Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Calories burned....I don't think so!

My current form of exercise is a program called Oxycise which is an excellent deep breathing program; however, I do not feel that the number of calories that I'm supposed to burn is true.

The program states that you can burn 140% more than a stationary bike so I did the math and that just seems like too many calories burned.  So....I've decided to use a yoga calorie burned option instead.  Much less burned but now I feel honest and I'm only cheating myself out of my healthy goal.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

It's learn something new every day (or at least I am)

I'm finding (as I get older) that I enjoy learning more than I ever had before. Our church is currently doing a study on The Doctrine of the Apostles. It's so interesting and exciting to find out things I hadn't known before.

I'm learning how to connect on a deeper level with God.  Learning more of what I need to do for a stronger Spiritual connection with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.

Acts 2:42 is a staple scripture in our church.
KJV:   And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
NIV version: They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
NLT version: All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper[a]), and to prayer. 
No matter the version....we learn that we need to devote/continue steadfastly studying the Word of God, rightly dividing the word (instead of taking a few scriptures out of context and building a belief system).

I know I could spend the rest of my life studying the Word and never learn it all.  I can read the same scripture for years and then when God reveals it's meaning or more's as if I've been in the dark and the light has been turned on.  It's truly amazing.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The joys of friendship

I have been so blessed over the last 20 years with a fantastic best friend...whom is my husband! We are still like newlyweds and I couldn't be happier with my life. I have some very close girlfriends that I've known for quite some time and they are each very special to me. Again....truly blessed!

Recently, I have been blessed with new friendships that I cherish. There are 3 sisters that have come into my life and it was an instant connection. They are so beautiful inside & out. They radiant love and it's refreshing to see. It's just a wonderful thing when God puts all the pieces into place at just the right time. Having good friends in life is so very important to your health & well-being.

Friends that you can be "real" with...friends you can say anything to and they will be by your side without judgement. These are the friends that I have collected over the last 17 years.

Thank you for being in my life and taking a big part in the journey....I love each & every one of you!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Countdown to Packer/Cowboy Showdown at Lambeau Field...UPDATE: PACKERS WON!!!

Perfect setting for a Cowboy beat down but they could surprise us (doubtful). Should be an interesting & fun time....No, I will not be sitting in the stands; I will be in the comfort of my recliner where there are no lines to the bathroom nor kitchen. If it wasn't so cold, I'd probably go. History of the rivalry: 1966: Packer Win at Dallas NFL Championship / 1967: Packer Win at Home NFL Championship / 1983: Packer lose at Dallas 2nd Round Divisional Playoff / 1993: Packer lose at Dallas Divisional Playoff / 1995: Packer lose at Dallas Divisional Playoff / 1996: Packer lose at Dallas NFL Championship It's time for a Packer win as all the losses have been in Dallas; Pack has never lost in the post season to Dallas. Can't see why we should start now!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The journey began...

As promised (to myself & my son), I began my journey to a healthy life. I used and it's such an awesome tool for those looking to keep track of their progress for FREE. Yes....that's right....FREE. I have been down the road of paying for services and they worked but I'll take free. I started with doing Oxycise again which is one of the BEST exercises for several reasons:

 1. Stress: If you have any stress in your life, I recommend this program. The deep breathing is such a mood lifter (is that a word???)

 2. Inches: I measure every morning and see loss somewhere. It may be a 1/4" or more; the first time I used this program....I lost 15" all over. It was inspiring to see the changes even when the scale wasn't moving. It's a big motivator, as you are seeing daily results.

 3. Awake: The breathing helps you wake up and feel better. There are just so many benefits and the BEST lose 1 & 1/2 times the calories that you would on a treadmill for the same amount of time.

 This is a 15 min program and once you get down the routine, you can watch TV and do the exercise. And who doesn't have 15 mins in their day. Website: (you WON'T be sorry)! Oh & NO...I do not work for Oxycise nor am I affiliated with them. I just know it works and when I love something....I wanna share. Weighed In Sunday (1/4/15): Down 1.6lbs from 12/29/14. = 6 days. That's was nice to see.

 I have a bit of an obsession with the scale so of course I weighed myself this morning and was down another 1.6lbs.....ROCK ON WITH MY BAD SELF! Excited to see what the inches reveal tomorrow morning. If you have questions on Oxycise or My Fitness Pal....let me know. After 12 years of trying almost everything, I can probably give you some tips/tricks.

 OHHHHH, make sure when you are using the Oxycise program to over-exaggerate the positions including the breathing. Believe me, this is good advice! Hope you have an awesome Tuesday.