Saturday, March 31, 2012

E2E week to last update….

Well I have 2 more pounds to remove before I back at my starting weight of this challenge. Really I didn’t join this challenge to lose weight but I sure didn’t join it to gain weight and then spend the time working on getting rid of what I put on. Geez people, I’m not to smart. However I did join this challenge to work on my running. I haven’t been tip top on it, I really should of been able to run a full 5K or more by now but I’m getting there. I think if my leg wouldn’t bother me all the time I could do better but since I got hurt, saw the doctor and had the cats can thing I have been worried about pushing it to much. Excuses? Maybe? I don’t think so unless I really think about it.

My book is awesome!!!! Here’s a look see into what it’s all about.

Food. Clothes. Spending. Media. Possessions. Waste. Stress. They would spend thirty days on each topic, boiling it down to the number seven. Only eat seven foods, wear seven articles of clothing, and spend money in seven places. Eliminate use of seven media types, give away seven things each day for one month, adopt seven green habits, and observe “seven sacred pauses.” So, what’s the payoff from living a deeply reduced life? It’s the discovery of a greatly increased God—a call toward Christ-like simplicity and generosity that transcends social experiment to become a radically better existence.

I am thinking that once May rolls around I am going to implement this into my life. 7 months to rid some of the extra stuff I am carrying around that I just don’t need. First I’m going to finish the book and think about the way the 7 topics will help me. And getting closer to God is the ultimate experience.

I did visit each of you this week, at least once, and some of you have rocked this challenge….I mean really!!!! Some of you are hanging in there and working hard, YEAH!!! Keep trying, keep up the great work. Some of you are struggling along, like me but not quitting, like me and we will get to where we want to be, we will. We’re all learning…. some quickly, some at a great pace and a few just a wee bit slower BUT we are learning and sharing.

The past little while I’ve been a terrible partner to Casey. I’m so sorry Casey. I need to e-mail you and just catch up on everything.

There is no way I can show myself in the outfit I picked for this challenge. There is no way it’s going to fit me, at least not before the challenge ends, not before my 50th birthday, not before summer. But it will fit during this summer, it WILL!!!

I have learned some important things this year, this challenge. Stress is not my friend and no matter how I try to handle it, I haven’t learned how. I feel responsible for so much and there’s so much I can not change or help with and I have got to learn how to figure that out. I can’t make my mama better, all I can do is be there and help all I can. My sister, well it’s sorta the same thing. She picked her life and circumstances and all I can do is help her when she needs it, support her along the way. Scott is the sweetest boy there is (besides my Mike) and he will come out of this a wise young man and with the help of Mike he will find his way. Mike heading to school is the greatest thing for him and though it’s not an easy thing for me to let go I will and then get to reap the benefits of a happy, healthy, well educated, wonderful young man who has followed his heart and is doing what he picked. Stress will come and go and I need to learn from it.

Mike will be off and running in 3 weeks to the day. Today we went shopping, picked up everything except his work boots and groceries. Spent plenty but he’s pretty much set. His suburban is just about ready to roll. We have saved $1000.00 for travel and hotels and his first week or two of expenses. I think we’re/he’s getting there.

Well I didn’t join the new challenge that’s starting up, sorta wish I had but then again I not the greatest challenger lately and I feel I can’t give it my all, so I’m going to keep working on my own trying to become healthy, wealthy and wise. Hey, you know the wealthy I’m talking about isn’t the money part right? It’s the wealthy in knowledge and more though you know the money part…well I’ll never be wealthy but if we can pay the bills and have a dime left over I’d call that wealthy.

Take care my friends and good luck this last week. I’ll be by to visit you and support you and even though this challenge will end I’ll still be around to check in on you and learn from you and share along the way. Blessings you all!!! 


deanna said...

well it is never to late to start a challenge, but you are doing great 'doing your own thing'... keep moving forward. :)

Princess Dieter said...

I remember you telling me you weren't in this to lose, but to maintain and get fitter. Well, if you end up stronger and leaner, but the same weight, wasn't that your goal? Go for it. Make the last week shine, baby.

And I'm sure Casey feels very happy to have one of the sweetest, most caring ladies in blogdome as her partner. Anyone would feel the same. :D


Karen Butler Ogle said...

Julie, Even though you may not have done as well with this challenge as you wanted to, you have done much better with it than I have. I am up a lot from when I first started and I'm really upset with myself about it. You have a lot going on in your life right now so don't be too hard on yourself. I am not going to sign on for anymore challenges either and I may leave the other challenge I'm in to take some pressure off myself. It is obvious that pressure is not working for me. Hang in there. I will be keeping you in my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Julie, don't be too hard on yourself. We all have our ups and downs when it comes to weight loss. And as for stress, I don't believe anyone ever learns how to deal with it effectively. Just hang in there.

Betty WSch. said...

You are a winner any way I see it! You have been so supportive and your comments help me so much. Casey is lucky to have you has her friend. I hope we stay in touch even after the challenge.

upinthecosmos said...

You've done great and that running will come but you've been an inspiration to me and continue to be:-) I got your virtual 5K on my calendar and in honor of you I'm going to push myself to work in some running, which I haven't really been doing on 5Ks in general. I think I did a little on 2 so far and it was a 1 minute run... that's it! LOL, I'll push myself to run more:-)