Getting Back on Track

Getting Back on Track

OK, it’s confession time.

Over the past month my diet plan has slowly slipped and for the past couple of weeks I have felt myself spiral out of control.  I went a year and a half doing great then I had a life crisis and felt myself falling down a rabbit hole so deep that I couldn’t find my way out.  And at the bottom was a bowl of chips and guacamole that said, “Eat Me.”

And I did.

Getting my life back on track

It started early in the month with eating sugar.  I let myself to have a few “treats” over the holidays and I instantly craved more.  And I have felt so low emotionally that I let myself eat more and more.  I noticed my mood getting worse.  I was fussy and grumpy and that led to not wanting to exercise.  So I took a shorter walk in the mornings and then a few days off here and there.

But what’s weird is then I stopped caring about other things.  My money, my sleep patterns, my time with the kids….all started to get less structured until here I am…..feeling defeated.

And that is where God steps in.  He inspires me.  He motivates me.  He reminds me that even though I fail, I can get right back up and back to where I want to be.

Get your life back on track!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body.”

So I woke up this morning and took my normal, fast-paced, long walk.  I ate my no-carb breakfast and I prepped my food for the rest of the day.  I’ve set aside a time to gather my receipts from the last month and get my money in order, then clean my closet and bathroom to help me feel back to normal.  The messiness of it all weighs me down.

One thing I am not going to do is wait for three more days just because it’s almost the new year.  Why should I wait?  I need to love myself enough to do it right now.

If you’re ready to get going to a new start to wellness and self-control…..join me.  I’d love to walk side-by-side with you as we do this together.  (and let me know if you want to be added to my Facebook group for women who support each other!)

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1. I’m going back on my strict diet.  I really liked it once I got used to it.  I just have to get through a few hard days then I will be back on track.
2. I am going to push myself with my exercise again.  Run a little harder and do some other core strengthening workouts a few days a week.
3. I will keep my area clean.  Once I get my bathroom straight I will stop using it as a dumping ground.
4. I will keep track of my spending and stick to my budget.
5. I will drink my goal amount of water each day.
6. I will focus on spending quality time with my kids every day (not just meals and chores and school).
7. I will get back to spending at least half an hour (usually at the beginning of my morning walk) in focused prayer.
8. No more “cheats” for the next month.  No sugar.  None.
9. Sleep.  I really need to get some sleep.  So I will focus on using the essential oils that help me and I will make sleep a priority.  Even if that means sacrificing other fun things I want to do.
10. Set specific goals.  Not just “I’ll do better” but “lose 8 pounds this month” and make a plan to get there.

This Alice is going to find her way out of Wonderland and back to reality.

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Christmas Workout Playlist

Christmas Workout Playlist

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I can’t stop myself from sharing my favorite holiday tunes with you.  I listen to these when I am working out these days.  It’s not always about the song itself but the artist’s rendition of it that makes it fun and peppy for working out.

You can click on the links to go straight to iTunes and get them for yourself!

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1. Light of Christmas by Owl City

2. Marshmallow World by Francesca Batistelli

3. Christmas This Year by Toby Mac

4. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by City Harbor

5. What Christmas Means to Me by Mandisa

6. Holly Jolly Christmas by Group 1 Crew

7. All Creation Sing by Fee

8. Silver Bells by Relient K

9. Christmas Talk by Byron Chambers

10. Jingle Bells by Ayiesha Woods

11. It’s Christmas by Mandisa

12. Christmas Together by Jamie Grace

(special thanks to my daughter Hope for finding all of these songs for me!)

 

Day 4: Do the Math

Day 4: Do the Math

Day 4: it’s right about now that I start to lose momentum in my diet challenge.  If I let myself stay hungry and don’t take good care of my body then by this point all I can think about is driving myself to the nearest Mexican restaurant and diving into a basket of warm tortilla chips.

I refuse to lose this simple battle.  I can do anything for TEN DAYS!

It’s really all about the math….

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We’ve made a plan and now we need to make sure we keep a balance of dieting and living.  Our body and mind need to be fed.  Depriving yourself will only lead to failure and I am determined to set myself up for long term success.

So for the rest of this challenge, add “frequent healthy snacks” to your list of ways to succeed.

YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!

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Day 2: Make a Plan

Day 2: Make a Plan

Well, I wasn’t planning on posting about the diet challenge more than once, but then I prayed.  And you know what happens when you pray….God gives you a new plan.  As I prayed for you, I felt like I was supposed to keep sharing this so y’all won’t lose ground.

YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!

I got a lot of messages from you sharing that you want to join me in my ten day effort to get back on track, but many of you are saying things like, “This is just what I need.  I am going to be better about my eating!”

Friends, you must have a solid plan.  Without it, it’s is easy to get off track and before you know it you’ve lost the battle.

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I, for example, first thing each morning go into the kitchen and make a list of everything I plan to eat that day.  I see the day as a whole, so it helps to think of my daily intake as one, spread out meal.  I do want there to be some flexibility so I am not planning the entire 10 days at once.  But having a firm plan in place each morning keeps me from blowing it on my mood or a whim.  And for me morning is when I am the most motivated, so that’s the best time.

I have a strict diet that I am following, but you should do whatever works for you.  The point here is to avoid making last minute decisions.

In addition to a daily plan, make a plan for the times when you know when you will be out.  Take your lunch when you won’t be home or explore options for healthy meals while you’re out.  I love the salads at ChickFilA and can eat one of those without dressing if I get in a pinch.

If you’re going to a Christmas party, see if you can find out what is being served or take a few veggies with you to hold you over.  If you want to let yourself have a treat, plan for that also by deciding to only eat half a serving of one thing and not have a free-for-all.

In other words….Make a PLAN.

Got it?

I’d love to hear what you are planning to help you get through the challenge!

 

 

 

10-Day Challenge!

10-Day Challenge!

I am all about being open with y’all, so here goes…..

I have totally gotten derailed with my diet.  It started with grief and dealing with a really hard situation.  Then, in the midst of that I’ve been working on a book so I have been sitting and feeling snacky, THEN we went to Disney World where and ate a lot of lemon ice and chocolate and when I got home I just didn’t seem to be able to muster the strength to care about eating well.

I have gained 7 pounds over the past 2 months.  But I do think some of it is just quick weight and will fall right off again.  But a few of those are hard knocks pounds that I need to work to get off.  In the meantime, I am spending the next 10 days with my head buried in my computer working on my book as the deadline looms.  So this is my plan…..

I am going to challenge myself to stay tightly on my diet plan for the next TEN DAYS.  No crazy, forever thing.  No telling myself I can’t do it or it doesn’t matter.  It’s just 10 days and then I will evaluate the plan and tweak as necessary.

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Thankfully I haven’t fallen completely off the wagon, meaning I didn’t start back with soft drinks or fried foods or breads.  So I know I can, with some prayer and determination, get back on my program and have success.  I need a kick in the booty and I am hoping some of you will join me in this challenge!  Let’s do this together!

Here’s the challenge:

1. Make an eating plan and stick to it.
If you know you’re going to a Christmas party (I have several coming up) and want to indulge in the treats there, make a plan.  Say to yourself, “I can have half of a serving of ONE thing for only that night” instead of “I’ll let myself eat whatever I want that whole day and then start again on Monday”.

2. Stock up:
Buy everything you need to eat healthy for ten days.  I already stocked up on the foods that I need to be eating so I don’t have any excuses.  I can’t claim there was nothing else to eat and grab something unhealthy.  And I made sure the kids knew to NOT eat what I got for myself.  There’s nothing wrong with having “Mom-Only” food around.  I keep all of mine on a separate shelf so they know it’s been designated for my diet plan.

3. Keep the Goal in mind:
Don’t get off track by changing the goal in the middle of the challenge.  I will tend to think, “I don’t really care today and tomorrow I can get back to it,” then blow a day.  For the next ten days, don’t do that!

4. Find what motivates you:
Last week I saw a picture of myself from a year and a half ago….whoa!  I didn’t realize how much I had changed!  I took a screenshot and made it my phone wallpaper so I can see it every day.  I can’t believe how much my face has changed in that time and I never want to look or feel like that again.  Find something that will motivate you to stick with it.

5. Keep your perspective:
This is a short term challenge.  It’s not forever, you’re not going to die.  You can do anything for 10 days.

6. Exercise:
Find a way to move your body even if you have limitations.  While I will admit, I haven’t felt like it much, I have kept up with my morning workout.  I am determined to add some new music and a fun DVD to break up the monotony.  Make yourself a workout plan and do it!!!

So, who’s with me?!  Let’s give ourselves the gift of better health and energy for Christmas!!!

There is nothing like waking up and feeling good about who you are and the direction you are headed.  I started this 2 days ago (although I am still going to keep it up for the next 10 days) and already I am feeling more motivated and more like “myself” again…..the good myself not the overeating, depressed version.

You can comment here and tell me your plan or you can join my Facebook group for women trying to get healthy.  It’s not all about losing weight but taking good care of ourselves and respecting what God gave us.  To join the Facebook group you can send me a friend request….just look for “Lisa Pennington (The Pennington Point)” and let me know you’re sending me the request or I won’t know to accept and add you.  If you’re picky about who you are Facebook friends with you can send me your email address that’s attached to Facebook and I can add you that way.

Let’s Do This!!!!

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Morning Exercise Tips

Morning Exercise Tips

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If you’ve been following me for any length of time then you know that I started exercising about a year and a half ago.  I go for a run every morning and have been surprised at how easy it really is.  And that is coming from a woman who truly thought she would never, ever be able to stick with daily exercising.  OK, I thought I would never even start it in the first place…forget sticking with it.

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Today on my YouTube channel I share some of my tips for getting your workout done daily and I talk about some of my favorite products.  I am going to give you links here to what I use, but honestly there are probably a lot of great products that are similar.  My real message is just to equip yourself and get moving!

1. UP by Jawbone  – I like that it wakes me up and that it keeps track of my steps.  BUT I just got a new band called the Pebble Smartwatch.  I like that it also is a watch and I can look at my steps throughout the day.  So it just depends on what you want.

2. Lift Caps – I have shared with you before about how much I love these supplements.  You can read more about them HERE.

3. Essential Oils – I put on oils every day before I go out.  I use Valor and some kind of pick-me-up like peppermint or lemon.  Then I also put on an oils that will help with something specific I am dealing with.  Lately I have been using bergamot because it is supposed to help with grief.

4. Led Armband – so the cars that drive past can see me as the mornings get darker and darker.

5. Earbuds -Yurbuds and my very favorite earbuds.  I love them so much.  I can’t imagine not having my music when I exercise.

Oh and speaking of music, be sure to check out my workout playlists!

6. OtterBox – I love my Otterbox for keeping my phone safe while I run. I take it off and put it back on every morning.  I like to use a wallet style case for the rest of the day.

7. Wrap Sunglasses – It was a great day when I discovered that there are sunglasses made especially for people who are active.  They don’t fall off and they are super lightweight.

I get most of my workout clothes at Target.  I don’t have anything fancy, just simple and easy to throw on and go.

I really, really hope you will get up and start taking care of yourself.  I want to say that I rarely wake up and think, “Hooray!  I get to go workout now!”  I have to make myself do it.  I pre-decide not to let myself use lame excuses to skip it by only letting myself miss if there’s a time restraint (like I have to leave the house before 8:00).  I even did a short walk everyday last winter when I was sick.  I think it helped me get better more quickly.

I know you can find a way, even if you don’t have a road to walk on, to get some exercise.  You can do a DVD (here’s my favorite!) or dance around for 15 minutes.  Do it for your health….you are worth it!

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How I Get Through The Hard Times

How I Get Through The Hard Times

Since sharing about our daughter leaving home I have been overwhelmed with phone calls, emails and messages of love and support.  Thank you.  Believe it or not, I did not expect that response at all.  God has spoken to me through each of you and I am indescribably grateful.

And there are so, so many other mothers who are going through, or have been through, the same thing.  My heart breaks for all of you.  I made a list of your names and I am praying for each name in the morning before I run.  You’re my new tribe.

Through this difficult time it is more important than ever that I take good care of myself.

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As much as I don’t feel like eating, when I do eat I am sure to make it healthy foods and not junk.  I am staying away from sugar and carbs and eating plenty of veggies.  And I am still taking my walk every morning and spending that time listening to praise music and letting God lift me up.  Part of me wants to not care about anything, but the prayer pulls me back to the truth…..that I am still responsible to take care of myself for not only me, but my husband, kids and the friends that God has so mercifully given me.

I am also using my essential oils like they are liquid gold.  They have been an invaluable help with getting through the shock and pain.  I wanted to share with you what I am using, in case any of you need it someday (but I sure hope not!).

I have a great YouTube video talking about all of this as well, so if you want more thoughts head over and watch!

1. Peace & Calming – When it first happened…like the first hour….I was crying so hard I couldn’t breathe.  I was gasping for air when my husband found me and said, “You’re having a panic attack….you need an oil!”  I couldn’t think of what I needed, so he ran into the bathroom where I keep them out on a shelf and he grabbed the Peace & Calming (in my diluted roll-on bottle).  He handed it to me and I just started rubbing it all over my face and trying to breathe.  Within seconds my breathing settled down, I stopped crying as hard and I could think a little more clearly.

2. Valor, Tranquil, Joy and White Angelica – Once the panic attack stopped I still couldn’t think of what oils to use, so I texted my good friend and asked her advice.  She recommended these four.  James got them for me and I started putting them on….didn’t matter where….my wrists, neck, chest.  I don’t really remember.  I just had to get them on my body.  It helped a LOT.  After a minute of using them I stopped crying and was able to think.  I could feel my mind settling down and starting to cope.  After that I was able to go to talk with my other children and spend time with them.  I put both Peace & Calming and Valor in the diffuser and ran it all day to help the whole family.

3. Valor, Joy, Forgiveness – These are the three that I have used most over the past two weeks.  Valor helps me gather strength to move forward and deal with the emotional roller coaster, Joy helps me remember that there is always something to be thankful for and lifts my spirits, Forgiveness is known to help release hurtful memories and move beyond emotional barriers.  Boy do I need that one!

Sometimes, out of the blue, my heart will just start hurting (like physical pain so bad I once thought I might be having a heart attack).  When that happens I grab the Valor and rub it right where the pain is.  It’s been a balm for me.

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4. Lavender and Peace & Calming –  At bedtime I use these both on myself and in the diffuser.  It’s helping me sleep and not let the thoughts take over in the middle of the night.  I have also been putting it on the kids when they seem unsettled.

To sum up, I have used a LOT of Peace & Calming.  But there are many other oils that are great for anxiety and pressure.  When I am ready, I am going to try some of those.  But for now, while we are still dealing with the initial shock I am sticking to these.

When you sign up with Young Living and order the Premium Standard Kit  you will get Valor, Peace & Calming, Lavender and Joy.  I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had these on hand.  Having my oils right by my side, diffusing in the house and ready to use on my kids when they are feeling stressed and upset has been a blessing for us all!

Lastly, I spend a TON of time praying and reading the Bible.  There is so much comfort and wisdom there that I feel like I can’t get enough of it.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget there’s more info about this on YouTube.

I am not a doctor, these opinions are from my own experiences.  If you feel you need emotional support please see a physician and make wise health decisions.

Upbeat Christian Workout Playlist

Upbeat Christian Workout Playlist

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Upbeat and Inspiring Christian Workout Playlist

For workout, house cleaning, dancing with the kids, long car trips. A Christian workout playlist you’ll love. #christianmusic #songideas #workoutsongs

In my quest to continually keep myself motivated to run/walk every morning….I try to add fresh new songs to my playlist.  Otherwise I get bored and my mind starts to wander and that leads to thoughts of sitting down and feasting on chocolate.

In case you are also weak minded and easily bored, I am sharing my new faves with you.  These links go directly to iTunes so you don’t even have to go find the songs for yourself.  How’s that for service?

1. Your Name Will Be Praised by Laura Story
2. Unashamed Of You by Chris August
3. So Long Self by Mercy Me
4. Live Through Me by Meridith Andrews
5. Beautiful Day by Jamie Grace
6. Lose Myself by Toby Mac
7. Overwhelm Me by Adie
8. Let Everything That Has Breath by Jeremy Camp
9. Constant by Francesca Batisttelli
10. Marvelous Light by Charlie Hall

That’s it….fun to run to and be encouraged.

I have other playlists that you will love….here are the ones from April and June!

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I’m Keyless

I’m Keyless

The conference this past weekend was a great family activity.  The kids especially loved seeing their friends and hanging out at the conference hotel until 2AM Saturday night playing games and singing.  I do not especially like staying up until 2 in the morning since it makes for a very grumpy mom, so I was in bed by 10:00.  Oh the joy of having kids who can drive themselves home.

We heard a lot of great speakers and ate a lot of hamburgers.  I got salad with chicken, of course, but the kids ate their weight in burgers.  For some reason they didn’t want to go home and eat leftovers when their friends were all going to Fuddrucker’s.  I agree really….the fellowship is the best part of these conferences!  But I’ve eaten enough Fuddrucker’s to last me a year.

We also had a family staying at our house so that meant people coming and going all day long.  I tried to run back and forth between home and hotel so my older kids could just enjoy the weekend.  It would have been nice to spend more time at the conference, but laundry waits for no man.  We invited different families over for meals during the weekend also, so that really kept things hopping.

On Sunday there was a church service to wrap up the conference and our whole family went, but I wasn’t feeling great so I decided to leave right after the service with the little boys and go on home, letting the rest of the family linger and say their goodbyes.

Here’s where I should tell you that I don’t carry a house key.  I really never need one because there’s always either someone at home or a pre-arranged hidden key (don’t bother looking for it….it’s a very complicated hiding process).  But I didn’t think about it yesterday so when I got home I realized I was locked out.

This is not the first time it’s happened.  And before you tell me how simple it would be for me to just GET A KEY, we have tried that.  But every time I go make myself a key something happens to it, someone borrows it, I forget it….the list of keylessness issues goes on and on.

I have thought before of getting one of those keyless entry locks, but two things stop me.  1. They cost like $100 and 2. They are ugly.

I may go back to trying to carry a house key.  But I think we can all see how that will go.

I did manage to get into the house.  I won’t tell you how, but just know it involved a metal bowl and some gardening shears.

One thing I especially loved about the weekend was that the rains brought cooler weather.  It was in the 80s all weekend which pretty much equals heaven in this part of Texas in September.  There’s nothing like a 100+ degree drought to make you glad for the teeniest bit of cool moisture.

We are looking forward to a quiet-ish week of normal-ish activity.

What do you have going on?!

A FUN Christian Workout Playlist!

A FUN Christian Workout Playlist!

I'm always looking for some new, fun music to workout to!  -- The Pennington Point

It’s about time for another workout playlist!  I don’t know about you, but I get tired of the same old songs every morning for an hour.  In other words, I am spoiled.  Can you imagine me complaining about that to the starving children of Africa?

Waaah-Waaah my ipod battery runs low so sometimes I can’t take pictures.

OK, I’m better now.  Perspective check.

Anyway, I do like me some new tunes so here are some upbeat fun ones to add to your workout list.  All of these make me wanna groove to the music.

Here you go!1. Count Your Rainbows by 1 Girl Nation (sometimes I just love a girl song)
2. Every Good Thing by The Afters (it makes you feel good)
3. Focus by Holly Starr (this slows down a little, but it’s a great message)
4. Gold by Owl City (my kids love Owl City, so I have to include it!)
5. Listen by Josh Wilson (this will preach)
6. Outta My Mind by Anthem Lights (it’s a little electric, but fun for working out)
7. The Story of Your Life by Matthew West (he always has a life message)
8. That’s How You Change the World by Newsboys (I heart Newsboys)
9. Walk on the Water by Britt Nicole (she has the sweetest sound)
10. What If We Were Real by Mandisa (My current favorite song)
11. Words by Hawk Nelson (I like to run to this one)
12. You Lead by Jamie Grace (This is a cute song…it leads me to worship)

Be sure to check out my January, February and April playlists too!

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