Getting Back on Track

Getting Back on Track | RaisingArrows.net

{NOTE FROM AMY:  The Pursuit of Motherhood code I originally had here was wrong.  That is fixed now.  I am so sorry for the inconvenience!  Also, I realize the T-Tapp site is difficult to navigate, so if you are looking for the 50% discount, you’ll need to scroll down from this link and find the photo of Teresa with a Santa hat on and the sale details will be there.}

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone.  My weekend was chock full of fun – including walking fields with baby strapped to my back.  Ty took me and all the boys out hunting (I’m just holding his gun – I didn’t actually take a gun, but it made for a fun photo!)

Truth be told, this weekend had some rough spots too.  But, the things I dealt with over Thanksgiving were exactly what I needed.  Pull up a chair and I’ll tell you about it.

Let’s just start with the obvious.  I ate too much.  I felt terrible.  I immediately realized what was going on and while I slowed down on the eating, I never really got it under control.  One reason was because I wasn’t at home.  I wasn’t in a place where the foods I prefer to eat are readily available.  I wasn’t in a place where my favorite forms of exercise were readily available.  I was surrounded by temptations and I caved.  I learned a lot from this experience.  More on that in a moment…

Then there was that little thing called a blog.  I had put off some blog work because I was tired.  I figured I’d just bring my laptop along and work from my mother-in-law’s house.  But guess what – her internet was down the entire weekend!  I started to stress out, but quickly realized no internet and no sale posts this weekend was exactly where God wanted me.

Not having the busyness of my online life coupled with the realizations of troubles and temptations I faced this weekend caused me to really take a hard look at some things that had me derailed.

It is so easy to get off track.  One little slip and we derail.  Sometimes we manage to quickly find our way back.  Sometimes our train wrecks.  In many ways, this Thanksgiving was perfect because I learned to be thankful.  Thankful for a God who guides me back.  And while I could reel off all the Cyber Monday deals I have affiliations with and had planned to originally share with you this weekend, I decided I would talk only about the ones that are specific to how God is guiding me back where I need to be.  Perhaps they will spark some renewal in your own journey.

First of all, I’ve decided to focus on my health.  I need to learn how to be healthy even when circumstances around me are not.  My husband has this down.  I do not.

To help me get back on track, I decided to do a little challenge with myself and have my husband hold me accountable.  This is my list of challenges for this week:

1.  Drink 6 glasses of water a day.

2.  Eat as close to Trim Healthy Mama as I can.

3.  No eating after 8 pm.

4.  Exercise every day.

Why these challenges in particular?  Because these are areas I struggle with, but also areas I know will help me when circumstances are not the greatest.  First off, I don’t drink enough water…ever.  I need to get back on THM because I know my blood sugars are crazy-out-of-whack after this weekend.  I have the worst eating habits after 8pm.  And I need to exercise to get stronger and stay motivated.

This week it is supposed to get pretty cold, so my walking outside probably won’t be an option.  However, this is where one AWESOME Cyber Monday deal comes in:

T-Tapp Cyber Monday

See that Basic Workout Plus for $19.98?!  That’s the one I use!  It only takes 15 minutes and is perfect for staying on track with my challenge to myself.  CLICK HERE to learn more!

I also want to get back on track with some homeschool-related things.  There are some things coming up in the new year that could potentially make for some craziness here, so I want to be sure to use my time wisely.  This December I want to do Christmas-related things that point to Christ, and also make sure my educational goals for the upcoming year fall in line with what I know the Lord wants for our homeschool.  There are two sales today that are part of my plan.

This is the sale I told you about on Friday.  We use See the Light’s Art Class DVDs and we will be using their Gift of Love DVD this December.  I want my children to really focus their hearts on Christ and the time leading up to the celebration of His birth.  The coupon code STL gets you 20% off all orders over $50 at See the Light and shipping is FREE on orders over $50.  This is one fantastic deal!

I also want to do more Notebooking.  I’ve written about notebooking HERE and how great it has been for our family, but I have not been utilizing it lately as much as I should.  I am in the middle of reading a free ebook from Sola Scriptura Studies about using the Bible as your main text in your homeschool and I have all sorts of ideas swirling around in my head about how I want to use Notebooking to facilitate this concept.  A while back I purchased (at full price) a Lifetime Membership to NotebookingPages.com.  Their pages and WebApp are the main way I will be implementing our notebooking.  Happily, you don’t have to pay full price because today that membership is $25 off!

And finally, at the very heart of WHY I so desperately need to get back on track after this weekend…

book coverI have been called by God to be a wife and mother.  I recently collaborated on an eBook & Study Guide on the topic of Motherhood entitled The Pursuit of Motherhood.  I have realized in my life that whenever God gives me words, Satan likes to use those words against me.  But God is faithful to remind me of the words He gave me and point me back to where I need to be.  Such is the case with this ebook.  I need to read this ebook.  I need to refocus my mothering.  I need to do everything I do for Christ and not for myself.

That’s where I went wrong this weekend.  I was doing my own thing.

I would encourage you to take some time to reflect on where you are right now.  Are you doing your own thing or are you following God’s leading?  If you’re doing your own thing, it won’t be long before you derail.  Trust me.

The Pursuit of Motherhood

Buy NowIf you think this ebook would be beneficial in helping you refocus, then today is the day to snag it because right now it is only $3.99!  Here is a quick look at the Table of Contents to give you an idea of what is included:

The Wise Mother
The Praying Mother
Mothering Through the Little Years
The Working Mom
The Healthy Mom
The Work at Home Mom
Infertility, Part I: Primary and Secondary Infertility
Infertility, Part II: The Empty Womb and Adoption
The Modest Mom
Breastfeeding and Child Attachment
The Weary Mom
The Homeschooling Mother
Mothering a Child with Special Needs
Raising Real Men
Raising Homemakers
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Biblical Motherhood
Leaving a Legacy

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So, that, my friends, is where this Thanksgiving holiday led me.  Outside myself and into the arms of a loving Savior.  I spent last night in praise for the mistakes I make that lead me right back to the understanding of a perfect God who sees Jesus’ perfection rather than my imperfections.  Oh how thankful I am!

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  1. Praise God for His new mercies every morning!! Starting afresh with you!! The link does not work for the Pursuit of Motherhood deal by they way.

  2. Hi Amy,

    Thanks for your post this morning ~ it was encouraging to me as I’ve been struggling with being derailed a bit myself. I can’t get any of the links to the ebook to work. Can you check that out?

  3. Last time you posted about T-tapp being 50% off, I tried to buy it and couldn’t get their website to work. Same thing today. I wonder if it is just overloaded or something? The link you posted for it doesn’t seem to take me anywhere either.

  4. His Mercies are new every morning! I hear you about eating off track, I did the same thing over the weekend and while I didn’t overeat, I didn’t eat on-plan and I felt that bloat and general ickiness. I also neglected my TTapp but this morning I had my oatmeal, at lunch I had my salad (huge with good stuff on it) and for supper had a nice S meal too. And I walked AND got my 15 min. TTapp in. Back on track! I already feel better (maybe that’s all in my head?). I’m glad you keep it real and admit to frustrations and bad eating! Thanks for no perky sugar coating, lol.

  5. I’ve been concerned for a while now that my younger kids haven’t had the same kind of attention my older kids had from me. Try as I might, I could NOT seem to get a handle on it.
    That is, until I decided to go Facebook free for the entire week of Thanksgiving. Sunday-Sunday, I did not get on Facebook. And you know what happened? We ended up terribly busy so I didn’t really have any more time with them.
    But it opened my eyes to how anxious I am to share every little happening of our day on there. When I wasn’t worried about updating my status, I was able to really BE in the moments as they were happening.
    So I have extended my Facebook Fast through the month of December. And so far, we have done something fun each day, related to Christmas!
    Loved this post, because I can SOOOOO relate!!!

    • That is fantastic, Dawn! I came to Facebook late in the game (compared to most people), so it never has had much of a draw for me, but there are other things for sure that definitely hinder me from “being in the moments” as you said. Enjoy and relish these moments!