OMG…all the snacks


Right now, the powers that be are refilling all the tasty snacks in our break room and I, unfortunately, sit close enough to hear the restocking.

It’s making me want to enjoy a bag of Doritos or grab a couple of fun size Peanut M&Ms.  I have to tell you that my resolve is not made of iron, so the lure of an ice cold Pepsi or some chips is hard to resist.

But instead, I’m going to have some string cheese, carrots, and hummus—because I am not my food cravings. I can take my will of porous cotton and turn it into a will of iron. It’s a process and I will do it.


My health; my hobby


Today I decided to make my health my hobby instead on my food. I’ve been logging my meals everyday for 10 days and it feels good to not focus on what my next meal will be. Eating/food is not going to be the highlight of my day. Exercising and focusing on improving myself will be what drives me and makes me excited.

I went to the Y and used the elliptical for 30 minutes and did 2.68 miles. I would prefer to do Couch to 5k, but my hip injury keeps me from running. 

As part of the improving myself I continued my Duolingo streak (22 days and counting) of learning French. I’m currently 23% fluent according to the app which is great and this is my longest streak. It only takes 5-10 minutes and it is rewarding. Soon I will add Spanish since I studied it for three semesters.

I am also trying to meditate once a day too. Healthy body and mind make for a healthy me.

On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, I am studying computer programming. Right now I’m learning C and next I will learn SQL or Java.

I want to be a healthier me, so I will document this process. Thank you for sharing this journey.
My inspiration for tomorrow:



Today was unexpectedly a very stressful day, both personally and professionally. I felt my anxiety try to shake me apart and push me to retreat from everyone. But I decided that I wasn’t going to let it control me. By relaxing with my husband and being mindful of my emotions, I was able to breath easy and relax. Now it’s bedtime and I feel no anxiety…though talking about it makes me a little twitchy!

Thank you, relaxation techniques.



As general as it sounds, I love books.  I have read 10 just since Jan 1st.  My appreciation, though, is not for books, but for writers.  Without writers, I couldn’t escape into new worlds and meet new people.  Without writers, I wouldn’t know about the Bennet sisters or Rand Al’thor (may you always find water and shade) or Capt. Jack Aubrey.

Books enrich my life to an immeasurable degree.  Thank you to all the writers out there, good, bad, published or trying to be published.  Your efforts are tremendous and of value. Don’t lose hope because your readers have faith in your creati

Changing it up


Today I got to rearrange my living room and bonus: husband initiated the change. I love changing up my living spaces because it make the place feel new, fresh all over again. Thank you, refreshing arrangement!

A side note: normally I would be all stressed out about missing a day or two of my appreciation blog and then would consider throwing in the towel…which I did in 2014. But I am a wiser Lindsay this year and in not going to sweat the small stuff. Sometimes my life gets too stressful or hectic and a blog post will get missed or forgotten. But I’m grateful that I’m not letting it bug me and gnaw away at my resolve to be more thankful in 2016.