Monday, 18 January 2016

Looking ahead into 2016


Well that was a longer break from posting than I had planned! The words just have not been there the past few weeks. I was journalling and writing Scripture but nothing came when I sat down to write here. I received some wonderful encouragement in the Hope*Writers Facebook group about reframing the way I looked at this break and sure enough, the words have been itching in my fingers all day, waiting for the opportunity to sit in the quiet. 

Life has continued in the interim and has even included some changes. It has also included some unexpected challenges, a big step in a long-held vision and diving into the new year with its new roles.

I am not a New Year's resolutions person. Putting that expectation on myself usually fails, admittedly due to the unrealistic nature of my goals often. I sometimes laugh at the to do lists I write up for myself and wonder how on earth I expect to be able to achieve all of it in one 24 hour period. A couple of years ago, I came across the concept of One Word. It intrigued me and I tried it out. I'm not going to exaggerate and say that it revolutionised my life, or that I could even remember what my word was at times later in the year. It did help me tune in to what was important more. My word for this year is "abide" (kind of in partnership with "dwell" which is often used interchangeably in different Bible versions and verses.) This word came up frequently for me in the last few months of 2015 and I sensed God stirring. It fits with the journey that God has already had me on for years but I sense a deeper calling into this, into Him. So often I can gloss through quiet times and through my day without really dwelling in the presence of God and I crave that more in my life. I also want to be more present and "abide" in the moments of my day with my daughter, family, friends and in those everyday mundane tasks. If you are interested in exploring the concept more, you can visit the One Word website HERE (there are several out there so you could also find a different one) and the You Version Bible app also has a short devotional that leads you through the steps too.

One area that I am looking at focusing on and making some goals around is my health, fitness and weight. I have been interested in the Trim Healthy Mama Eating Plan for a while and have taken the plunge, although in baby steps. I love the grace that shines through the book and the balanced approach to food. I am not going hungry, eating super yummy treats despite being off sugar and already noticing my clothes being less tight only a couple of weeks in and not even fully on plan yet. I think this is going to be very workable for me, especially with giving myself the grace to step in gradually and not have to be 100% perfect at it.

My fitness focus has proven more challenging. I was keeping going with the workouts and workout apps that I was using at home, with more consistency and was adding in running using the Couch to 5k app. I was really enjoying it but only a couple of weeks in, developed what was originally diagnosed as shin splints and is now looking more like a stress fracture. I am on crutches and restricted from any exercise that involves standing or using my leg. What a blow to my exercise plans, especially just as I joined a fitness accountability group. I have been determined not to let this completely derail my quest to be more healthy. My goal is to have the energy and vitality to engage fully in each role I have in life. I'm over being tired and lethargic. Weight loss is an added bonus and I am choosing not to focus on numbers or even look at scales right now to prevent the obsessive tendencies I know I have within me from taking me down a destructive path. So for now, I am focusing on my arms and core as they can be targeted while sitting or lying. I am a little nervous putting my health and fitness focus out there but hoping the additional accountability will spur me through the tough times. I look forward to seeing where I am at the end of the year.

Life may not always go according to plan but I am learning to let it go more. 

Keep a look out for the return of the Thankful Thursday link up this week.

I would love to hear from you about what your goals/ areas of focus or one word is for this year. 

11 comments:

  1. Oh, Jo, so sorry to hear about your fracture. It seems to happen often that when I start an exercise regimen something causes me to stop that is beyond my control. Glad to hear your food plan is working well. I'm also glad to know that you are taking baby steps. That's the best way. I've been trying to rid my house of clutter and lose weight and keep getting interruptions. My word for the year is open and God has already been giving opportunities to practice is. I make plans and then things change, but God is faithful. I want to look at the interruptions as from Him and not stress but face whatever comes. I won't do it all perfectly, but God will provide and forgive. Blessings to you!

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    1. Some good focus areas there and a great perspective to take.

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  2. I know the feeling of not writing for a while. It hurts when the words don't flow. Thankful you found them today!! Bless you for making your goals public! I, too, have some fitness goals ... But have not written about them. Such courage you have.

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    1. Thanks. It is daunting putting it out there!

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  3. Hey there! I am a huge fan of OneWord and oh my goodness... I will try not to be jealous of yours this year! What a great word! Also - good for you for jumping in with goals for healthy eating and exercise! I have been browsing around the THM fb group for a couple of weeks... my friend told me that I don't need the book - but I think if I am going to give it a try, I probably do need to at least borrow it from the library and page through it a bit! Praying for your injury... it's discouraging when that happens but it's also confirming that we need to do it! At least that is how it is for me! Blessings!

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    1. It is a good one! Just have to work on actually making the most of it. I bought the book on Kindle to keep costs down and ended up getting the cookbook too. I prefer paper copies but the costs can be prohibitive.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your one word, your blessings and struggles right now. I love the one word concept and God has chosen "hope" for me this year and I will be honest it has changed my outlook tremendously.

    I also have fitness and health goals. I'm tired of being tired and I know God created us to live and honor Him. To do that we need to have healthy bodies. I am praying for you as begin this journey but also as you face the challenge of a stress fracture. Blessings along the way!

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    1. Hope is an awesome word to focus on. I can completely identify with tired of being tired! I pray you achieve your goals too!

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  5. My three disciplines are going well. But, I so relate to your struggles. Hang in there...xo

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  6. As I've been contemplating the new year reflection questions, I've decided that 'emerging' is a suitable word for both last year and this one.
    I've also recently decided to quit sugar. It's a slow withdrawal (as opposed to my husband's cold turkey approach), mostly because I want to eat an Easter egg as a last hurrah. :) They've started appearing in the shops, but I have very specific requirements.
    Looking forward to your updates. x

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