Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Days 3 & 4...Busy DOESN'T mean quit, EVER!!

Days 3 + 4 = Keep Going!
WOW!! The business of life has taken it's toll these past 2 days! But, whose life isn't busy...right? Today is a new day and a GOOD day!! Yesterday was extremely productive on may fronts, BUT I didn't get my workout in. My diet was spot on, but between helping my son with a project, assisting my daughter with math, doing lesson plans, sending emails, cleaning and doing laundry....my day simply got away.

The old Dixi would have thrown in the towel, gone to pick up a hot and ready pizza from Little Caesars, and called it a day! BUT....NOT THE NEW 100 DAY DIXI!! I stuck to my spot on diet and gave myself a break with the moving.

Today, on the other hand, my CrossFit Coach got me right back in the swing of moving and feeling the adrenaline of a good workout! Between gymnastic practice, 5x3 back squats at 160#, and intensive spurts of 185# deadlifts, jumping rope, pullups and push ups...I was right back where I needed to be. And, I more than made up for my busy responsibilities yesterday. I am just thankful I didn't have that pizza, because today wouldn't have meant near as much!

So, I learned...set backs happen. We are human and some days we have to put out those little fires that rear their little heads. But, it doesn't mean failure. You can stay the course and be victorious and live to move another day!!

From wontoughmother to another!! Rock on!!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Day 2 is Done

photo ideas came from my creative friend Donna Sumrall :)

 What a beautiful and sunny day, here in Nashville, we were able to enjoy today. Sundays are always full for us and always feel a bit crazy! Don't get me wrong...it's a wonderful crazy that I wouldn't trade for anything! However, it makes it more challenging to eat healthy and clean and especially get moving.  There are two guys that play on our worship team at church. They are always bringing in their healthy foods (we play four services in a day) and most always get their workouts in on Sundays! It's been a good example for me of what I absolutely can do when I decide to do it! Proverbs 27:17 says, "People learn from one another, just like iron sharpens iron." I am thankful for people in my life being consistent. I am learning from them!

I have read that "trying" is simply deciding whether or not you are going to do something. So for these 100 days (98 left now), I don't want to TRY...I want to DO! So, here comes day 2...a Sunday...busy times 10! We did it folks!! I maintained my healthy eating with a delicious and nutritious oatmeal breakfast. I found this great recipe for making oatmeal in the refrigerator, overnight. I tried it last night and my breakfast was so yummy! I know I am usually "against all grains," but oatmeal doesn't have the same effect on me as the others that contain wheat and gluten, so YAY! A quick and healthy breakfast!  You can get this YUMMO recipe at the link below: 


Concept2 Rower in my Dining Room :)
 Although I didn't get in as much time today as I would have wanted, I did take time to row on our Concept2 rower. And, yes...we keep it in the dining room. It was great for working out the kinks from my run/walk yesterday. Today my legs didn't care for me very much, so rowing was just the ticket! I am a weight lifter at heart and not a runner...but I am going to stretch myself these 100 days and try to become more than just a "complaining runner." (look a there...I said "try." oops!) Bring on day 3! :)

From wontoughmother to another! 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

100 Days of Discovering- Day 1

Discover...starts now! DAY 1

I am certain it is important to have goals and challenges in life. I work better when I have a target out in front of me. A friend of mine always says, "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time." For 2014, I am choosing to DISCOVER! I am aiming at discovery...Discover who I am, who I am meant to be, and who God has created me to be. I think it's healthy and necessary to take a step back and re-evaluate where we are and where we are going.

So, for the first part of my discovery process, I will start a 100 days of moving and paleo/clean eating. We are crossfitters, my daughter does Kung Fu, we love to be outside, and we love to be active. So, that is what we will commit to do! My life is busy and crazy. My kids and I are always turning on two wheels, it seems. But, for 100 days we are going to focus on our health. It's important that we are responsible and treat our bodies well, this temple of the Holy Spirit, that we have been entrusted with in this life.

I've enlisted the troops (my kids) to go through this 100 days with me and much to my joy and excitement, they were wholeheartedly on board. So, here we go! I am going to blog through these 100 days because I am certain that there will be good days and bad. I will share recipes, successes, failures, etc. It is important to me to be an example to my son, but also my daughter. I want to be the example that I am excited for her to follow. She will do what I do, so I will be intentional about being proud of those choices.

I have many passions, so I plan to explore those as well through my 100 days! Who knows what is in store? But, I am ready!

So, day 1 is down in the books with a run on the beautiful Green Way, and healthy eating. I would love to have people join me! I am diving into a new adventure with my beautiful kiddos. Some come on...you know you wanna! 

Just look at the gorgeous day we got to be out in and enjoy! I know everyday won't be sunny with the most beautiful clouds, but today was and it was spectacular! 

From wontoughmother to another! Be blessed and get moving!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Crazy and wonderful life!

It's funny how life happens. This has been a crazy and wonderful week. When my melodies are gone, it's in Him I find a song. :) Life is good and God is faithful! 

10,000 Reasons…August 4, 2012 (Day 6)
I am thankful for…
1.     Worship…it brings life to my soul.
2.     For feeling His presence when I am overwhelmed.
3.     The laughter of giggly girls! Ana and Maddie laughing and enjoying life.
4.     Watching kids worship with reckless abandon…God shows Himself to them, fully.
5.     A breeze on my back patio…so nice.
6.     My faithful Father hears my prayers and sees my heart.
7.     My church…reaching out and being Jesus in the earth.
8.     Paying bills…yep, that’s right…Thankful I can pay them.
9.     Every phone call from the Mister. He still warms my heart everyday.
10. My friends, who walk beside me through my crazy life.
11. Coffee…even after I spark, haha!
12. Jeans and a t-shirt. Comfy clothes are the best.
13. For the cross, where my shame is undone.
14. Days when I am organized and on my game…feeling as though I am rocking this day!
15. Sunsets…God’s beauty.
16. My gym friends who have a court date and are one step closer to bringing their son home from Taiwan.
17. That God loves without labels…He loves us unconditionally!
18. Flip flops.
19. Cinnamon gum.
20. My warm bed…I am aware that is a huge blessing!
21. Watching Ana and her friend make bracelets…they find such joy in that. It makes me happy.
22. Mondays…it’s a new day for a new week to make life count!
23. My husband…we will celebrate 17 years this Saturday. He makes life sweeter!
24. My man is safe at work. I miss him when he’s away. He’s an honorable man!
25. Earrings…they make every face better. :) 
26. Shopping for school supplies! I love school supplies.
27. I know my Redeemer lives!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's the little things...be thankful!

10,000 Reason…August 1, 2013 (Day 5)

I am thankful for…
1.     Cauliflower pizza crust, so I can “think” and taste wonderful pizza (with turkey pepperoni and veggies.)
2.     My kids having wonderful friends and making great memories.
3.     My computer keeping me in touch with friends, past and present.
4.     My gym…today I had a 135 lb press…not a PR, but good work.
5.     My life group…we are always there for each other.
6.     The driving range…I am learning to play golf.
7.     Straight line drives off the tee box…they don’t come often, ha!
8.     Christina…I love that she lives here, on the island,  and is a one of my dearest friends.
9.     Phone calls from The Mister…they are still sweet, day after day!
10. Summer nights…I will be longing for them again, come winter.
11. School…I love teaching my children.
12. Jammies…when you just want to be comfy.
13. The beach…the memories will stay with me until next summer.
14. My OCD…it keeps me on track.
15. Paying bills…I know, what? I am grateful I can pay them.
16. Dreams in my heart and drive in my soul to become what I desire.
17. God’s grace and his wisdom.
18. The ability to keep my mouth closed when needed. Ha! This is a real miracle.
19. The barbell. It is always fair and reminds me from where I’ve come and celebrates where I am going.
20. Spark!!! It gives me energy when I need it most.
21. My new plan to work my weaknesses and be a better athlete.
22. Replays of the crossfit games…it helps me!
23. Success School in Dallas, when I get to spend time with my LaLa!
24. The reminder of friends that mean so much and give me strength and joy.
25. Ponytail holders.
26. Phone calls from my mom each day! I love our conversations.
27. Music…everyday I find myself again, in the music.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Your Words Are True

Wow! It's been a rough few days! I ended last week traveling to Mississippi to be with my mom and dad for a surgery that would add years to my dad's life. I am amazed by modern medicine. After walking with my mom through two hip replacements, and my dad's aortic stint, I stand in awe of what God has provided to us through the wisdom of doctors and surgeons. Yet, with all of the miracles, I have had a rough couple of days...nothing major...just "bleh." I have had a nasty head cold and been tired and ready to recovery fully.

Tonight, as I showed up at church to lead a small group of 7th grade girls, the topic of conversation was joy. There is a vast difference between happiness and true, genuine joy. I was so honored and happy to spend time with these girls discussing where we find our true joy. Also, the verse of the day, today, on my cell phone was..."And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant." 2 Samuel 7:28

When I read the full chapter, this verse comes from a prayer of gratitude to God, from David, after God establishes His promise to him. David, after God revealed Himself and His promise of faithfulness, was thankful. I needed a healthy reminder. After knowing and studying David, I am comforted by His willingness to always praise, always thank, always seek His presence; even though he was a hot mess most of the time. I can identify to the hot mess portion of life, daily! :) I knew going into taking time each day to be thankful for 27 things and publishing it, that I would run into road blocks and challenges. Thanks be to God that my road blocks, my challenges, my head colds, and my stresses don't define the condition of my heart. My God supplies all my need and He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. So, I end today, energized to continue to be thankful! 

10,000 Reasons...July 31, 2013 (Day 4) I am thankful for…
1.     The rain, my garden is loving it, and my tomatoes are going to be so good. 
2.     The Vegetable CSA I am a part of for my delicious veggies, farm to table, each week.
3.     My gym family, where I am challenged everyday to be better.
4.     My 135 pound clean and jerk, a new personal record! Woot!
5.     My peaceful and cozy home.
6.     Reminders all around that God is good and always with me.
7.     The laughter of my children.
8.     Singing in the car with Ana to the top of my lungs and laughing the entire time.
9.     The smell of rain, followed by the beautiful sun…God’s splendor.
10. Music…it feeds my heart.
11. A healthier mom and dad.
12. Friends, who make me smile and give me strength everyday.
13. My friend running out of gas today. We had to go and fetch gas and laughed the entire time. I needed that and didn’t even realize how much.
14. Dreams and wishes….you are never too old to establish a course.
15. My Mister! I love his calls each day!
16. Getting ready for school to start. I am excited to meet my new students and seeing my old ones.
17. My church family.
18. My bible, it reminds me of God’s love for me and His promises to me.
19. My brother…his instagram photo’s make me chuckle!
20. Hitting golf balls with my kiddos at the driving range.
21. Learning a new skill…I hope to whip my husband in golf when he gets home.
22. Butter!! I love butter, oh…and bacon.
23. Fabric softener…it’s the little things.
24. My gym bag…it is always stocked with Spark and my knee wraps.
25. Never being satisfied with my current status. I always want to be a better wife, mom, athlete, musician, leader, etc.
26. The memories of my grandparents…they bring a smile and a tear every time.
27. The upcoming birth of Cassie and Charlie’s baby. Come quickly, baby Mac!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

When my Heart is Overwhelmed

My 10,000 Reasons…July 25, 2013 (Day 3)

Today was the day my family has been waiting for, praying for, and concerned about for several years now. My dad was diagnosed with an aortic abdominal aneurism 2- 3 years ago. Doctors told us there was nothing they could do because it was so small at the time. But, every few months they looked at it, checked it, watched it, waiting for it to rear it’s ugly head. Well, a few months ago, doctors decided that the aneurism was at a size that my dad had the “perfect window” of opportunity. This thorn in his side (or abdomen), so to speak, had given him a chance to remove it without harm. Now, those of us who are familiar with this sort of condition realize that very few people get to catch one of those before it is fatal. Well, today was the day I got to celebrate the removal of that “thorn” that I thought of everyday…my prayers were weird. Do you pray for healing or for it to grow so doctors can take it out? Well, both happened today. The aneurism is gone and my dad is healed at the hand of God, wonderful physicians, and a nursing staff that save lives everyday. I now, get to celebrate years with my dad…laughing and celebrating.

I’m challenged! Isn’t that what we are called to do…chosen to do? Give encouragement to those who have thorns in the mind, the heart, the soul? How many times do we run into people that need a “removal of the thorn” that comes in a word of encouragement, a warm smile, a kind word. I am grateful that my dad will be around for years to come. And, I also want to be the avenue for people to be around and live in joy for years to come. God, use me to bring a smile or encouragement to someone in need. I want to be an extension of God’s love and grace to others. God help me not to be so consumed with my own thorns that I neglect to be a light in the darkness of some people’s lives. It could be a co-worker, a friend, a stranger, a waitress, a student, a passerby. What I am realizing is…it’s worth it to look for ways to be joy in someone’s day! I am certainly thankful when I experience joy from someone who doesn’t even know that their words or actions are perfectly seasoned with God’s grace for me in the moment. God, help me be more! More love and more kindness. It’s His kindness that draws us near. His character is kindness, joy, peace, love, compassion, self-control, faithfulness, gentleness, patience. Thank you Lord for dealing with me from Your character and not my short-comings and please help me be that for others.

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

My 27 reasons today…
1.     A safe travel to Mississippi to be with my mom and dad today, after his surgery.
2.     For tomorrow, when he will come home and I can serve him.
3.     For children that will be joyful in a hospital room celebrating their Dawbi!
4.     For a successful surgery that will add years to my dad’s life.
5.     For a mom, that is gracious and kind, even when frightened.
6.     For God’s voice in my heart when I feel hopeless.
7.     For God’s word, that is a light to my path and lamp to my feet.
8.     For my subway sandwich….when I was starving.
9.     For my Darla, Tosha, Christina, Mishelle, and Lori, who texted me all day and brought encouragement.
10. For my Spark, that kept me alert when I was tired.
11. For my children’s laughter!
12. For the phone call from The Mister, that brought a smile to my face.
13. For Christina, she shows me perseverance everyday.
14. For the joy of the Lord that is my strength.
15. For challenges in life that make us stronger at the end of the day.
16. For rest stops along the way to Mississippi to stretch my legs and enjoy the beautiful sun.
17. For worship, that keeps my heart joyful.
18. For 2 scoops of ice cream that my daughter enjoyed today.
19. For nurses, that made my dad comfortable.
20. For a restful night’s sleep for my mom and dad.
21. For my sweet Belle, my tiny dog that barks like a Doberman to show her love for us.
22. For my mom’s vegetable soup…it smells amazing.
23. For my husband’s job that allows me to be home with my kiddos.
24. For my son’s non-stop talking.
25. For comfy clothes.
26. That God is faithful even when I am not!
27. For my Dad! He will be around, making us laugh, beating us in poker, and being a light to me and my family for years to come! Thanks be to God!