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Well, 2010 is off to a good start so far.¬† Here’s what’s happening around here……

I’m as busy as ever teaching piano lessons, cleaning out closets (and selling what I’m getting rid of on ebay ūüôā

Grace is doing FANTASTIC in preschool this year and in piano lessons.¬† She LOVES piano lessons, and picks up on it quickly which is a real relief for me.¬† (We’re using the “Music for Little Mozart’s” series from Alfred’s and she’s just moving right along!)

I’m about to add to my lengthy to do list…….drum roll please……..

I’m going to take Violin lessons!!!¬† I told the teacher that I can only do a lesson every other week so that I actually have TIME to practice.¬† I’m not exactly sure HOW or WHERE that’s going to fit into our schedule, but I really want to learn to play another instrument.

As of this morning I have 9 LBS left to go…..I can hardly believe it!¬† It seems like I’ve been trying to lose this baby weight FOREVER.¬† I’ve only been working on it seriously for the last year and a half and the end is in sight!!!

We’ve added taking a walk on Saturday mornings to our routine and we’re having a lot of fun with it.¬† I don’t like to exercise, but I always tell myself that a little bit of exercise is better than none!

On a side note, I bought a label maker a few weeks ago, and Grace just LOVES it.¬† She wants a label maker of her own and only told me that like 300 times last Saturday, so I told her that I will buy her a label maker of her own when she can spell 100 words that are 4 letters long or longer ūüėČ

She is so strong willed that she’s taking me up on the challenge!¬† She has to come up with 92 more words she can spell and the label maker is hers.¬† This is what happens when you speak before you think about the fact that you’re sending your child to a preschool where they work on the sounds of letters…You end up buying a label maker……..she amazes me.¬† Here is her list so far:

*Plane (She spelled plan and I told her if she added an “e” it would be plane, so she said, “OK, I’ll add an “e” and she spelled it again with an “e” on the end!)


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I know it’s been awhile since I blogged regularly…….it’s the last thing on my mind during the holidays, but I thought I’d give you an update on my progress with losing weight in 2009.

I started at Thanksgiving of 2008 with managing my food intake. For me, that meant smaller portions, drinking water, not sodas, no french fries, grilled chicken instead of crispy chicken and cutting back on snacks, sweets, etc.

I started taking green tea pills as an antioxidant, they really seemed to help with weight loss.

I struggle with exercising consistently and I don’t like to go to the gym to work out, so I tell myself that a little bit of exercise is better than none. In the summer, we went for walks a couple times a week and did some swimming, even though it was just once in awhile, I could tell that I lost more weight the weeks we went for walks than I did when we didn’t get any exercise in. I also count mowing the lawn as exercise…..that counts…..right ? ūüôā

My other approach was to work on my weight goals 5lbs at a time. I didn’t work on the total number I needed to lose, just the next 5 lb goal. I was on the scale 3 or 4 mornings a week monitoring my progress to the next goal and cheering myself on!

The grand total lost in 2009 was 35 lbs! It felt so good to see the numbers on the scale drop and to drop to clothing sizes…..but it was a daily process and little bits of progress here and there.

My goal for 2010 is 20 lbs (5 lbs at a time of course) and then I’ll be where I need to be.

Those of you who are working on weight loss……you can do it! Find what works for you, and work on it little by little.

You know what they say….”Slow and steady wins the race.”

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I got this in my email the other day and thought I’d share it with you……

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible.  His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do? ”

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told; even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, ‘You will have to move a little faster next time,’ and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was ‘impossible to carry water in a basket,’ and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, ‘I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water.

You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,’ and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, ‘See Papa, it’s useless!’

“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

‚ÄúSon, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.‚ÄĚ

Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don’t retain a word.

Thought for Today: Gods Love is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.

God is  more concerned about your heart than your brain.


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Happy 2009!!!¬† Can you believe it’s already 2009?¬† Just 10 years ago we were all hyped up about Y2K and now we’re sailing through¬† the 2000’s.¬†

I usually don’t like to see the old year end, but this year is different.¬† I am so excited about this year.¬† I think it’s because I’m self employed and I get to make all of my own business decisions.¬† God is blessing my business despite the national economic crisis, I have 4 new students that start next week and 3 others who will possibly start in the next month.¬† I am so thankful for each new student He sends my way and am so greatful every day that I am able to spend the majority of my day being a mom and that I don’t deal with all of the unnecessary ¬†stress¬†from¬†the office politics.

Anyway…..here are my goals for 2009.¬† These are the big things I want to accomplish.¬† I will also set goals for each month as I go along to get these accomplished.

  • Get to bed on a consistent basis by 11 p.m.
  • Have a total of 35 piano students by the end of the year.
  • Lose the last 20 lbs (5 lbs at a time.)
  • Find and purchase¬†a house.
  • Get the paint on my car touched up. (There’s some scratches on the front end that are driving me insane.)
  • Finish paying off my credit card.
  • Increase ebay sales.
  • Take more time to reach out to other people who need encouragement.
  • Work on Grace’s scrapbook. (I’m way behind on this.)

I must say that looking back on my goals for 2008, almost all of them were accomplished.¬† The big ones were paying off my car and becoming self employed.¬† It was a lot of work to accomplish both of these goals, and for several months, it was crazy.¬† Waking up early, staying up late, trying to get it all done, but I’m so glad I made these my goals for 2008.¬† At the start of the year when I wrote them down, they were really only wishes.¬† I didn’t really believe I would accomplish them, but I wanted to.¬† By focusing on them and taking small steps each month, they became a reality.

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Good news!!!¬† The scale confirms it….I’ve reached my 5lb goal!¬† Now I only have 5lbs left until I reach my next goal!¬† (You can read about my weight loss goals¬†here.)

I seemed to be on a plateau in weight loss and you know how you beat yourself up for it…….anyway, I kept telling myself…..”This is crazy….you have to get this baby weight off!”¬† So, in my attempt to figure out how to get the last half of the weight off, I read almost every article I could find about weight loss in women’s magazines.¬†

I don’t go for diets where you have to eat weird things to lose weight and I don’t go for weight loss pills, so most of the diets I read about I discarded…..then I came across a diet article that said you can lose weight by drinking tea each day.¬† It gave all of these great ways to get your tea consumption in.¬† While I was reading it, I thought to myself…”It sounds simple enough, but I’m not a tea drinker.”¬† (I cannot stand tea…..anyway…) so I was about to discard this diet too when I saw that it suggested that if you’re not a tea drinker, you can still use the diet by taking Green Tea Pills.

I hadn’t heard of Green Tea Pills, but I thought I’d check it out the next time I went to the store.¬† I also ran it by a friend of mine and she¬†said that she takes them and thinks they help with weight loss and energy.¬† They’re all natural, so I thought I’d give it a try.¬† I’m on day 2 of the green tea pills, I’ll let you know in a couple of weeks if I think they’re working.

Another encouraging thing I read about weight loss this week is that any form of exercise, even if it’s for only 5 minutes helps you burn calories.¬† The article said that 5 minutes of exercise a day, 6x a day is JUST AS EFFECTIVE as 30 minutes at the same time.

I like the 5 minute concept, just like I like the setting goals to lose 5 LBS at a time, it makes it not so overwhelming.

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Since Grace was born, I’ve lost 40 Lbs, I still have another 40 to go…..Yes, you read that right.¬† I gained 80 Lbs with my first baby!¬† I really don’t know how it happened because at month 7, I had only gained 25 Lbs, the other 55 went on in the last 8 weeks……(too bad I can’t get it to go away in 8 weeks……) anyway, here are some of the things I’ve discovered that have helped me, maybe some of them will help you or give you an idea.

I firmly believe that everyone loses weight differently, and that not all diets or exercise plans work for everyone, you have to find out how your body loses weight and work on it from that angle.

I found out that “diets” do NOT work for me.¬† Whenever I go on a “diet” I GAIN more weight, so I don’t “diet”¬† I use portion control and some exercise to make it happen.¬† I eat ANYTHING I want, but my rules are:

#1-Only eat when you are hungry, not because it’s time to eat (meaning don’t just sit down and eat because it’s Breakfast time, lunch time, dinner time.)¬† Sometimes I eat lunch at 11:00am, sometimes it’s closer to 1:00pm, it’s whenever I’m hungry.

#2-Stop eating when you’re full.¬† Don’t make yourself finish your plate.¬† When you’re full, you tend to slow down on eating and you naturally push your plate or fork away, learn to pick up on these queues, and you’ll know when you’re full.

I only drink water and lemonade (once in awhile), this is healthier for you and it saves on calories.¬† I read that if you stop drinking soft drinks for a year, you will lose 15lbs just from the savings in the calories that you are no longer drinking down.¬† To get my water in during the day, I always have a glass of ice water with me around the house and when ever I go somewhere, I have my water bottle filled up and in my bag so that I get my water in for the day, and so I’m not tempted to stop and buy a soda or¬†coffee.

I LOVE ice cream, and I’ve recently decided to buy ice cream that has 1/2 the fat in it that regular ice cream has.¬† I’ve found that it tastes just as good, I still get to enjoy my ice cream, and I’m saving calories and fat.

Make healthier choices, I try to make it a point to eat a salad at least once a week, and I stay away from hamburgers (I only eat them a few times a year for a treat.)

I’ve also found that when I exercise, even just a little bit, I lose weight……whether it’s going for a walk, running around with Grace in the backyard, going for a swim, taking stairs instead of elevators, ¬†playing soccer with Grace…..you name it, even the littlest bit of exercise helps me.

I also set goals (here I go on goals again…..have I ever mentioned that I’m goal oriented? ūüôā )
I break the weight loss down into 5lb increments, and just work on it 5lbs at a time………I have to lose 5lbs sounds so much better in my mind than “I have to lose 40lbs.”¬† 40 sounds overwhelming to me, but 5, I can handle 5 lbs.

I also set goals about clothing sizes.¬† Before Grace came along, I was wearing size 6’s, after she was born, I was in 16’s…….that’s a huge switch in 9 months!¬† My first goal was to get to 14’s, then 12’s, and now that I’m in 12’s, my goal is to get into 10’s, after 10’s, I’ll work on 8’s then 6’s.

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If you’ve been a reader of neverforsaked for any length of time, you know already that I am VERY goal oriented.¬† My philosophy is set a goal, (using the SMART Goals Method)¬†break it down into small action steps,and accomplish your goal.¬† I’ve used goal setting for everything from starting my own business to getting daily tasks accomplished.¬†

I’ve been a Christian for many years, I grew up in a Christian home, but I’ve always struggled with Bible reading.¬† Church attendance, tithing, giving to missions, giving of my time and talents, praying-none of them have been struggles for me, they have been a natural part of my spiritual life for many years.¬†

I always have good intentions.¬† I start the year out and I read the Bible for a few days, I get busy and then I don’t pick it up for months except to go to Church.¬† I sit in Church and I think “I really want to read my Bible, I’m going to read it today” and then I get busy and it doesn’t happen.¬† I hear other people talk about what they read in the Bible and I think “I really want to start reading my Bible again.”¬† I’ve tried using bookmarks,¬†Bible reading guides and even just reading one chapeter a day and I always end up with the same results.¬† I’ve prayed and asked God to give me the desire to read the Bible.¬† It’s not that I don’t have the desire, I really WANT to read it, it just¬†seems like things just “come up” and it doesn’t get done.¬†

Then¬†it dawned on me last week……Set a¬†goal!¬† If you remember some of the principles¬†from my post on¬†“Setting Goals to Accomplish Things”¬†¬† you’ll remember that if I’m making a goal out of something that isn’t currently in my schedule or routine, it has to be ‘attainable.”

That means that I’m not going to set a goal to read a book of the Bible every day.¬† I’m not going to set a goal to read the Bible every day this year.¬† Not only is that not attinable for me since I don’t do it now, but it’s also very overwhelming and discouraging because I know that if I set a goal to read my Bible every day, I’ll fall short of it and give up (again)¬† so following the principles of SMART goals, I set a goal to read the Bible just three times a week.¬† That gives me room so that if I miss a couple of days, I’m not overwhelmed.¬† It’s also attainable for me.¬† I know that most Christians are taught that they need to read the Bible EVERY day, and that’s true, but reading three days a week is so much better than what I’ve currently been reading it, and once I get the three days a week down, I can change my goal to four days a week, then five, six, and then to every day.¬†

See how small steps help you accomplish BIG goals?¬† Since I started with this goal last week, I’ve already read the book of Revelation, I’ve read through the New Testament about the Second Coming of Christ and I’m almost done with Romans.¬†¬† WOW, that’s A LOT of Bible reading for someone who hasn’t been successful in this area in the past.¬† Now that I’ve set a goal, I look forward to spending time each evening reading¬†a few chapters before I go to sleep.

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