Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 113 ~ 7 Month Focus / Having Fun!

God knows what you need when you need it. This morning I got up and was doing my thing on the treadmill, going at a pretty good pace and all of a sudden the power goes out. Well that really bummed me out because I needed to get my morning workout done. So here's the fun part....

Side note: Preparation is so key for this journey. If you don't prepare or have a plan, then when life hits you, you will get bumped off the plan. Moral of the story....be ready!

Here I am ready to workout and I can't make anything work. Then I get this bright idea to continue my exercise "OUTSIDE".  (I'm brilliant...I know) So I take my bed headed self outside and strut my stuff for all to see. Could not have been pretty, but hey, I'm on a mission and I don't care what they think!! So while I was out there, it just hit me how beautiful the morning was. The air was crisp, the sky blue and the birds were chirping everywhere! On my way back home I got to see a snail. You know the kind with the little shell on its back. I never see them...so cute! Isn't it just like God to get me out of the house, give me new perspective and an enjoyable time! So awesome!

Next challenge was getting ready for work without electricity. I contemplated not washing my hair. I know gross right? Especially after working out...not a pretty sight. So with a great sense of peace, I decided to go about my normal routine as if nothing was wrong. I ate my breakfast (thank goodness for gas stoves!), I showered and washed my hair and I got my make up on ~ the whole while, I was praying and talking to God about how I knew he had a plan for me and all would work out. I totally had a peace about the whole situation. Cannot tell you how many times I tried to turn something on...geez, I was making myself crazy! Anyway, I got everything done, except for my hair and that's when I made a "NEW" plan...I would simply take my hair stuff to work and do it there. Again, this would not be pretty, but what are you going to do? So I gather everything up and I'm headed toward the door and just before I get the door opened the power came back on.

You see He knew the plan and I trusted He had it under control. That's where the peace came from. He did come through.....not fast enough for me.....but just in time. I was able to get my hair done and walk out the door all put together....right on time!

Isn't He good!!!

Have to say that I'm having a blast with the new food thing. Again, with planning from yesterday, I had my printed out schedule of what I was going to eat today. So when putting my lunch together, I just followed the plan. I am so excited, because of the variety of things I'm eating and bonus....I get to eat about every couple of hours. Can't beat that!! And I'm staying within my 1600 calorie range. Do you know that if you don't have a lot of high fat foods, you can really eat a lot. I'm telling you, when I put it on paper and eliminate the highest fattiest food, I can load the day out with more veggies and fruit, hummus (which is delicious!), low fat string cheese, pretzels (just a little) and other stuff. So cool.

Today, I was getting ready for my lunch and I got an important phone call. So I put everything aside to take my call. After it was over, I moved my lunch back into place and ate it. After I was done, I was feeling a little hungry, but I thought....well this is what you are supposed to have, you just need to drink water and chew some peppermint gum until snack time. So I get back to work and turn around in my chair and I see the other half of my lunch sitting, waiting for me to eat it. Everything is so new, that I forgot what I was supposed to eat. So cool. So I ate the rest of it and was full. Almost, could not eat my snack, not quite hungry, but did it as I'm off to water aerobics and I will need the food for energy.

That's it for now. Still working on my Bodybugg  - it's not working so I can't get all my stats. Once it's up and running, I will  start posting my stats again.

What are you doing today that makes you proud?

Keep focused!


  1. Wow, I love that! How it all worked for you. Taking your exercise outside & enjoying the beauty - going about your morning as you should and not letting the power outage change that. Awesome! Perspective seems to be the key, doesn't it? Thanks for sharing. I really need some perspective in my life right now too. :)


  2. Great job Joy. Way to make your day work.

  3. I love your attitude! Don't worry about what anyone else thinks...you are on a mission girl! You got this ;)

    We use to have snails on our house when we lived in California...they were everywhere!

  4. Your own enthusiasm squeals throughout this post. So great to know that you went outside to exercise. Even when power goes on, maybe this will be something you continue to do: work outdoors. The natural world is a great place for us to be and so much wonder to enjoy!

    You are doing so GREAT!! Stay strong and have a great weekend! michele

  5. Thanks for sharing your wonderful, power-FULL day.

    Your comment on being prepared reminds me of what my neighbor always tells us: "If you fail to prepare, then you've prepared to fail." He's very much into emergency preparedness and has been teaching other to be.