Happy New Year, my friend! We’ve only just begun, and it’s already flying by. Of course, that could be because it’s been a short week here in the Holloway House, as the Mister was off on Monday, and we ran around a little bit which meant nothing much got done.
Do you do that, too – judge a week by how much you get done?
I don’t know if that’s a good practice because we put so much pressure on ourselves to go, go, go. If dealing with adrenal fatigue has taught me anything, it’s okay and absolutely necessary to rest. Just like we need to honor our hunger, we also need to honor our bodies by recognizing when we need to stop and rest.
However, we have had a busy week, so I’m cutting myself some slack until next week. That’s when my new year will start in earnest. 😉
But here’s how we started out the year, including good food and a super fun activity you can do with your kids, grandkids, or friends.
Oh, and I need your help!
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WHAT I’M OVERTHINKING
Speaking of honoring hunger, did you buy the Losing weight God’s Way book, and are you embarking on the 21-day devotion? I’ve been slow to start it and, of course, have been overthinking the first two days of devotion and the goal-setting exercise.
Do I set a short-term goal, or is it the whole kit and kaboodle?
My long-term goal is a biggie, like 75 or 80 pounds big, and even though I would give myself 18 months or more to lose it, it seems too big to focus on, so I shut down and didn’t do the devotion for a couple of days.
Ugh! Welcome to my overthinker’s mind.
But I’m on day 5 of the devotion and would love to figure out a way to do this alongside you.
HELP – How do you think it best that we could do this study or exercise together? Zoom? Facebook Live? Or maybe I can do a weekly video and email it?
Help me with some suggestions in the comments, or even email me if you’re a Zoom expert!
WHAT I ATE
Speaking about weight usually leads me to food, and while I’ll share my complete list of what I’m doing to prioritize my health this year in another post, one of those things is to cook cleaner, whole food at home. I already do this, for the most part, but I’ll do it even more.
We started the week with this simple and delicious roast chicken recipe. It turns out picture-perfect, moist, and with the most crispy delicious skin. It’s chicken perfection! Plus, I’ll have shredded chicken for other recipes, and I usually toss the carcass in a freezer bag until I have enough to make bone broth in my Instant Pot.
I cleaned out my pantry and found TONS of canned pumpkin, so I made this Microwave Pumpkin Custard. My custard cups are small so that this single serving will fit into two ramekins. With a little whipped cream on top, we had a decadent, clean dessert two nights in a row.
But before that, we had our six oldest grands overnight on New Year’s Eve. For dinner and as an activity, we let everyone make personal-sized homemade pizzas using homemade pizza dough I made that morning. We let them stretch the dough out and add toppings. It was a challenge for the youngest boys, but they all thought their pizzas were delicious!
If you’re a grandmother, you know that keeping a pascal of littles occupied is the challenge of any extended stay at grandma’s; hence, turning dinner into an inclusive activity too. 😉
Our oldest grandson brought the game, Do You Really Know Your Family?, and we all played that for a little while.
But then we did an art activity that we first tried on Thanksgiving with our youngest son’s family, and everyone loved it then, and this time was no different. Even the oldest, who is 12 and full of attitude, couldn’t stop talking about how much fun it was and asked to do it again when we got home from church on Sunday.
It’s a bit like a game of “Telephone” except with a drawing. Let’s call it Progressive Art, and it could be played with groups of adults and/or children.
HOW IT WORKS
- Grab markers, colored pencils, and crayons and put them in the center of the table.
- Each person at the table has a piece of paper to draw on (I just grabbed printer paper).
- Set a timer for a minute and a half or two minutes. The first time we played with did 1.5 minutes but then bumped it up to two minutes, giving you a little longer to think before drawing. (We tried two and a half minutes, but it was too long).
- Say “GO” as you start the timer, and everyone begins drawing. Once the timer dings, pass the drawing to the person beside you; no finishing. Then they continue on your drawing for the next two minutes, and so on until your drawing gets back to you. (The littlest kids, or sometimes even the bigs, will simply color in something.)
- We then took turns going around the table, showing the pictures, telling what we started with, and everyone shared what they had added.
Your drawing may look nothing like you intended (which was super hard for our one OCD grandson to handle), but the rest thought it was loads of fun. And some even stayed at the table, coloring the pictures afterward.
TRY IT and tell me if your peeps had fun too.
WHAT I WORE
I’ve gone out some this week and wore jeans but didn’t get photos to prove it. 😉 However, comfort is a joy for me and is what I love to wear at home. So I live in joggers or jammies most of the time. I wore this outfit on Thursday, and if I change from slippers to sneakers, I can still wear this out.
WHAT INSPIRED ME
I just finished a YouVersion reading plan called, My Body Image by Pete Briscoe, and it has me thinking of my body more eternally and as a vessel that is mine to steward. Of course, I want to look good, but ultimately it’s a temple of God and one that should reflect the one who inhabits it. Yet, my care of it has been less-than, and it’s beginning to show and feel the effects. In this case, I have to renew my thinking about why making sacrifices and caring for my body better is essential.
Our bodies are incredible, and we need them to function well to help us do the things God has called us to do.
I hope you all have a fantastic week!