Keep On Keeping On

I feel like the last two days have been non-stop even though I didn’t really do much today. Maybe it’s because I had a very long day yesterday and then was a bit drained when  I realized that I had left my debit card at the restaurant in South Carolina and now I have to wait on a new one from the bank (and pay 8 bucks for it). When I think about it, I’d rather pay the fee than drive all the way back to SC just to pick up my card.

Anyway, I have done much better this week on eating right and working out. I’ll admit that I had a not-so-healthy meal last night, but I still worked out and came in under calories. I’ve done very good today and will also come in under calories with exercise. I think one of the things that is keeping me accountable is the 100 Days of Tracking challenge I’m doing with a Facebook page I follow. I’ve tracked all of my food for six days in a row. I really feel like I’m on my way to getting back in the grove and getting these pounds off. I’ve been riding the recumbent bike, even though it really hurts my lower back, and doing kettlebell exercises. Hubby sent me a link to a site called Daily Burn and I’m going to sign up for the thirty day trial and see how I like it. I’ll check back later and let y’all know what I think.

Tomorrow I’ll start the “Made to Crave” bible study with those lovely ladies at Proverbs 31 Ministry. The book, by Lysa TerKeurst, is all about learning to crave food less and God more. I’m so excited because this time around I remembered to sign up for a small group. Last bible study I read the book but didn’t make much effort outside of that. I find it awesome that my church is also doing a sermon series called “Let’s Move”, which is all about being healthy in spirit, soul, and body. Definitely check it out!

Remember how I said I wanted to read the bible before Christmas? I signed up for a daily plan through an app on my phone and I’m already behind. I think the best way for me to study the bible is through Church sermons, devotionals, and reading books. I’m just not very good at sticking to the daily plan.

Also, I think I’m gonna end up blowing my goal of making new recipes out of the water. I think I set the goal at 12 (?) but I’m too lazy (and sleepy) to go back and look right now. Just in the time that JR was home, I tried five or six new recipes. It really does seem like we haven’t had the same dish twice in a while, and that’s a great feeling.

I’m also praying really hard for the Lord to point me in the right direction professionally. There are some potential changes coming up in our lives and financial stability would be a great thing.

As of right now, I feel like I’m on a roll and that it’s only going to get better.  🙂



Trying new things: Manna Church Cliffdale

I promised my Facebook fans that I would write a post on my visit to Manna Church yesterday. It’s actually the first time I’ve gone to a church in Fayetteville and I’ve lived here for over five years. The thought of going to a church where I don’t know anyone always made me extremely anxious, so I avoided it. Thankfully, my friend Kristy and her family were there, so I didn’t have to go it alone.

First things first: Manna is a “mega” church. Not like Joyce Meyer or Joel Osteen mega, but big for Fayetteville standards. There are five locations in Cumberland County and they also post sermons online. I’m used to a little country church with about 50-60 people in attendance on any given Sunday. I’m also used to one service. Some locations of Manna have three services on Sunday with service on Thursday as well.

The child care program is huge at the Cliffdale location. The staff registered the kids, took pictures of them,  and then put my cell number into a system to page me if one of the kids needed me. (I ended up getting paged for Justin. Apparently all of the babies started crying and mine was the only one that wouldn’t stop.)

The music was AMAZING. I love music.  I can think of a song to go along with just about any moment in my life. The live music had everyone dancing and worshiping. Completely different than anything I’ve ever experienced. It. Was. Awesome.

I think the only thing I didn’t really like was that the message from the pastor was recorded. The best I can figure is that it is recorded at the Thursday service and played for all five locations on Sunday. This wouldn’t keep me from going back, but it just felt a little weird to me.

One of the locations is actually closer to my home so I am thinking about trying there this weekend. I think it’ll be smaller and more to my liking.

I really want to find a church home. I miss that connection with people and being involved.

Where do you go to church? Leave a comment below or send me a tweet: @Ofwjaimie