#1 - This made me laugh out loud while sitting in my office...
#2 - Remember that trip my mom is on with some long lost college friends, well my sweet, kind, Mama sent me a picture sometime in the middle of the night of her new tattoo... I'm not sure what's going on down there :-)
#3 - It's weird how you can get exciting, joyous news and sad, painful news all within an hour's time
#4 - Very excited about dinner with some fun girls tonight!!
#5 - The diet has not gone so well this week, but I have been more aware of what I was eating. I've stayed away from Cokes, and I think I'm close to conquering the caffeine addiction.
#6 - Newest blog added to my Google Reader this week - Lavender Parking! It's a good one!
#7 - I finally made an appointment to go to another doctor about my heel. Appointment is in a week and a half. Part of me just wants the guy to put me in a boot, tell me no running for however long and make this pain end for good! 3 miles is just not a long enough run, I'm tired of hurting, and I really want to do a half!!
#8 - Good one - Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
#1. I was sent this today, and I find it hysterical... and true :-)
#2. I cheated today with 4 Starbursts :-(
#3. I've gotten to hang out with friends every nice this week and I love it!!
#4. My sister is staying with me this weekend, really looking forward to that!
#5. This accountant still hasn't started her taxes... but almost everyone else's are done!
#6. More friends tonight. One of my favorites is in from D.C., and I can't wait to see her!
#7. It makes me feel so much better when I get in a regular workout schedule.
#8. My yard is being mowed today! I think I narrowly escaped hate mail from my neighbors or the city. I'm not a yard person, and I tend to not notice it's getting out of hand until it's REALLY bad
#9. I've felt just some overall anxiousness the past few days. I'm not usually like that. I've tried to blame it on the diet, but I really think it's because I haven't been reading my Bible.
#10. I thought when i cracked open these pistachios I bought yesterday that they would have little pieces of gold in them since they cost an arm and a leg!!! I think this will end my pistachio infatuation.
This diet is tough, not fun, not even remotely. But, I'm starting to see some good points such as...
#1 - I ate Mexican last night and left full but not stuffed. I made good choices and did not gorge myself on chips and salsa
#2 - I had to think thru my lunch today instead of running to Chick Fil A. I ended up going to the Earth Fare grocery store across the street and after nearly crying in the produce section because I don't like healthy foods, I was able to find some things that qualified as lunch and snacks on this plan.
#3 - My sugar intake is wayyyyyy down. I've used the app "My Fitness Pal" on and off for a couple of months. One thing I was surprised to see was that my sugar intake was almost always over the recommended amount, and not just by a little. When all was entered last night, I had only eaten two thirds of the sugar alloted to me for the day.
#4 - When I do get to splurge (I only agreed to do this thing 5 days a week), it will feel like a treat, not the necessity my everyday Starburst addiction had become.
As an added challenge, my friend, Melissa, and I are emailing during the day to challenge each other to drink at least 8 glasses of water. It's been so helpful to have someone help keep me accountable!
We kind of quit Insanity, and it was mostly my fault. The workout was slowly destroying my joints. First my knee, then my ankle. I do think it's good, I would like to incorporate it into my workouts, but I don't think I'm up for the 60 day non-stop go at it. Three weeks kind of did me in.
I have a love/hate affair with Jillian. I liked the 30 day shred, really liked the Boost Metabolism, and hated with a passion the Yoga video. So far, this kickboxing is my favorite. There are 3 workouts, each 20 minutes. The first focuses on arms, second on legs, third on abs. We've done the first and second. My arms are sore today, which I like. The workouts are quick, but I broke a sweat. My coordination-challenged self has somewhat of a hard time trying to follow some of the combinations she does, but overall, I'm really liking it. Can't wait to see what the abs one is all about, goodness knows I need some help in that area!
So that sums up what's been going on in my fitness world lately. I'm really enjoying doing some running again, but I'm glad to have some other stuff I enjoy so that I'm less likely to want to push my injured foot too hard. Still debating on what to do about the foot.
I woke up early, looked out the window at the sunrise, thought about my friends at the sunrise service, and thought about Jesus rising from the grave. And God's love for us. God's love, I feel like I learn more about it all the time. I experience it more all the time, and I'm more thankful and humbled by it all the time, because I'm so undeserving. I sin, I complain, I whine, and God still loves me and blesses me. It was some good quiet time on Easter morning.
I got up, went to church, worked the nursery (where there were no kids, whew), then my sister and I headed to my grandparents. My parents and my other sister and her family were there when we got there.
My granddaddy, Nandy, asked me to help him hide the eggs, so out we went to the backyard. The egg coloring had been the night before and the eggs were pretty and ready.
The egg is more special if it has your name on it!
This was my nephew, Will's, first hunt. He was ready!!
He figured out quickly...
Some other cousin hunters...
And the all important onlookers...
All that hunting will wear you out!
How much can Susan handle??
We finished up the day watching the Masters and eating more BBQ before heading home. It was a great day with family and celebrating Jesus as our Saviour!!
I'm a little late on my Easter post, but I wanted to share this with you. I ran across it not long ago on a mixed CD titled "Gospel" that I had made in college. It's the first song on the CD, and by the end I was in tears So yesterday while driving to my grandparents for the Easter celebration, I played it for my 16 year old sister while I sang it at the top of my lungs and played the drum parts on my steering wheel. I'm not sure it was quite the spiritual experience for her it is for me. But, I love it, and I think it's the perfect Easter song... and I love Dolly. I still remember her performance of this on TV... Hope you enjoy...
So this week has been my return to running. It's been awesome!!
You may or may not know, I did something to my ankle/heel last summer while training for a half marathon. I have yet to be able to move past it. The sports med doc determined it was bursitis in the heel. I did Celebrex, ice, and an air cast, but it was very little help. So I kind of quit running. Not fun. Every so often, I would do a little, but not much, and the pain always came back. So then I really quit running. I would say since November, I've run maybe 2 or 3 times. I think the rest did me some good. Insanity was starting to irritate it with all the jumping, but we've backed off that a little.
I didn't really intentionally start back, but Monday night the exercise room was full with a yoga class, so we got on the treadmills, and it was awesome. There is just something oddly rewarding about running.
This was the week...
Sunday afternoon a 2.5 mile or so walk.
Monday night, sprints on the treadmill that nearly killed me.
Tuesday night, a walk/run with my Mama for a little over 1.5 miles.
Wednesday morning, a 2 mile walk/run (and breakfast with one of my favorites... an added bonus!)
Thursday morning when I woke up, foot said, let's take a break, and so I did.
Friday morning, a walk/run for 3.7 miles (and breakfast with a bunch of my favorites!)
I definitely need to ice and Advil tonight, but it isn't hurting. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so thankful.
I think a key has been the walk breaks, there is just something about the force of the pounding pavement that irritates that bursa.
If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them, but I'm just so thankful to be doing a little something like running again!!
... that I'm a little depressed March Madness is over. It's a long time until football season starts with only the evils of baseball in between.
... that I mAy have lost some hair this week because a co-worker called while I was waiting on my hair dye to take hold and while we were talking, it passed the allotted 10 minutes and I could feel it start burning my scalp, but I didn't know how to nicely interrupt her serious story and tell her my scalp was on fire.
...that since I was able to run a couple easy miles a couple times this week without a lot of foot pain, my mind thinks a 10 miler is going to be no problem
... that I had some people over for dinner the other night and realized later I had served a cheese based appetizer and a cheese based entree... hope everyone felt ok the next day...
...that I'm checking the Master's leader board online to see where Tiger stands only because I'm not a fan, a friend is a fan, and I want to be able to talk smack when Tiger's behind. (He's tied for 5th right now)
...that I think Starbursts taste better mixed with a mouth full of milk!
...that I'm not playing softball this summer for only the second time in 25 years.
...that my grandparents hide a golden and silver Easter egg every year for the adults and we act like a bunch of crazy people trying to find them. (trees have been climbed, wrestling has ensued)
...that they put me on nursery duty at church for Easter Sunday... and I have a fear people might actually use it.
...that I saw on the local news last night that my high school basketball coach is retiring, and I'm extremely concerned about his wife. All he did was basketball all the time, I bet she'll go crazy having him at home :-)
...that I went on a hair product shopping spree online Sunday night and today at work, I have received shampoo, conditioner, and hair spray
...that I don't dye my hair as well as the stylist does.
...that I discovered some pretty blue blood vessels on my face today that run from my mouth to my chin (I'm not having fun aging)
...that I've been eating like a horse for 3 weeks
...that I made this post a little too long
Happy Thursday and Happy Easter. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and remember what and why we celebrate. Thank you, Jesus!
We have started a new book in Sunday school, and "new book" might be a little misleading, it's actually the Bible, the New Testament, but presented in a little different way. It has no chapters, no verse markings, no references, just the words. I really like it.
It also presents the books in a little different order than your standard Bible. If you are interested in reading more about it follow this link to Amazon, click on the picture of the book and it opens up the foreward that tells you about why they presented it this way.
So, my intent is to post at least once a week about something that stands out to me in my reading. I've done a good bit of Bible reading, and this format really throws me for a loop. It's so odd not to have the chapters and verses, but it also makes things flow more.
So last week was the first week and our reading was Luke. This is the part that got me day one... Mary is approached by the angel and told that she will be having a baby, the Son of God. Can you imagine? I mean, let's pretend you are a little virgin Jewish girl, and you've heard about this Messiah who is supposed to return one day, but your people really haven't heard much from God for about 400 years, and all the sudden an angel comes to you and tells you that you will be the conduit for this Messiah to come to Earth. Wow. That's a lot to take in. But once he explains everything to her and givers her instruction, what does she say... "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfulled."
This brings a few thoughts to my mind, I'll try to keep them as brief and with as little rambling as possible.
#1 - What does age do to us? Based on what was customary for the day, things I've read and some preachers I've heard say Mary was probably around 14-16 when these events took place. We see Mary's reaction. How does that contrast with Sarah, who was also promised a child, but lost patience, and turned her handmaiden over to Abraham to have a child instead of waiting for God's plan to reveal itself. And what about Zechariah who lost his ability to speak because he didn't believe when the angel told him he and Elizabeth would have a child. Does experience make us wiser or more cynical. Do we still leave room in our mind for miracles as we get older? Do we leave room for God to work his plan and to use us as He sees fit? I want to be like Mary, I want to accept what I'm told the first time around.
#2 - Servant attitude - Wow, what servant Mary was. I'm so selfish with my time. I'm single, live by myself, and for the most part, control my own time. I spend a lot of it for me. Part of me can't imagine a husband and kids because then someone else dictates my life. What I need to put in perspective is that I need someone to dicatate my life, God. I need to be living as the "Lord's servant". I do sometimes, some things, but not the majority of the time. As we were asked yesterday at church, if you were put on trial for being a Christian, is there enough evidence in your life (or in the past week) to convict you?
I'll leave it there, let me know if you have any thoughts to add!