Tuesday, March 19, 2013

One Word 2013 Update ~ Diligence {March}

Sweet Melanie over at Only A Breath hosts a monthly linkup for your One Word updates. I'm a little late joining in this month, but wanted to post an update anyway.

My word for this year is Diligence. It's a word I definitely need! And you know what? God has been good to me and helped me in being diligent in a few things. I'm the kind of person who needs baby steps so my hope is that by being diligent in a couple things, it will catch on and lead to diligence in more things!

One example of diligence that amazes me is doing the Couch-to-5-K {C25K} plan. In January, I saw a training class offered for C25K and thought it would be a great way to get healthier. I asked my friends on Facebook if any of them wanted to do it with me. A few said they would, but then it turned out that the class was already full. Boo. So I had an idea! One of the ladies who was interested in the program is a P.E. teacher and helps coach volleyball at our Christian school, so I asked if she would be our trainer/leader if we did the C25K plan ourselves. Yes! How cool is that?

We just finished our 9 weeks of jogging/walking 3 days a week! We did decide that we weren't quite ready for a 5K, so we're continuing another 4 weeks and then doing a 5K in April. There have been some ladies who have gone in and out due to injuries, schedules, etc. but there are 6 of us who are regulars and will probably do the 5K together. Woo Hoo!! We've gone from jogging 1 minute at a time alternating with walking to jogging a straight 32 minutes without stopping. That takes diligence my friends. But it also takes a group of ladies who are committed to each other - all of us agree that we would have stopped or would not have been to this level if we were on our own.

My other example of diligence this month is doing the Early To Rise challenge with Money Saving Mom. I made my mind up at the very last minute to join in! I bought the ebook and started getting up early on March 1st. I set my wakeup time for 6am. So far, I've done great! I skipped some Mondays as I had very little sleep and knew that was more important, but I also added in a couple of Saturdays which is completely out of character for me!! Woo Hoo for diligence!! {And thank you God for giving me the gift of diligence when I needed it.}
I need diligence in SO many more areas {like blogging *ahem*} and hope that I'll have more examples for you next month!

Do you have One Word for the year? How are you doing with it? If you want to post about, you can link up with Melanie at Only a Breath! She hosts the linkup in the middle of each month.

Thanks for being here with me - my diligent readers! :)

Have a truly blessed day friends!


  1. I am so proud of you with both of those things. I know how hard both of them are for you and you are doing great. Keep up the good work.

    Big now you're able to run to the bathroom quicker at night so as not to lose as much sleep size hugs to you!
    Love you my friend!

  2. Hey, "Diligence" is my word too! I love the definition - steady, earnest, energetic effort. Congratulations on your exercise habit; that's one I'm working on as well, although my plans aren't quite as ambitious as yours. Keep up the good work. You're doing great!

  3. Nice job with the C25K!! It is not easy and definitely requires diligence!
    Good luck on that 5K too!!


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