Sunday, April 29, 2012

P90x update...humbling

As Ryan and I were evaluating our upcoming week, we had lots of things we could do, but had to weigh them with when we could fit in our p90x workouts and time to make our meals for the next day.

We were reminded of the two greatest commandments. Love God. Love people. We realized that we have let p90x control our choices for the last nine weeks rather than the greatest commandments. We have lost opportunities to love people because of p90x.

After realizing this, Ryan and I decided that we need to slow down p90x. What this means to us is we will work out three times a week, not six. We will also follow the diet as closely as possible during the week and take the weekends off.

I'm a little freaked out by this because of my uber competitive nature and my pride. I wanted to show everyone I could do this. I could last all twelve weeks, but we only made it nine weeks. I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is what Ryan and I need to do. Loving people is way more important to me than any workout routine or diet should ever be.

I want the world to know I live for Jesus not for p90x. I want my thoughts filled with my Savior not with what I'm eating tomorrow. I'm who I am because Jesus shed his blood. He has given me a new life, a purpose.

Friday, April 27, 2012

P90x Update

And here goes week nine!

This last week was a rest week and it was glorious. Overall Ryan and I have become much more lax in following the diet. We now probably cheat once or twice a week. By cheat I mean we might eat one cookie or have an extra serving of a carb. Nothing too crazy.

What I have realized about the diet portion is just how much junk I eat and is available to me. My body only needs so many carbs to function well. It definitely doesn't like the sugar an processes foods I try to throw in it.

I can do four chin-ups. I still can't quite do a real pull-up, but the fact that I've never been able to do a pull-up or chin-up and now I can do four. I'll take that.

I'm down from 171 lbs to 162 lbs! I'm pretty excited about that. I haven't weighed that since my freshman year of college. Ryan and I didn't take our measurements before starting and that bums me out because I know I heave lots of inches.

I did go buy a pair of jeans last week. I had been wearing size 14 and I'm down to size 10!!! I haven't worn size ten since my senior year of high school (ten years ago!)

Here goes the last four weeks! Woot woot!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Thankful 49-55

owning two riding lawn mowers

the sun setting after 8pm

being able to listen to sermons while mowing

being done with the foster care class

sunday naps

a husband who prays

bonfires with friends

Monday, April 9, 2012

thankful 40-48


lazy saturdays
laughing babies
a husband who leads
a connection group that challenges me and refreshes my soul
breaking the p90x diet and enjoying a cookie
having self control to just eat one cookie
hiding easter eggs
new friends to share life with
the freedom when someone shares what they've been hiding

Saturday, April 7, 2012

rummaging through old emails

I saw this email from my mom from when I was 25.  It cracked me up.


kaci, how are your jobs going?  have you been eating? taking care of yourself? if you need food you can always get in my cubboards.. love you mom


I'm a little bummed I don't have anyone to make sure I am eating these days :) and that I don't have anyone to get food from their cupboards.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

forgotten thanks

I have two younger sisters who are amazing.  They are two women who surrendered their freedom in their late college years/right out of college years to serve my mom.   They moved away from their friends and lived their live responding to a bell that our mom hung tightly to.  I am forever grateful for their sacrifice.  Thank you, Kelsey and Kinsey.

I was rereading an email our mom sent and saw this....


I t is amazing how fast a person life can change in just 6 months.  I am  so proud of my kids for helping me out as much as they have. I am should they all thought they would not have to worry about these things until they were in their 40's or 50's. taking care of a sick parent when you are 20 something.  they have done a good job, it is hard to believe that your kids are adults. Kelsey and Kaci talked to the O2  man about the vent like they have been around them their whole life.
 
 The changing of the guard is this week, Kelsey is headed back to Iowa city to finish her education.  Kinsey is head to home for the fall semester, she will be living at home and going to Iowa state for one semester .Did I mention how much I love my kids. God was so good to me.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Beach Ball Club

I have four women in my life that I am forever blessed by--Crystal, Christina, Sylvia and Sarah.  I don't even know where to start describing them. They all have screwed up in the their lives. They have all failed.  They have all fallen down.  They all know that Jesus' blood covers us.  They all live for him.  They still screw up and mess up, yet they strive to know Jesus more.  They strive to daily live so others know and love Jesus more.

We get together at least once a month and lay out the dirty secrets we hide, that we are ashamed of.  We pray for each other.  We seek God together.  We encourage one another.  We are blessed by one another.

When we meet we know the others will ask how we are doing.  Not just how we are doing, but really HOW are we doing.  And they will listen.  They want to hear my heart, they want to know my joys and my heartaches.

These women are unbelievable gifts that I am amazed that God has given me.

Monday, April 2, 2012

thankful 33-39

the beach ball club

my mom's old blog

afternoons alone at Caribou

brunch with friends

getting my workout done in the morning

taxes finally getting filed

tax returns that help pay for a new heating and cooling system

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Beautiful Memories

Two years ago today a man decide to get down on one knee and ask me to be his wife.  (If you want to read the story, click here)

Wow, what gift God gave me.  I had no idea at that time the journey God would take us on together.  New mountains to climb and valleys to trudge through.  But God knew this man would make me more like Jesus.  God would use this man to show me how to love my Jesus in a new way.  God would use this man to show me my selfishness.  God would use this man to teach me to be unashamed to run after my dreams. God would use this man to learn about commitment.  God would use this man to bring me smiles often.  God would use this man to teach me to open up and share my heart.  God would use this man to teach me to trust in new and beautiful ways.

There is no one else I would want to run this race with.