Friday, February 28, 2014

I made this...

Years ago...





Thursday, February 27, 2014

Week 140 of REAL...

REAL - Reduce stress Exercise Adequate sleep Lower caloric intake

What Navy SEALs are required to do to make it into BUD/S:
RIght up front: Never in a million years could I do what is required. However, I needed to start somewhere. Considering how fit the SEALs are, I figured it was a good place to start. So my SEAL puppy reps (SEALp) consist of girls' pushups, crunches, and flutter kicks, a SEAL training basic. I started with doing one of each. 

PT ~ Physical therapy using 2-lb and 1-lb weights, alternating days.
UB ~ Upper body exercises
25 reps

21: 1-1/2-mile walk. SEALp. PT. UB.

22: 3-mile walk. PT.

23: Rest. 

24: 2-mile walk. SEALp. PT. UB.

25: PT.

26: 2-mile walk. SEALp. PT. UB.

27: PT.

The first picture was taken in February 2012. The second picture was taken in June 2012. Inspiration, at least to me:


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reading disappointments...

I've read a dozen books in the last week, most of which I haven't finished. I've added the authors to my No List and deleted the books from my Kindle. Historical novels that use modern language. Romances that aren't because violence is part of the courtship. It isn't romantic. It isn't enticing. It isn't healthy. Insane thinking that people are able to separate physical from emotional. The only ones who can do that are the ones who are able to turn off their emotions entirely. Really, really, not healthy. Lots of detail without story. (I really worry about doing that one myself.) Stupid heroine. Stupid hero. Cheating: The impossible relationship is resolved in a magical fashion that doesn't exist throughout the entire book until the end. 20th century characters dropped into historical settings. (Something else I worry about doing myself.) I'm catching up on my reading, anyway.

As to my writing, Ian tossed me a plot twist. This book is proving to be the most difficult to write. I usually have an outline, an idea of the overall story. I don't. I thought I knew what it was about. I don't. For the first time, I have no idea how the story is going to end, and it's only a fifth finished and it's due in two weeks. God have mercy on me.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Follow up on yesterday's central goal...

God willing, I accomplished a lot.

Though I added less than a thousand words in the document, I spent quite a bit of time writing by hand, becoming better acquainted with Ian and Becki. The plot I thought was the story isn't.

Today, God willing, I'll continue to add to the story.

Throat is a little sore. Not a good sign. God willing, I won't come down sick.

When it rains, it pours.

Working hard to learn to turn things over to God.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Carpe Diem... Daytona...

NASCAR is back in full swing. Yay! Go Carl! Sadly, Carl was caught up in a wreck on the last lap and came in 17th. Congratulations to Dale Earnhardt, Jr, on the win.

What needs to be done today?

Finding Home, the fourth book in The Silver Locket Sisterhood series. I spent some time learning about Becki, the heroine, writing about her in long hand. I don't know why it works, but it does.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Thank Goodness It's Sunday... #195...

~ Genesis 5020 shared this video by Francesca Battistelli Write Your Story
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKcImiTxqKg

~ Beautiful spring flowers.

~ Wonderful people who love and support me.

~ Amazing bloggers who inspire me.

~ Uplifting books.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Follow up on the week...

Writing is back on a schedule. I'm behind but blessedly I've a great publisher who understands and is cutting me some slack.

I'm working up slowly to my old exercise routine. It worked well for me until it was all I could do to roll out of bed. I'm sleeping better. I'm also eating better. No more rice crispy treats for me. No self control. I may try making them myself using coconut oil instead of butter. I think it makes a difference for me, but I can't be sure at this point. Fat is fat, for the record, but the taste factor goes a long way. I'm preferring the lighter taste of coconut oil, not as in wanting to eat more but simply leaving me more satisfied. Listening to my own body. It's weird anyway.

Reading is a must to stay sane. I'm reading Dee Henderson's O'Malley series. It's Christian Suspense Contemporary. I always find something in her books that helps me in my own journey to being a better person.

One of the pictures I took (not nearly as good as the pictures my sister took) of the bouquet created by Kim Padilla for Valentine Delivery:


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Week 139 of REAL...

REAL - Reduce stress Exercise Adequate sleep Lower caloric intake

What Navy SEALs are required to do to make it into BUD/S:
RIght up front: Never in a million years could I do what is required. However, I needed to start somewhere. Considering how fit the SEALs are, I figured it was a good place to start. So my SEAL puppy reps (SEALp) consist of girls' pushups, crunches, and flutter kicks, a SEAL training basic. I started with doing one of each. 

PT ~ Physical therapy using 2-lb and 1-lb weights, alternating days.
UB ~ Upper body exercises
I've worked up to 50 and then 10 more.

14: 1-1/4-mile walk. Not doing well.

15: 2-mile walk.

16: Rest. 

17: 2-mile walk. SEALp.

18: Not doing well. We are not going to discuss how many Rice Crispy Treats I ate.

19: 1-mile walk. I thought I was simply being lazy, but it finally dawned on me the weather is iffy. Clouds move in and move out but no rain. It's like I feel the stress of needing the rain to come in. Then again, I may be trying to find an outside cause to an inside problem. Okay. Today, I'm starting from the bottom of the barrel, again. Okay, nowhere to go but up.

20: PT.

The first picture was taken in February 2012. The second picture was taken in June 2012. Inspiration, at least to me: