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Late Night Thoughts: Timeout for TLC

During my 40 Days Lighter journey, I shared my struggle with embracing self-care. 

There always seemed to be something “more important” to be done. Of course, couldn’t be further from the truth.

Last week, I missed a couple workouts, for a variety of reasons. So yesterday, during a “tough love” conversation with my coach, he asked me if I “really couldn’t find 30 minutes for myself” everyday last week. 

The truth is that no matter how busy I was, there was probably 30 minutes at some point in the day that got wasted scrolling on social media. I’m pretty sure I’ve returned home from an appointment or taking one of the kids somewhere and just sat in the car in the driveway for 30 minutes… probably scrolling on social media… again. 

The answer to my coach’s question was a wholehearted “No!”, and the acknowledgement of this truth gave me great motivation to “get it together” this week. 

So this morning, I went to the track with the baby in the stroller, and did my mile running/walking. 

And tonight, I found ten minutes to give my face a little love with this amazing SheaMoisture Hydrating Mud Mask recommended by MoxieBexie. (If you aren’t currently following her Moxie’s Me Time posts – go ahead and do it now!)

I bought the small 2.75 oz size with some ExtraBucks at CVS, just to try it out a few times before purchasing a larger size.

And now, I’m laying in bed. Yes there is still schoolwork, work work, and housework to be done in the morning, but the cumulative hour reserved over the course of the day for Andrea TLC was more than worth it!

My new favorite definition for TLC?

Time that Lifts Cares – because I’m going to sleep tonight feeling so much lighter.

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Living Free

In the days following the completion of my   40 Days Lighter journey, I have realized that it often takes more commitment to sustain change than to initiate it. 

I can be a serial project lover at times, making it wonderful to have new ideas. I feel great starting new projects, but as time goes by, my enthusiasm and general sense of purpose tends to wane. 

In light of this knowledge about myself, I spent time in intentional contemplation about what measures I could put in place to prevent the undesirable slowdown. I connected with accountability partners, shared my story publicly, and found scripture to journal and post in my personal space to encourage me along the way.

Yet, over the last week or so, I have found the single most effective way to make the changes I have embraced stick – is to do the work, and keep on doing the work.

With each new day God gives me, I must choose to continue the steps I’ve started towards losing the weight, removing the clutter from my home, clearing my mental space, and keeping my lines of communication with God open. I realize that this journey is not a sprint, but a marathon – because a healthy life means making healthy choices for the long haul.

As we move further into the second quarter of the year, some of us have lost sight of our big picture – a life that reflects our values, worth, and understanding of who God created us to be. Yes, I had that dessert at Sunday dinner. Yes we’ve had some late night cheat meals (don’t judge me). And yes, I have missed some writing days, choosing to enjoy the company of my family instead. There is good news – that doesn’t mean it’s all over. We all have the chance to get back on track.  

If you are in need of a gentle nudge to get going again, THIS IS IT!!!

Pick up that project you dropped when the excitement of the New Year faded. Lose those pounds you’ve already started to regain after all you “gave up” during Lent. Start working on your blog or your book that has been a long time coming.

Don’t miss this moment, this new day, this next opportunity to make it happen. Do the work!

Today, I can truly say, that I’m ready to run. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to LIVE free!

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40 Days Lighter – Day : Ready to Run

First, please let me say how utterly amazed I am at the outpouring of encouragement I have received throughout this 40 Days Lighter Journey! I am at a loss for the perfect words to express just how much I appreciate each and everyone of you who has taken the time to join me on this journey!

Second, for those of you who hopped into the story a little later on, please be sure to take a look at 40 Days Lighter – Day 1. There you will find out more about the challenge that inspired this journey, and some of the resources I have used in my reflections and change implementation along the way.

As I wrap up Day 40 of this amazing experience, know that my story is not over. I am still growing Рlighter, wiser and better! And I have discovered that with all of this preparation, I am now ready to run!

This journey started, with me feeling like I needed to seriously declutter my mind, heart and life. I now end this adventure, having dropped serious weight, openly and transparently addressing the inner wrestlings of my heart, and deepening my relationships in ways I never knew possible.

So as I head off to bed, in awe of all that God has accomplished in me during this time, I will leave you with this thought, in the hope that you too, will take a step of faith into purpose, and find your way to living lighter and living free!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)