5/11/15 – Day 470: The Stress Switch

I’ve been battling insomnia and worry around work issues.

You’ve been extremely kind and helpful – while also not allowing me to wallow.

This morning, you basically told me to turn my stress switch off. Easier said than done, but that’s okay.

I took it as a call to be diligent and do the things that I can do.  That’s all I can do. That’s all you can do.

Do what we can and trust God with the rest.


4/8/15 – Day 437: My 15 Minute Workout

So for your birthday I bought you ‘www.realfitnessmoms.com’ because I think you have a ton to offer. You’ve been working out consistently for like 2-3 years. It’s impressive.

I asked you to put together a quick hit 15 minute workout for me.

You did. It probably took you all of 10 minutes. It took me a solid 15 minutes and a lot of sweat (and full disclosure, as I write this 2 days later –  my abs, butt, and legs are still hurting pretty bad).

You know your stuff and you should get certified and teach this stuff to real moms who want to get fit.

Plankety plank

Plankety plank

Your Workout Wisdom

Your Workout Wisdom

3/19/15 – Day 417: You Make Me Healthier

I joked that you got me into this Whole30 mess, but I stuck with it. I was giving you a slight hard time.

But this thing has been so good for me. I wouldn’t have done it if you hadn’t found it. And I think, finally, I found a way to eat that works for me… that will keep me healthier and more energetic.

You did this to me. And I’m so glad you did. Plus you get to eat my killer homemade mayo with hot sauce. It’s a delicious dipping treat!

Thanks for always cheering for me to take better care of my body – more sleep, more exercise, more healthful eating. Even though I don’t always do it, I do it more because of your encouragement.

Thanks for the Whole30 Idea!

Thanks for the Whole30 Idea!

2/15/15 – Day 385: A recap of Valentine’s Day

We had fun. We saw a play, had some wine at this super cool wine shop.

Les Miserables was wonderful. You were as beautiful and charming and fun as ever. I had such a good time on our evening out.

You have always been and I suspect always will be a good date.. and My Valentine.

1, The Les Mis set 2. My steak 3. Our wine. 4. You and I in front of the Historical Gwinnett Courthouse (where our wedding reception was)

1, The Les Mis set 2. My steak 3. Our wine. 4. You and I in front of the Historical Gwinnett Courthouse (where our wedding reception was)

1/21/15 – Day 360: You Are Beautiful

I might have touched on this one before.

But today, I’d like to discuss a bit in detail some of the obvious and subtle ways that your beauty shines through.  We’re going to stick to the physical today. It’s part of the 10 Days of Tina for your 40th birthday.

Your freckles.

Your smile

Your laugh – it makes you light up.

Those legs.

Your style.

There are other things, but some of these things are best left between you and me. I gave you a card. You can read about ’em there.

I love you. You’re beautiful. You’re cute. You’re sexy. You’re incredible.


1/16/2015 – Day 355: I appreciate the encouragement…

We’re still keeping up with our calorie counting discipline as per the New Year. I’m 43 and must be more diligent with the midsection.

You are very good at giving me kudos via text when I show you how awesome I’m eating.

I send a healthy picture. You grant me encouragement

I send a healthy picture. You grant me encouragement

11/14/14 – Day 292: Because You Let Me Comfort You

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed but can’t explain exactly why.

Various stressors converge all at once. Our mind wanders into catastrophe-mode where it should or not. We end up wanting to just cry.

Sometimes I feel that way. Sometimes you feel that way.

Last night, you felt that way. But you let me hold you and just be there with you. I don’t mean to make your stress moment about me, but it meant a lot to be able to just lie there with you and be your husband.

I hate it when you feel sad or stressed or overwhelmed, but that’s what I’m there for and I pray you always let me be the person you need me to be in those moments.

10/22-23/14 – Days 269 and 270: Sometimes Hugs Mean a Ton

Tuesday & Wednesday, October 22-23, 2014

We had a good weekend, but it had it’s tough points.

On Monday, we shared a hug which I ruined by singing Faithfully by Journey – you know like when a moment is serious and I act like a nervous 7th grader? It wasn’t a moment for levity, I guess. I didn’t upset you, but I think what we needed was just a quiet hug.

On Tuesday, we had such a hug. Quiet. Close. Simple.

We needed it. It meant a lot. We’re going through a stressful time right now that both of us want to deal with but we’re at a loss at the moment with just how to do so.

But we are a team. We just need to continue to grow as one.


9/30/14 – Day 247: Thank You For Your Encouragement

On this particular day, I had a lot on my mind and you let me talk it out on the phone as I drove to Costco to get us paper goods (isn’t it amazing that you can’t get out of there for less than $80?).

Anyway, there are moments when you show how well you know me. You are a huge source of wisdom for me. I need to be better at asking you to impart it to me. I really lean on you for your well-grounded, calm approach to certain things that drive me crazy.

Thank you. You encouraged me today.