Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving recap and goal check in!

Hey! I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was amazing! I was MIA, spending time with family and Mack, plus my brother Timothy is here from Germany! 

We went for a run thanksgiving morning, it was short and sweet, but it was a beautiful day for a run. Minnesota is really dragging out a GORGEOUS Fall!! I will NOT complain! Confession 1: I have been slacking in my running, my OWN goals fell a little to the way side with the introduction of a busier social life and work schedule and the holidays! Bummer, but I am on track this week! I have a calendar with all my runs LISTED out and my workouts planned! 

Timothy and I after the RUN! 

Men with knives
How many men does it take to carve a turkey?
As many as can fit in the little kitchen to do it. I guess. 
Mack came home with me to meet the family and he fit RIGHT in, it was so amazing. My mom said that she has never seen me be so fully myself with someone! THAT is a great compliment.

I made roasted Brussels sprouts and they were SO amazing, I used garlic pepper bacon in them, onions AND coconut oil to roast!  2 pounds of halved & quartered sprouts, 6 pieces of bacon, 1/2 Cup onion and 1/4 Cup coconut oil tossed and roasted at 350 for 20-25 min, last 5-7 min under the broiler!! BEST Fall dish so far!!! I LOVE these! 

We ate, hung out with family and the next day was picking up a tree for Mack's house, a hay ride, hot chocolate and Christmas tunes. Plus there was a game of foosball in there and I won! (or he let me win, one or the other!!) I am SO blessed by him.. 

Goal Check in
My goals that I am working on over the past 30 days and into the next 30 before the new year is upon us, have been a little lackluster! It's a shame really, here I am working to help and motivate others and am falling short of some simple things I set up for myself to stick to. This past weekend though, was a time for me to really learn about STICKING to who I am and what I do. 

There are habits and routines that I do for myself to be the best version of me, to make sure that I am FILLED up so I can pour out to others. There are things that I do daily, that make a world of difference for me and often it's when I DON'T do them that I see the difference. Not drinking enough water, eating TOO Much processed foods, those are all things now that have been catching up to me and I am feeling it. 

I am reining in the wayward lifestyle habits this week. I started yesterday with carrying a lot of veggies along with me, bringing my own salad to a lunch date....I made SURE I went to church to renew my spirit and spent time with God, I spent sometime reading and working and am on track today to be back into a few other smaller routines. 

It's kind of ironic to me that here I am, by the grace of God, trying to make a difference and help others and I am letting myself fall to the wayside! Lately I have been so reminded of the Proverbs 31 woman, who is an amazing example of strong, successful and productive woman!! She gets up early, spends time with God, works to have strong arms and then launches into her day as a wife, business woman, leader in the home and all around amazing chic!! I am reminded that I am a better worker, friend, mate, and Christian when I fill myself up so I can pour myself out! 

Do I feel like a failure? No, there were small actions that I didn't keep in check as they happened, one day missing a devotional, one day skipping breakfast, one protein bar too many replacing a clean snack...All those LITTLE actions that yield big results...little by little I had the chance to chose differently as the opportunity came up, but I took the easy way out, it's not failure its learning. Luckily, it hasn't been too long, and I can get back on course. Everything is a learning experience if we make it one and if we CHOSE to see it as one. 

Square one? Not quite, but it's definitely a starting point!! 
How did your holiday go, do you feel you made some good choices? 

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