old and I must say…there is nothing more important in my day than spending quality time with her. In today’s time we spend too much time with our computers, cell phones, and video games than our children. We only have them for a moment in time….we blink our eyes and they are grown. Don’t miss it. AND don’t encourage them to get so wrapped up in the electronics either by allowing the video games, movies and tablets to babysit! I love listening to my five year old play house, school and chef with her Barbie dolls. Her imagination is precious to me! I am reblogging A Magical Childhood’s blog entitled What should a 4 Year Old Know? Take time to read it. Then take time to change some things in your family….and act like a family by purposefully spending time with each other. Ohana!….means family…..and family means no one gets left behind (Lilo and Stitch).

A Magical Childhood

What should a 4 year old know?

It’s back to school time and children all over are starting preschool.  Many parents are frantically searching the internet to find out if their little ones are “on track” and know everything they should.

I wrote this article about what a four-year-old should know many years ago but it continues to be the most popular page on the Magical Childhood site.  I don’t think a week has passed in the past eight or so years when I have not received a letter from a parent, grandparent or teacher about it.  Parents and principals especially have said they wish more parents realized these things.

So in honor of the new school year, I’m posting it here…

What should a 4 year old know?

I was on a parenting bulletin board recently and read a post by a mother who was worried that her 4 1/2 year old did not know enough…

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We do have a lot to be thankful for. 

My dad has been in the hospital for a week. He has been a 20 year diabetic and they had to end of removing a toe this past Thursday.  It has been touch and go as to whether they were going to need to do something more to help heal the infection in his leg…but praise the Lord things are looking up! Dad called me this morning and you could almost see his smile through the phone…as he said…”Today is a GOOD day!” I am blessed to have not only an earthly father that loves me..but an even greater Heavenly Father that knows what I need when I need it! It has been exhausting this week…going back and forth to the hospital and trying to take care of my own little family..but we do what we do because we are family. My parents have been nothing but good to me…and while I am at it…I want to say, God blessed my sister and me with some amazing husbands!  They have really been there for my Dad and Mom. They have willingly done things for them that any other person would wrinkle their noses up at and say…ewww…not me! I am thankful for these two men in our lives and I am so glad God chose us to be their wives!

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I think about all the trouble my dad has gone through and I am so blessed to have found Plexus in my life! Those that know me..know I strongly believe in the product that I am taking and I talk about it all the time. Wouldn’t you if you knew you found a found gold nugget that is helping you change for the better? I only wish it would have come much more earlier in my dad’s life. Yes, he is on the product and yes, his sugars are amazing low when he is not in the hospital.  The infection in his body has everything all out of wack, but one thing I am constant on…… is that I will NOT stop with my Plexus. 

I was diagnosed with diabetes 8 years ago. My sugars were normally 275 or greater at times and my addiction to sugary drinks was nothing to snicker at. It was a real addiction! My eating habits are not bad…not bad at all. I had a drinking problem…. A Pepsi problem.  Kicking the habit wasn’t anything I could do on my own. I tried it all…from smoothies to diet pills. Nothing helped. Then Plexus SLIM came along. What an amazing product! It is by all means NOT a miracle pill/drink, but it helped me to put the Pepsi down and pick up water.  I now drink a gallon of water a day. Sometimes I drink more! I do not drink it because I feel I HAVE to…I drink it because I want to. I crave it. I do not crave sweets all the time. Now, if I want a piece of chocolate…I do not deprive myself…I eat a piece.  But NOT a whole bag (large bag) of M&Ms!  We have to be sensible now!

I have lost 40 plus pounds. Plus?! Yes, plus. I hate the scales….because they don’t go fast enough for me…but one thing with Plexus is that it works from the inside—-> out.  I saw the love handles go down long before I saw the scales move!

I wore this shirt on my 40th birthday:

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This is me now:

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I just turned 41!!!!!  I am amazed at my difference and I am still headed in the right direction!

On closing ….for I am headed to the hospital…..let me leave you with my link to check Plexus out –

http://www.kimstrickland.myplexusproducts.com

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It’s Monday and already an uncertain week is ahead of us. My dad is in the ER this morning. They will be keeping him for a couple of days. Please help me in praying for his healing and being back home in better than before condition!

The Lord is good to our little family. We are not perfect, but we earnestly seek Him and strive to be simple and honest in our walk with Him. Sometimes we complicate things so much by putting ourselves right in the middle and that’s not our place! Christ should be the middle. Christ should be what we focus on….not what the world can give to temporarily make us happy…but what is eternal. Now, do I believe you have to be in a dress dragging the ground and sleeves that cover your knuckles? NO! There is nothing wrong with fashion and or presenting yourself in your best way – as long as it is not above Christ and as long as what we wear on our bodies or our faces doesn’t take away from others seeing Christ in us! Modesty is a thing of the past…even in Christians at times.  Someone once told me – (Vonda Kay) “If In Doubt, Do Without!” And what wise advice…that I try to pass on to my child!

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Modesty…..

My daughter was watching TV. I monitor what she watches and normally the TV doesn’t come on until we can sit down together in the evenings to watch a program or two. This particular day she was up extremely early and I wanted to sleep.  So, I turned on a channel that was normally “safe” for her to watch and let her snuggle up in the bed with me while she enjoyed her program and I hopefully enjoyed 10 more minutes of my feather pillow! Only, what seemed to be a few seconds later….a small hand on my face – what I would like to tell you was a light tapping, but was more like a beat down – saying, “Mommy those girls are not modest! I need another show!” Wow! What an amazing young lady…she’s getting it! Then again, ….CRAAAAAAAP!!!! what a terrible mother – she has watched this program many times and I have NEVER paid attention to their clothing! I was more worried about their mouths and what they were teaching my child verbally when all the while they were also teaching her that it’s okay to dress like that – for others to see what isn’t their business to see.  Praise the Lord that she is picking up what we are teaching…and she is teaching us right back!

I gotta run….will be back for more “converstation” in a bit!

Happy Monday!

 

 

Good Sunday Morning!  I saw this quote this morning…and laughed out loud:

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I love it!! 

Today marks a back tracking for me…but yet when you think about it…just a continuation as well.  A few of my friends…loyal “gotchur back guuurl!” kinda friends… committed to the challenge of planking with me.  It’s actually a 24 day challenge that involves planking, leg lifts, and crunches.  You can see it in my previous post.  We all want to be together on this (except for Faith…she is an overachiever who gets the jump on us all with her 3 minute planking! – I raise my glass…or foot…at her…not sure yet!)  So, today is a new start for us all. I am moving backwards to move forward! We are trusting that the integrity within us will help us to be truthful on whether we complete the challenge or not…and if we don’t…we are to come with something for the quitters!  Hmmm….I need help with that. This will tell me who reads my blogs…. leave a post of what the losers should endure should they quit!  And/or leave a post if you want to join along!

I love it when folks join me on a journey in my life. It makes the journey so much sweeter and enjoyable. It also hold me accountable to those that venture out on a limb with me.  With that being said, I stepped out on a new adventure in my life about 8 months ago and I am so glad that I did!  For 8 years now I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  The struggle to lose weight has been a life long battle.  I have always been overweight but that wasn’t going to be an excuse to stay that way for the rest of my life.  As a kid….dieting was always a part of my daily thought and as a teenager…even much so because kids can be so mean! The world is all about the outward appearance and fat just wasn’t in! When I became a single adult and still NOT skinny….I began to realize that it wasn’t about the world…It was about me and what God created me to be! And what I was doing with that creation… Was I hindering God’s best in my life because of weight? And what was I going to do about it!?

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When I was diagnosed as being diabetic. I was devastated and scared because all I ever knew of diabetes was what I dealt with growing up.  Mood swings, needles, pills, leg pains, toe pains…etc…and I knew I didn’t want that. Diabetes is a silent killer. There are things going on inside your body that may not bother you at all until it is too late. There was so much going through my mind and I needed a plan.

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So, what was my plan?  Well, which one? I tried everything. I tried smoothies, Slim Fast, Atkins, walking…and I did lose weight…gained it back, I did stay on the diets….fell off the wagon and gained it all back and some. On top of all that I found out I had PCOS and was insulin resistant.  I felt like I couldn’t win for losing! Then a college friend popped up on my Facebook feed! She looked amazing. She had lost some weight and I was on the phone with her finding out how she did it! And I am so glad I did!

This is my friend, Rachel. She is both beautiful inside and out!

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What an amazing difference! She introduced me to Plexus Slim. An all natural product that was designed for diabetics and the bi-product is weight loss!

After and hour on the phone with her…I was perpetually pink!

I ordered my product by becoming an Ambassador (oblivious to the benefits of Ambassadorship) and I couldn’t wait for my new journey to start! It took 3 days to get here and I was waiting at the mailbox and the mailman couldn’t get here any quicker!

The first day I took a picture of myself.  I also weighed. That was depressing! 😦

Every morning the first thing I did was put a packet of Slim in a water bottle. I drank that right away and then had breakfast about 20 minutes later.  After breakfast I took the accelerator. That was it! Really. That was it!

Two weeks later………

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No joke folks! This is real. I am real. I can’t believe I looked that way!  That was  just in two weeks!

Plexus Slim is the most-natural way to lose weight and inches by burning fat, not muscle. Slim also helps keep blood sugar, cholesterol and lipids at healthy levels. In addition, Slim helps reduce binge eating and increases your willpower over food.

My husband brought home a two liter of Pepsi – I loved my Pepsi! And two weeks later…it was still full!  I actually poured it down the drain! You see, before Plexus, I couldn’t get a hold of the sugar cravings….the Pepsi addiction. Once I started Plexus…it helped me kick that habit! I am continuing my Plexus regimen every day…and I am continuing to get healthy. I have a ways to go…but I am on a journey that is taking me places I have never been in my health! I am now 8 months into Plexus, 40 pounds down…and OFF ALL MY DIABETIC MEDICATIONS!  My skin feels better, my hair and nails are growing like crazy…and my body is toning up. Also, I now have energy to actually join in on a planking challenge!!! Speaking of which…I need to check in on my girls to make sure they aren’t skipping out on me!

I am taking a couple photos today…to show what I have accomplished with Plexus…stay tuned in to get results! And remember, leave a comment to input your thoughts on our challenge! >

See you tomorrow!!!

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Plank you very much!

It’s WEDNESDAY….or better yet……..

 

 

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IT’S HUMP DAY!!!!!!! 

I hope this week has given you new challenges and new goals for your life.  I have a lot that has come into my life these last 6 months…and I will eventually get to them in my blog – but for now, let’s talk about what is on the front page!  PLANKING! Oh my word! Have you tried it? Ugh!   I recently took on a challenge…and when I say recently, I mean like three days ago! Yes, 3 days ago..and I am already complaining! LOL 

I have been on a HEALTH CHALLENGE for about 8 months now…and I am doing amazingly well for the challenge.  (more to come about that – but let’s keep to planking) and to add to my health journey/challenge I added in an exercise routine.  Up until now, I have not exercised at all! NONE, ZILT, Nada….ZERO! ~ And I have lost 40 pounds! (laughing out loud  …because I know you are saying..WHAT???? but I promise…more to come about my weight loss!) Really, hold your impatience…I WILL get to the weight loss, but I have to tell you about my planking experience!

I have seen a few folks post a 24 day BRAZEN FIT Ab Challenge and I thought….oh wow…I can do this… I think I can do this…Oh my….what was I thinking that I could do this! I can’t do this! And that was from just one second of the challenge!

ImageAnd that was just a test drive to see if I could actually do a plank! Just ONE! I couldn’t even start it! I started and ended on the floor!!! But none the less, I was determined!!!!  So on Monday – I started with 5 crunches (not bad…not bad at all – I got this!), 5 leg raises (I didn’t actually do the whole lift due to a bad back..but I did lift to the point just before pain but a strain on the abs) and 10 seconds of planking (come on…lets face it…I thought I was going to die…and the rapid counting of 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 was actually 3 seconds…..but I did it! Then I did it again (several times)  later…just so I could feel the victory of completing 10 seconds! It didn’t say it had to be done in once plank!!!!!! – I just keep telling myself that so don’t tell me any different for the moment!)

On Tuesday……it was yet another day of determination….I did 8 crunches (again, NOT BAD), 8 leg raises, and UGH>>>> those darn planks! I was suppose to do 12 seconds of planking….but proudly saying – I completed 10 seconds all in one plank and I did not count AS FAST AS yesterday!!! 

So, here we are on today – HUMP DAY!   Tomorrow I get a day off of exercise! Why? The program said to!…and we don’t need to veer from the program now do we?!  As the sun was peeking through the curtains this morning…and trying its best to pull me out of bed….I began to think – Ugh…another day of that confound PLANK! I didn’t want to get up….I didn’t want to face anther Plank. Then I started telling myself…”It’s  not even working. Do you feel any pain? (other than in the moment?) Do you feel it putting a beat down on your abs? NO…then why do you continue to keep going?”

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WHAT?????????????????? 4 WEEKS??? 4 Weeks before anyone sees my work? Even if it is just me..4 weeks???  So, right there in the bed I asked myself once again ….to Plank or not to Plank – that IS the question!  Then it hit me….really, it hit me hard – just as I was trying to lift my leg over the side of the bed….the pain of the strained lower abdominal muscles…screaming out….UGHHHHHH – it burns! It burns!!!!  IT WAS WORKING. IT REALLY WAS WORKING!  I don’t care if I see anything right now….I KNOW I am not going to see it..but I felt it! I felt that muscle screaming out….I am tightening! I am actually trying to pull everything up and in! LOL – So I mustered up as much energy as I could and I pushed through the pain…..well, actually I rolled out of the bed…right on to the floor and started my exercise! Yes, folks…I figured that the less pain I felt..the more I would be determined to continue this torture on my abs! And there I was…on the floor right beside of the bed…sun shining in from the window…my husband snoring in the bed above…and this time around..I started with the ….the….PLANK!   I rolled over on my tummy, pushed myself up on my knees…positioned my arms…and as easy as I could I, I slowly moved my feet back and into planking position.  Hold it….1, …..2….3….4…..5…6…7..ughhhh..8….9…..10…..11……12…..ughhhhh…..13…. 14…..15……..I DID IT!!!! I ACTUALLY DID IT!!! 15 SECONDS! Whoooooo hooooooo!!!!  No, do NOT expect a victory dance in real time…just imagine the dance in my head! MY ABS are BURNING!!!!!  I then finished up with 10 crunches and 10 leg raises.  I found that planking FIRST then finishing up with the rest works so much better!!!!!  Tomorrow is a rest day “Abs-so-Tightly Right! -Rest Day!” And you better believe I am taking that day!

I am proud of myself.  I am on a road to a healthier me…and I am loving it.  I have hit a plateau of just a pound or two a week but I am okay with that.  I am off all my diabetic meds and I extremely stoked about that as well.  I got tired of saying…I want…I need…I wish…and I jumped out there and I did. 

ImageI am on a journey….with some amazing friends and family….and would love for anyone else to join in!  Stay tuned…and I will let you know how it all got started. But for now, I have a few  errands run and a sweet sweet little person to spend the day with!

Image“I am today…what I have been becoming” – tomorrow I want to be better!