Lots of interesting things going on IRL and on the nets, so let’s just jump right in, shall we? The lovely and wonderful MizFit (and the less – lovely but still wonderful Random Number Generator) chose me as a recipient for her giveaway. I won Dr. Sears’ Toxic Fat book, so of course you all should look for a review (and by review, I mean my own biased opinion) on the book sometime in the future. Thanks Miz! Oh and on the advice of Miz, I was so inspired by her video of the plank, that I got down on the floor of my office and held my plank position for twenty whole seconds! That was about 19 seconds more than I thought I would be able to do.  Hopefully my abs will feel it tomorrow.Speaking of books, I finished reading a book last night that surprised me in its intensity and emotion. It’s call The Angels of Morgan Hill and it’s one of those cheapy books from Wal-Mart, which is why I haven’t picked it up and read it since I received it for my birthday back in March. I think my MIL bought it for me and it was on my “to read” list but then I lost it for awhile. A few days ago it magically reappeared on the shelf of my entertainment center in the living room, so I picked it up and started in. It’s mostly an easy read, but it’s intense at times. It deals with racial prejudice in the 1940’s, but it is sweet and surprising and if you need a good read – I highly recommend it.

I got my pics scanned last night, but just haven’t had a chance to upload them to the blog yet. It’s funny looking back through pictures at my varying weights. How in the world does a person who was 130 pounds let herself get up to 186? I just shake my head and wonder why it took me so long to get serious about getting healthy.

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions? I made 10 or 12 last year, but this year I think I’m going to make only two. One of them of course has to do with health and that is to learn to cook healthy meals, but you all already knew that one. The other is to be more GENEROUS. I am by nature, very tight with money. The hubs says I’m cheap and sadly he is right. Some days I think I tend to be very selfish – thinking only of what I need to do today, what I have to get done, what I need to make me happy today. I want to focus more on what I can do to help my family, making time for my friends, reaching out to somebody who needs me. The running theme in my marriage lately is “it’s the little things that count”, and I want to focus on doing those little things that mean so much to the people in my life. I want to be open to all the blessings He wants to bestow upon me, but I feel like I have been holding so tightly to things that aren’t even mine to begin with, that I am letting a lot of experiences slip away. Does that make sense? Is it selfish to think that by being more generous (in time, money, and spirit) I will receive more in return? The things I am hoping to receive are more peace, stronger connections, and a more joyful spirit. I’m tired of being a Grinch – all closed up and tight.

If you aren’t the resolution-making type, I found this via my long distance workout buddy, Eileen. It’s sort of a long term resolution, giving you over 3 years instead of just one to complete a list of things to accomplish. I like the idea and may compile my own list.

On the health and fitness front, over at Woot.com they have a Reebok heart rate monitor with chest strap and watch for sale today. If you are unfamiliar with Woot.com, they sell one product per day – every day the product changes. It might be a new product, or sometimes they sell reconditioned items too. It’s mostly electronic gadgets, but it’s fun to check and see what the deal of the day is every morning. So if you are in the market for a heart rate monitor, head on over and check them out.

Need a good relaxing stretch at the end of the day? Go check out YogaDownload. They have several 20 minute yoga routines that you can download for FREE. I have downloaded two so far and I really like the routines. Even the ones that aren’t free are still very reasonably priced, so I will probably download more when I’m done with these two.

I’ve got Gilad on the dvr all set and ready to kick my tail tonight, since my poor treadmill is pretty much dead. My calves are still tight from Tuesday’s workout, but it feels good. If it’s nice this weekend, I may go for a run in the park. That would be a nice way to start the weekend, huh?

Hope y’all have a good day!