Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Our latest Blakley news consists of me trying to get our wedding scrapbook together, me trying to keep up with my golf-loving husband (which means I went with him to the driving range tonight, and Justin trying to plant a garden. Oh, and me being very lazy on the whole working out thing. (I'm getting up to workout tomorrow, though).
I'm so excited about my recent focus on scrapbooking (along with my new Creative Memories tools) and the prospect of delicious veggies right from our own yard this summer!
In Jazz news...she managed to viciously murder a lizard in our house, which I was so thankful for. I call it a vicious murder because when we found the lizard, it had no eyes. (Yuck!) Whatever...I was just glad she found it. I screamed when I saw it 3 days before, but there was nothing we could do about it!
Well, now you're basically caught up on our pretty boring lives!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
So...since I've been working out on a more regular basis, I really feel like I have more energy and drive to actually clean my house on the schedule that I like to keep. I try to be organized, but honestly, there are always so many lists going on in my head of things that need to get done, I often end up leaving some things undone.
I've decided to try out the Palm Pilot again. Justin's parents bought one for him a couple Christmas's ago, (I know his mom, like me, will forever try to get him organized!) but for a man who doesn't know how to write a to-do list or use a calendar...that's pretty much an obvious gift that was eventually coming my way. But, I'm not complaining, because it's a list-maker's dream. Also, it really works for me because I can make a list and then see things checked off, then deleted. Just the affirmation I need that I've gotten a job done!
So, I thought I'd share with you my cleaning schedule that (basically) works for me. I've had to start a real cleaning schedule because our house is just too big for us. Even though we really don't need all of these rooms, we still seem to somehow mess them all up each week! (Ironic, because the reason our house was never clean before was because it was too small and I didn't have a place for everything to go!...hmm...maybe it's my fought and not the house's....oh well!) I'm not real legalistic about the schedule or anything. It does feel good, though, when I stay on some sort of schedule and don't have to clean the entire house on my day off!
Monday: clean family room, guest room, light laundry load
Tuesday: dark laundry load, water plants, iron clothes
Wednesday: clean lower bathroom, kitchen, dining room, white laundry load, plan menu, sort coupons
Thursday: vaccumn, clean living room, wash towels, grocery shopping
Friday: water plants, pay bills, file papers, clean upstairs
Saturday: clean kitchen, cars, collect trash
Whew! That list is making me tired. I really have to logically think through everything I do...it's just the way my brain works. :) I guess I'll just keep trying to perfect my schedule until we have children and I know it will probably all be up in the air!
As you see, today was ironing day, which has been happening during American Idol at night. As I was ironing tonight, I thought of something very ironic (!?). And that was...why do I actually take precious time ironing Justin's sleeve's on his shirts when they're all too short anyway, and he's just going to roll them up as soon as he puts the shirt on...hmm...something to remember next Tuesday night...
Sorry...I know the last thing any of you want to read about tonight is cleaning, but there's my post anyway!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Check back tomorrow...I'll give you the EVBC video as promised :)
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Here are some healthy accomplishments in my life lately!....
- If you know me, this alone is incredible...I have not had any fried food in atleast 21 days (that's when I started counting)
- I have worked out 5 of the last 7 days...good start!! :)
- I have been making extremely better food choices lately...though not without my slip ups!
- For the first time this season, I'm currently watching Biggest Loser knowing that I have actually worked out this week! Ha!
I have totally loved working out these last few days. I've already enjoyed getting to talk to some new women...I've even met some ladies from our church that I hadn't met yet. God is so good as He has given me the will to change this area of my life. We'll be at the beach in less than two months and now I have a wedding at the end of August...HUGE motivation!!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I know it's true because I have clothes in my closet that are four sizes smaller and haven't been worn for years. (I'm definitely holding on to the past!)
I know it's true because I get winded when walking the steps a few times in our house.
I know it's true because I somedays I'd rather wear Justin's gym shorts than squeeze into my own (sooo sad).
Anyways...you get the idea...it's time to face reality. Amazingly, God is so patient with me. My eating habits and lack of exercise are too often acts of flat out disobedience and definitely not respectful of this earthly body God has given me. Knowing this, I've prayed and prayed for God to help me eat well and have the discipline to get up and work out. He's given me the desire (which I know is definitely Him, not me). Now it's time to do my part and work along side the Holy Spirit's work in my life. No more being lazy.
This is where you come in. (Yes...you...reading this!) Help me...pray for me...ask me how the workouts are going...encourage me to eat well. I know you will because I know if you're reading this you care about me or atleast care about reading what I have to say. So...thanks for your support.
Now...to share the gym stories...
I haven't officially joined the gym yet. Last Friday started my free trial week and I plan to join after its over. I actually heard about this gym that is right down the road from our house from a sweet "Senior Saint" in our church. I wanted to check it out because its literally 30 seconds down the street if I drive...so I knew even I could get myself up to drive 30 seconds to a gym! (A minute might be pushing it! - sadly, I know my own nature).
I went last Thursday to checkout the facility, had a tour from a nice lady, but couldn't help noticing that everyone working out at the time as well as my tour guide was over 50. Not that I have a problem with older women, but I was starting to wonder if this was the place for me. I continued getting the tour...nice equipment...beautiful, feminine decor (it's a women's only gym)...friendly people...nice pitchers of water to enjoy...puzzle to work on while you cool down...nice locker room, you know...very modern. But...rewind..."puzzle to work on???" Yes...this is the moment that I seriously thought, "This might just be an old lady gym!" I mean, the only place I know that has puzzles laying out to work on is in the retirement home! I was seriously laughing inside and probably always will when I walk past the puzzle table!
I kept an open mind, however, and came in Friday for my first workout. Same old scenario...everyone was over 50 when I got there. Eventually, a few women in their 40's came in...I started to not feel so young. It honestly hadn't bothered me though, because the last thing I need for my self-esteem is a gorgeous 20 year old working out right beside me. I feel great when I'm surpassing the women around me (even if it's because they have back problems or something!)
Today was the first day I've gone back since last week. I just did not want to get out of bed before work on Monday and Tuesday. I am not a morning person in the first place so every day is a battle to get up without snoozing 10 times. Well, my workout today was great. AND there were some women there a lot closer to my age!! That excites me. One of the reasons I want to go to the gym is to meet some ladies in the community. Hopefully I can build some relationships while working out. Gotta bring as many positives to this workout scenario as I can!!
I look forward to working out more. I have felt great both days when I worked out. Working out always makes me more conscious about my food choices as well. Unfortunately, as the day goes by I start to be more slack about my choices. I've been trying not to eat after 8, which gets difficult when Justin doesn't eat until after choir practice on Wednesdays. So...we headed out to McDonald's tonight to get him some dinner. I was weak and had a Hot Fudge Sunday, but...surely it balances out since we walked there! Yes...that's right...I truely have too much temptation before me every day. McDonald's is RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from our house. Honestly and sadly, my biggest weakness. I'm proud to announce however, that I have not had fried food in 15 days! Quite an accomplishment for me, the ultimate fry lover.
Anyways...I'm rambling...but hopefully giving you an idea of how desperately I need your prayers and encouragement. I know us women have to stick together!! Thanks for letting me be honest!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Maybe it's because I'm not ready to admit how I want to join the gym down the road...although I have a free week, but can't seem to get myself out of bed to go work off this ever-increasing fat! I want to share funny stories about the gym...but really its just a sad portion of my life right now.
Maybe it's because I'm so heartbroken at the state of our world...as so many people are continually deceived by so many false teachers...click here to see what I mean.
Maybe it's because I'm a mess of emotions myself while also dealing with the emotions and struggles my clients are dealing with each week...don't quite know how to sort it all out.
Maybe it's because I know I need to be spending more time with the Lord than time reading everyone else's blogs...been so convicted about that lately...God's working this out in my life...so thankful for His patience!
Maybe it's because I'm again heartbroken to hear of a dear couple who became pregnant after waiting 7 years only to find out today that the baby's heart has stopped beating...while in the same minute reading that Planned Parenthood has now reached the billion dollar industry mark...
I can't help but cry tonight for the brokenness of a lost world while at the same time, surrounded by the confidence of God's amazing, beyond-my-comprehension sovereignty.
I pray that God will give me a huge understanding of how I can be used as His faithful servant to bring about change...even if just in the lives right around me.