Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ash Wednesday


Most years I already have it all spelled out exactly what I want to sacrifice, but this year I wasn’t planning to participate in Lent. So now I’m kind of at a loss of what I would like to give up. I don’t know why I always feel the need to, I am not Catholic. But Wednesday I woke up thinking what am I going to sacrifice? I ignored it and said I don’t have to do anything. Again Carnisha, you are not Catholic.

But I’ve been doing it so long it feels wrong not to give something up. Past years I have done meat, cheese, sodas, sweets, men, bread, foul language. All of those were hard I their own ways. Maybe a couple of those are tmi?

But this year I decided to give up all sodas and juices. That does not include home made fresh juices or smoothies, just the sugary junk I buy from the store like my new love of White cranberry peach juice, YUM!. I am not drinking any alcohol other than wine. I don’t want to overindulge in wine but I do have a few bottles at the house that I may like to crack open in the next 40 days.

I also will add fried foods to that list. I love fried fish and French fries, but I have to distance myself from them for now. And actually I should do that all the time. But I am known to occasionally pass by a fast food joint and pick up a hamburger and fries. With that being said let’s add hamburgers to the list as well…. Or red meat? I can do that.

Let’s see, what else? I can sacrifice an hour of my time each day to prayer, meditation or Bible readings. I like that one.

That list sounds pretty good, but let’s add something exercise realated.


How about 30 minutes a day to exercise? That’ll work. I won’t be too strict with this one… I just have to move my but for at least 30 minutes each and every day for 40 days. That’s only 20 hours of exercise! Not even a full day’s worth. I can do that. Easy peasy.

I think that covers my mind, body and spirit!

What are you sacrificing for Lent?


Standing in my Truth

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I have made some progress since my “reboot” of sorts. While that is great and all fine and dandy, I have to make sure that I don’t get lost in the excitement or even over-cocky. I can’t afford to become complacent.

This is my life I am trying to change. While there are people in my life that would love to see me succeed, I cannot ever forget that I am the sole person who will benefit from me accomplishing my goals.


I am happy, but I am not happy every day. It’s unrealistic to think I can wake up and go to sleep happy every single day. I will stop trying to make myself appear or feel happy and just be able to express my emotions more honestly and genuinely. I will not however go back to being a Debbie Downer.

I CAN NOT have Tostitos in my house. I have to clear the ones I have out. And then I am not allowed to purchase any more bags for a very long time. No matter how many bonus fuels perks I’ll get or even if they go on sale buy one get twenty free.

I have to TRY harder. I have to PUSH harder. I cannot settle for one or two workouts a week. That will not get me to my goals. That is the absolute minimal, not the norm.

I will be participating in the Komen Race for the Cure on March 2. That means I have to get my butt in gear. I want to at least meet my best 5k time from 2011.

I will be more active on a day to day basis. I think sitting at a desk everyday for the past month has made me overly lazy. I got to a point where I wasn’t even taking the stairs every day at work.

My weight will go down. My fitness level will improve. These are facts I speak into truth. I can speak them because I will work for that to be my truth. This is the new normal for me.