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Saturday, December 31, 2011

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Thankful Thursday, Week of December 1 - 7, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011:  I'm thankful for the extra rest I was blessed to partake of this morning.  The mastitis seems to be completely abated!  YEAY!!  This was MUCH faster that the last time I had it (all too recently).  I'm grateful for the great workout I enjoyed this morning.  I'm also thankful for the visible changes going on in my body!  My Ria told me, at day 3, I think it was, "Mama, you look thinner already!"  I didn't really see it, so I thanked her for thinking so.  Then the next day she said, "No, Mama, you're really looking thinner already!"  Then, yesterday, she told me, "Mama you're glowing!  No, you really really are!  You look so pretty!"  No one else has noticed any difference in me (including me, for the most part).  However, last night (a little), but more so this morning I could see some differences in my body.  And then I remembered that I hadn't taken my measurements since the initial measuring.  In this program I'm doing, you're supposed to take your measurements every week.  So, I took them today.  I'm two days late.

Just as a note, rather important in my opinion: I have NOT been watching what I eat.  Imagine how much better my results could be if I WAS!  However, I'm not.  I've eaten way WAY way too much sugary stuff.  Rice crisy treats, pie, pumpkin gooey cake, banana gooey cake, snicker doodles, and more... and this poor eating started before Thanksgiving!  I began this every-day 'boot camp' on Saturday, November 26, 2011.  Today is December 1.  I took my measurements on November 22 (I was planning to start the boot camp right then, but didn't.)  However, to fully inform you, I was doing the exercises (from this program) that I could find online for about a week before I got my DVD and then I did the workout video twice after I received it.  So, the visual impact of the changes in my body are not "just" from one week.  BUT the inches lost ARE from November 22 until today.  How many inches would you guess I've lost in that amount of time (9 days, I think)?  Well, I've lost 7.25!!!!  Isn't that AWESOME!!?!??!!  I'm SO freakin' excited!!!!  I feel even more hopeful about the changes I feel must happen over the course of the next few months.

Oh, I had this realization, for which I'm deeply grateful.  I truly believe the Lord showed me this truth.  In fact, He has probably been trying to teach me this truth for the majority of my life, but I would not know... In fact, I believed the exact opposite for most of my life, really.  The truth I have realized is that I am a thin being who has trapped herself in a fat body because I mistakenly believed it would protect me.  I have bound myself (like as in hand-cuffs or tied by ropes) by unfitness because I thought it would free me.  I know, sounds strange, but it's the TRUTH!  My truth.  My Spirit was not "fat" before I learned how to fit into my baby body.  I was thin, just as we all were in the Pre-Existence.  I was fit and healthy because by Spirit body was perfect as perfect could be.  So, now that I know this truth, I feel so amazingly empowered and more at peace about the whole process of getting fit and healthier.  I realize that I simply need to do the work I need to do and my body/Spirit will take care of the rest; for it truly seeks stasis in HEALTH.  Since part of health is FITness I simply need to get to work!!!!  So... I look forward to watching with peace and enjoyment the changes my body will make as I move toward greater fitness (mind, body, heart, Spirit) than I've ever had before in my life!!!!!  ^_^

Ria and Kat just tried to take pictures of me yesterday.  They were fuzzy because the battery was almost dead.  We're going to try again today... some day I'll be able to post them as well as the changes I'll continue to experience!  Don't know when because I still don't have communication between my desktop and camera... someday, though I'll get them up!  ;)  So, from what I can predict, I'll have to get the pictures from my camera onto a disc and then upload them here as I did before.  I do NOT know when I'll be able to do that.  So... you'll just have to imagine for now.  ^_^

Next week I'll report on the inches for the week AND the total from first measure.  I hope you'll look forward to reading as much I do to learning and sharing!!!!!  ^_^

Friday, December 2, 2011:  I'm thankful for a good night's sleep.  I woke up quite early this morning and felt well rested.  I stayed in bed and rested some more so Jimmy would stay asleep.  He's a much nicer baby to have around when he's had enough sleep!

I'm grateful for fun with my girls.  They loved doing some art work today and their creations were wonderful to behold!  Took pictures, but still no communication between computer and camera.  Sorry!

I'm grateful for days at home.  I'm grateful for my exercise class (on DVD) and the hard work of my children!  They are amazing!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011:  I'm thankful for enjoyable days at home.  The girls worked on some ornament making after much requesting.  They had a lot of fun with it.  We also got some cleaning done, which is always good to do on Saturdays.  :)  I'm grateful for my "secret" workout and the way it helps me feel SO good!

Sunday, December 4, 2011:  I'm thankful for a wonderful Sabbath Day.  I'm grateful for Confirmation that the change in our Ward Leadership was correct and right.  I'm grateful for the WONDERFUL compliment paid me by a friend who said, "I think you're good for my future."  What a great one, right?  I think it is the best compliment I've ever received.  :)  I'm grateful for enjoyable lessons and feeling the Spirit.

Monday, December 5, 2011:  I'm thankful for the feelings of GOODness and wellbeing I've been blessed with today and a bit yesterday.  I'm so grateful the Lord is seeing fit to bless me in this way because I was beginning to feel a bit despondent... much turmoil in my mind and soul for too long feels to be abating and I'm grateful!

I'm grateful for the awesome workout I enjoy!  I believe today is day 10 of my 14 day boot camp and I'm feeling kind of sad that it's almost done and I'll move to doing it every other day....  Weird, right?  But I'm trying to do the exercise portion of this system I found in  the way suggested by the originator/designer of it.  She says frequently, "Less is more."  And I have a feeling she's really right!  I'm grateful that there are portions of the workout that I can continue to do daily even if not the full-on lil' 15 minutes I've been doing... after a step-down to doing it every other day for a few weeks and then every third day for a couple weeks, I'm planning to do another boot camp of the more intense workout.  Should be interesting!  ^_^

I'm grateful for the awesome workout I continue to enjoy.  I'm looking forward to taking my measurements again on Thursday!  :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011:  I'm thankful for a good day full of productivity.  Ria and I baked LOTS of cookies after we ran some errands earlier in the day.  Ria is such a great little baker.  I could've probably left her alone to do the three types of cookies we worked on today, but worked with her because #1 I wanted to and #2 I wanted to be able to say I helped make them!  ^_^  So, we made snickerdoodles, peanut butter cookies, and peanut butter chubs (they have reces cups in them).  That last type is for Jess, mostly, but I'm also bringing some to the baby shower we're going to on Thursday.

I'm grateful that JMy allowed me to complete my short workout this evening.  He did cry cause he pulled something down on him, but he was all right and calmed right down.  What a precious guy!  :)  I'm grateful for the great workout I enjoyed!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011:  I'm thankful for some time alone to daydream, read my scriptures, pray and do my back stretch.  I'm grateful Jessie took some time at home to work on the computer and finish the part of the project I could not do, of the one he let me help him with.  I'm excited to get the bits back to finish it up for him.  There is something truly satisfying in feeling that I am directly fullfilling my role and duty as helpmeet.

I'm grateful for the hard work of my Ria in doing her chores, school AND baking lots and lots of cookies.  She can be such a good hard worker!  I love it when she is!

I'm grateful for Tea's efforts to productively occupy herself.  I really need to find work for her to do because she so desires to be helpful!

I'm grateful for Kat; even when she's not obedient and unproductive.  She's amazing and wonderful in so many ways.  And I love her!

I'm grateful for JMy and his sweet temperment; most of the time.  I'm grateful for his funny smiles and sweet laughs and giggles.

I'm grateful for Jessie's work, which enables me to work at him with our children!

I'm grateful for 4H... perfect motivator to do some housework I'd been putting off!  Love it!  I was blessed with the opportunity to see how quickly I could put a kids' craft together and pull an example together to show what it should look like.  What a cool challenge!  And THIS is what I found and what we made.  We haven't yet made any with the foil between the "petals" of the star/flower, but we have made the basic AND the one with the foil star on both sides.... VERY nice.  I could decorate a whole tree with these and feel like it looked quite nice!  ^_^  I prepainted the rolls, cut them, and the adults made the foil stars, but the pieces were quite kid friendly (about 5years and up).  Tea loved doing it, too, but needed quite a lot of help.  What a blessing to my life my 4H Mama-friends are!!!  LOVE those ladies!!!

I remain very thankful for the workout program I've found and the changes in my body and feelings of well-being, which I continue to feel and experience.  :)  (And Ria keeps telling me how much thinner I'm looking.  And I can tell she means the compliments sincerely - not trying to get something out of me. ^_^)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thankful Thursday, Week of November 24 - 30, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011:  I'm thankful for my brother John.  He is an amazing strong and good person.  He has a Spirit that most cannot fathom.  I know because we can get a glimpse of the strength of a person as we observe their trials.  The most difficult trials come upon those who are strongest... or who must needs become strongest to be the servants God desires them to be.  My brother was made to be a mover and a shaker.  ^_^  I'm grateful for the friendship we had growing up.  I didn't have many friends.  He was one of the few.  I'm grateful for the hope that I have that some day he may be my friend again.  I'm grateful John is my brother.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  I hope you have a perfectly wonderful day in every way!  And even though I haven't loved you as you would've liked or needed me to; I DO love you!

I'm thankful for a happy, peaceful and eventful Thanksgiving.  We enjoyed an early dinner at Pittmaster BBQ.  It was a private party and a real pleasure!  Mr. Sam, otherwise known as Poppy, outdid himself in the preparations.  We brought some items to share and enjoyed meeting his children and some of their families.  It was a good experience.  Then we headed over to Grammy Jo and Grampy Butch Marks' house.  We got to meet Jo's brother Dave, his wife Joyce and their daughter Melissa, or Missy.  Jo's brother Rick was also there.  Tracy, Shawna and Hunter were there as well, which is always a pleasure.  I ended up having a lovely conversation about the Gospel and Doctrines of Christ with Joyce and Dave.  And the most wonderful part about THAT, to me, is that Jo and Butch were so happy with how I conducted myself and how I was able to share some certain things that they'd never been able to get in edgewise!  What a joy!

Friday, November 25, 2011:  I'm thankful for a restful day at home.  I did a little work, read a bit, helped Jimmy sleep and snoozed for thirty minutes (REALLY rare for me to nap!), and had a good peaceful day at home.  I'm thankful for time at home.  I love being in our beautiful comfy home and being with my awesome (though very imperfect, of course) children.  :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011:  I'm thankful for a mostly good night's sleep.  They have been few and far between as of late, so last night was good relative to lately.  :)

I'm thankful for time at home to get ready for Sunday and to simply be with my children.  We've missed our regular reading time in the evening.  I still desire to read before they head to bed, but because it's been so difficult to realize lately, and the reading time together is so important to me, I've decided to do it in the morning as I wait for them to be able to join me for Devotionals.  So, I started reading our book while they finished up eating.  What a sweet time... and, for the most part, they were more still and reverent during Devotionals, too!  Makes me want to keep doing this in hopes of THAT kind of result!  :)

I'm thankful for a 15 minutes workout that got the heat rising in my core.  Love it!  After, I think, four days of a "break" (unintentional as it was) from exercise, it was difficult to get up specifically to exercise today, but I sure am glad I did!  When I see how this "secret" works for me, I'll share more about it.  ;)

Sunday, November 27, 2011:  I'm thankful for a nourishing day at church today.  It was a pleasure to hear a talk on Charity based on Sister Allred's talk from the Relief Society broadcast given by Sister Hubbs, a talk on gratitude by Brother Mixon, a wonderful Sunday School lesson about Joy (Love) given by Brother McCombs, and a wonderful Relief Society Lesson taught by Daysha Lassiter on the talk from Conference about looking up.  By the end of any give Sunday I don't usually remember who gave what talk - or what the main point of each was about, but I definitely did yesterday!  And still remember it today!!!!  ^_^  God is soOO good!  :)

I'm grateful for the enjoyable dinner we had with the Missionaries.  I'm grateful for their desire to discuss with Jessie what he's reading.  Such desire that Elder Adriano went out of his way to read Esther just because Jessie was and is going to read Job because that's where Jess is reading.  Love our missionaries!  It's a pleasure to hear Jess enjoying discussion about subjects (spirituality/scripture) that are so very dear to my heart!

I'm thankful Ria's tooth finally came out.  It's been loose way too long and after much work on it, I finally yanked it out myself after Jess and Ria were sort of bickering off and on about it.  Hate to hurt my girl, but SO glad her adult teeth now have more of the room they need to grow in straight-ish.

I'm grateful for the amazing and so short workout I enjoyed.  I'm in a 14 day boot camp (following guidelines from the program) and today was only day 2.  I'm excited about it because of how wonderful I feel after SUCH short workouts and the even shorter back stretch that I'm striving to do at the beginning and end of my days.  There have already been some really pronounced (to me) changed/effects from it.  Love it!

Monday, November 28, 2011:  I'm thankful for a rough night's sleep which reveals to me how well I slept the few days before that!  :)

I'm grateful for my girls' improvements in self-accomplishment/self-motivation as a result of this token system the Lord brought into my life.  It's SUCH a blessing!  I'm so thankful for the exponentially increased statements I get to hear from my girls like, "You are the BEST Mama in the whole world!"  God is truly GOOD!!!

I'm grateful for my workout and back stretch time.  I feel so thankful for this exercise program in my life.  Truly blessed!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011:  I'm thankful for the blessing of Visiting Teaching!  I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to get to know some really wonderful women better.  I'm so thankful for the way the Lord provides for me!  ^_^  I'm grateful for the work Jessie did at our house while I was gone with Jimmy to a Visiting Teaching appointment!  I'm grateful for the great workout today.  (I'm on day 4 of this new "boot camp" I'm doing, which will last another 10 days.  It's not as difficult as I really expected.  YEAY!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011:  I'm thankful forquiet days at home.  I'm grateful for the whispers of the Holy Spirit, which remided me that we had 4H tonight.  I was able to put the final touches together for my first time conducting our meeting.  ^_^  I'm also thankful for another day of my wonderful workout.  Didn't sweat as much today, but I think that has more to do with the cold in the house than anything else.

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