Saturday, February 27, 2010

Stop eating

I can't stop stuffing food in  my face today.  I don't know what it is.  I'd like to say that I have been working out so hard that my body is refueling, but I know that isn't true.  It is more due to the fact that I am stuck at work, I'm tired, and I'm bored.  And there is really good banana nut bread on the counter.  But that doesn't mean that I needed to eat half the loaf.  And a huge bowl of banana/peach oatmeal.  And a handful of oreos.  And a bunch of Giradelli chocolate squares.  I don't think that I will need to eat dinner tonight.  I'm sure that I will have plenty of energy to complete my 4 miles tonight.  Naturally, I will still have to make dinner for the boys.

I've often wondered if my time of severely restricting my caloric intake has come back to bite me in the ass.  I wonder if my body is still unsure that it will get enough food on a regular basis and instead of listening to hunger and fullness cues, it causes me to binge far too frequently.  I know that there is a staggering statistic of recovering anorexics relapsing into bulimia.  I refuse to let that happen to me, but I really wish that I could control my seemingly uncontrolable urges to binge.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Another sub job

Today I subbed at the high school in the resource room.  I actually only had 2 'classes' and the rest of the time I basically acted as a resource to some of the special ed kids.  However, since I was the sub in the room, and there were three other teachers who the kids were familiar with, I didn't do much 'resourcing.'  But, I managed to read an entire magazine, and get through a chapter of my EMT homework.

When I came home over my lunch break, I checked my email to find more news about the NEW JOB that I got!!  I am so excited to actually be working as an MA.  I still have some logistical hoops to jump through, but it looks like I could be starting as early as next week.  Monday I have to go in to the clinic to get my TB shot and do a drug screen.  I also have to fill out some pre-employment forms online. 

I'll be working in Occupational Health at the Marshfield Clinic, but I will technically be an employee of the temp agency who hired me.  The job is temporary...only until sometime in June due to the regular MA going on maternity leave.

I definitely need to get some new scrubs.  I don't want to have to wear my hunter green ones.  I'm so sick of those after wearing them every day for my externship.

After subbing today, I headed to the gym to meet Tim and I did a really quick workout before I picked Jaden up from daycare.  I have been having some pain and popping in my right shoulder, so I skipped anything that exacerbated that condition.  And since my knees have been bothering me the past few days, I didn't do anything that required extending my knee.  It didn't leave me with much, which was okay because I needed to get Jaden and get home. 

I was home for about an hour before I headed down to Marshfield to work an overnight shift with my 3 old grandmas.  I'll be here until late afternoon tomorrow, then I'll run home, make a quick dinner and get 4 miles in. 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I love my kid

I had a five mile run this morning.  I tried to do some of the stretches that my massage artist suggested to me last night.  I quickly came to realized that my body does not bend in the ways that yoga requires.  So, I tried to adapt them and find different ways to really stretch my upper rectus femoris.  The result was slightly less knee pain (but not gone completely).  I still iced after my run and tomorrow is an off day, so I hope my knees will feel better by Saturday evening when I have 4 miles scheduled.

Here are my recent interactions with Jaden:

Jaden: Mom, I love you and I like you.
Me: I love you and I like you, too.
Jaden: Is it because I'm cute and 4 years old?

Jaden: Mom, lets have a biiiiiiiig hug and a kiss.
(hug and kiss)
Jaden: That kiss wasn't a biiiiiiig kiss.  Let's start over.
(hug and kiss)
Jaden: MOM, that kiss wasn't big enough.  Let's start over.
(hug and kiss)
Jaden:  MO-OM, we need to do a biiiiiggggggeeeeerrrrr kiss.  Let's just do the kiss.
(big kiss)
Jaden:  Good job, mom.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I had a great massage.  there is really nothing better than getting all the aches and stresses massaged away.  My massage therapist (I think I should call her a massage artist) thinks that my sore knees could stem from really tight quads.  I don't usually stretch much before I run and she pointed out that my rectus femoris was really tight, especially in my upper quad.  She suggested some yoga poses that might help stretch the area.  I am NOT a yogi.  I have horrible balance and am really inflexible.  But, if it means less knee pain, I guess I'll give it a shot.  I just don't think my body will do these things.

Half Frog


A really good day!

I had a great 7 mile work out this morning, even though my knees are still a little sore. 

My interview in Wausau went great!  I was even offered the job.  Now I'm just waiting for some paperwork and logistical stuff to get figured out.  I'll have more details on the position later, but for now all I know is that it is a temp position due to maternity leave, and it is in Occupational Health.

Tim and I went to the gym when he got done with work.  Another great work out!  I love lifting weights. 

And now I'm off to get a wonderful 1 hour massage at Back to Bliss.  I can't wait.  :-)

My knees

I knew it would happen eventually.  All runners have problems with their knees, right?  Mine started right at the beginning of my run today.  It is a little twinge that happens on the medial part of my knee cap.  but after about a mile, it goes away.  It is more than uncomfortable, it actually is pain.  I'm not sure how serious it is, or if I should do anything more than icing my knees after my run.  I did 7 miles this morning and I have 5 miles on the calendar for tomorrow.  I guess I'll just wait and see how they feel tomorrow.

I'm off to a job interview.  Wish me luck!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

No more Peanut Butter

I have decided that I have to purge my house of peanut butter.  Today, I enjoyed an apple with some almond butter.  Then I proceeded to use a spoon to finish the jar of almond butter while I caught up on some emails.  This is a situation that repeats itself many times a week in my house.  I love peanut butter and it's many derivatives.  It is sweet and creamy and wonderfully tasty.  But, I seem to have no will power when it comes to nut butters.  So, today I took the two jars that I had in the pantry and tossed them in the trash.  The biggest problem was that I couldn't even toss them out without first having a huge spoonful of each.  I've saved one jar so that I can make Jaden his peanut butter sandwiches on Wednesdays when he goes to school.  If I find myself dipping into that, I might have to toss it too.  There is nothing worse that finishing a great run and feeling fantastic and then 30 minutes later, feeling disgusting because you have just stuffed your gut with a very high fat and dense glob of peanut butter.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Business meeting

Tonight was the annual business meeting at church.  I had a feeling that this was going to be a big deal, so Tim and I brought Jaden along (child care was provided) and we sat in on the meeting.  The beginning was pretty uneventful...reading of last year's minutes, approval of the budget, etc.  Then, pastor Gayland stood up to read his yearly report.  This was the moment we had been wondering about.  Gayland confirmed our suspicions and told us that he would be stepping down to take a full time position with the district.  He had been working with the district for about a year now, and it has been clear that his time was divided.  He has such a heart for missions and that is the position where he feels God leading him.  I am glad that I had an inclination this was coming because I think there were a lot of people who were quite surprised at his announcement.  There are bound to be some more changes in the coming months and I wonder how the congregation will take it.

Before the business meeting, I attended the Fellowship Operating Board meeting.  I knew that taking over the operations of the cafe was going to be a big job, but I think I must have had my rose-colored glasses on, because I don't think that I anticipated the amount of work that would come just from being on the Fellowship Operating Board.  I am going to be a busy lady!  But it will be a lot of fun and I should get to meet some more of the people in the church.  I can't believe that we have been going to this church for a year and a half, and I still can't name most of the people there.

I'm going to get ready for bed now.  tomorrow I have to take Jaden to the dentist and get in a 5 mile run.  I think Tim is planning to go to the gym, so that will be another thing to look forward to.  I went today and I think he is a little disappointed in himself for not joining me there.  Oh, well.  Tomorrow is another day.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lazy day

I feel like today was such a lazy day.  I didn't get any studying done, we didn't go to the gym.  I just hung out for most of the day and I don't feel like I accomplished anything.  Well, Jaden and I did get to the grocery store this morning to pick up the essentials....milk, bananas, tomatoes, bread.

Walmart is the big shopping trip and that will be after church tomorrow.  I am hoping that they have my favorite brand of tofu in stock.  That is one of my least favorite things about living in the middle of is really hard to find good least what midwesterners would consider 'weird' food.  A lot of the stores are starting to carry more organic food, and that is a start, but trying to find tofu or flax or mangoes or other 'obscure' foods is really a challenge.

I am also going to pick up some paint at Walmart tomorrow.  I am hoping to get a start on the kitchen.  Since I'm not working, there really is no reason why I can't start getting some of the walls painted.  We are going to do apricot-colored theme.  I think it will look really nice, but I'm nervous about painting the cabinets.  I hope that it looks okay to paint over the wood.

Oh, I did run 5 miles this morning.  I guess that isn't really lazy.  :-)


Getting out of bed was tough this morning.  I'm really tired.  I'm not sure if that means my body needs a break and I should relax for a day or two, or if I just didn't sleep well.

I'm still planning on doing my 5 mile run this morning.  I know that tomorrow is a rest day and I plan to take full advantage of it (unless Tim wants to go to the gym).

I am going to have one more cup of coffee and then hit the treadmill.  Even though I'm tired, I know that I always feel better after a good workout.  Wish me luck!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Book Review

I was given the book Dewey by my wonderful sister-in-law.  It is an endearing story of a small town library and the cat they adopted after it was dropped in the book return.  I loved the episodic writing.  It was easy to pick up, read a few chapters, and set it down; without worrying about forgetting where I left off.

The stories were adorable and I loved hearing about so many people in this small town were touched by a cat.  Of course, I'm a cat person, so I can completely understand how this could happen.  The author was the librarian and she interwove just enough of her personal story to make the book more that just a 'cat story.'

This was a great light read and a great break for me after my last heavy story.  I think it would be enjoyable even if you don't really care much for cats.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Taxing workout

Not really.  Actually, I had a pretty decent day at Snap Fitness working my arms.  As I'm typing this, they feel like jello.  I am looking forward to the day that they actually feel strong!

I had to work today, so I didn't get a chance to run, but I've adapted the rest of my workouts for the week so that I will still hit my mileage goal.

After work, I met tim and H & R Block to sign our taxes and get them e-filed.  Can't wait for the refunds!!  I'm hoping to use some of that money to pay for my marathon entry fee.  Unless there is a corporate sponsor who wants to pay it for me!!!

I went to the Snap location in Marshfield instead of my usual Colby location.  It just didn't make sense to drive all the way back home for less than an hour and then head back to Marshfield for class tonight.  So, I took advantage of the extra time to work out.  Surprisingly, I ran into my dad there!  That was a little weird.  I also saw a friend from church just as I was leaving.

While at Snap, I meant to post an Operation Beautiful note, but I totally forgot about it.  I posted this one at the gas station.

new schedule

That is what my training plan was supposed to look like this week.  It changed a little.  I still did my 3 miles on Monday, but Tuesday I got called to sub, so it turned into a day off.  Wednesday was supposed to be a 3 miler, but instead I did my 7 miler.  Today I have to work, so my 3 miles isn't going to happen, but I might try to lift some weights before class tonight.  Since I have a total of 9 miles to get in, I'm going to a 4 miler on Friday and a 5 mile run on Saturday.  That will still give me the 19 miles I have scheduled for the week; just in 4 days instead of 5.  I guess it all works out in the end.  I hope.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Tim and I went to the gym this afternoon when he got done with work.  I'm SO excited that my husband is working out with me.  And I am pretty sure he likes it!  He says that it makes him feel alive.  My response: "I told you so!"  While we were on the bikes today, I broke the news to him that I wanted to run a marathon.  I think I had made the decision in my head a few weeks ago.  I've been putting the finishing touches on my training plan and working with my (wonderful) sister-in-law to make sure that it will adequately prepare me for the race.  But I hadn't shared this idea with Tim, or with any of the people locally who I usually talk 'running' with.  I expected Tim to be a little shocked; annoyed maybe that I would be spending more time running and less time at home.  Instead, he said, 'I figured.'  :-)  I guess he knows me pretty well.  Although he did laugh a little when I told him I wanted a tattoo after I finished the race.  I haven't really thought much about the design, but maybe something that I can add to if I do additional marathons.

I had a great 7 mile run this morning.  I can't wait for an 8-miler.  Next week, my long run is another 7 mile. 

Backing up

Tim has been backing up the information on our computer for the last couple days.  I had no idea that it would take so long.  Carbonite is an online date back-up service.  He downloaded a 30 day free trial; but I have a feeling we will be paying for it after that.  I'm not exactly sure how it works, all I know is that our computer has been downloading for 3 days now, and it still isn't finished.  I had no idea we had so much data.   Or maybe Carbonite is just really slow.

Today is my scheduled 7 mile run.  I had to put it off from yesterday because I got called to sub in a 2nd grade classroom yesterday. the challenge awaits.  I've DVR'd some Olympics, so I think I'll watch that to keep my mind occupied.  It is going to be a steady pace, nothing too exciting.  I hope I can get through it pretty easily.  It is a half mile longer than my previous long run, so I am a little nervous.  But, it will feel so good once I'm done.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Busy day

I have a ton to do today.  I already had to pick my step dad up at the clinic.  He had to get some blood drawn this morning so my mom dropped him off on her way to work and then I picked him up and took him home.  He can't see well enough to drive anymore and I am pretty sure he hates having to be 'taken care of' like that.

Also on the schedule for this morning is a quick 3-mile run.  I should do some speed work, but I've made no secret of how much I HATE doing speed work. 

Then, I am going to have to get the snow plow out and clear the driveway.  It is another task that I really dislike, but Tim's foot hurts too much to do it.

I am going to try to get to the gym to do some arms/shoulder/back work.

Then I need to drop some clothes off at the consignment shop in town.

And of course, there is laundry to do.

And I have to finish my homework and study for the test I have in my EMT class tomorrow night.

So, basically, I really need to get off the computer and get my butt in gear.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy early Valentine's day

Tim and I are going to celebrate how much we love each other today.  Basically, we have a ton of stuff going on tomorrow, and we had a sitter lined up for tonight.  When Tim gets off work, I am going to run Jaden over to my mom's and then Tim and I are going to go to Eau Claire to do a little shopping and then grab some Olive Garden dinner.  I am really hoping to find a couple new sports bras.  I have been experiencing some not-so-pleasant chaffing during my last few runs. 

This morning, I pounded out an energizing 6.5 miles on my treadmill.  I had the Today Show keeping me company and I had to watch in horror as they showed the fatal luge crash of the Republic of Georgia athlete that happened during a training run.  It was very hard to watch (as they warned me it would be), but it was even sadder because he was so young.  Only 21 years old and living his Olympic dream. 

It really got me thinking....there are so many things I want to do personally, professionally, athletically.  I don't want anything to get in my way.  If I want to run a marathon 16 weeks after my half marathon, then I am going to go for it!  You never know what is going to happen in life and I certainly don't want to sit on the sidelines and watch other people.  Of course, there are going to be risks; as there are in every area of your life.  I think I was listening to Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Dallas, TX and he said something that really stuck with me.  He has a brain tumor that is very serious and he and his wife were asking his doctors what the prognosis was.  The doctors gave him some time frames, and then said "or you could get hit by a bus on your way home tonight."  It is morbid, but very true.  You can decide to take the risks and live a very full life, or you can sit back and try to stay 'safe.'  Either way, you could get hit by a bus.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's here!!!

I have to make this quick because I'm off to get our taxes done.  But look what the lovely mail lady brought me today!

It looks so lonely in the big box all alone.
Even the box is beautiful!


I think it looks good on me.

I can't wait to dig in and figure out how everything works!

In the meantime, I'm going to let this little guy charge!
I'm so excited that I almost want to run outside.

Maybe not.

Sun babies

Every morning, the sun shines in the bay windows in the front room.  I am usually sitting at the computer catching up on emails and blog reading while drinking some coffee.  And every morning, there is a real estate battle going on next to me.  You see, there are limited patches of sunshine that hit the floor; and as the sun rises, those patches move.  There never seems to be enough room for all 5 animals to find a warm spot of sun to curl up in.  Today, the kittens won.  The dogs got evicted.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Now I have to do it!!

I will definitely be running a half marathon in May.  Yikes!!!

Book Review

I just finished Dr. John Townsend's book Where is God?  I had read his book Boundaries a few years ago, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into.  Boundaries was a great book for me at that particular time in my life.  I learned a lot of lessons from it and was looking forward to the same type of experience with Where is God?
I think the reason that I didn't connect with this book is because I am at a different place in my life.  I understand the audience for which the book was intended: those who are facing difficult times in regard to their health or finances, their marriages or their Christian walk.  While my life certainly has it's adversities; I am not experiencing a crisis of faith.  I know that God is with me in my difficult times, because I have gone through enough of them and God has never left me.

That being said, I really appreciated the way that Townsend used stories and anecdotes to illustrate his points.  There are so many people who can't understand having faith in a God that you can't see.  This book talks about God's promises to us and how He will be with us whenever we need Him; especially in the most difficult times.

Townsend talks about the typical types of problems people have: functional, relational, health or catastrophic.  He addresses each of these and then spends the rest of the book on personal growth and having a strong faith in God.

I got through the first half of this book relatively quickly; Townsend is a good storyteller and his conversational style is easy to follow.  But the last half I found myself trudging through because I felt that it was like so many other Christian growth books I have read.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I must post that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.  The opinions are mine and mine alone.

To marathon or not to marathon?

That is the question?  I am mentally committed to running the Madison half marathon on Memorial Day weekend.  And I had thought that I was mentally committed to the Fox Cities half in September.  But the more I think about it, the more I want to accomplish a marathon.  There are 15 weeks between the two races and I have looked at some of the training plans and I think I could do it.  Finding the time to do 13, 15, 18 mile training runs would certainly be a challenge.  Especially if (when) I get a job.  Can I really double my current weekly mileage...and then some? 

I'm not sure if I should wait to make the decision until after the half marathon in May, or if I should actually sign up for the Fox Cities Marathon and then be committed to actually training for it.  I will certainly be thinking a lot about this.  I hate not knowing what I should do.  I think what I really need, is for someone to tell me that I can't run a marathon, then I will definitely do it!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

My inbox for today

I've already dropped my car off at the shop to get new tires, a new windshield (replacing the one that was hit by a huge block of ice), and an oil change.  I ran five miles this morning, showered and picked up a few groceries.  I finished reading the chapters for my EMT class tonight.  I still have to review for the airway exam we are having. 

I also have to tackle my inbox....

Also on the schedule for today....
*schedule to get our taxes done
*go sign up for gym membership
*write book review for Where Is God?
*meet with a friend to go over the duties for the director of the Cafe at church (I'm taking it over)
*class from 6-10

Monday, February 8, 2010

Super Bowl party!

We had a great time with some friends from church last night.  We just had a small group come over and we made some chicken tacos and Ben & Amy made a fantastic taco dip.  I'm not a fan of sour cream (AT ALL) and this dip was great!  I easily ate more than my fair share.

It was great to hang out with friends and the game turned out to be pretty interesting.  I was bummed at the slow start; all the commentators had been going on and on about how it was going to be a high scoring shoot out, and it just didn't live up to that.

I was rooting for the Saints and I was thrilled to see them win.  I loved the shot of Drew Brees holding his kid after the win.
The kids and the dogs seemed to love all the excitement of the evening.

I had a great time, ate way too much food and enjoyed the game with some wonderful friends.  It was a good night.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Seroogy's Race Recap

It was cold!  My cousin, Jason, and I ran a very frigid 5K this morning in De Pere.  Seroogy's Chocolates sponsored the race (will run for chocolate....even in 17 degrees)!  There were well over 1000 runners and I was surprised how many of them were doing the 15K run.  When we got to the turn where the 15Kers deviated from the 5Kers, it seemed like at least half of the runners went left.  Jason said the percentage was even higher when he got to the turn.

The race started at 8:00, which is just way too early for a February race in Wisconsin.  It was freezing.  Jason commented that it was the coldest port-a-potty experience he ever had.  :-)  I used the ones in the warming station, even though the line was over 15 minutes long and I almost missed the start of the race.

I wish that the race organizers would have made an announcement to the walkers that they should start at the back and let the runners go first.  I spent the first half mile dodging a bunch of gabbing ladies walking.  The course itself, was great.  There was only one hill, but it was a killer; just before the two mile marker.  And there was one part where we were running through a park and there were no trees or buildings to block the wind.  And it was WINDY!!  There were a lot of runners through that point of the race who were hooting and hollering at the wind.  I think we had to do something to make us forget that we actually PAID for the chance to run through this weather.

The other funny part of this race was the volunteers at the water station.  As we approached the station, they were yelling at us: "no water at the water station, it froze!"  I couldn't believe it.  We all laughed our way through that--I think the humor of the situation is the only thing that got me up that hill.

Somehow, I missed the sign for the 2-mile point.  After the race, Jason told me that it was painted on the ground.  I didn't have a good idea of how far I had run and then I started hearing the commotion of the finish line.  I pushed it into high gear and gave it everything I had.  It was great hearing Jason and Anne cheer me through as I finished.  The race organizers also had a chip reading strip across the pavement about 25 yards before the finish line.  When you ran over it, you name flashed to the announcer's laptop and they announced everyone's name as the came toward the finish line.  I saw the clock time at about 30:45, but I am still waiting for the chip times to be posted.  I felt pretty drained at the end of the race, but looking back on it, I know that I still had more that I could have given.  I hate that feeling.  I want to know that I left everything out there.  But I guess that will just have to be motivation for my next race.


Friday, February 5, 2010

What does it mean to live missionally?

About ten and half years ago, I went to China and spent a month there under the guise of teaching English.  I went with a wonderful Christian organization that trained us how to live and teach as a Christian in a Communist country.  You can't walk into a classroom in China and start talking about Jesus.

The other night, at our Bible study group, we were talking about living 'on mission.'  I immediately started thinking about this trip.  I have never thought that I accomplished my goal on that trip.  I mean, I helped the kids with their English, but there were no miraculous conversions.

In fact, the last night we were there, one of the students was sitting with us and the conversation cautiously turned toward Christianity.  This student actually told us that he didn't believe because no one had taken the time to tell him about Jesus.  That felt like a knife in the heart.  We had been there for a month and on the last day we had our failure exhibited right in front of us.  More than 10 years later, I am still thinking about that kid and wondering what we could have done differently to change his life.

Anytime the subject of missions is brought up, I think of that trip.  And I think about how I failed.  There was a kid who was just waiting to hear about Jesus and I let him down.  Who knows if anyone else was able to get through to him.  He lives in a Communist country where it can be difficult to hear the truth of the Gospel. 

I have thought about going on other missions trips, but the failure of this trip sticks with me and I wonder if I can even be called qualified to tell anyone about Jesus.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Book Review

After more than a month of reading, and over 900 pages, I can say that Wally Lamb certainly took me on a ride through a gamut of emotions....frustration, hope, anger, despair, redemption.  There were times I felt sorry for Dominick and other times I wanted to grab him and shake some sense into him.  He was a multi-faceted character and I enjoyed experiencing his growth, even if it was a little predictable at times.

The book was really three stories in one.  There is the 'book within the book' that Dominick reads, and then the present story is told with many revealing flashbacks.  Lamb is an amazing storyteller and I really loved this story for making me think and feel and believe. 

There were parts that were really difficult to read and I wondered about people who have had to deal with tragedies like the ones portrayed in this book.  The political and religious references were a great backdrop for historical relevance--and I found so many similarities between now and the first Iraq war.

My only complaint is the ending.  I invested a lot to this story and to these characters and after 900 pages and all that these people went through, it didn't seem right to tie a nice neat bow around everything in 6 short pages and be done with it.  But, even with that, this was a book that I will remember for a long time.  And that is what I love about a book.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Another rant

I am so sick of all these fad diets.  It has been going on for years and it seems that there is no end in sight.  I know that Jared lost a ton of weight eating Subway, but even he has struggled to maintain that weight loss.  Now there is a new Taco Bell Drive Thru Diet.
And then there is the Dole Banana Diet.  This one is absurd.  Bananas aren't a diet...they're a fruit; that everyone should be eating anyway!

I understand that we live in a society that is overweight and unhealthy.  We eat too much fast food, consume too much fat, sodium and calories.  But the answer isn't to eat MORE fast food, or to gorge ourselves on bananas at every meal.  The solution is to become more aware of our eating.  To consume foods that come from a wide variety of food groups, limit excess fat and sodium, and to get active.  Fast food isn't an evil in and of itself, but it isn't a replacement for choosing healthy foods and enjoying them in moderation.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A resolution

It is kinda hard to read because of the glare, but it basically says that I ran 6 miles this morning.  I love it!  Of course, I tried to take the photo while I was still running, but all the bouncing made for a very blurry picture.  :-)  I feel so much better after a run.  I think I'm going to try to do another 6 miles tomorrow.  I've never done two 'long' runs back to back.  It will be good practice for my half marathon training.  And, it will help me to get my weekly mileage in even though I'm going to take two days off before Saturday's race.

While I was running, Jaden came down and started riding his bike around the basement.  He was also practicing his dare-devil moves.  I swear, that kid is going to give us a heart attack one of these days.  This is his latest move.  He climbs onto the seat of his bike.  At least it has training wheels so there is less of a chance that he will fall.  But, the kid has no fear.  And that is pretty scary for me and Tim.  I keep saying that every day when we don't go to the emergency room, is a good day!

And, since today is February 1st, I thought I would list one of my resolutions for 2010.  Most people make their resolutions on January 1st, but I wanted to wait to be sure that I wasn't making a resolution in the excitement of the new year.  So, one of my personal resolutions for the year is to memorize more Scripture.  Specifically, one of the passages that was read at our wedding.  It is a Scripture that I love and I think it has a lot of good instruction for everyday living.

Philippians 2: 1-16

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.