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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Psalm 139--A Song--I love how God uses music to encourage and remind me so I thought of these scriptures as I heard the song "You See Me Beautiful" on my iPod during my morning run:

O Lord, you have searched me
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O Lord.
5 You hem me in —behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths,[a] you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to[b] me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

And the lyrics to the song that reminded me of this scripture:

You see me differently
Than I've ever seen myself
You hear me clearly
When I haven't spoken

You see the world differently
All the places that you call home
You hear the song clearly
Before it is written

I wake from a dream when I run from the doubt
But you say I don't know what I'm talking about
This time that I keep myself from flying

Inside I'm dying
I hide from the light
But you see me beautiful
You see me beautiful
I roar like a lion
An unlovable sight
But you see me beautiful
You see me

And the morning's another day
Twisting, dodging the drops of rain
Now, I know what I want to be
It's what you already see

Inside I'm dying
I hide from the light
But you see me beautiful
You see
I roar like a lion
An unlovable sight
But you see me beautiful
You make me beautiful
You make me, you make me beautiful
You make me, you make me

  
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EBURGITE 7/25/2012 11:08AM

    God is just emoticon! thanks for sharing your gems. i can't help but thing of gungor's song--"you make beautiful things." what a sweet promise. emoticon

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2011 -- It's a Wrap

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wow...this year has flown by. I haven't been much of a blogger this year but I have been on the site a lot. I did want to add a blog to summarize 2011 before I change my up my page for 2012.

The following details the goals I set for 2011 and the status of those goals:

Goal #1: Lose 38 lbs by 30Sep2011 (my birthday).

Status: As of 30Sep2011 I had lost 31 lbs and as of 31Dec2011 I have lost a total of 40 lbs

Goal #2: Weigh less than my husband. Now this goal has been on the list since I got married
almost 18 yrs ago…

Status: As of 17Aug2011 I officially weighed in less than my husband and as of today I consistently weigh about 8-10 lbs less than my husband.

Goal #3: Be in a comfortable size 6. This goal was actually set in 2009 but I took it off my goals list for 2011 because I really didn’t think it would really ever happen…

Status: As of 24Nov2011 I am officially a size 6!!! In jeans and skirts, anyway…in dresses I am at least an 8 and sometimes a 10 because my breasts just seem to not fit into a size 6 even though the rest of me does…

Goal #4: Finish my first Half Marathon.

Status: Well, training started in May 2011…and on 05Nov2011 we (my cheerleader hubby and one of my dearest and most cherished/loved friends, RIVEKKAH) completed the Savannah Rock N Roll Half Marathon! And we all came in under our goal times. I registered to complete in 2 hrs 59 minutes but had a goal of completing in 2:45…My finish time was 2:43:43!!! I finished with a personal best time of 12:14 min/mile avg pace. (sad note: my other dearest/cherished/loved and one of my oldest friends, AKAFIT, was supposed to have completed the race with us but due to knee surgery was unable to do so…she was there cheering us all on to the finish line, though!)

Goal #5: Complete the Savannah River Bridge Run 10K for a second year. We did this race with RIVEKKAH on 04Dec2010 and after all the half marathon training I wanted to do it again and beat my finish time for 2010. Note: this bridge run is known as the toughest bridge run in the south…and for a very good reason. In 2010 my finish time was 1:21:51 with an avg 13:15 min/mile pace. For 2011 my goal was to finish the race in under 1:15.

Status: On 03Dec2011, my hubby and I did this race again and I am happy to say that I beat last years’ time!!! I finished in 1:14:30...which is an 11:44 min/mile avg and shaving 7:21 off of last years’ time.

Goal #6: To say farewell to mediocrity and to feel good about myself.

Status: Today, I can honestly say that I have met a lot of challenges this year with confidence (if not with trembling and fear). I took the bull by the horns and followed through with the commitments I made (something I have often given up on in the past). And while it has been tough at times, I can say that I do feel good about myself and where I am in my eating habits and fitness level. And I can, with confidence, say “Farewell to Mediocrity”! Life is full and mediocre efforts are no longer the norm for me. I do have days when it is a struggle to make the right choices. In the end, I know that I don’t want to be that woman I was before. I like the woman I am today. Not because I am a size 6 or because I weigh less than my husband…but because I know the victory of having conquered some of the demons in my closet. Because I have learned how to eat the right things for me and learned that there are just some things that I need to avoid (not because I can’t have them but because they cause me to spiral out of control). And because I am no longer a slave to the food or myself (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”)

And now for some pictures!

Comparison pictures...Bridge Run 2010 / Savannah RnR 2011 / Bridge Run 2011


Savannah Bridge Run 2010 w/ hubby and Rivekkah / Savannah RnR 2011


Savannah Bridge 2010 / Savannah Bridge Pre and Post 2011




Size 8 Jeans in September / Size 6 Jeans in December


And now it is becoming a family affair because my 9 yr old son has decided to do the running thing with us. This is his first event with us on 17Dec2011.

  
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RIVEKKAH 1/3/2012 12:02PM

    SUPER LOVE THIS! I am to say that I AM SO PROUD of you and all the AMAZING accomplishments that you have made in 2011!!!! :) I am beyond grateful for your friendship and to have you and your family in my life. I cannot wait for all the exciting things we have planned for 2012!!! Love you!

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"Celebration" Kool and the Gang

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Using my good friend Rivekkah's way of titling my blog....

And this week I have a huge victory that I am celebrating. I have been a little quiet about it because I just wanted to see if it would last and it has!!!

I've been on SP since November 2008, thanks to the advice of my awesome sister! And one of the goals that I set for myself back then, a goal that has not changed over the years, is that I want to weigh less than my hubby.

I've known my husband since 1991--20 yrs....and we've been married for 17.5 of those years. In all of our time together, even at my skinniest, I have NEVER weighed less than my husband...NEVER! You see, when we got married he was about 130 lbs soaking wet...and he didn't really start gaining weight until he started getting in the gym regularly...but even then...he would max out at about 160 lbs...and I couldn't beat him. Well, over the past few years during my journey to lose weight and get healthy he has been doing the same but with a focus on gaining muscle...which means gaining weight.

This week the tables turned...and I am proud to say that as of this morning, I weigh 169.7 lbs and he weighs 170.8....Can you say CELEBRATE!!!!????

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The battle isn't over... I still have about 15-20 lbs I want to lose but if I can keep my weight under his weight then I am a happy camper!!!

And I have other goals, too...we have several races we are doing this year, a 5k in October, a 1/2 marathon in November and a 10k bridge run in December...

Through all of this I am learning to persevere, never give up and not let set backs hold me back...and there have been many of those...And I am grateful for the support and encouragement of my husband, who is my biggest cheerleader, my sister who helps me believe in myself, my kids who help keep me in check when I want to cheat, and Ms. Rivekkah and Ms. Mer who have been cheering me on with the losses and the training. I wouldn't be here without their support!

My reward (besides the satisfaction of the accomplishment): a new HTC Incredible 2 droid phone...(yeah, I gave up my BlackBerry)...

  
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JTB1972 8/23/2011 12:46PM

    I feel so bad that I didn't see your blog post till now! emoticon Oh well you know that how I feel about your success but just in case you dont let me tell you !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Love you sis,
Jackie


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BARBRUN 8/20/2011 6:31AM

    Congratulations !!! emoticon

That is so exciting !! emoticon

Enjoy your success !!! And keep up the good work !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SBEYER225 8/18/2011 11:36PM

    Way to go!! Congrats, it sounds like you've got your head on straight for this journey.
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RIVEKKAH 8/18/2011 9:35PM

    You already know how incredibly proud I am of you, but I will say it again and again! WAY TO GO! I"m so happy that I got to be a part of this experience with you and that you get to do the same for me!

And thank you SP for giving me such an amazing friend. :) Life without her would be......without!

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JUNEAU2010 8/18/2011 7:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
I can sort of relate to the feeling! AWESOME!

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Sneaking a Snack...And a few other tidbits...

Monday, June 06, 2011

So, I see a furry hiney backing out of the pantry. Curious, I watch as Mae sneaks around the dinner table, around the kitchen island..very quietly w/ an unopened pkg of graham crackers firmly grasped in her jaws. Chris & I both watch as she "sneaks" around to the other side of the kitchen, thru the butler pantry, into the dining room & finally to the office...all the while thinking she has not been caught...then Chris finally busts her when she makes it to the other side of the office. She won't make eye contact and stands very still, probably thinking if she ignores him he will forget what is in her mouth. Chris tells her to DROP IT and she finally realizes that she is BUSTED...no one can tell me that dogs can't reason and think through their actions...lol...I wish that I had recorded the whole thing because it would have been a hit on youtube!

Seriously, I wish I had someone to scream "DROP IT" every time I went to "sneak a snack"...lol...

I'm registered for the Savannah Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon! Seriously cannot wait! Who would have ever thought I would get excited about running in a 1/2 Marathon! Seriously, this is not the person I was just a few years ago. The conditioning program that Rivekkah recommended has been working splendidly. I'm motivated to get in every day's session and it's something that I actually can do...of course, I think I'm going to need to move the training inside...this heat and humidity, even at early morning hours, totally zaps me of my energy.

Had some annual medical tests done recently. Had a little bit of a scare with my hemoglobin (that's the iron rich blood cells)...Mine happens to be TOO high...most women are too low and have to supplement...well, not this woman...let's just say that it is unlikely that I will ever have to worry about being anemic...in fact, I should be donating more frequently just to keep my levels a little lower. And my cholesterol levels were OUTSTANDING!!!!

Now, if I could just get those scales to move in the right direction!

  
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RIVEKKAH 6/10/2011 2:43PM

    Oh Mae, how I love her! :)

And I'm so excited too! I've been more motivated on this plan than any other I've tried! I love the simplicity and ability to accomplish each day! I cannot wait!

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AKAFIT 6/8/2011 9:31AM

    Reason number 1000 why I don't have a pet. Just saying!

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DWAN1969 6/6/2011 7:41PM

    oh and just after posting this blog she, Mae, found the hamburger slider buns in the pantry and I had to go fishing them out of her mouth...REALLY! You'd think that I never feed her!

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BECKYI39 6/6/2011 5:21PM

    It WOULD be awesome to have someone say DROP IT when we try to sneak an unhealthy snack!

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Adventures in Cooking

Monday, May 23, 2011

I love to cook...wait, there really wasn't enough emphasis on that...let me say it again....I L-O-V-E to cook...and I love to try new recipes...fortunately, I have a family who will try just about anything I put in front of them...and we rate the recipes by whether or not they are keepers.

Well, in the last week I have made two recipes that are keepers. One is a recipe of my own creation and the other is a recipe I got from a local grocery store...

Dwan's Grilled Turkey Burgers

Jennie-O 1/3 lb burgers sprinkled with Nature's Seasoning then grilled to perfection
Pineapple slices, grilled
Sandwich Thins, multigrain
red onion, sliced in thin rings
baby spinach
cranberry dijon mustard (2 tbsp whole berry cranberry sauce mixed with about a 1/2 cup Grey Poupon Dijon Country Mustard)

Prepare your burger and pineapple. Spread the cranberry dijon mustard on both sides of your sandwich thin. Put your burger on the bread, top with the grilled pineapple, red onion, baby spinach...then enjoy with a salad. The turkey burger sandwich altogether is about 270 calories...and really yummy!

Balsamic Pork Scallopinni (you can get this recipe from Publix.com--go to their website and look for Apron Meals Made Simple...then do a search under main dishes, search under the pork category for the name of the dish)

I made some modifications to this recipe...I used Vidalia onion wedges and sliced mushrooms instead of pimentos, green onions and green peppers. I served it with sautéed yellow squash/zuchinni/mushrooms and a side of rice...Altogether the meal was probably about 450-500 calories....depending upon the rice serving size...And it was a HUGE hit in our house...

So, that is part of my fun stuff over the last couple of weeks. The other fun part has been the pretraining conditioning program that I have been doing to get me ready for the real training program for the Savannah Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon in November of this year. The fun part is that it is TOTALLY doable...and, I get to do it, virtually, with my good friend Rivekkah...it really is nice to know that even though there is about, what, 700-800 miles distance between us (is that right? just guessing) we are doing this thing together...and that is what friends are for...especially Spark friends :)...And I know that she is going to ask me about it and hold me accountable...as I am for her...SWEET!

OK...I'm whooped from today's training session...week 3 increased the intensity a little bit but doing it out in the afternoon heat really wore me out...

Need to hit the hay early tonight and I need to plan on getting this training done first thing in the morning BEFORE the heat of the day sets in...

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AKAFIT 5/24/2011 10:47AM

    Sounds yummy. I will try that with veggie burgers.

I will also attest to your ABILITIES in the kitchen, as I have the delight of sitting at you table a time or two! emoticon

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GINGERTATE0706 5/24/2011 9:22AM

    I have not been able to try Ground Turkey yet. I bought one pound & it is still in the freezer. Maybe I'll thaw it in a few days & try it out. :)

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