Devotion for New Year

My devotional was pretty great today for the New Year and so I thought I would share part of it:

I stand between the years.  The Light of My Presence is flung across the year to come…the radiance of the Sun of Righteousness.  Backward over the past year is My Shadow thrown, hiding trouble and sorrow and disappointment.  Dwell not of the past…only the present.  Only use the past as the trees use My Sunlight to absorb it, to make from it in after days the warming fire-rays.  So store only the blessings from Me, the Light of the World.  Encourage yourselves by the thought of these.  Bury every fear of the future, of poverty for those dear to you, of suffering, of loss.  Bury all thought of unkindness and bitterness, all your dislikes, your resentments, your sense of failure, your disappointment in others and in yourselves, your gloom, your dependency, and let us leave them all, buried, and go forward to a new and risen life.  Remember that you must not see as the world sees.  I hold the year in My Hands…in trust for you.  But I shall guide you one day at a time.  Leave the rest with Me.  You must not anticipate the gift by fears or thoughts of days ahead.  And for each day I shall supply the wisdom and strength.

Change and Consistency

I have been thinking and so haven’t been doing my daily food and exercise report.

All of you following my healthy living/weight loss plan know I have yet to reach any of my goals…goals that were easy for me not too long ago.  Recently though, I (try to eat less) deprive myself of food and then eat too much.  I need to change that and be consistent.  I also am getting bored posting my daily routines and think it probably is boring to the readers.  We will just assume that most days I will do a cardio workout and a lifting workout, that I will do my best to stay at 1500 calories or less, but may go over with healthy foods, that I will do my best to be unnatural-sugar free.

From this point on I will report in just once a week with BMI and body fat percentage stats.  Weigh in days will be Saturdays…since my weight has been going in the opposite direction, my first goal is to get back to my starting point and go from there.  So don’t hold any high expectations for me for my first report.  Hopefully after that I can get my act together a bit more.  AND, I promise to be honest if I slip…I have been honest so far, so no reason to think otherwise.

I also have been making some personal observations lately and finally have accepted them (for the most part).  I have no desire to be underweight again.  For awhile I thought I had to be the thinnest person or as thin as actresses.  Guess what?  Actresses are revered because they are gorgeous and even if I weighed as little as they do (not saying they are all underweight, because many are not), I am still not a tv star…and I am ok with that.  🙂  I think I am not losing weight as quickly this time because I am actually happy with most of my body most of the time…I know I have much room for improvement, but I also know I am much happier and much healthier where I am now compared to where I was a year ago.

Slow and steady wins the race and as I make my mistakes along the way, my ultimate goal is to be healthier and lose a little weight…I have my number that I would like to reach.

Anyway, changing a little on the weight report, but still hope to encourage others and use you all as accountability.  🙂

1.52.54

My first half marathon is complete.

My goal was under 2 hours and it was reached.  Yay!

The whole process was interesting to say the least.  So many people crowding the street preparing to run through the city to achieve a goal time.  I almost bailed in the first mile, more than once, as runners behind me tripped me up…literally  The image of the face plant kept me from following through with it.  Some wore no shoes, some wore close to no clothes, some wore crazy attire.  So many spectators cheered us on…wow…they should be thanked…they gave full unconditional support.

At the 10k mark, my pace was 8:07 a mile.   Wow…what I would have given to stop at the 10k mark…ha!  The hills after that challenged me a bit and by the time a finished my pace had increased to about 8:37 a mile.  I was still happy with that.

As far as injuries go, my knee was fine, my stuffy nose cleared, my foot was still sensitive and gave me a little pain, especially in the last mile when I rolled it over a random rock.  ouch!  It is wrapped tight today.

I felt great after the race, but as the day wore on my stomach gave me some issues.  Blah!  Today I am working on replenishing myself.  Will be done.

All in all a good race and a lazy day after.

I was humbled by many during my training.  Those who encouraged and supported me are amazing.  Those who sent anonymous gifts and made crazy contributions also are amazing.  Those who cheered and provided sustenance during the race add to the list of amazing people who humbled me.

It was more than a race, it was an experience.