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

Beating those winter blues

So, I have been struggling with my mood the last few days… while life isn’t a bowl of cherries (who has a life like that?), it sure isn’t horrible. However, the winter blues can make you feel like everything is depressing and all you want to do is absolutely nothing.

I am working to fight and get over this seasonal issue, as thankfully, the cold snap that has overcome Florida seems to be taking a hike within the next day or two. Trying to get myself back into regular workouts will definitely help me a lot. Today, I went out and did a twenty minute brisk walk which felt great. Yes, it was still cold and windy, but I forced myself to get outside and take in the fresh air.

This disorder (known as Seasonal Affective Disorder) normally affects those in the northern states where winter is more harsh. However, this winter has been anything but ordinary for every state in the country. That said, I am not surprised that my body has been experiencing it. Going to make sure that it doesn’t win though, as I have worked hard to not only get healthy and fit, but to mentally relax and feel good. So, these blues aren’t going to get the better of me. Not saying it is an easy thing to get over or what have you, but there are ways to do it.

If you have stumbled across my humble musings here and are curious about the winter blues or S.A.D., here are some links you might want to check out:
http://www.wikihow.com/Fight-Winter-Blues
http://living.health.com/2009/01/18/8-natural-ways-to-beat-the-winter-blues/

One Minute Writer: Cold

One Minute Writer Prompt:
Parts of America have been experiencing record-breaking low temperatures. Think of a product you could invent to help people stay warm.

Oh yes, the weather has been crazy cold, even down here in Florida. We have even been into the 20s overnight and in the early morning hours. This weather is the kind of temps that would be experienced further north in say South Carolina or North Carolina.

If I could create a product that would help people stay warm is a cross between a snuggie and gloves. Something that you would still be able to put your arms through yet it keeps your hands warm while easily accessible for writing and such. Maybe a snuggie with gloves that are attachable/detachable. Of course, you could just put your own gloves on, but if these two things came in a package deal, it would be much better.

Another good idea for keeping warm are warm shoes with heaters in them. Of course, you would have to be able to somehow adjust just how warm the heat is in the shoes. Maybe they would come with a wireless remote of some sort that is small enough to put in your pocket.

Just a couple ideas, as I know I not only get cold easily, but my hands and feet get especially freezing cold this time of the year when the temps are this low.

Weekend comes and it goes…

Well, it’s the end of the weekend…this point always seems to come too soon for my taste. I would love just another day to sleep in and take it easy while not having to get to work to punch the clock. It always goes by way too quickly.

As far as this weekend itself, I ended up failing in two things I wanted to get accomplished/done. One, is finishing Jack Kerouac’s book, On the Road that I started reading the previous Sunday evening. I had hoped and planned to finish by the end of the weekend. Alas, I still have over 100 pages to go. The second thing is finding and purchasing a winter coat. I searched for hours on Saturday and part of Sunday to no avail. Seems that whatever coats there were in Orlando have been scooped up by others due to the very cold temps we have been experiencing here. I guess I will just have to order something online or simply wait until the Fall and buy one when I am back in Asheville.

On a nice note, I did get some aromatherapy lotions from Bath & Body Works over the weekend. I have really been enjoying the stress relief lotion I bought a few weeks ago and was glad to get a hold of some more during a sale the store was holding. Also, I had an always enjoyable lunch on Saturday at Dandelion Cafe. I hadn’t been up to the cafe since right before Christmas, so it was nice to have a great vegan meal there again.

Relaxation is who you are

From THE MINDFULIST :
“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”
Chinese proverb

This makes me think about how I have been trying to be of a relaxed mind as of late. I believe that if you believe you are relaxed and happy than your life will reflect this attitude. It’s all about believing and being. I now daily work to keep myself calm and not let things bother me. It’s a mentality that I enter each day with. I have learned that it is not worth letting life’s little annoyances and what have you pull you down. Relax and let them float by.

January 8th – Friday Fiction

One-Minute Writer Prompt:
Fable. Write an original fable.

Once upon a time in a small apartment there was a digital camera. He was a beautiful camera, with a black body and a lens with all the bells and whistles. When he was out with his photographer friend, he was happy, he loved seeing the outside world with the short blonde girl who held him so securely and with much care. However, when she did not take him out, he found himself to be very lonely. He longed for another camera to spend his non-shooting days along side.

One day, the digital camera discovered that the photo girl had left the bag he lived in unzipped. Light from the outside world was now peering into the darkness he knew and he was curious. The camera wanted to see just what was out there on his own. He knew that he would have to get out of the bag to explore, to find out just what was out there in order to get over his loneliness.

After moving himself from his seated position in the padded bag, he pushed the cover of the bag. Suddenly, light overtook him in all it’s glory. He was now seeing the world that existed outside of that bag. It was wonderful he thought to himself. Seeing all of this greatness made the camera very happy and he knew that his lonely days were a thing of the past. Jumping out of the confines of the bag, he slowly but surely wandered along the shelf in the closet he found himself upon. The camera then spotted another bag very much like his own nearby. Was this another camera? He had to know.

Approaching the other bag, the camera called out, “hello? hello? is anyone in there?” In response to his calling out, the camera heard rustling from inside the mystery bag. The camera’s lens widened to it’s fulled f-stop. There really was someone inside! The camera could barely contain his excitement. Camera swallowed hard and continued, “it is alright, I too am a camera…please do not be afraid. I just want to be friends.”

Suddenly, the second bag’s cover whooshed open and there she was, another camera. The second camera was out of her bag almost instantaneously, as if she had some sort of magical power. Before the digital camera knew it, there she was, just inches away from him. “why hello handsome, I have been wondering who was in that new bag. Alas, my fear had gotten the better of me and I never dared to find out.”

(The moral of the story is we shouldn’t be fearful about discovering new friends and new experiences in life. Go out, explore the world around you.)