Friday, January 3, 2014

2014!

Two years and no blog posts. I probably now have no readers and this post will go out into the blog world unread but I opened my New Years Resolutions to the Facebook world and one challenge I was given was to blog...so here I am! I figure I can also blog about my progress on the other challenges I was given so I am officially the multi-tasking queen!

So here are the challenges I was given:


I will be reporting on those goals here on this blog, maybe I'll tell you about my life some too! 

First off, a lot has happened in two year! I am living in Austin still, I run my own business full-time being a Personal Assistant to busy families. I do WHATEVER my clients need to make their lives easier and I LOVE it. I've been dating Henry for about six months. He loves Jesus and he loves me. Life is good.

Here is where we stand on the goals starting the year off:

1. I have not been training nearly enough for my Half Ironman which is on April 6th. Time to get my butt in gear. Tomorrow morning I will run and then from there I'll get on my training plan and go hard core until April. Watch!

2. I rarely take time to relax and enjoy God's creation and just be. Even Sundays have been filled with craziness and my work weeks have been full of long, hard days. Today, I got off work at 10:30 am and enjoyed a day of shopping and hanging out with Henry and his son, Sam. I plan on spending the rest of the night watching ABC Family shows and reading through the stack of books on the dresser while the boys play video games. Tomorrow will be a full day of Sabbath and start with a run!

3. Failed the carbonated drinks already but MUCH reduced from the crazy amount I was drinking a few weeks ago. Working on it!

4. Memorize Philippians 2....hmmm. Let's start.  "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind." I'll be working on that this week. Maybe I can find a way to recite it while working out! Multi-tasker!!

5. Travel somewhere I have never been - I'm doing a lot of thinking about this and researching. I want to also pray daily about it for a while. I really want to be back in Africa and I really want my friend Leah to go with me. That's all I know so far. It's a start. 

6. Learn to juggle - I'll be youtubing that soon!

7. Do 1 race a month. I'm thinking the Bruises and Bandages Trail 5k on 1/18. It's cheaper if you sign up with a friend so I'm working on that. 

8. Read a friend's favorite book each month. Morgan gave me two options to choose from since this was her challenge. I have a few books I'm already into right now but once I'm done, hers is next! I've been on a crazy reading kick lately. Currently Reading: Divergent (on my Kindle) and The Dressmaker Khair Khana (from the library). I like to have options so I always have a book available when I want to read! 

9. Write a weekly blog. CHECK! A few people challenged me to report on things that I do for myself or to let others do more for me. It's hard to control what others do for me and I rarely do things for myself but I will work on that too, though it's not an official resolution. Today I bought myself a new dress, two shirts, and a workout outfit. It felt nice to treat myself after working so hard lately. 

10. Volunteer 5 hours a week. Traveling and the holiday through this week off a little bit from my regular volunteering but I am excited to get back to helping at the breakfast for the homeless next week and seeing where else I find myself volunteering in the coming year. Our church's stewardship campaign this year included commitments not only to financial giving but increasing our dedication to prayer, study, service, witness and other areas of our life. This was my commitment and I am excited to see what God will do with the time I am giving back to Him this year. 

Feels good to be back in the blogging world! Whether anyone reads it or not! Happy New Year! What are your goals for this year? Anything you want to accomplish or challenge yourself with?

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Marathon Training Day 1:154

Days Until Tyler Marathon: 153 Current Weight: 239.0 Pounds to Race Weight: 39.1 Planned Training: Rest Accomplished: Rest Eating horrible. Successfully avoided Coke! Let the fun begin!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 32 and Beyond

What I found out very quickly on Saturday was that I am not fueling myself enough for the things that I am asking my body to do. I crashed quickly on my 10k run on Saturday and didn't recover. I didn't feel strong at all and didn't have the usual energy to hit the hills and keep pressing on. My body was tired and it was my fault for not giving it the healthy things that it needs to do the job I'm requiring of it. It also took me much longer to recover from this race (still recovering) which is not typical for me.

Therefore, my challenge is going to change for the rest of Lent.

After consulting with people that I trust and respect the most, I've decided that I will not finish the food stamp challenge. I do feel that I have learned SO much about the topic, have experienced the need, and have done atleast a small part to bring greater awareness to the problem of hunger.

However, knowing that I have a two races in this coming week (a splash and dash and a triathlon), I don't feel that I can continue trying to eat on this amount of money any longer.

For this coming week (starting Tuesday) I will be recording and sharing something entirely different. I am going to eat as healthy as possible (organic - when I can- and packed with nutrients) and I am going to share with you what I spend to do this.

I think what we will find is that the cost of a very healthy balanced diet with enough good stuff to fuel a triathlete (I know I'm very slow but I am one) are far from the budget of someone on food stamps. I will try to make the most economical choices and find the best deals but I am going to choose brown rice instead of white and I'm going to buy gluten-free bread to make meals that will give me the results I want in races and at boot camp. I won't choose inferior products because they are cheaper.

I know this is a change from what I set out to do and I welcome anyones thoughts on if you would have given up or not but I have to do what is best for me and at this point it is choosing better fuel.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 31

Morning Weight: 236.5 (9.5 lbs down in 30 days)


I woke up after not enough sleep and started packing for my weekend away. I packed one basket of dirty clothes and one of clean clothes that need to be folded (Love ya MOM!) and then headed to work. Breakfast was a hardboiled egg ($0.11), a banana ($0.18), and a pear ($0.33).

I boiled a bunch of eggs on Sunday morning and it's been SO nice to be able to just grab one and go. A little prep goes a long way! Lunch was the last serving of cabbage casserole ($0.52).

After work I got my car re-registered (only 5 months late) and then drove off to Brenham to see the parents. I stopped and got a lemon-berry slush on the way ($1.99) thinking it was happy hour but it was over. I got to my parents and my dad and I went to pick up my packet for the Blue Bell 10k on Saturday and then drove the race course. We came home and had some really great chicken and rice with broccoli ($0.60) that I loved and did some laundry and fell asleep (while reading).


I was thinking that in the past I would have had another helping of dinner and probably had dessert and I didn't really need any of it.

I got an email yesterday from Pam, who handles all the reimbursements for the Beef Team and she said, "You always THINK you know what someone goes through but few venture out to really get that experience." I am VERY thankful that I've embarked on this journey and that I can see things just a little differently now. I have been blessed so far by what I have learned and I know that as the final days approach I will learn even more.

Friday's Total: $3.73

Total Spent in 31 Days: $147.10 (average of $4.74)

Total Remaining for 15 days: $59.90 (average of $3.99)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 30

My plan yesterday was to go to the store but it didn't happen so I was unprepared some for today.


Breakfast was Cheetos ($0.75) and a Coke ($0.65) from the vending machine at work. I would pay for that later. For lunch I had another serving of the cabbage casserole - still tastes AMAZING! ($0.52).


After work I stopped at HEB on the way to the Boys and Girls Club. So on Tuesday pears were 5 for a $1 and on Thursday they were 3 for $1 - that is almost double in price! I should have stocked up earlier in the week! Who knew. I got a pear ($0.33) and some string cheese ($0.48) for my snack. As my sister pointed out, it would be cheaper to buy a pack of string cheese than a single but I'm never going straight home to put them in the fridge so I keep buying one at a time and eating it right then.


I had a ton of fun playing badminton with the little kids at the Boys and Girls Club. They are pretty horrible at it but we had a good time. Their favorite was to do the whole hopscotch course and then have me hit the birdie to them at the end.


After that I headed downtown for a workout with Jeff and Lil Ali but I really wasn't feeling it. I think a lot of it had to do with my breakfast choice. I kind of half did and it did more abs then running but atleast I was there, right!??!


Then I met up with Leah for an improv comedy marathon at Spiderhouse. We had a lot of FREE white peach fro-yo (so good!), a few drinks, and we split chicken nachos ($3.98). The comedy was pretty bad but the company was amazing! I do love that Leah Davies!


Then I went over to Gary's and helped him clean up some because his parents are coming into town this weekend. I realized that I MUCH rather clean other people's houses then my own. It also is a perk that his mom has stocked his house with every kind of great, name brand cleaning product that there is so that makes it fun too. Another late night and a little sleep. You can sleep when you are dead right?


Thursday's Total: $6.71
Total Spent in 30 days: $143.37 (Average of $4.78 a day)

Total Remaining for 16 days: $63.63 (Average of $3.98 a day)


"If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be. Be careful that you do not entertain a mean thought, thinking, "The seventh year, the year of remission, is near," and therefore view your needy neighbor with hostility and give nothing; your neighbor might cry to the LORD against you, and you would incur guilt. Give liberally and be ungrudging when you do so, for on this account the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, "Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land." -Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (NRSV)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 29

It is really feeling like this is do-able. FINALLY!


Morning Weight: 239


I woke up feeling really good this morning. I think eating more quality foods (let's not think about the Cheetos) yesterday helped a lot. I hope to keep including good fruits, veggies, and proteins. We had a GREAT workout with Brandon with lots of running and arm/back work. I was feeling strong and felt properly fueled for the first time in a while.


For breakfast I had a hardboiled egg ($0.11), a banana ($0.18), and a pear ($0.20). A little later I hd some peanut butter ($0.10) and for lunch I had a serving of the Crock Pot cabbage casserole ($0.52).
After work I stopped on the way to the Boys and Girls Club and got (you guessed it!) Cheetos ($0.99) and then hung out with those cool kids for a while.



I headed to church for our Lent Study and this week was all about social justice and how it is our job to be the voice for the oppressed. We had a wonderful potluck with 2 kinds of quinoa, salads, meat, cheese, and broccoli cheese soup and lemonade! I brought some bread but no one ate any of it. We had so much good stuff! So dinner was FREE!



Then I did some hanging out, tv watching, and a little sleeping!



Wednesday Total: $2.10



Total Spent in 29 Days: $136.66 (Average of $4.71 a day)



Total Remaining for 17 Days: $70.34 (Average of $4.14 a day)


"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." Desmond Tutu

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 28

After getting the numbers more averaged out yesterday, I feel a lot better about being able to make it through this. Last night I through THIS recipe for Frank's Cabbage and Ground Beef Bake in my Crock Pot for lunch today, BUT it smelled so good I broke down and had a serving for breakfast! Let's figure out the cost:
1 lb ground beef (from the meat pack) - $1.58
1 cup of rice - $0.18
1/2 an onion - $0.13
small head of cabbage - $0.46
Lg can of pureed tomatoes - $0.75
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Total Cost: $3.10
Makes 6 servings
Cost per serving: $0.52
I had some Cheetos ($0.90) and chicken thighs ($0.68) for lunch.
I stopped at HEB on the way to the Boys and Girls Club (and really people if the self checkout says 20 items or less - please don't bring your 3 weeks worth of groceries to that line - rant over!) I got string cheese ($0.42), a banana ($0.18) and a pear ($0.20) and scarfed them down.
We were suppose to have a basketball game so we went all the way across town to the other club and they had cancelled it. So I headed up to Round Rock for boot camp and stopped on the way and got a free chicken sandwich (I know! Not gluten-free but I was SO stinkin' HUNGRY!) with a Coupon that Carolyn had given me. We love free. We had a crazy great workout and then I grabbed a slush at Sonic ($1.69) before we went to play sand volleyball.
When I got home I had a hardboiled egg ($0.11), watched the Biggest Loser (so sad about Courtney leaving) and went to bed.
Tuesday's Total: $4.70
Total Spent in 28 days: $134.56 (Average of $4.81 a day)
Total Remaining for 18 days: $72.44 (Average of $4.02 a day)

"Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat." - Mother Teresa

Monday, April 4, 2011

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 27

I woke up and went to Brandon's Boot Camp. I didn't have any energy at all and that is definitely due to the eating on Sunday. It was a rough morning! Hard Boiled Egg: ($0.11) 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter: ($0.05) For lunch I had .87 lbs of chicken thighs (for $1.38) from the meat pack I got a while back at H.E.B. After work I used a coupon for a free scoop of frozen custard from Culvers and pretty much scarfed it down. Yumm - snickers! Then I had a free hamburger patty, watched tv, did laundry, threw a meal in the Crock Pot, and met Kristin at Chuy's for all the free chips, salsa, white sauce, and queso (with beef) that I could eat - yeah I ate a TON! At my Lay Leader meeting, Wendye handed out candy canes as reminders about our Christmas in July event and all the ones that got broken while handed out became mine! I watched a movie and hit the hay! Monday's Total: $1.54 Total Spent in 27 Days: $129.86 (average of $4.81 a day!) Total Remainging: $77.14 (average of $4.06 a day) - I'm catching back up to normal! ***Hunger Fact: One person dies from hunger-related causes every 40 seconds.

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 26

Morning Weight: 239


I woke up Sunday and read a ton of my new book, I'm loving it! I'll write a review when I'm done! and then ate some breakfast (2 eggs $0.21 and 2 corn tortillas $0.06). I went to church for a great day of worship and a lot of baby holding! Then I waited while Phil counted money and then he and Emma and I went to the Deli. I had chips, queso, and a Coke $3.39 (cheapest option).


I picked up a few things and headed home to get ready because my team at youth group (Go B6!) had chosen an 80s them for the night. Here is how it turned out:

I had some free chips and salsa at youth group and then some free peanuts and water at Logan's afterward with Emma, Amy, Phil, Kevin, and Amber. Man those steaks looked good!


Definitely did not eat well on this day!


Sunday total: $3.66


Total Spent in 26 Days: $128.32 (Average of $4.94 a day)


Total Remaining: $78.68 (Average of $3.93 a day)

Food Stamp Challenge: Day 25

Saturday morning, Amy and I woke up early and ate breakfast: a taco with a corn tortilla (a free one that I brought from Chuy's the night before) and one egg with one piece of crumbled sausage $0.15 and half a banana $0.09. We drove to Houston for a mission trip training, where I won camo duct tape: and got to eat lots of free fruit (watermelon -mmmm!, grapes, and strawberries). I also ate a banana ($0.18) and some peanut butter ($0.20). Here's the banana in action! :)
We left the very short training and headed home and stopped at Casa Ole in Houston. Free chips and salsa and green sauce. I loaded up on those! and got a beef taco on corn tortillas ($1.50). When I got home I did a lot of napping and TV watching and ate half a pound of grapes for dinner ($0.50).


Saturday Total: $2.62

Total Spent in 25 Days: $124.66 (Average of $4.99 a day)

Total Remaining : $82.34