Category Archives: progress

September routines – make a great start for the New Year !

Happy New Year! I know it’s not January. But September is a time of new beginnings.

I guess it’s because school starts and lots of programs start in my Church and community. It’s the time of year that I make decisions about the upcoming year.

I have also learned that the routines that I start in the first few weeks of September are the ones that stick, the good and the bad.

So setting those new routines requires careful thought, as they will quickly become habits.

This vacation I spent a lot of long slow mornings at the cottage. I sat by the lake and drank tea and read and drank tea and read. You get the picture?

 

But I know that September’s morning routines will need to be different. I need to be disciplined and organized.

I want to intentionally make some new routines this September/New Year, which will become good habits.

Decisions

I know I need to do some strength training. I’m over 50 and I want to keep toned. I have a nice little routine that takes about 15 minutes.

But I don’t do it regularly.

I am going to tie the strength training with another part of my routine – breakfast.

Before breakfast or right after will make sure it gets done! It will mean I need to get up a little earlier.

What about you? Maybe you need to link a new activity with something you already do?

My other new routine is to make my husband’s lunch right after dinner. I know he sounds spoiled but one of his love languages is ‘acts of service’. When I make his lunch he feels loved!

But when I’m making that lunch I have a few too many samples, especially if it’s later in the evening. So I will make the lunch right after dinner. I won’t be tempted to eat and I can be out of the kitchen for the rest of the evening.

My friend shuts the light off to signal that the kitchen is closed. I like that idea.

So what about you? What are your new routines going to be this year?

Be careful and intentional when starting those new routines.

Little choices soon become habits.

All these little steps really do make a difference, don’t get tired of doing what you know is right.

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Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.

TODAY’S little STEP: Pick one September step for a new routine this fall. Every little step makes a difference!

If this has been helpful please share it with your friends.

 

 

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Favourite quotes and pictures!

Here are some of your favorite quotes and pictures from this last year.  Save them to a Pinterest board.

Or you can make them the background for your phone or computer.

Pick your favourites and put them where you will see them!

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Drink water it’s your body’s bff

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This next one is my one of my favourite quotes and

I am the author!

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I just had to raise my arms in praise to our Great God!

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This quote sums up how I have made lifestyle changes!

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This next quote applies to friends that want to lose weight for a special event.

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Let’s put this next quote near the bathroom scale!

A number does not define my self worth

Repeat this next statement often!

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TODAY’S little STEP:  Pick your favourite quotes and put them where you will see them!  Remember every little step makes a difference!

 

Embrace Imperfect Progress and Have Hope!

“I’ve failed so many times before that I can’t try again. If I haven’t made any progress by this age then I’m hopeless. If I can’t do it perfectly then I’m not even going to try”.

Can you relate to these statements?

 

Oh friend, please know there is always hope.

There’s hope because God loves you and His help is available.

There’s hope because just one little change makes a difference.

There’s hope because you are never too old to make changes.

There’s hope because you don’t have to do things perfectly!

We need to embrace the concept of “imperfect progress”.

 

Imperfect Progress

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“There’s this beautiful thing called imperfect progress, slow steps of progress wrapped up in grace” Lysa TerKeurst

Imperfect progress means there will be days when the stress gets to us and we eat junk food to help us cope. Or days when we can’t even find 10 minutes to exercise.

Set backs are O.K.

But we won’t let that slip-up be the reason to quit and give up.

Imperfect progress means there will be some days when can choose fruit for dessert. Days when we take a long walk with a friend.

On those days – notice the progress!

We have hope when we embrace the concept of imperfect progress!

Remember our core verse: “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

TODAY’S little STEP: Claim imperfect progress as your motto! Every little step makes a difference!

Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!