Intentional

It’s time.  It’s time to explain what I meant when I said “I don’t want To be at the end of February and feel like I have not done anything for the first 2 months of the year

By now I’m sure you have seen people post about their “one word” for the year.  I’ve seen it for a few years now but never felt compelled to have one.  Until this year.  This year as 2015 was going out and 2016 was rolling in I felt the word Intentional contininuing to roll through and around my mind.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it though.  I could definately see areas that it could apply to in my life but I wasn’t sure about sharing it or making a fuss about it.  Still as January came to a close and I felt like all the day to day stuff kept me living in the moment instead of seeing the big picture I knew that I had to do something about.

According to the American College Dictionary:

Intentional- adjective-done with intention or on purpose

It’s pretty simple and yet, not so much.  It’s so easy to live in the day to day hassles and in the blink of an eye the month, the season, the year is gone.  Well meaning loved ones with years of wisdom and experience will often tell a new mom not to blink because that baby she is hold will be grown-up just that fast.  Oh we as new mothers don’t see it, not until it’s too late anyways but it’s true.  We are so caught up on at first changing diapers and sleepless nights that we long for the days that we get 4 hours of sleep at one shot or don’t need to carry an arsenal of baby gear for a simple outing to the grandparents house. But whoosh, oh so quickly those days are gone and we can’t have them back and we can’t undo the wrongs or make better the bad.

So where am I going with this.  As I said, I felt the intentional rattling around my brain a lot and knew I needed to apply it to most if not all aspects of my life.  Intentional in my marriage, my child-rearing/homeschooling, my job/career choices, even my choice to have a healthier life style.  The old saying goes if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.  I don’t want that to continue to be my habit.  And yes, old habits die hard, but I don’t want 2016 to slip away and at the end I simply say I survived another year.  No, no, I want to say I thrived, my marriage is thriving, my children are thriving because we are doing intentional things to make it so.

Please hear me on this also, there is a difference between having good intentions and being intentional.  I won’t bring up the old say about good intentions but suffice to say, I know this is something that has to have follow through or alas I will be no better off.

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Time for another healthy habits update 

So another week has quickly gone by, how did that happen?  So where am I this week?  Well, I’m pretty happy with what I accomplished the past few days.

For the most part I have stuck to my goal of having at least 2 THM approved meals a day normal an approved snack too.  I’m still struggling with dinner and after dinner time especially nights I work.  But this is a journey and so far I’m happy with the changes I have made.

I also have exercised 5 times this week!  Yep, I’m feeling that in various muscles.  I did however quit New Rules of lifting for  women.  I’m just not there yet and instead of getting discouraged about I dope died to start fitness blender low impact program allowing for sometimes doing different cardio than theirs.  I felt challenged and yet not so beat up that I kept going all week and feel like I can complete this program.

Like I said, overall a good week.

Healthy habits update

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So I missed posting last week.  I had a post all started, see


But I never got it finished.  Currently, I start things on my tablet and then finish them on the desktop which is shared by 7 of us.  Needless to say, I’m praying for my own laptop and I think that will be one of my first purchases with my affiliate sales money (if I ever make any money that way 😉).

So I guess you could say the with Winter Jonas I really just settled nicely into my hobbit hole and enjoyed the comforts of my pantries.  At the same time though, I knew it wasn’t what I was suppose to be doing and be came more convinced of getting back on track.  I have decided on trying trim healthy mama after enjoying a few recipes from their new cookbook.  I’m working on reading through their new book and am going to take the baby step approach of getting like one meal under my belt and then adding another meal and snack or something along those lines.  I knew at the beginning of the year that this was a journey and not just a  day outing.  So I’m going to take my time and make adjustments slowly and steadily.

I have gotten back into my exercising.  I’m shooting for 5 out of 7 days in a week.  I’m going for weight lifting and cardio.  So far I’m doing well with it.  I added a new workout video to my collection and have a few more in my sights.  Variety is the spice of life after all.  I am attempting to follow a lifting program.  I hesitate to share what it is but this is to help be stay accountable so here it is.  I’m attempting to follow the New Rules for Lifting.  I had attempted it a few years ago and got through like stage 2 or 3 before bombing out.  (That’s about when I felt I was lacking variety- yes, I get bored very easily with some stuff, what can I say) .

So there’s my plan.  I don’t want To be at the end of February and feel like I have not done anything for the first 2 months of the year.  There’s more to that sentence but I’ll share more about that in another post.