15 Complaints To 4 Prayers

What Does Your Heart And Mind Dwell On?

It’s easy to complain.


Right. (I can’t imagine there’s much disagreement about this. I would love to meet the person that has a difficult time complaining.)

It’s so easy to whine about something. And while I don’t want to take some issues lightly (goodness, sometimes we need to vent!), how often do you find yourself complaining? If you had to guess, how many times a day do you complain?
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Why & How To Talk About Something Other Than That Really Big Important Thing Consuming Your Life

When you have something big going on in you and your spouse’s life, make an effort to talk about something else every now and then.

I remember not long after Nathan and I got engaged, I heard this piece of wisdom that I have since tried hard to follow: Take a break from the “thing” that is consuming your thoughts and talk about something else. At the time, the resource was specifically talking about marriage. But I’ve since then used that wisdom for a lot of different things, job changes and moving included.

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Six Months of Calorie-Counting & Four Weeks of Fitness – The Results

(I know last week’s blog post talked about a plateau – that blog was written a few weeks ago. This one was written recently, so don’t mind the sudden change in “I’m in a plateau” to “I’m making progress!” There’s more time between these two blogs than one week, I promise.)

So, I’m a little over thirty pounds lost after six months, and I just completed four weeks of fitness. And I’m stoked! I had intended to do an end-of-the-year blog post analyzing my weight loss and fitness goals. But in speaking with my husband the other day, I was amazed at some of the things I’ve already noticed and how these changes have made an impact on me.

My story is not one of those amazing transformations. I mean, I’m halfway to my ultimate goal, and a little over halfway for my 2015 goal. But we’re not talking hundreds of pounds lost. Nonetheless, changes have already happened.
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Climbing Mountains

I’ve been told that you’re not supposed to share goals, because people can be amazingly discouraging about your own personal goals. That being said, I will tell you that I have a weight loss goal for 2015, and that I’m halfway to my goal.

And I’ve plateaued. For like a month.

The anxiety is settling in. The doubt is rising. The “I can’t do this” and “I’m doomed to fail” thoughts are surfacing again.
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Pain Has A Purpose

I tried not to make this whiney, but I’m warning you ahead of time, it might sound like it:

In late-January of 2012, I began experiencing headaches and migraines far, far more frequently, until they just blended into one migraine with differing levels of intensity. And somewhere around December of 2012 to January of 2013, I was diagnosed with a transformed migraine, which is a chronic daily migraine. This means that I have a migraine of varying degrees of pain at every second of the day. My most common symptoms are pain in my head, light sensitivity, and weariness from dealing with the pain. When it gets particularly bad, however, I become nauseous and must sleep, just like for a regular migraine. Last I spoke with a neurologist, there was no cure. Only pain management.
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