I finished my first workout of 2017! Wow, it was a killer! I was huffing and puffing like the Big, Bad Wolf. But it felt awesome to finish it and know that I had done something positive for my health. I use the app Sweat by Kayla Itsines. It has a workout for each day (3 cardio and 3 strength a week), a food plan and a great Facebook group.
I have never done a “word of the year.” Honestly, I thought they were kind of silly. I mean, one word for a whole year?! But after listening to a podcast by Gretchen Rubin, I found my word and knew that I had to write about it.
The Year of Yes
The podcast was about saying yes to holiday parties and activities even though you may be busy because they are a great way to improve relationships. Having good relationships is one of the best ways to increase happiness! So I thought, this is my thing! I need to say yes to more things; things that I would normally be afraid of, things that I wouldn’t do or even try for fear that I would screw it up.
Here are some things that I am going to say Yes to:
trying new adventures- glass-bottom boat rides, paddle boarding, para-sailing, etc
telling people how I feel, even if they don’t like it
my morals and values, even when they conflict with others’
my needs (and not feel guilty about it!)
going to bed early
my gut instincts
I am going to use this as my theme for the year. My mantra, my guiding principle. I want to take advantage of every opportunity I can that is a good fit for me and my family. Fear will no longer rule me. I will say “Yes!” even if I’m afraid. If I don’t think that it’s a good idea for me and my family, then I will say Yes to following my gut instincts and not do it.
I’ve failed already! Bah. I am a sad state of affairs. I should have started blogging 3 days ago, but I procrastinated again. My motivation is crap and so is my diet. I’ve been trying to get myself up off the couch, but it’s been difficult. Taking the dog for a walk has helped, doing household chores like laundry and using the Motivated Moms app has also been a good way to keep me moving after I get home from work.
I think there are a couple of things that would help me get over this laziness and procrastination problem.
Schedule my after-work time like I schedule my work time. I get a lot done at work and follow a strict schedule. It’s what I have gotten used to , so it seems likely that would work at home too.
Keep myself accountable by blogging! Even though no one is reading this now, it’s possible that someone may read this in the future.
Recognize that I don’t have to “feel like it” to actually do something. When I am trying to decide if I want to do something, try to remember that I don’t have to feel like doing it. I just need to do it and recognize that I’ll feel better when it’s done. Quit complaining and just get it over with.
The name for this blog came from the Bible- 2 Samuel 23. This chapter starts with the last words of King David and ends with a list of the men who were part of The Thirty. Thirty mighty warriors who battled for King David against all odds.
This idea of “The Thirty” and “The Three of the Thirty” captivates me. I’m not exactly sure why- maybe it’s something to do with being part of an elite group. But in any case, I was thinking that this is an interesting story, but not particularly relevant to me today, as a woman with no army to fight.
However, as a woman in today’s society, I believe that we all need “warriors” to fight against the things that try to bring us down. We need confidence, compassion and lots of energy! Just to name a few.
In fact I have at least 30 (there were actually 37 warriors in all, so I don’t feel bad for going over) “warriors” that Godly women need to do battle in today’s society.
I hope that you’ll join me in my journey to develop my own warriors and that this helps you to develop your 30.