1. 30 New Crockpot Meals for the next 30 Days
Today I looked around at a lot of different recipes for Carolina Style Pulled Pork. I went to college and lived in North Carolina for about 5 years in my 20’s. I always loved their barbecue even though it is definitely not Texas barbecue! They use a vinegar based sauce. I remember the first time my best friend Amanda and I got a barbecue sandwich in North Carolina, we thought they had forgotten to put sauce on it! Nope..the sauce is just clear and not red like we had expected. Another thing they did in North Carolina was to put coleslaw on the barbecue sandwich. So I decided to try a version of this but low carb and no sugar.
I am NO cook. Eater?? YES. But not a cook. However I am going with some experimentation this month for this challenge. I bought a Boston Butt (and yes my kids thought that alone was hilarious).
I seasoned it before it went in the crockpot.
Then we mixed apple cider vinegar with splenda packets and poured that on top.
Finished product 🙂
So this was mostly a bust unfortunately. I didn’t think it was all THAT bad but my kids frowned as they ate it while quietly hiding their contempt!
This was NOT North Carolina-worthy barbecue!
It’s time I start following actual recipes and stop experimenting!
For the coleslaw, I just bought a bag of coleslaw mix but I did not use their dressing because it had too much sugar in it.
I just use my own salad dressing.
This I can’t screw up so it was good!
2. 30 Minutes of Bible Study for 30 days
Today I read Acts 27:13-26 where Paul ends up shipwrecked. While they are on the ship and going through terrible storms everyone totally loses hope. Then Paul suddenly says to everyone…
Hold on! Don’t give up hope. I have good news!
We are going to survive this.
I mean….we are going to suffer through storms, become shipwrecked and completely lose everything…
BUT we will survive with our lives. So cheer up!
This kind of cracked me up when I read it.
Paul is encouraging them by saying “Cheer up, y’all! We’re only going to lose everything and be shipwrecked!”
I wish I could have seen the looks on their faces after that pep talk!
We would all much rather hear that things are going to be better RIGHT NOW and that maybe we could get saved before we have to suffer storms, starvation, shipwrecks and near death!
But then there is real life….
While it isn’t exactly what we want to hear—it’s true that we must go through the storms of life
And it’s important to know we will survive it.
I liken Paul’s pep talk to his shipmates to one of my favorite Rocky speeches where he tells his son:
The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.
It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are
It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.
But it ain’t about how hard you’re hit.
It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
How much you can take and keep moving forward.
That’s how winning is done!
So today when we face Burger King or brownies….know that we may have to smell them, see them and be tempted by them….but we will survive them!!
And as for the other storms of life…we can survive those too! So never lose hope!
3. 30 Minutes of walking/jogging for the next 30 Days
Ok so yesterday I decided to time myself and see how far I could run/jog. I assumed that would be around 3 minutes. I gave myself permission to go super slow and as a result I was able to jog a full 30 minutes without stopping. It was a slow jog but I did it. I was SO ecstatic that I could not wait to get back to the gym today! I was so sure I would do 31 minutes today.
Unfortunately, that did not happen.
The first thing I thought when I walked into the gym was that I needed to get on the exact same treadmill. I’m not superstitious but yet suddenly I started thinking “What if it was a fluke??” I began to wonder if maybe it wasn’t me but rather some strange aligning of the planets or the magic treadmill that made me capable of jogging 30 straight minutes! I started worrying, “What if I can never do that again?” I must find the magic treadmill! No other treadmill will do! It was really ridiculous but now you know the inner workings of my strange mind!
SO…I walked half a mile like I did yesterday and then began to jog slowly. From the very start it was difficult. Not necessarily the stamina/breathing part but I felt very sore and uncomfortable in the lower hip/upper side leg area. I actually hadn’t been feeling well anyway so this didn’t help. And I didn’t realize how sore I was from yesterday. I did wonder though if it was all in my head. Maybe I had just psyched myself out. I began to wonder if I had dreamed yesterday and would never find a way to repeat that. AAH! I panicked and began sinking into a myriad of cognitive distortions where everything is the end of the world. I ended up only jogging 10 minutes straight before going back to walking. A simple trip to the gym turns into a mind melt. I leave feeling somewhat defeated. Isn’t it fun being me?!
Here are my top screwed up thought processes that land me into trouble.
Black and White Thinking
In this way of thinking, it is all or nothing. You are either a winner or a loser. You are either awesome or you suck. No middle ground.
I will NEVER be a runner. I will NEVER accomplish anything. I will always be unathletic. I will never ever EVER be good at this!
In this lovely thought pattern you take one incident and blow it up. You decide that because today you are not able to do something then this is a 100% accurate prediction of every single day of the rest of your life! You decide that one incident will now become a never-ending pattern of defeat.
I wasn’t able to do 30 minutes today. So that’s it. I will never be able to do 30 minutes again. What happened today will happen tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day and THE NEXT DAY into Eternity!!!!!
We expect disaster to happen to us. We know it will happen. IT WILL HAPPEN! Yes no doubt. A total castrophe will befall us!
As I was walking into the gym I was already thinking, “What if it was a fluke? What if I can’t jog 30 minutes again. What if I can’t even jog 10 minutes? What if I can’t even jog 1 minute? What if my body is broken and nothing works and I will be an athletic failure forever and ever!!!! What if I get on the treadmill and I am out of breath before I push start. OH MY GOSH!!”
We completely filter out ANYTHING positive from the experience. We get rid of it and only see the negative.
I only did 10. That isn’t 30. That isn’t enough. That is bad. That is backwards. You SUCK!
But if I stop filtering out the positive and look at the whole experience then I can say—Yeah me! Because I could have been sitting on the couch watching Netflix and eating Krispy Kreme. But instead I was on a treadmill moving. This is a positive thing. I jogged 10 minutes. Go me! The fact that I did not jog 30 minutes does not take away from the 10 that I did or the other 20 minutes I spent walking. But no….in my mind it’s just….
I was discussing this with my son while he was eating a ham sandwich. He had some wise words for me.
Excuse the fact that he is eating while talking 🙂
My son filters the negative out. To him…10 is part of 30, Mom. Good job! I think I will take his perspective!
4. 30 Minutes of House Cleaning
This totally did not happen today.
But I have happily found some motivation.
I am going to join the 40 Bags in 40 Days Decluttering Challenge
So my 30 minutes of cleaning will be devoted to that!
5. Blog daily for 30 days
DAY TWO DONE!
So how are YOU?