Friday, May 22, 2015

trust the process

IMG_20150521_220255 “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing,
the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.” ― Anne Lamott

Thursday, May 21st
To some, it's Thursday.  To me, it's "Yogaday".  So thankful for the gift of learning to love this day for what it is and not fear it because of what some make it out to be.  I did Isometrix and X3 Yoga for my workout today.  I am amazed at the progress I have made.  A year ago, I thought yoga would be the unconquerable hurdle on my fitness journey.  
As my coach reminded me this week, I have to trust the process.  
yogaday
Each week, as Yogaday arrives, I have a choice to make.  Sometimes, I just show up.  Others, I knoick it out of the park.  Still others, I do what's before me, pushing myself to do a little better than the previous time.
The process will only take me as far as I trust it to take me.
So far, so good.
#progressnotperfection

Cannot believe it's day 21 of Birthday Season already...10 more to come! Stay tuned...more adventures are ahead.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

final game

Wednesday, May 20th
This year's Birthday Season has been filled with numerous baseball games.
Tonight was the final game of the season.
I had responsibilities at church, so I arrived a little late to the game.
We were ahead when I arrived. Then the opposing team tied up the game.
Our at bat brought a run across the plate.  It was an exciting game to watch.
Top of the final inning found the opposing team with the bases loaded and nobody out.
We changed pitchers.
He came in and struck out the first batter he faced.
On a passed ball, the player on third base tried to make it home, but our catcher tagged him out in a close play at the plate.
Two outs...no runs scored.
Our pitcher's next throw was a strike.
On the second pitch, the batter swung and missed.
The third pitch...swing and a miss!
Three outs...no runs scored...The Reds end their season with a WIN!
What a game!!!
Alex was walked and made it around the bases to score a run with his first at bat.  He struck out his second at bat, but he wasn't down about it.  I am so proud of the progress he has made this season and of the way in which he has handled himself on the field.  He has made his mama proud. ♥  There is no better gift.


friends




There are no strangers here, 
Only friends we have not met. 
~Author Unknown~

Tuesday, May 19th

Today, I celebrate all the strangers that took the time to get to know me and opened up to me so I could get to know them, so we could become friends.
I am blessed beyond measure with the best of the best friends in the world.
Those whom I have known for years and those whom I have just met...you all have a special place in my heart and in my life.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#nevermissamonday

“I must break the routines and become a person who becomes productive every Monday. I must break the mindset of unhappiness and turn myself into a happy magnet for Mondays.”  ~Leggy Saul

Monday, May 18th
Monday morning.  Not just any Monday morning, though.  This Monday morning was the first Monday of our summer vacation.  I did not want to get out of bed at my normal time...which is early enough to get in my workout before having to get out the door.  
But, I did.
Why?  Why did I get up and moving at my normal time on the first day of summer break?
Because I needed to.  For myself.  For others.
Because a friend of mine checked in with me and held me accountable to taking care of myself.
Because rule #1 is that we never miss a Monday workout.
Today's gift for which I am grateful...my fit fam, friends both near and far, who offer inspiration and motivation to me every single day.  
So, to you who inspire me and motivate me, know you are the best and I thank you! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

cake auction

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Sunday, May 17th
Northside Baptist Church's 2nd annual cake auction fundraiser to help send kids to camp was held tonight.  It was another fun night of bidding and buying.  The cakes that our church members can bake are some of the best.  There was a theme if you wanted to enter the contest for best decorated "Family Game Night" cake.
There were over 30 cakes donated for the auction.
004I made a strawberry cheesecake cake and a Twinkie Cake for the auction.
Today's gift was being a part of something so wonderful and fun, made possible by the generosity of the best church family around.  
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stick with it saturday

Saturday morning began early, but intentionally.
IMG_20150516_092106Knocked out the Warrior minutes after my feet hit the floor.  Did not have an hour to devote to Kenpo X, so I did my Saturday workout from P90X3.  The Warrior is an awesome 30 minutes of sweat inducing, core strengthening, moves.
Had a couple of errands to run before heading to Atlanta to the luncheon provided by Piedmont Hospital for their Cancer Survivors' day.  They provided free parking, lunch, and a ticket into the aquarium for me and a guest.  Scott graciously agreed to go with me. {smile}
There is this dolphin show, Dolphins Tales, available for your enjoyment at the aquarium now.  They warned us that we "might" get wet if sitting in the first 10 rows, the "splash zone".  A little bit of splash...what could it hurt, right?  However, what they omitted from their spiel was that they have trained the dolphins to intentionally spray the audience with their tails as they circle in front of the crowd...not only once, but like three or four times.  I lost count after the second saltwater shower I experienced.  The bad part wasn't being wet, it was being in air conditioning while being soaking wet.
20150516_115132 My favorite thing to see at the aquarium is the jellyfish.  I am mesmerized by their movements in the water.  I love the belugas, too, but haven't been able to see them the last two visits.  This time is was a good reason, though...a baby beluga has been born recently and they are keeping them behind closed doors, so to speak, until Mama and Baby are ready for the public.
It was a good time.
103 After the aquarium, we went somewhere I've never been to before...Trader Joe's.  Don't know why it was on my bucket list for my birthday season, but it was.  It was fun walking the aisles, seeing the products that they carried, and the product names were sometimes quite amusing.  The "Reduced Guilt" potato chips were today's winner for most creatively named product.
076 Leaving empty handed was not an option...not with all the healthy goodies at hand.  Picked up some dark chocolate covered raisins and unsalted roasted cashews to enjoy for days to come.  Happy early Birthday to me!
Guess what...the day is about to get even better.
082It just so happens that the best Philly Cheesesteak place in Atlanta, in my opinion, is about a block from TJ's.  Oh, yes...yes we did go to Woody's and get one to split between us.  It was so good!  In order to help keep myself in check with my food intake of the day, I took the top bun off and just enjoyed my half open faced style.  It's the little things...
Headed to Newnan to run an errand before heading to the house for the night.  The errand just so happened to land me right beside Starbucks.  Now, if you know me at all, you know that I am a Dunkin Donuts fan.  Big time.  This being said, while traveling in places that seem to not understand the necessity of being home to a Dunkin Donuts, I have had to find something to like at Starbucks.  Okay, so "have to" is slightly exaggerated, but let's keep it real...hotel coffee isn't that good, my friends.  This being said, my find at Starbucks, which I have not enjoyed since my latest visit to Vegas, was beckoning me.  I feel like a 20 something when ordering a beverage at Starbucks.  Does this happen to anyone else?  Something comes over me when using their jargon, most of which still confounds me, and I just feel like a trendy sort of person.  At least I can order one thing and sound like I know what I am doing.  My one thing of choice is a hot chai tea latte made with coconut milk.  Oh. my. goodness.  It is deliciousness, pure and simple.
100The day just kept on getting better and better.
At home, my night was set up before me to be spent in the kitchen baking cakes for the cake auction fundraiser at church Sunday night and some monkey bread for Alex's Sunday School class.  Baking is something I enjoy.  And, really, the evening is my favorite time to bake.  Made the layers for the strawberry cheesecake cake and twinkie cake and the monkey bread without incident.
All in all, it was a wonderful day for being the halfway point through my birthday season.  It is going by so quickly and I am enjoying each day so much!

Monday, May 18, 2015

finish strong friday

20150515_143246Friday's Birthday Season's gifts included a favorite of ours...Final Day of School!!!! We celebrated lunch out at a local pizza place and then ran a few errands.  The boys had been given some gift certificates for finishing their books in Awana, so we went to 5 Below and found some treasures.  I found a $5 t-shirt that I love...it's in a pic below.  After shopping, the boys needed haircuts.  It just so happens that the boys' favorite place for haircuts is right next door to The Mix, a local froyo place.  Yes, we celebrated again...well, I stopped at Dunkin and bought myself a coconut decaf, the boys had froyo.
20150515_175213 After arriving home, it was time to get in my workout for the day.  Friday is leg day in P90X.  I love leg day.  It is actually Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X day.  It works up a great sweat and is a whole lot more fun than cardio. {smile}
20150515_213226Before long, it was time to take off for Alex's baseball game.  He was the clean up batter (4th in the rotation).  The team has been playing so well lately.  This game was more of the same.  The game was a real barn burner  The lead went back and forth until the other team tied us in the top of the ninth. Our boys had to dig in and make something happen with their bats...and they did!  Base hits and stolen bases brought about the winning run.  It was so amazing to watch!  For the night Alex was 1 for 3...striking out twice, but at his third at bat getting a solid 2 RBI base hit.  I ♥ my ball player!