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This morning while journaling, I started to think about the goals I will set for 2011. As I scribbled down a rough draft list of things to accomplish next year, I realized that I was bypassing December. I had leaped right over the 12th month, looking into the future.
Reflecting, I made a decision to be present this month. To focus on what I am doing, to think about now, and not only then. I want to be aware of each day, so that the time doesn’t pass me by and I find myself saying “It’s January 1, already!?!?” as I seem to hear myself say at the beginning of each month. I think being present is going to be filled with joy and celebration – and that’s alright with me!
This December is different than any December before. This is the first December I will not be going home to Mom and Dad’s house for Christmas vacation. This December is Christmas shopping free. This December I will not leave cookies for Santa or carrots for the reindeer. This December old traditions will be missed. This December is full of new adventures, just waiting to happen. This December I will be present; I will be aware.
P.S. Happy start of Hanukkah.
Last winter, when I was visiting the gym 5-6 days a week, strength training was never a problem. I LOVED going through a leg circuit on the machines, using free weights on my arms, and attending Chisel classes. The Willpower & Grace class I was taking each week was helping my legs to find such great definition, and more importantly, I felt SO STRONG! [And am I the only one that feels most beautiful when I feel strong?]
Then, running took over my work out time, and the gym membership ended, along with any and all dedication to “heavy lifting.” Or light lifting. Or any lifting for that matter. Strong arms and stellar legs went right out the window, along with any regular core work.
I’ve said it will change and it hasn’t. “Do more strength training!” has been on my to-do list for FAR too long.
The day after my 5K PR, as my abs were sore, I noted that I needed to do more core work. “It will make me a better runner, in the long run!” I didn’t commit.
When I was in between crutches and running, I thought about squats and lunges. “It’s the perfect time to devote myself to some leg strength!” I didn’t commit.
Carrying a large box from one end of my office to another, I remembered what it used to feel like to do so with ease. “I should really do some strength training with my body bar!” I didn’t commit.
Then, a week ago, I was boarding the train to Julie’s for a Very Savvy Thanksgiving vacation. I couldn’t lift my suitcase into the overhead compartment. Embarrassing? Yes, especially with college students abounding. Disappointing? Yes, especially because less than a year ago, I would have been able to do so without any problems. The tipping point? YOU BETCHA. No more T-Rex Arms.
While in Ithaca, I used Julie’s hand weights twice. I committed.
Last night, I spent 11 minutes with my body bar and hand weights, along with 50 crunches on the floor. I committed.
At first, I was disappointed, thinking about how much I could lift, and what I was doing at the beginning of 2010. “I shouldn’t be here,” I thought. “I should be farther along.”
I know, however, that this kind of thinking won’t lend to this commitment. Just like any new relationship, I need to take strength training again slowly. Using weights appropriate for me, and not comparing it to anyone else is a good place to start. (“She is lifting three times this amount, I can, too” is equivalent to “everyone I know is married, let’s rush to the alter!”)
Because I no longer belong to a gym, I’ve been collecting some “to do at home” work out favorites from the web.
My Favorite Gym-Free Strength Workouts:
- Whittle My Middle Part 1 from Angela of Oh She Glows
- 25 Days of Push Ups from Julie of Savvy Eats
- Bodyweight Blast from Jessica of How Sweet Eats
- At Home Circuit Training from Gina of Fitnessista
- Hotel Room Mini-Workout from Jess of Fit Chick in the City
- 6 Minutes Hips, Glutes, & Thigh Video from Spark People
What are you favorite at home strength work outs? Have any stellar resources you think I should check out?
Winner of the Petals and Purls Giveaway…
Congrats to the ubersweet, Megan Dollarhide!
Megan, I will have Stephanie contact you via facebook to make arrangements for your Petals and Purls item of choice!
Did you know…
A fan of Petals and Purls, Debbie Baham, left a comment sharing another reason to purchase some gifts for your family and friends from Petals and Purls:
“the fact that Stephanie also donates to St Judes and some of the sick children in her area are even more reasons to admire her special talents!”
Handmade Christmas 2010 Ornament Week Round Up:
Ornament Tutorials from THS:
- Button Stacked Santa on Monday
- Glitter Ball on Tuesday
- Painted Star on Wednesday
- Tulle Mini Wreath on Thursday
- Beaded Ribbon on Friday
- Felt Cupcake on Saturday
Don’t Forget about the THS Handmade Ornament Swap! To sign up to participate send an email including your name, mailing address, and the amount of ornaments you’d like to swap to email@example.com before December 1st. Also – please advise if you would be willing to ship to US, Canada and/or internationally!
Great Handmade Ornament Tutorials on the Web:
- Cinnamon Ornaments from Learn Ways to Save
- Button Wreaths from the Times Union Simpler Living Blog
- Gingerbread House from Sew, Mama, Sew
- Cupcakes even CUTER than mine from BHG
- Ribbon Pinecones from Whip Up
- Rustic North Woods Designs on Handmade Spark by Crafts by Amanda
- Snowmen from The Chic Life
- Cookies from Alisa Burke
- Beaded Icicles from Madigan Made
- Frosted Ornaments on I Heart Naptime from Oops, I Craft My Pants
Handmade Christmas 2010 Ornament week, is coming to an end. But not before I show you the sweetest ornament yet!
The inspiration for this super cute cupcake ornament came from my favorite baby on the planet. After Baby A, Danielle’s daughter, won 3rd place in a costume contest at a Halloween party this October, I started sketching out some ideas for recreating the adorableness in Christmas decor form. Of course, my tree ornament doesn’t hold a candle next to Baby A in the world’s cutest cupcake contest…
- Scrap Paper
- Two colors of felt, in my case, pink & grey
- Marker dark enough to show up on felt
- 8-12 small buttons, multicolored
- 6 inches of ribbon
Step 1: Make a template for yourself with your scrap paper. I simply drew a cupcake wrapper and a cupcake top. This pattern makes the cupcake top look A LOT smaller than the wrapper, but as you will see below, there will be an overlap which even things out.
Step 2: Using your marker, trace cupcake pattern on to felt. You need two tops (pink), and one bottom (grey).
Step 3: Cut out your three cupcake pieces out of felt.
Step 4: Attach 4-6 buttons on each of the cupcake tops, as sprinkles.
- Note: You want to make sure that you are putting the buttons on opposite sides of the felt piece. To assure this, match the pieces together and add the buttons to the outside layers.
Step 5: Make a loop with the ribbon. This will be what you use to hang the cupcake. A simple stitch at the bottom of the loop should do for now. Later, you will be attaching it to the ornament which will secure it further.
Step 6: Here is where you layering takes place. Place the grey felt and the ribbon into the middle of the two pink top pieces, as shown.
Step 7: Hand stitch pieces together, going along the outside of the pink pieces of felt. Sew through the grey piece when you are along the bottom of the pink pieces. Sew through the ribbon to securely attach it for hanging, as well.
Great job, crafty champion! You deserve a cupcake.
- Have you signed up for the Ornament Swap!?!? It’s not too late. Check out the THS Ornament Swap post to learn how it works, then send an email including your name, mailing address, and the amount of ornaments you’d like to swap to firstname.lastname@example.org before December 1st. Also – please advise if you would be willing to ship to US, Canada and/or internationally!