Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A New Adventure: Preschool Music and Movement Teacher

Oh summer! It seems like every year get to learn a big God lesson. Last year I took an intensive course on servanthood. This summer’s course was on contentment. God led me through the painful journey of dealing with dissatisfaction. Let me tell you, things are way better on the other side of that displeasure. I am still learning how to dwell in this new land of equanimity specially because God is my stability.
summer is better with waterbaloons 

The kids are having an amazing time - as they should. I appreciate how oblivious they are to what I am going thru. On the other hand, they have become great fruit inspectors. They other day they asked me why I "looked cross" when I was working on my computer. I embarrassingly admitted that I was thinking about something else. I told them they can always remind me to smile.
watermelon is the best thing ever.
I believe that the new thing that God is doing in me in the area of contentment will further cause me to be of better use for His glory. He has a new assignment for me: Preschool Music and Movement Teacher. I start next week and I am eager to be used by God in that assignment. It’s a complete blessing: it works for our family and I couldn’t be happier about what the job is all about. God is good and I appreciate His leadership in every area of my life. 

This new assignment also meant saying goodbye to other assignments. I was so blessed to be part of my local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) for 3 years. I can honestly say that God, through MOPS, brought me a lot of encouragement when I needed the most. Oh, I’m also thankful for the ability of making a mean breakfast casserole. Ha! My whole family benefited from my MOPS membership and I am beyond thankful to God for that opportunity!

I appreciate your prayers as I embark in this new season of life. I know that my steps are ordered by the Lord and I totally rely on His leadership. In all my ways I will acknowledge Him, which will be quite the adventure!

• What are some of the God lessons you learned this summer my friend?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chevron Houston Marathon Training Week 5

172 days to go! Last week’s training was good because the nutrition part of the training was on point. Preparing all those meals really paid off: I am losing weight! I’m excited about that because I was quite unsuccessful off season. One of the things that I dislike about myself and I want to change is the fact that I gained weight when the miles piled up. I am working on setting boundaries as far as nutrition now so that this process will be easier late Fall.

I never claimed to be a super athlete (if you can’t tell already). I’m an ordinary person with an extraordinary love for the marathon. My passion drives me to set goals every day and try my best to achieve them while learning from my mistakes.

I made a bunch of rookie mistakes and earlier this season I decided to improve on nutrition and core strength. I believe that this time around things will be “easier” because of these changes.
barely!
I ran twice last week, went to a spinning class and did two days of strength training. One of the classes I took was boot camp. I believe that will be gold mine as far as motivation to get a stronger core. Every time I am tempted to be discouraged I remember that I am getting stronger every day. Boot camp is early, it is a very difficult workout with no glam about it. No wonder I’m often the only person there. I trust God that all this hard work will reflect positively in the marathon.


My goal for the next 12 weeks is to be faithful to my core training. I want to be a stronger runner so core strength has to be part of the equation.

Previously in this series:
• Week 4
• Week 3
• Week 2
• Week 1

Monday, July 27, 2015

Feliz 1,826 dias!

Hoje é o seu aniversário! Que essa data se renove em muitos anos. Estamos agradecidos demais a Deus pela sua vida e pelos anos que Ele tem te dado. Como você está crescendo em estatura e graça na presença de Deus. 
 Hoje corri 5 milhas pra comemorar o seu aniversário. Daqui a pouco mudo isso pra kilômetros. Rs! 

Você pediu por café da manhã na cama com o seu cereal predileto e com donuts. Cantamos parabéns e o seu pai orou por você. 
Ontem uns amigos vieram comemorar o seu aniversário conosco. Desejamos que você continue crescendo com sabedoria e graça na presença de Deus. Fico feliz pelo coração grato que você tem. Também dou glórias a Deus pelo jeito único que Ele te criou. Feliz aniversário querida filha. Nós te amamos e bendizemos a Deus por mais um ano de vida abundante! 

Previously:
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4 

Friday, July 24, 2015

How to do Meal Prep: 5 steps

Other keeping a Food Journal, I find that Meal Prep really helps me to eat better and more efficiently. Here is what works for me:

1. Buy the containers and the food you want to prep - it is important to have everything you need for success. I try to use what I have but as most normal people do, I keep losing containers. I recently went to Aldi and found containers for $0.86 each. Hard to beat!
 2. Cook everything at once - I park in the kitchen until everything is ready. The meals that work for me are rice, beans and veggies. They are quite easy to get it done in less than 2 hours. Those 2 hours saves me 4 days of cooking. I think that's a very good investment!
I tried to prep oatmeal but the kids didn't like it. Oh well!
 3. Store everything in your refrigerator - I personally do not freeze my meals but I believe I could. The goal is to go ahead and put it where you can easily access it.
4. Eat the meals - I sometimes cook a different menu for my kids so I need to intentionally eat the meals that I prep. It is important to remember why you prepared the meals ahead of time during these times. For example, I'm attending a banquet tonight. I can waste thoughts of calories feasting in the banquet or I can eat the meal I prepared ahead of time and have a better chance to succeed tonight. I believe I'll choose success.

The wonder containers I bought for $0.86 at Aldi. 
5. Take them everywhere you go - I know a person who takes her meals with her everywhere she goes. It sounds inconvenient but what that person never had a major health or weight problem. I bought an insulated lunch bag so that I can do just that. The benefits of taking your meals with you is that you will always have access to good nutrition. You will always have a great source of energy when you need it.

I hope these tips gave you a better idea of how easy meal prep can be. If you haven't already, follow me on Periscope. For one of my latest videos, watch here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Diário Alimentar: 100 Dias


Diário alimentar antigo: levei pro restaurante
Há 45 dias atrás voltei a escrever tudo que estou comendo em um diário alimentar. O objetivo é de ter mais controle na parte da nutrição. Fazer exercício não é o problema, o negócio é ficar dentro do limite das calorias.

Sempre tive sucesso com esse diário, toda vez que eu escrevia nele eu perdia peso. Quando perdia esse hábito as coisas ficavam bravas. Mesmo com a corrida e as competiçãoes, ficava difícil de manter um peso saudável.

Além da saúde, o meu objetivo é de correr a próxima maratona bem melhor do que corri nos últimos anos.
Tentando coisas novas com esse diário
No início eu só escrevia o que comia: nada de calorias ou muitas restrições. Também escrevia duas ou três frases refletindo sobre o dia. Depois resolvi mudar o tipo de alimentação pra ver como eu me sentia. A vantagem de se escrever tudo o que se come (e bebe) é que você pode ver o que está funcionando e o que não está.

Quando eu estava fazendo o Vigilantes eu contava pontos, mas agora estou contando as calorias que minha médica me indicou.

Antigamente eu escrevia tudo em um caderninho. Funciona bem, mas dessa vez estou usando o Google Docs e mantendo tudo digitalmente. Também gosto desse formato porque dá pra tirar fotos do meu progresso e colocar no Google Docs com facilidade.

O meu objetivo não é de mudar de noite pro dia. Mudança demora, por isso que esse desafio de 100 dias é muito bom. É injusto requerer que eu perca muito peso em 1 semana. O jeito mais saudável é de você mudar devagar. Outra coisa boa é que eu estou aprendendo com os meus erros. O negócio não é querer perfeição, mas saber que o objetivo é de formar bons hábitos que vai me ajudar a melhorar a saúde.


No final do projecto eu coloco fotos e conto minha experiência. Pra falar a verdade, eu não queri ter um diário alimentar pro resto da vida. O que eu quero é aprender o que funciona e praticar pro resto da vida. Não quero ser escrava de diário alimentar, mas quero usá-lo pra ter liberdade no futuro. E você, já usou algum tipo de diário? Como foi a sua experiência?