Showing posts from January, 2016

#100HealthyDays 28-30 and Sunday Sixteen Minute Freewrite Combined!

#100healthydays 28 was a rest and self-care day so I spent face to face bonding time with @nancy_higgins, got my hair cut and colored by @rachelgeorge8 (and she gave me this lovely tea cup), and had a massage with Emiko Soon. #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 29, 2016 at 8:27am PST
#100healthydays 29 - How appropriate to get the "official" certificate in the mail on the day I train my first client! #100daysTD #nasmcertified A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 29, 2016 at 11:36am PST
#100healthydays 30 - Saturday morning cardio and Phase 3 resistance training. Think I will go at 7:30 am as the weight-lifters start coming at 8:15. #100daysTD #snapfitness247 #snapnation A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 31, 2016 at 8:18am PST Here we go with a sixteen minutes free flowing freewrite to let my fingers do the talking across the keyboard. This will be great for my soul. Woops. George just woke up, and I fixed him brea…

#100HealthyDays 20-27

5. My Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody

My Name Is Mahtob: The Story that Began the Global Phenomenon Not Without My Daughter Continues by Mahtob Mahmoody
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a beautiful memoir. Despite the horror she endured as a child, she has come out free! This was an encouraging read because I had read her mother's book and saw the movie, Not Without My Daughter , 25 years ago and had prayed for this young woman and her mom. So nice to read of the answer to those prayers. This is a page turner.

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Friday Freewrite Fifteen

I had a very relaxing day yesterday. I did not walk or run or lift. I didn't even go to Zumba like I had hoped. I came back from Lorraine's in McMinnville pretty exhausted. I am not sure why. I had a lovely time, and I had a lovely time just relaxing when I came back.

Now I am listening to Jon Thurlow's "Soothing Worship" 24 minute prayer soak. I love it! Today will be a low-key day. I hope to lift and maybe run (at least walk) and do some Pilates on my own. That will be more than enough for me today. Tonight I meet with K and the whole group after a long break since the beginning of December.

My time with Lorraine was wonderful. We prayed for all the things on our hearts and ate dinner with a lovely couple who used to be pastors at Faith Center in Eugene. We knew a lot of the same people. After that I was supposed to wait with and then be with Lorraine during a manicure, but the smells in the beauty parlor at the assisted living facility were too overpowering for …

4. Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace

I loved this book with all my heart.

Ben-Hur has been my favorite movie since I was in my 20's. I remember introducing it to a group of friends one night, and it ended in a group prayer time full of tears. It was so moving.

This book has been on my list for years. I loved it. It was sentimental and had long sentences, but it is what my soul needed to read!

Thursdays Thirteen Minute Freewrite

We had a later evening talk with someone overseas, and I was so FULL in my heart afterward that I had the hardest time falling asleep. So, I did something I do not usually do: I took a generic Tylenol PM. I didn't want to be up really late because I knew I had to get up and go to visit Lorraine in the morning so I knew I could not sleep in. I took a full dose, something I never do, and now I remember why I don't take a full dose on days I have to go and do something: GROGGINESS! I am an "upsy daisy, don't be lazy" type of person. I don't know what it means to "need caffeine" in the morning to start to function; but this morning, I do! It is nice to develop empathy for what most of the Western world goes through every morning. :)

Now my homemade chai tea is coursing through my veins at a rapid speed. I had a double dose which is something I usually do not allow myself unless I have eaten within my calorie limit the previous day, and I am not sure I d…

#100HealthyDays 18-19

#100healthydays 19 - Wonderful Worship Wog (walk + jog). Too bad it's not a Wednesday! (Get it?) #100daysTDA photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 18, 2016 at 8:56am PST #100healthydays 19 - Truth of my new shirt. #100daysTD #snapnation #snapfitness247 #powerpilatesA photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 19, 2016 at 4:16pm PST

#100HealthyDays 16-17

#100healthydays Day 16 - Mile 36 for the week gives me a blue sky break! #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 16, 2016 at 4:06pm PST
Day 17 of #100healthydays - Supported Dumbbell Rows #snapnation #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 17, 2016 at 9:06am PST

Heart - I was with George from Wednesday - Sunday night. My heart is FULL!

Soul - Super Soul Sunday! I am filled! Reminded to SWAP for 2016 (Lord's Strength, Wisdom, Authority, and Power). Directed to go to a meeting and got an unexpected treat of learning my first counselor, Pearl Tadema is still alive!!

Mind - Ben Hur ROCKS!

Strength - Two days last week of Phase 3, and I am not SORE! I am getting STRONG and NO PAIN! Saturday cleared up, and we had a very long walk under blue sky!

#100HealthyDays 13-15

Day 13 of #100healthydays - Another day at the office. #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 13, 2016 at 8:15pm PST
Day 14 of #100healthydays - Walk after Phase 3 Hypertrophy Training at Snap in Beaverton. Hair weird! #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 15, 2016 at 9:21am PST
Day 15 of #100healthydays - Walk and no rain! #100daysTD #hillsborolibrary A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 15, 2016 at 9:25am PST
Evaluation of Days 13-15 
(wrote most of this in a half day of prayer yesterday)

Heart - I am well with my emotional life despite little face-to-face time with peers. I do like that I have the SNAP Pilates class because I see people I love every Monday and Wednesday that are more peers than students. George and I are having great time together, and he is my bestest of friends! Going to try to have some face to face with Kim and Nancy next week and maybe talk to Debbie on the phone. 

Soul - Gospel Harmony Book Club is …

More Words for 2016

“Strength and honor are her clothing, and she shall rejoice in time to come.”
Excerpt From: Wallace, Lewis. “Ben-Hur; a tale of the Christ.” Proverbs 31:25

#100HealthyDays 11-12

Day 11 of #100healthydays - Sunday was a day of rest. #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 11, 2016 at 3:43pm PST
Day 12 of #100healthydays - It is a very dark rainy day and feeling a bit low so I googled "foods for depression" and Omega 3 fats were #1. So am fighting it with a Salmon burger and veggies on a sunshine plate with 70's music playing as I dance and cook! Should video that! Get down boogie. #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 12, 2016 at 10:48am PST Evaluation:

Heart - Fought low feelings. I think it was because of several factors: still not feeling 100%, my first day without a major project, the start of a new term and the responsibilities along with it, dark and rainy day. I combated it well as Day 12 can attest.

Soul - Good

Mind - Listening to Ben-Hur has sucked me in. 

Strength - While Monday was a very active day (3000 cal), Tuesday was not. I did dance, and my UP3 says I am still well above the dai…

Tuesday Twelve Freewrite

I have set the timer and am just going to stream my consciousness right here on the blog screen.

I really love to write. It is part of a healthy balance to my life. I need to meditate, move, read, write, listen (to God and people), and pray. That makes for a very healthy, healthy day for me. A little bit of each does me just right! Hey, it is the State of the Union address tonight. In past years, I would write about the "State of the Weaver Union" LOL! I should do that now, but can I do it it in twelve minutes? Usually it is a LONG freewrite.

I will try. I will go by the above "balance" things.

Meditate - I have loved meditating on the life of Jesus through the Harmony of the Gospels. Always a good choice for me to start the year off this way! I love meditating on Scripture and praying through them too. Thank you Kenneth Boa for your lovely book that I have used for 16 years!

Move - I realized this morning that I started wearing fitness trackers way before they were &q…

Days 8-10 of #100HealthyDays

Day 7 of #100HealthyDays

Day 7 of #100healthydays - Jawbone UP bought out BodyBugg in 2013 and discontinued it. Sad because BB was the most accurate for calorie burn, but they incorporated some of the BB technology into UP so I got it yesterday and am tracking again! Bye bye BodyBugg and thank you for helping me keep my weight down! #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 8, 2016 at 8:56am PST Heart - Awesome

Soul - Awesome time in prayer and gospels 

Mind - Listened to Winnie the Pooh and LOVED!

Strength - Not super active. I just walked back from Trader Joe's and was going to go to Zumba but was on people overload after three meetings before 3 pm. You can see above that I have a new fitness tracker because I love feedback, and I got all but $7 toward it in money for Christmas. I wish it would give an accurate calorie burn like BodyBugg, but I am good at knowing what I need to do to burn enough calories for the day to eat what I like! I didn't track food again. It is hard for me…

3. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Peter Dennis gives the definitive narration as you can read from the quote by the real Christopher Robin Milne on the picture of the cover. It was pure joy to listen to, and it is the first time I have read it for myself rather than for my kids! Pooh is great for any age.  I wish I had abandoned the last book I read (or at least suspended it) because this book would have been so much better to listen to around Christmas joy time! I laughed out loud on several occasions. I am sure I looked strange while walking and listening to this delightful book! 

Friday Fifteen Freewrite

I am trying a new font for this freewrite.

6:20 am. Go for fifteen minutes without stopping to proofread or edit. Writing FREELY on a FRIDAY!

I have come to the end of my first week back to work at OSU. I did not have to go in on Monday because of the treacherous road conditions, and that was a smart move on OSU's part. So, I got extra time with my sweethearts: George, Michael, and Paul. Michael stayed an extra day and missed his first class because of the roads. I loved that! We were able to have our Epiphany a day later, but it was still early. 

I always sort of dread getting out the door to go to work. I am such a "stay in my cozy home" sort of gal. I am always productive, but God told me to take this job and at the end of both the classes, I am always energized and glad I am teaching. Both my classes seem very nice. I like that they laughed. The ones last term were so somber, and I am not sure why. This is what I love about teaching college students:

They are required to…

Day 5 & 6 of #100HealthyDays

Day 6 of #100healthydays - First day of class and they laughed at my jokes! Love that my job fulfills my healthy goals too! #powerpilates #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 6, 2016 at 12:05pm PST
Day 5 of #100healthydays - Food #100daysTD IA photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 6, 2016 at 8:11am PST Evals:

HEART - Super. What was I heart-crushed about the other day? Oh yes, being excluded. I don't care! I am glad I was. Not sure I would have liked going to what I was excluded from anyway. So great to be back in focus. YAY!

SOUL - Loving Gospel Harmony Book Club reading and applying. God keeps giving me words for each day! 

MIND - I finished Half the Sky (I know I already wrote the evaluation, but sometimes, I write them after I am halfway through the book. I knew this week would be busy so I did it when I had time). It is interesting because I have read reviews that say they sensed a "smugness" in the writing, and I am glad I am …

Day 4 of #100HealthyDays

Day 4 of #100healthydays - I couldn't take another day of inactivity due to weather. So, I am on the treadmill desk working on projects today! Love this thing! #100daysTD #lifespantreadmilldesk Day DA photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 4, 2016 at 9:51am PST Day 4 Wrap Up:

Heart - Much better day today after that heart crusher two days ago. I feel like time heals all wounds. Got even more clarity as to why we were not invited to an important event with many old friends in attendance. (Or were they ever really friends in the first place or just "friends of convenience" when they needed something from me?) 

Soul - Continue to cherish going through the Gospel Harmony Book Club readings (even though I wrote them). I am so blessed that Nancy is doing them with me! I wish Patty would interact with me over them, but she tends to go off the radar once she goes back to teaching. I meditated on the pursuit of wisdom of the Wise Men and listened to The Promise by M…

Day 2 & 3 of #100HealthyDays

Day 2 of #100healthydays - I did well drinking my nine cups! #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 3, 2016 at 9:29am PST
Day 3 of #100healthydays - This app helps me to self-monitor! #100daysTD A photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 4, 2016 at 7:20am PST I wish I could say I went and lifted weights, but I felt sick on Saturday and Sunday was a SNOW DAY! So, I stayed inside and rested for two days which is not such a bad thing! So, YAY for me. 

I was encouraged that at least I got a report for December even though I pretty much did NOTHING on Sunday (not even stretching which I usually do every single day)! 

Here is the update for . . . 

Heart (emotional health) - I had sort of a heart-wrenching thing happen after my time with God on Sunday morning that rocked me. I was preemptive though. I prayed with George. I asked Nancy to pray. I took a shower and had my listen to God and obey time as I wrote what he told me on my shower wall with my shower crayo…

Day 1: #100HealthyDays

Day 1 of #100healthydays - loved #100Happydays so much that I am concentrating on healthy heart, soul, mind, and strength now! Come join @redgypsie and me! ADay photo posted by Carol Weaver (@carolfoasia) on Jan 2, 2016 at 9:02am PST Day 1 was good! 

Soul Health: I got up early and had a devotional at and praised God for all God is doing in the world from Pray for the Worldand read from Abundant Livingby E. Stanley Jones. So great

Heart Health (this is my emotional well-being): Had great interaction with some friends on Facebook. Our annual January 1st walk/hike with George where we discussed last year and this year's goals. Also watched a new drama series called The Man in the High Castle. Oh my, just our cuppa tea (has a little language in it and violence but they always cut away from that so you don't see it, just the suspense). 

Mind Health: Listened to a bit of a book.

Strength Health: Self-Myofacial release, stretching, walk/hiked 4.8…

2. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide

Must have listened to an interview on PBS because I have no idea why this book was on my audiobook Library2Go "Wish List" for reading. 

I needed a book to read, but it was not the most pleasant reading the week before Christmas, but it was fine for starting out the New Year, so I put it on hold and finished it after Christmas. 

I almost abandoned it because the authors are so left-leaning that it is almost comical. Any slam of the Bush (elder and younger) administration is relished with abandon. "Surprise" is always communicated when a democrat does something anti-women, policy-wise. Contrarily, there is surprise when a republican does anything pro-women. So, it got a little tedious to listen to for that reason. 

With all that said, the stories of women around the world are heart-breaking. What some of those women did with their suffering is inspiring. So, I solute the women they highlight and not their silly BIAS in reporting these stories. I also liked Chapter 9 on …

1. Mary Poppins by J.L. Travers

They aired the Mary Poppins movie on television over the holiday, and there was some history behind the story. So I thought I would read the actual story. It was delightful! The movie does a good job of following it up to a certain point. They leave much out in the movie. Mary Poppins is much more of a grouch in the book too. I guess there is a whole series of books. I never knew this and may partake of more in the series. Sophie Thompson does a first-class narration too!