Faith Fitness and Laughter

Just to be heard

on January 5, 2013

Morning!  Ok, so Friday was a complete blur for me.  I got up fairly early to get to work and when I got there it didn’t stop.  Especially around 4:00, it just picked up and didn’t stop for me until 6:30.  Sometimes my brain gets on overdrive when it has to make decision after decision and it doesn’t know what else to do but shut down.  Am I alone here??  Winking smile    I had a customer come in right at 6:00 last night just because he wanted to b—h.    Ok.   I’ll be honest, at first it was really hard for me to give him my full attention.  We have certain things that we do right at closing and that was all that my brain was studying.  When I finally accepted that fact that I was going to leave late, drive long, and get home late I settled in and let him talk.  Sometimes, I think we just want to be heard even if there isn’t a real solution.  Because in this situation, there isn’t one. 


So how was your Friday?  Good I hope!



It’s Saturday now and I have lots to do!  My niece and nephew stayed over last night and we are going to bake cookies when they get up.  They don’t know it yet, but I am sure they will be happy.  I mean, I am…….I heart cookies. 

The recipe I am using is from this girl….. gotten from Caitlin over at Chasing Chels.   



Back to lots to do….  Ever feel like you use Saturdays just to stop chasing your tail-end and catch up?  You know, do the little things that you put off during the week??



To-do List:


  1. change my sheets
  2. clean out my closet (it’s getting too full)
  3. change out coffee cups…. cabinet is too full because of seasonal cups.
  4. dust
  5. wash work clothes
  6. paint nails
  7. get gas for the week, which means a trip to town.
  8. meet friend to pick up mission trip photo album I forgot at old job
  9. eat
  10. workout
  11. use the bathroom


Let’s see, anything else?? 

I am sure that I can come up with lots of other things to do as it’s very difficult for me to set still. 





  • 15 squat jumps
  • 5 push-ups
  • 25 high knees
  • 7 burpees
  • 10 lunges
  • 7 squats
  • 5 push-ups
  • 10 lunges
  • 5 push-ups
  • 7 squats
  • 15 squat jumps
  • 1 minute wall sit
  • 5 push-ups
  • 25 high knees

I found this workout on one of the instagram pages that I follow…  workouts_and_motivation

Love it!!




31 Days of Gratitude Challenge:


This week was one of our first exercises and I was a little intimidated by it.  Frankly it involved looking at myself in the mirror and let’s be honest, sometimes that hard.  You can find this mirror challenge at Karen’s blog: Karen C.L. Anderson  


The Exercise:   I had to stand with my back to a mirror with my eyes closed and come up with something or someone that I love unconditionally.  This could have been a person, a favorite pet, or favorite experience.  I chose my niece.  My beautiful niece Erin.  I thought about the first time that I saw her.  How small she was and how her cheeks took up her entire face.  The first time I saw her smile at me and the first time that I got to hold her.  How I was so amazed when she started to speak in complete sentences and when she started walking.  When I first noticed her features changing and how she started to grow!  How someone so little could be so cool.  When she discovered that she could actually watch High School Musical 50 times in a row and not get tired of it.  When she started school and became this super-human little kid that can read big words beyond her level!  How funny she is and how much she loves.  

I started to feel the tears coming.  Not tears of sadness, but tears of joy.  You see, it takes very little effort for me to love Erin.  To love her no matter what.  Both her and my nephew are the coolest kids on the planet and I would jump in front of a bus for them, so loving them isn’t very hard. 

The exercise says that after you stand there for a couple of minutes in that thought you are to turn around (still with your eyes closed) and stay that way for a minute or two just feeling that moment.  When you finally open your eyes, you are to look at yourself with the same softness as you would look on your thought.   Does that make sense?  Looking on my niece isn’t difficult, because I love her so much, but when it comes to looking at myself it’s very different.  I go to this negative place and notice every fault that I have.  The exercise challenges you to look at yourself with eyes that love.  Love that thought, that person, that favorite pet. 

I’ll be honest, the emotion was pretty overwhelming.  In a way that I will try not to sound puffed up, I had pride in myself.  Pride that means I am good enough.  I am good enough. 

It was a pretty cool moment.




What do you guys have planned today??   Movies??  Dinner??  Whatever you do, I hope you have a good one! 





8 responses to “Just to be heard

  1. chasingchels says:

    This is a beautiful exercise, love 🙂 Truly, I think it’s something a bunch of us should try out. I think I’m going to make a point to do it before Friday…maybe Monday or Tuesday since those are sometimes rough days for me. Your niece sounds like quite a special little one but that doesn’t surprise me since she has such an amazing aunt 🙂 And I hope you guys love those cookies….they are definitely a favorite of mine!

  2. wow that exercise sounds really moving! and i know exactly what you mean about chasing your tail… my problem lately has been that my brain has been go-go-go and it literally *won’t* shut down! i’ve been having the hardest time falling asleep! today i worked on my blog (think i’m going to venture into the scary world of photoshop… i’ll keep you posted on that little adventure!) and my friend and i went out for dinner 🙂 now just reading some blogs because i can’t fall asleep (again!).. hope your cookies turn out good! ♥

  3. That looks like a great workout! And sounds like a busy end to your work day!

  4. Great quick little workout! Might have to try that 🙂

  5. What a beautifully written explanation and outcome of this exercise! Mirror work is probably the hardest thing to do for so many people – even when I go to yoga class, my instructor insists on us facing away from the mirrored wall because it can cause too much negative emotion. You tackled it well I think, and I’m so glad you found benefit from it 🙂 Thank you for your post!!

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