Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Attacked by Elves

Isn’t he adorable! My little elf was an early Christmas gift given to me by someone even more precious… thank you Elaine! There is a local doll company here called “Annalee dolls“. I've got a huge soft spot for cute teddy bears or little stuffed animals! I haven‘t even got my own Christmas shopping barely started and no decorations up… although I‘ve at least helped others do theirs, and it was nice spending time with them. Plus they got me Chinese food!!!
Sorry I haven’t posted as the norm. I’m being overwhelmed by life. I had to fill in for a service last minute for a pastor who is sick, I now have two classes I’m teaching, A couple of art projects going, inspecting (and repairing) my car, writing a newsletter article, and I’m trying to design a game that is similar to a miniature wargame and uses cards that isn’t about violence but in making Christian disciples that would draw the interest the youth of the church enough to play it while making it also useful for teaching about the Christian faith. (yeah that’s a big challenge but I‘ve got to find a way to reach out to them.) It short I’ve been flat out… burning the candle at both ends and it’s taken it’s toll. But after the first of the year it should mellow out a bit.
Plus loosing family and friends around this time of year… including two friends this year… it’s just a lot. I’ve had to cancel Christmas trip and skip appointments due to double booking the time in error. I sort of need to break myself into three when all I want to do is hide in my house. I don’t think I was really anywhere near 100 percent before all this to start with. There is even so much ice in my driveway that cars in park with the emergency brake on can slide down the hill. To top it off I cracked a piece of stained glass in an orniment I was making that took me hours… just as I was doing the last bit of solder. (Sorry, enough whining… here’s the facts about fitness)
As far as diet and exercise go, well I’m falling apart. I’m not putting any energy into watching what I eat… then stress eating and being loose on the go. Skipping workouts… gaining weight. I’ve got to refocus and get some priorities in line… if I can’t keep me together I can’t serve others well for long.
I guess this time is more emergency all hands on deck and just hang on. A new pastor comes in January, and I finish teaching two classes. Perhaps after all the storm I can really dwell on how I over commit and stress eat as well as not take time to focus and make priorities to my own health and well being. I feel like over the last two months I’ve gotten fitness demoralized. I even missed volleyball last night.
Don’t forget any reply before Dec 25th gets a chance at a dvd to be given away after Christmas. (see the post below this one for detials)
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Maybe I can get some more interesting reading/ Artwork up before the big day… but no promises I may not be able to do at the moment.
At Foolsfitness we love the Lord Jesus Christ… however sometimes there feels like a bit of an evil buzz around the holiday time of Christmas almost if it‘s some kind of cover up conspiracy to try to hide the message of God‘s love for us. -Alan


  1.'s too loud half the time. You have to get somewhere quiet to feel God's presence and to really get to speak with him, or more importantly...have him speak to you.
    I hope you find some time to do that. There is nothing more centering.
    God bless, and merry christmas.

  2. I agree with Chris... if you can find even 5 minutes to make everything come to a screeching halt... and breath.. and inhale His love for you. And His understanding.

    I've gotten myself into the same pickle of over-commitment sooo many times. It is so stressful, and hard to focus on stuff that is NEW--new healthy ways of eating and handling stress. So we fall back on learned behaviors of the past when the pressure reaches a certain level, and we just don't have time to slow down. Been there, dun that.

    I hope you get a chance to rest, and it slows down soon.
    Have a Blessed Christmas,

  3. When I read this, I thought of that old saying, "You have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you put it on others."

    You are doing such wonderful things, Alan--just remember to do wonderful things for yourself as well.

  4. Sounds like you've been extra busy lately! Maybe you should delegate some of your duties to that little pink elf. hehe

    Hang in there with the weight loss and healthy eating! This time of year is hard for everyone... so don't be too hard on yourself. You're going to make it through this! Just take a breath and refocus and take care of yourself! :)

  5. Gosh, this all sounds really overwhelming. Good luck getting through this busy time of year!

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  6. Merry Christmas alan! I think a lot of us are dealing with all sorts of weirdness this time of year and its tough to stay on the straight and narrow with food/exercise. Hence, the big new years resolution to lose weight right? But weve been fighting this battle a long time, and we know we just have to get up, dust ourselves off and strap on those boxing gloves again. And we will!!! Be good to yourself, you rock!

  7. Hi Alan. I've had issues in the past with taking on far too much and then being down on myself for not being able to do it all. You're so right about needing to take care of yourself to be able to help other people. It is vital.

    I'm sure you'll be able to recommit to healthy eating and exercise after the holiday when things calm down a bit.

    Wishing you some peace!
    Bearfriend xx


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