Faith Fitness and Laughter

Small Town Living

Hey there!  How was your weekend?   I had to work Saturday, but I have spent most of the weekend resting.  With some of the health issues that I have going on, my energy levels are simply gone.  Hopefully this will get better once we figure out what is going on. 

 

Today I wanted to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to live in a small town….  Smile  

 

 

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In the center of town is our Court House…

 

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It kind of reminds me of Back to the Future.  You know, the clock tower.. Winking smile  Our court house is in the middle of town and during the Christmas season it’s all decorated with a huge Christmas tree in the middle…

 

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Also in the center of town is this little place….The Yellow Jacket

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When I was growing up, it was called the Daisy Queen but the cook as you order theme is still the same.  Smile

 

 

I am currently letting my hair grow out, but when I do need a hair cut I make an appointment with my favorite hair dresser at the place…

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Hair Associates

 

 

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Where I graduated….  It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 20 years since I have walked these halls.  Seems like only yesterday that I was making my way to each class and seeing my friends.  I think my favorite class was English.  It was a small setting and I really liked the teacher. 

 

 

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Our Auditorium

 

 

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When I have to make a quick stop to get some groceries, this is usually my stop.  The nearest Kroger’s is about 35 minutes away.  With a Fresh Market and Whole Foods about 45 minutes away. 

 

 

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Local Festivals

 

 

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Small café 

 

 

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Cool barns

 

 

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Living in a small town has both it’s advantages and disadvantages, but I normally don’t mind them.  Although I do admit that there are times I wish that I could get in and out of the store without running into someone that I know… Smile

 

Today is a holiday (Martin Luther King Day) so I am off…..just gonna hang out and enjoy the day. 

 

Have a great day! 

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Ponytails and Insurance

Good morning my friends!   It’s Tuesday!  It’s been really busy the last week or so but I just wanted to pop in and say hello.  We finally got some sunshine only to have it rain yesterday…..again. 

 

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I can now wear my hair up in a ponytail!  A while back I decided to grow my hair out and was pretty excited that I could now do this. 

 

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Lame self-picture, but you get the idea… Winking smile

 

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Last Friday when I came home from work the only thing that I really wanted to do was get into my pj’s and cuddle with this little man.  He was more than happy to oblige. 

 

 

On a happy side note:   I have a job interview today!!  The last few months have had some changes in the job front (to say the least) and so this is some pretty cool news.  I am not sure how qualified I am for the position, but I am pretty excited to explore my options. 

 

Can I rant for a minute? 

 

I went to the doctor yesterday for a follow-up visit and with some changes in my insurance had to pay full price for my visit and full price for my prescriptions.  I am not a huge fan of medicine, but for right now the medication is necessary. 

I came home ready to sell everything I have, buy a used tent, a cow, a goat, a chicken.  Plant a garden.  Take showers at convenient stores.  You name it, I wanted to do it.  Agh! 

I just found it ridiculous that these high deductibles were set in place knowing that most people will never meet them.  Which basically means that you will pay full price for everything!!  

 

Rant over.

I think.

 

 

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My new workout buddy! 

 

 

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Speak Love.

 

 

Have a wonderful day!!

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A plan, A future

Happy Sunday to you!  

 

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This is probably one of my favorite verses and any time that I get down or wonder how in the world my life is going to turn out I read this verse and I am comforted by the fact that my life is already planned out. 

 

Boys, you may want to skip this part……

 

Let me start by saying that I will be 39 this month.  The 27th to be exact.  Oh I’m not sad about being “practically 40”, but I have thought a lot about what my body has been doing lately.  I anticipate change, but some of it I am not sure that I am prepared for.  I mean how do you get prepared??  Smile  

Some of the things that I have noticed that have changed the older I get:

 

  • Energy levels
  • my periods
  • strength
  • focus
  • flexibility

 

1) Energy levels.  I find myself not able to sustain my energy levels, even when I eat the proper foods to fuel my body.  I love routing when it comes to diet and exercise.  To bed early, up early, lots of water, exercise, proper diet.  These are things that do properly fuel the body, but lately some of them are off.  I also find that the older I get it’s a must to incorporate a daily multi-vitamin.  I am horrible when it comes to taking medicine but find that I do feel better when I consistently take my vitamins.

 

2) Periods.  Ugh.  This is a tough one and something I did expect to change over the years.  But what I didn’t expect was that they would be so painful.  Three days.  Tops.  They  have always been like clock work and they have always lasted about three days.  Now?  They are longer and they are pretty painful.  There is always one day during my cycle that I  hurt from head to toe.  I’m not on any form of birth control but think that that it might help to regulate my cycle.  I also understand that stress, diet and exercise to have a big impact on your cycle as well.  Too much of any of the three can actually cause you to skip your period.  What are your thoughts on this topic??  

 

3) Strength.  This one isn’t as affected as the others on the above list, but I have noticed that it has changed some.  I feel like I have zero upper body strength no matter what I do.

 

4) Focus.  Oh my lord this one is just all over the place.  The main reason that I notice it is because it does take me longer to break something down than the young girls that I work with.  They can look at something and break it down and just bam, come up with a conclusion.  Me?  I can come up with a conclusion, but it takes juuust a bit longer to get to it.  Winking smile

 

5) Flexibility.  Stretching seems to be a little more difficult the older I get.  This is why I love yoga so much.  The stretching helps my hips and lower back and just overall makes me feel better. 

 

 

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Yesterday when I got home from work I went for a walk.  It’s something that I have really enjoyed doing lately and it helps with building strength in my legs.  One of the things that I want to work up to is running outside.  I love love love my treadmill, but really want to run outside without it making me feel like I want to cut my legs off the next day! 

I put my IPod on and took off!

 

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I thought this was hilarious. 

 

 

I am nearly finished watching season two of Downton Abbey and hope to get in season three before the new season starts tonight.  Agh!!  

 

I hope you have an amazing Sunday! 

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Happy New Year!

First let me start by saying…… Happy New Year!!! 

How did you guys bring in the new year??  I ended up coming home from work, having dinner, getting into my lounge pants and pretty much crashing like an old lady.  My sweetie called at about 9:00 to go ahead and tell me Happy New Year because he wasn’t sure if he would be able to call later.  After I got off the phone with him, I went back to sleep looking at my Christmas tree.

 

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I hope that you guys are having a really good day no matter where you are at.  It’s beautiful here in Arkansas today and I have already been out enjoying the sun.  I wanted to stay on my normal routine so I got up at 5:15 and started my day.  I enjoyed two cups of coffee and took two assessment tests this morning…  Smile 

I just got back from a really great walk and seem to really enjoy walking more so than running lately.  Don’t get me wrong I love running, but there is something about walking and the time that it gives you to think about things and to spend time with God.

 

I really really can’t wait to see what 2014 holds.  There have been so many changes in my life this past year that have changed me that I am excited to see what that preparation was for.  When God changes us, I believe that He uses hard circumstances to do so.  Not all of the time, but some.  How else are we to depend completely upon Him if we don’t go through things that brings us closer to Him.  Make sense? 

I will be the first to tell you that this past year looked nothing like I expected it to.  Some things I wish that I can go back and make different decisions so that the outcome of things would be different, but I am happy with how things have turned out.  Oh my goodness there were things that I thought about that would probably scare you!  You see, I found myself really depressed in 2013.  I never really thought about causing harm to myself, but there were moments that I just wanted the hurt and pain to just end.  End.  Stop.  Cease. 

There were moments I know that my parents were probably not sure what to do with me.  Still don’t Smile .   I took spur of the moment trips just to see them because I just had to be near someone that loved me.  To tell me that things would be alright…..better.  Of course they told me that, but my heart and mind were just to cluttered with self loathing thoughts to even consider being happy or at peace.

There were even days that I couldn’t even get out of bed.  I just felt sick.  Weak.  Horrible.  My whole body just revolted at the idea of even functioning and wanting to get up.  I can remember a day where the only thing that I had to eat was a slice of pumpkin bread.  (this was a while back).  It was all that my stomach could hold.  All it could take in.  The taste of water even made me sick to my stomach and I love water.

I felt so fake.  Even here.  A place that I could come and journal and speak about things going on in my life.  I suddenly felt like a huge phony.  Like I was putting up this front just so that I wouldn’t disappoint anyone or make people ask questions.  Here’s the thing.  They asked them anyway.  I distanced myself from church because I was frankly tired of having my family look at me as if someone died.  Because inside, I felt like I was.  The turmoil in my heart was so massive I just can’t even put it into words.

Part of the frustration that I was experiencing was that I am a child of a Savior that can hold the entire world in the palm of His hand.  He was thinking about me even before the foundations of the earth and yet here I was thinking that I wasn’t worth anything.  Nothing.

Oh my goodness there were nights that I simply just cried myself to sleep.  I’m not talking about just a simple little cry.  I am talking about the ones where you end up in the toilet because you just made yourself sick.  The kind where you just feel like your head is going to explode.  And I wished that it would have. 

My natural instinct is to run to someone who will comfort me with words and tell me to hang in there, but this time it was different.  I felt that I couldn’t turn to anyone because they just wouldn’t understand.  Understand that I just felt lost.  Alone.  Lonely.  Ugly.  Worthless.  Angry. 

Oh yes…..all of them!

I still struggle with angry thoughts and outbursts.

Everything that I loved just didn’t mean anything to me anymore.  I stopped working out because it just didn’t bring me joy anymore.  Reading seemed like a waste of time to me.  Talking to friends took effort and frankly I just didn’t want to answer questions or lie.  Lie and say..”oh I’m fine”.   Because I wasn’t.  I just wasn’t. 

But I have surrounded myself with a loving family and friends and I know that they knew I was not ok and that things were not fine.

It’s part of the reason that I took such a long break from this place.  I felt like I couldn’t even be myself here.  That I had to sensor myself. 

 

As long as this has been, I am coming to a point. 

 

What are things like now?   Better.   I have changed though.  I am still changing.  You see, when we are His children he wants us to be the person that He has created us to be.  How does He get us there??  He changes us.  Sometimes from the ground up.  The process is never ending and I am alright with that. 

So so many times I have wanted to type this out and share this with you but wasn’t sure how it would be read.  I do hope that it might reach someone that just might be experiencing the same things.  It does get better.  And please please please, don’t give up. 

Things mend and you get stronger and you experience joy again.

 

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Chocolate Peppermint spinach smoothie!

 

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Two eggs with spinach and baby kale and one clementine for breakfast! 

 

I am off today and I don’t have to be back to work until 2:00 tomorrow…..  Not sure how I am going to spend the rest of the day but there’s a lot of beauty in that! 

 

Question:  How did you spend your New Years Eve?  Low-key?

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