Thursday, January 24, 2013

Committment to Change


     If you read my last post you know this is my year of change.  I am very excited about making some changes in specific areas of my life.  I am happy to report that slowly, but surely, those changes have begun.  This will be a long journey and one that I am not going to bore you by constantly writing about.  What I will do is occasionally update you with my progress or failure.  I am faithfully committed to this journey and these occasional updates will be my way of holding myself accountable.  

     Since my first two declarations go together (weight loss and exercise), I will call this my getting healthy goal.  On Monday I started Weight Watchers Online and so far have found it very easy to follow.  I love the easy to use points tracker and find myself eating much healthier.  So far I have lost 3.3 lbs so I am very pleased with my progress in this short period of time.  As for the exercise, I am trying to gradually increase my activity.  I have also been trying (and the key word here is trying!) to exercise using my Wii Fit Plus.  If you can imagine a drunk trying to walk a tight rope, you might have a slim idea of what I look like trying to do these games that are supposed to increase my balance and strength.  This machine tells me I am totally unbalanced and have the physical agility of a 71 year old (Ugh!).  Looks like I have a lot of work to do...in baby steps.  All I can say is this is the most hysterical scene imaginable that no one will ever see.  This is definitely "me" time and will not be shared with others!  After all, I have to keep some shred of dignity. 

     My third goal of more Bible study time and becoming more active in women's ministry has begun to be a reality, also.  I am making more quiet time for myself and reading my Bible on a daily basis.  My sister and I attended a Women's Day at a friend's church and brought back several ideas to our own women's group.  We are currently planning a Women's Luncheon at our church and have many more ideas for the future.

      Another way I am getting more involved with women's ministry is through iBloom.  Recently, I was asked to serve as an ambassador to iBloom and was thrilled for the opportunity.  iBloom is a fabulous online community headed by founder, Kelly Thorne Gore and made up of a team of dedicated Christian life coaches.   Their purpose is to empower women all over the world to live a life they love by strengthening their relationship with God while taking stock of their own lives and making small changes.  To help facilitate this, they have published a book titled "iChoose2 Love My Life".  This book is a year long journey with a prompt for each week that encourages you to assess your life and your goals.  This book is non-denominational and works for anyone who wants to improve their life.  It is a great book and I am well on my way to a new and happier attitude.  If you would like to check out iBloom for yourself, and I highly recommend you do, you can click on the iBloom Ambassador icon on the top right side of my blog, or, go to http://ibloom.co/ (not com)    I would love for all of you to experience your own journey to living a life you love, and to help one lucky reader do just that I am giving away a copy of the book, "iChoose2 Love My Life".    All you have to do is leave me a comment below on this post.  This is Thursday and I want the winner to get their book asap so I am going to just take entries through Sunday.  You have until midnight Sunday night to enter.  Monday morning I will put the names of everyone who commented in for the drawing and will draw one lucky winner.  


     Another blessing I have received from iBloom is getting to know an amazing group of women.  Besides the team, there are over 100 ambassadors from all over the world.  We connect through facebook parties and online conference calls.  We share both praises and concerns, giving us the opportunity to pray for each other or to offer advice or help.  It is a support group of unbelievable proportions.  I am so blessed.

     As for my last goal, I'm still not sure what path I am going to take to achieve it.  More than ever I feel the need to reach out to others who are not able to lead the lives they would like because of health problems.    I need to do a lot of soul searching and research before I can make a valid effort to move forward.

     That's my progress so far and I am feeling really positive about the outlook for 2013.  If you did read my previous post, I will update you to the fact that I finally got over the bronchitis and my nuclear stress test did not find any problem with my heart!  Yeah!  Praise God!  Don't forget to leave me a comment to win the iBloom book and start your own journey to a happier life.  Good luck to each of you!

Until next time...that's my view.
Kat


And, the winner is!

Suzy

Congratulations!
















12 comments:

  1. Hi Kat, I am in the GenFab group and so pleased to meet another woman with Bible study, exercise, and dieting at the top of her list. I hope you can stop by my blog and say hello. It is really dedicated to the Proverbs 31 women of strength and dignity...though I am very low key about this on the blog!

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    1. Hi Pam. Thank you for stopping by. It is very nice to meet you. I will definitely stop by and check out your blog. Good luck on winning the book.

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  2. Good evening. Kat your goals sound awesome. Good luck with the WW's and the Wii, it's a good thing no one can see us. You should see me try the Zumba.
    I like the sounds of your ibloom and your ladies ministries. Wonderful goals.
    Good luck and take care. Blessings!!

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    1. I haven't tried the Zumba, Julie, but I'm sure it's fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I love that you have an agenda for the year ahead and that you've put yourself on the list!

    Your last goal is a truly wonderful one. My guess is that if you keep your eyes and ears open, you'll find the opportunities you're looking for. With your kind heart, you're going to make a big difference, Kat. Good for you!

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    1. Thank you Beth. A lot of my courage has been gained from my wonderful online friends who are so encouraging. I have some great role models.

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  4. Kat, congratulations on your plans for the year! I am with you on the iBloom group and am reading the book as well. I look forward to hearing more from you.

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    1. Thank you Lisa. Glad you stopped by.

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  5. A very happy positive post. Wish you all the best Kat - wish you a year of success.

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    1. Thank you so much Suzy. Thank you for stopping by.

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  6. Thanks Kat. So thrilled to be the winner.

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    1. And Thank you for your very generous gift.

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