The Best Part of Being Healthy and other random thoughts

While my days are full of normal life, the random thought posts may be more of a staple than full posts.  So here are some more ponderings of this soul.

* “Crockpots and beef are a winning combination!”

Before owning a crockpot, I thought it was a non-necessary kitchen item.  I am not a spender, so why buy something when I can use the oven for the same purpose.  HOWEVER…now that I am a crockpot owner…I have to say, while it is not perfect for all recipes, it is a winner for things like roasts, stews, soups and shredded meats and more.  So tender, so full of flavor, so yummy!  And more than that, you plop it all in the pot in the morning and there is minimal prep for dinner at dinner time.  🙂

* “I need to be spiritually fit!”

With training, I am pushing myself a little more each week, getting stronger and building endurance (at least I hope!).  I need to be doing the same thing in my walk with Christ.  I have outgrown my old routine and need to add more to it.  I have a running and lifting plan, so starting today have a new spiritual plan as well…one which will hopefully make me stronger in my faith and have more endurance in my walk.

* “The best part of being healthy is that you can eat!”

It is amazing how instead of just working on being toned after my last child, I cut back on a lot of calories.  Yeah, I was able to fit in some great clothes, but I was not healthy.  Eating diet foods and minimally at that.  Now I eat a lot (mostly healthy), and my metabolism loves it!  It has kicked in full tilt.  I may weigh more than I did last year at this time, but I am healthy, I am eating, I have muscle, and I still fit into my clothes.  

* “Oh this is what sleep feels like…”

After a week of coughing children up all night, the last few nights of sleep have been blessings.  I am not generally a scattered person…I am pretty planned out, but last week with an average of 3-4 hours of sleep, phew, my brain was not on the top of its game.

* “I love spring!”

This needs no explanation.

* “I love my family!”  “I love my Lord!”

Thank You God for blessing my life so abundantly.  Thank You God for Your grace, mercy, forgiveness and love!

 

 

 

It is Official

And I am officially terrified!

The paperwork is turned in, the registration confirmed and my name on the list of multitudes of other crazy people that are actually looking forward to running 13.1 miles.

The small journey that led to this decision had many twists and turns.  Initially when I was challenged to do it I thought I would keep it to myself and finish it as my own personal goal.  I am not one who enjoys attention, so really didn’t want others to know.  HOWEVER, as life often does, things change and I then thought that if one of the reasons to run this race is indeed for those who cannot, then I should really run for those who cannot.  And thus, I chose to run for a cause.

The first charity I thought I would run for sounded amazing and the perfect place for me to donate money.  Sounded amazing…sounded too good to be true.  And it was.  Upon further research I found that this particular charity has two separate goals so to speak.  The money raised, though, goes straight into the pot for both sides and the sides are very different.  I talked to the people in charge and was shocked at the boldness of their defense at having two stands on one very controversial issue.  So, I had to tell them I could not run for them.  I am just glad I found out before supporting something I am against.

So back to square one, but that was okay…so I thought.  It was fine until later that day I received the e-mail that the half marathon was almost full.  Soooooooo…I decided just to register not under any particular charity, but just to get in and then determine the charity later.  That is when the half marathon went from 97% full to completely full…UNLESS you ran for a charity.

Sooooooo….back to square one again.  Although after the disappointments, I realized I actually did want to try it…because I was disappointed when I thought it was not going to be.  I went through the charities one more time, chose one and got in!  They then messed up my paperwork and I thought I would be out again.  I was certain now that this was not meant to be.  This morning, though, I received my registration confirmation and my fate is sealed.  🙂  I am quite happy with the charity because it will use the donated money to help kids and helping kids is a passion of mine.

Please pray for me when you think about it…pray that I make it through…that I stay healthy and injury free…and that the money be used the best way possible for these precious little children that need it.

Thanks for journey-ing with me.  🙂

 

A New Challenge

I am about to begin a new venture…I think….

Challenges...I like challenges.  I like challenges that make you think, persevere and problem solve.  More importantly I like to succeed when faced with a challenge. I say this knowing I need to check myself, knowing that each success is not mine, knowing that I can do nothing without The Lord.

Running…you will note that in my A Little About Me post, I did not list running as something I enjoy.  I don’t.  It is more than a challenge for me.  Running up just pieces of an insanely long and steep mountainous hill by my house is not fun. Running in a room full of sweat, not travelling anywhere, with my mind reminding me how long it is taking and how much I am contributing to the  sweat infested room, is not fun.  Running solely to run is just not something I put on my list of fun. I always enjoyed sports and could run all day if you gave me a sport to distract me from just running, but running just to run is among those things I claimed I would never do.  So of course, I must chalk that up into the category of things I do that I promised I never would.  Isn’t it funny how God changes our minds?

Food…I love food.  I eat when I am hungry, which is fine.  I eat when I am not hungry…hmmm…is that ok?  (that would be a great big no in case you were wondering)  I simply like food.  Hence the running.  Running is my solution to my food fun.  I would put eating, especially out with friends, on my list of fun. (Admittedly, since running is more of a habit now, it has moved from my hatred list to my tolerable list…still not on my fun list)

Neighbors…we have new neighbors.  Awesome people!  New friends.  My new friend has issued me a new challenge…run a half marathon.

UMMMM….WHAT!!???

Of course, now it is in my head.  Can I do it?  ME?  Really?  My initial response would be...uhhh, no.  Not in a million years.  13.1 miles!  I get bored in 3 and have never run more than 6.3, which I ran this morning.

What to do…?  Here lies the question that lingers in my mind.  If I do it, I don’t want to make a big deal out of it…truly.  I want to do it for those who can’t, want to do it because I have been blessed with the opportunity and most likely the capability, want to do it to face the challenge.   Of course, putting it out on the internet for all to see, makes it a little more known than I initially intended, but maybe it will keep me accountable as well.  Or perhaps I will just keep everyone guessing until after the race, which is still a few months away.

Do I or don’t I?

Tell me what you think and I will tell you what I decide…maybe.  😉