I’m motivated!

I’ll be the first to admit, I am not big on New years resolutions.  I need easy, simple.  Like the one word challenge.  That I can keep up with.  One word for a whole twelve months.  That I can do.  But right before the new year I  discovered an email that had gotten lost.  That email has encouraged me to change some things.   I know it looks like a new years resolution but it’s not. It just happened to coincide with the new year.

When things went south at our former church I had to find a new health practitioner, my homeopath had been the Pastor’s son. After that fiasco there was no way that could continue.  I found a chiropractor several months ago that does gentle adjustments and wellness work.  Apparently, he sent me an email after my first visit that I all but ignored.  Shane saw him the week after Christmas and came home talking about the recommendations Dr. Ben made.  I searched my emails and sure enough I had one too!  I dug in and absorbed.  I have a vague recollection of the email but must not have thought much of it then.

I’m a firm believer in God’s timing.  I guess I wasn’t ready to read it before now…that’s the only excuse I have.  I’ve jumped in with gusto!  No, it’s not a new years resolution, it just so happened to fall at the new year.  Whatever the reason I’m motivated now.  Here’s what I’ve done so far:

Eating habits.  I’ve been making (and eating) green smoothies.  Did you know Wal-Mart carries this ginormous bag of Kale?  Me neither until I found it earlier this week.  I do like Kale but I’d never ventured into green smoothies before.   I managed to make one today with a grapefruit that was actually quite tasty.  From one who has rarely stomached a grapefruit that wasn’t loaded with sugar that’s saying a lot.  Who knew kale and grapefruit could work together in symphony!

Rebounding.  We’ve had a “little trampoline” for years.  In the winter the kids will walk by and hop on for a few minutes to burn some energy when it’s too cold to brave the elements. In the past I’d hop on for a few minutes here and there but without purpose.  But  I read recently where even bouncing 5 minutes at a time can be beneficial.  My goal is 5 minutes 3 times a day.   I’ve know I need to be more active for some time now.  I always have the best intentions to do something but sometimes finding even 15 minutes for T-Tapp is impossible.  Finding 5 minutes while I’m listening to some “Happy Music” or a podcast, or playing Friendo I can do!  Finding this information on rebounding was truly an answer to prayer.

Meditation.  Not “quiet time with God” really but quieting myself for 15-30 minutes at least one time a day to let my mind wander here and there and everywhere with restful, relaxing music lulling me through headphones means I can do it when the chaos swirls around me.   I’ve thought about everything from my childhood to my favorite Scriptures.  I’ve prayed, I’ve wept quietly. I’ve almost fallen asleep.  It’s been amazing!

I’ve also started back to writing verses each day from swtblessings.  A few verses that I can think about and focus on throughout the day.  That is what I need.

Already I’m feeling better and seem to have more energy!  The stresses of life don’t seem as daunting.

I am encouraged and inspired.  Will we go totally Paleo?  No!  I’ve done enough research over the years to know what my thoughts are on healthy eating and strictly paleo isn’t it.   But we were off course having  had several super busy months last year. The fact is, sometimes store bought french fries are easier than making homemade sweet potato fries but I’m determined to go back to the outside of the aisles (for the most part) at the grocery store beginning now.

I tried a new egg casserole dish with sweet potatoes, kale, sausage and eggs that even my egg hater loved.

Even if my non new years resolution resolution fails, I’ve found some new low carb menu items to add to my rotation and that’s always a plus.

Happy 2018!

Linking up with the gang at Five Minute Friday this first Thursday evening of the New Year.  The word prompt is motivate.  I set my timer, or so I thought but I must not have pushed hard enough. It never went off.  Oh well.  The purpose is to write, right? 



  • martha brady

    01/05/2018 at 8:41 pm Reply

    sounds like you are doing a good job with your eating:) i got cheating too much. i need to get back on the horse again.

    • Christy

      01/05/2018 at 8:44 pm Reply

      Exactly! Way too many sweets over the holidays!

  • Tara

    01/05/2018 at 3:09 pm Reply

    I’m so not a grapefruit eater! And Friendo….how are we not playing together? Great plans friend! I’m in the 57 spot this week.

    • Christy

      01/05/2018 at 3:20 pm Reply

      I’m actually thinking of putting a whole grapefruit in tomorrow! Crazy right?!? Hit me up for friendo. I’m probably too dumb to figure out how to invite you lol.

  • Heidi McCahan

    01/05/2018 at 10:31 am Reply

    Hi Christy! I enjoyed reading your post. Your words are very encouraging. I can’t commit to trying kale, but I am going to commit to writing out more verses. Blessings!

    • Christy

      01/05/2018 at 8:41 pm Reply

      Here’s what I use to write out my verses Heidi. http://www.swtblessings.com/

      I actually do love Kale. Although I realize that I’m kinda weird that way, lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Gabriele

    01/05/2018 at 10:20 am Reply

    I used to adore rebounding. I lost weight jumping 20 minutes a day. You have inspired me to jump back into it.

  • Lesley

    01/05/2018 at 7:23 am Reply

    Kale and grapefruit is not a combination I’d have considered but it sounds interesting! These sound like good changes to make, and I think even little changes can add up to a big difference over time. Hope you have a great 2018!

    • Christy

      01/05/2018 at 8:33 am Reply

      I know right? I do have to admit I threw in a banana too. It had a little tartness to it, but overall was surprised that it actually tasted good.

  • Debby

    01/05/2018 at 6:52 am Reply

    I agree. These aren’t resolutions but healthy life changes you are incorporating. There is a difference. The choices you are making are more likely to last. Thanks for sharing these healthy tips.

    • Christy

      01/05/2018 at 8:51 am Reply

      I pray they are Debby! The eating habits just need a bit of tweaking (especially after the sugar laden junk we’ve been eating)…the exercising is where I fear I’ll struggle.

  • Jeanne Takenaka

    01/04/2018 at 11:36 pm Reply

    Hey Christy! Happy New Year, my friend! I loved reading your post and hearing your vibrant energy through each word. I totally agree, God knows when we need to see/hear/read things. He knows when we’re ready to act on good things . . . New Year or not. It sounds like you are off to a fabulous start!

    God is helping me see where I need to focus. Taking some time off from writing and social media in December has helped me see ways I can get more writing time out of my days. And for this, I am thankful. And excited. Sometimes taking a break from something re-orients my perspective with God’s.

    Sending you a hug!

    • Christy

      01/05/2018 at 9:04 am Reply

      Taking a break often helps doesn’t it? I’ve stepped back some from my social media…realizing more and more how much I need less drama. I’m hoping to get busy at my writing desk more this year as well. May we both succeed!
      hugs and blessings!

  • Lizzy Ainsworth

    01/04/2018 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Yes, God has perfect timing in finding emails like that, it’s happened to us before too! Sounds like some good motivation moving fwd. Gotta work on my pelvic floor before I can do some rebounding, and I don’t know about the Kale and grapefruit, though I’m sure my naturopath would love that suggestion, the meditation I can do, and love to when I lie down to feed the baby, even though Playschool might be blaring in the background for Miss 4! Coming over from FMF

    • Christy

      01/05/2018 at 9:14 am Reply

      Hehe…the pelvic floor certainly can be an issue can’t it? So far so good for me. I’m not jumping though just gently bouncing so maybe that’s the key to success for now. When I work up to jumping it may become a problem though, lol.

      I definitely wasn’t sure about grapefruit! (or the green if I’m honest). I used one banana, 1/2 grapefruit and a couple of big handfuls of kale with a little water.

  • Annette V

    01/04/2018 at 10:34 pm Reply

    sounds like you have a great plans going forward, and they aren’t resolutions, they are plans and life changes. 🙂

    • Christy

      01/05/2018 at 9:31 am Reply

      I hope so Annette! Especially the exercise!

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