January 21st – Comfort

One Minute Writer Prompt:
What is the best way someone can comfort you when you are grieving?

This could be one of two ways, and it varies as I go through the different stages of grief. Sometimes, I want to simply be left alone to think and deal with my feelings. Other times, I need to be with close family and friends, as I need that closeness right there. For me, this floats between both needs during my grieving process. It is just a matter of which one I need at that particular time. But, it is always one or the other. I have found with death in the family, being around family is one of the best comforts.

Personal website stuff

Not only have I acquired a new domain name (shannonchenoweth.com), but I am moving web hosts. It’s a bittersweet time, as I have been with my current website host since March 2005. Almost five years. But, it is time to move on, and I am working right now on getting my site back up with my blog within it. The site itself is going to be undergoing a revamp as I update it to include a photo portfolio and information on my freelance photography work. Anyway, keep an eye out, more hopefully by the end of this week on this.

January 19th – Discipline

One Minute Writer Prompt:
In what area of your life are you the most disciplined?

I would love to say writing, but honestly, I would be deceiving myself on that. I write regularly, but definitely not with as much discipline as I should.

For this question, I would have to go with health and fitness. More so, with my eating. I now keep track of everything I eat from the moment I wake up to the time my head hits the pillow on my bed at night. I don’t always keep a list of every food and drink, but I do know how many calories I have consumed throughout the day. This helps me keep on track with maintaining my weight.

Jan 17th & 18th Prompts

One-Minute Writer Prompts

January 18th – Parent
If you are a parent, how did you feel when you first found out you’d become one?
If you’re not a parent, how do you think you’d feel if you got that news?

Well, considering that I am not a parent, the second portion of this prompt applies to me. How do I think I’d feel if I discovered I was a new parent? If I was married and trying to get pregnant, I’d feel great. This would be amazing news for me and my husband. I do want to someday have children, so this day will come for me. I do hope however, that it comes when I am ready and have been actually trying to have kids. Of course, things will work out when the Great One above wants them to.

January 17th – Rest
Do you have a weekly day of rest? Write a bit about this concept.

Ah, a day of rest, that’s the life, eh? When I hear this phrase, thoughts of palm trees and sunny afternoons by the pool cross my mind. Alas, that is just a stereotypical scene. Just like a vacation, it is a vision of what we hope said day or days would be like.
Realistically, a day of rest for me does occur. I tend to utilize most of my weekends for rest. I try to mentally and physically allow my body to relax during that time as much as possible. Even a few hours of rest feels great. For me, an afternoon where I can be out with my camera taking pictures or writing in a quiet place is relaxing and enjoyable.

Couch 2 5k – Day 2

Today’s training was easier than day one. I woke up this morning at 7am so that I could eat breakfast and then get the C25k training in before I had to get ready for work.

Again, I’m using the C25k podcast from Robert Ullrey which is great for helping not only keep you motivated, but for knowing when it is time to run. You can easily use your own timing/watch to do this, but having someone else do it for you helps keep the concentration on the actual workout.

The first four intervals of running came fairly easy which felt good. I did notice that my right thigh is getting the brunt of any soreness from the workouts. Not sure if it’s because I am pushing more on that leg or what. So, I worked to even my balance out as much as I could as I ran. Also, I tried to keep as lose as possible when I was running. This seemed to help a lot.

Before I knew it, I was down to the last two running intervals. The running itself is not easier per say, just how I am feeling during the workout compared to day one. I feel like my body is gradually realizing that it has the endurance and strength to do this. I know I am definitely ready for the challenge and won’t be giving up. I found myself mentally encouraging myself during the workouts as well. I kept repeating, “you can do it!” Mental encouragement helps a lot during a physical challenge, you need to believe you can do it and you will do it.

Signs

I am a Christian and a firm believer in God. While I have not been going to church as I should be lately, I have always believed that God provides us with signs for life’s journey. Whether it be something small or large, they are there right in front of us. It is just up to you to see them.

This has been the case for me recently. I have been going through some down times and feeling lost. Even wondering at times if I was aspiring for the right thing in wanting to move back to Western North Carolina. The Great One above has been giving me signs, especially the last few days that I am on the right track in wanting to be back in Asheville. Just in the last couple of days, I have seen license plates or something related to North Carolina during moments of sadness/frustration. Such a great and amazing thing. I have to smile and my spirits lift a bit when these signs come along. God’s greatness surrounds us, even during times we feel lost and without support. We all need to remember that.

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”
–George Washington Carver

C25k Week 1: Day One

Just completed the first day of the couch 2 5k training plan and I was surprised at how difficult it was for me to run those 60 second intervals. A few months ago, they would have been a piece of cake. During the workout, I thought about why it was tiring me out so much. Then, it came to me, I have been slacking with my general workouts the last couple of months due to my work schedule and the cold. My body has gotten a bit lax and not used to pushing itself quite so much as of late.

So, I am going to do the C25k training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and then do other workouts on Sundays and Thursdays (might change Thursdays up with Tuesdays or Fridays). I am hoping this will help build my endurance back up. I feel like my body is getting lazy again and I definitely don’t want that to happen. So, back to working out 5 days a week it is.

Going to make sure to blog about the highs and lows of my training, as I feel like it is important for me to not only make a note of it, but writing always helps keep me encouraged and motivated. Also, it might help someone else get a pinch of motivation or encouragement if they happen to stumble on my blog. You just never know. 🙂

The start of C25k!

I will be starting my C25k training tomorrow morning. Looking forward to the training and to getting back outside to regularly workout again now that the weather is getting warmer again.

Updates on my progress will be posted here on my blog for anyone interested in following along with my progress. My current goal is to run the Corporate 5k here in Orlando in April.

January 14th – Odds

One-Minute Writer Prompt:
In what way have you beat the odds?

I’d have to say I’ve beat the odds in regards to my health. Just over a year ago, I was obese and completely unhealthy. I never truly felt good or well. It was a miserable way to be living. Finally, I decided to change that. I not only started regularly working out, but I ate healthier and less.

The odds I beat was getting an illness like diabetes and/or shortening my life. I don’t know the numbers that I was up against, but I know that I have prolonged my life by getting healthy and dropping over 70lbs. Feels great to know that I accomplished this for myself.

1930s New York through the lens

Was recommended this set of photography of New York in the 1930s. These are some amazing black & white pictures that I am in love with. I love old black & white photography, especially depicting life as it used to be. There’s just something so inspiring and beautiful about old photos.
Changing New York photo set: http://ow.ly/T5Pu