Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I'm still working through the study, "Made to Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst. In Chapter 11, Lysa includes a wonderful quote by Ruth Graham. This has really been a driving thought that has inspired me this past week and I thought I'd share it with all my SparkFriends:
"Either we can be victimized and become victims, or we can be victimized and rise above it. Often it is easier to play the victim than take off our masks and ask for help. We get comfortable with our victim status. It becomes our identity and is hard to give up. The Israelites often played the victim card, and I love what God finally tells them, 'You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north' (Deuteronomy 2:3 [NASB]). Turn north! It's time to move on! Self-pity, fear, pride, and negativity paralyze us. Taking off our masks takes courage, but if we don't do it, we will remain in our victim status and end up stunted."
Be encouraged, friends. And have a wonderful day!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Just got back from the most BRUTAL workout I've ever endured. It wasn't even that intense...just another day of C25K, nothing new even. But, for some reason, I was literally ready to quit and turn around and go home less than 5 minutes in. My runner friend, Kimberly, calls it "lead legs". Not the kind of pain associated with injury but just like she describes it...feels like it takes everything in you to lift one leg and put it in front of the other. I have never experienced this before and I was shocked that it was happening to me when I've been doing SO well with my C25K workouts! But I was extra stiff today even before I went out...I should have expected some resistance from my body, I guess.
At any rate, I'm not kidding...I was DONE after about 3 minutes. Here is my inner dialogue. Let's call the characters RIGHT NOW ME (RNM) and FUTURE ME (FM), for clarity's sake.
RNM: Oh my God, this hurts. I can't do this.
FM: Yes, you can. Just loosen up and it'll be fine. You'll feel great afterwards!
RNM: OK, but I don't know about this. What if I injure myself?
FM: Just take it easy and don't try to do anything stupid. Don't push it...but don't wuss out either. Be smart.
RNM: (About 7 minutes later) This still doesn't feel good like it usually does. I HATE this!!!
FM: Yeah, but you're almost halfway already. Just keep going. If you quit THIS workout...you know you will never do another. It's kind of a rubber-meets-road scenario here. Are you going to push through this or are you going to quit...AGAIN? Do you want to be this way forever?
RNM: I can't quit. I won't quit. Besides, Robert (ON2VICTORY - one of my biggest inspirations on SP) says that every workout is a chance to prove to myself that I can do this. And I CAN do this!
FM: Yeah. Remember Robert? Who lost 30 - 40 lbs in the very beginning (and has now lost 100 lbs!) JUST by walking? How much do you think it hurt him to walk when he was 385 lbs? And did he ever give up???
RNM: NO! MAKE IT HAPPEN!
FM: Make it happen!
RNM: Hey, I only have one more interval and then I'm done. I still don't feel better but I feel amazing that I'm pushing through this pain and doing this!
Complete honesty? I could not feel my feet by the end, you guys. And the moment I set foot on my front porch, I sobbed from relief. I don't feel that I got the "best workout ever" today. I don't even feel like I got a great cardio workout at all. And I don't have that crazy awesome endorphin high. My body isn't throbbing with energy.
But I did it. And it's done for today. And I'm proud of myself. And that's going to have to be enough for now.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Well, I might have overdone it JUST a bit this weekend. Did more workouts than I should have and pushed a little too far. Woke this morning and my previously broken, now pinned-together ankle was not feeling so strong. Been having trouble all day with sudden pain when I stand up. Just my body's not-so-gentle reminder that rest days between cardio workouts are not supposed to be OPTIONAL. Took a rest day today and will certainly not forget my ankle brace from here on out.
Friday, March 23, 2012
So, we had a rather thrilling evening last night. But before I tell you about it, you'll need a little background. My 9 year old daughter absolutely HATED reading last year. I could barely get her to read two paragraphs for a homework assignment. But, this year, she has the most amazing teacher for 3rd grade. My daughter looks up to Mrs. Peek so much and Mrs. Peek has ignited a passion for reading in her that I never thought was possible. A few weeks ago, Anika read a 527-page book called "The Invention of Hugo Cabret". You may have seen the Martin Scorcese film that recently came out based on this book (what a magnificent film! Just gorgeous!) Anika was dead set on reading that ENTIRE book BEFORE she watched the movie. It was such a special experience to be able to watch a movie with my daughter and discuss how it was similar and dissimilar to the book (mostly similar...Scorcese did an amazing job...worth every Oscar it won!)
Anyway, Anika was SO in love with this book, she felt like she just HAD to send Brian Selznick a letter. This is the letter she wrote (so darling!):
Yesterday, we got home from the girls' choir practice and there was a card in the mail addressed to Anika. I was curious, turned it over and saw this:
Of course, I screamed and Anika screamed and we both were jumping up and down. Slowly, she opened it. Inside was a hand-written note on special Hugo Cabret stationary, with a small illustration by Brian Selznick that was autographed to Anika on the back.
I absolutely feel like my heart could burst. What a WONDERFUL person he is to send her that note!!!! Thank you, Brian Selznick, for making my little girl's LIFE!!!!!!
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