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You Have Circled This Mountain LONG ENOUGH!

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!

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HANDYV 3/28/2012 6:01AM


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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/27/2012 10:05PM

    What great food for thought! How do I log it on my nutrition tracker? emoticon Seriously, that's a great way to think about what we're all going through. :)

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ON2VICTORY 3/27/2012 8:56PM

    great thought! thanks for sharing..

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MOMMA2X6 3/27/2012 7:43PM

    I really like this thought! Thank you!

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MARVEEME 3/27/2012 7:34PM

    This mantra will live on and on. Thanks for sharing!

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ADJQUILTER 3/27/2012 5:56PM

    It's funny, but each time I am tempted to make an unwise choice, I simply repeat to myself, "Now turn North!" It works! I'm done circling that mountain!

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HEIDISHOPE 3/27/2012 4:32PM

    I just bought the book and can't wait to start reading it! Your blog has me motivated to pick it up and get started!

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GOBABYYGO 3/27/2012 3:53PM

    Wow! I'm reading the devotional that goes with this book! Awesome read, great blog!

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Worst Workout Ever...But I Don't Care

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???


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.

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THINKSHRINK 3/28/2012 3:14PM

    Yay - you did it! And OMG, I LOVE the RNM and FM character names. Mine talk to each other all the time! That is right on.


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ON2VICTORY 3/27/2012 8:55PM

    awwwww :)

wtg on your workout :)


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JOANNKW 3/27/2012 12:44PM

    WTG for sticking with it. I am impressed. I am not sure I would have. I am such a wimp sometimes!

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GETTINGFIT4HIM 3/27/2012 5:19AM

  emoticon emoticon for sticking with it. I'm sure your next workout will be better. emoticon

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MARVEEME 3/26/2012 7:42PM

    May your next workout be effortless and may you feel like a feather floating in the breeze, Amen.

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Old Injuries Not Welcome Here!

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.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 3/26/2012 12:32PM

    OOH! ouch! I sympathize. I have a plate and a few screws in my left ankle and it gives me unwelcome reminders quite often.

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ADJQUILTER 3/26/2012 7:15AM

    The temptation is always there to overdo it. But you need to listen carefully to what your body tells you. It has a wisdom all it's own. Rest that ankle. There are chair cardio exercise workouts on Spark that you could do. This might be a great opportunity to switch things up a bit. Heal, and feel better. You are doing great!

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GAS_SAG 3/26/2012 6:42AM

    I commend you on trying but you need to listen to your body. I too have weak ankles and can tell when i have been doing too much but can tell more when I am not doing enough. For some reason if I am not active then they hurt worse and are weaker. The best way to get through it is by taking it one day at a time and listening to your own body only that will tell you what can and can't be done. Good luck! you will get through it.

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MARVEEME 3/26/2012 5:58AM

    You'd better behave! You only get THIS chance to heal correctly.

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Heavy Cleaning Burns HOW Many Calories????!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tonight, my 4 year old is having a birthday party. This started out as a small gathering just for family so we wouldn't have to go all out or spend money. Well, it's turned into a full-fledged cookout with over 40 guests expected and I just dropped a cool $200 on groceries for this shindig. In addition, I'll be cleaning the ENTIRE house all morning because, as you may or may not know, it's pretty tough to declare rooms "off limits" when kids are involved.

So, I thought I'd check out how many calories I'll burn cleaning 9 rooms of our house all day. I know for sure I'll be sweating up a storm because that's just how I clean. I was SHOCKED when I put in 90 minutes of "Heavy Cleaning" and was greeted with a calorie burn of over 800 calories!!!! I honestly think I'll be cleaning longer than that...but maybe the entire time won't be "heavy". So, I'm estimating 90 minutes.

One thing's for sure...makes me feel a lot less guilty if I eat a grilled burger later and maybe a small piece of birthday cake.


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MARVEEME 3/25/2012 2:35PM

Oh Yeah!

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DOTTIEJANE1 3/24/2012 7:12PM

    You know that a grilled burger and a small slice of cake will and can fit into your calories . Takes a little planning but can be done. ENJOY the party. Heavy cleaning is a good calorie burner.

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ADJQUILTER 3/24/2012 10:38AM

    Enjoy your party, guilt free!
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TINAHAYES8323 3/24/2012 10:28AM

  lol I have been clearing out my house and getting rid of junk we don't need I have lost 20 lbs just doing that :)

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Very Special Delivery

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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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/23/2012 11:27PM

    How wonderful! I *love* reading and I'm so glad your daughter has found the magic in it, and that she got the response and autograph she was hoping for! :)

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MARVEEME 3/23/2012 9:04PM

    Redeeming faith with every written word!

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VK2Z10 3/23/2012 3:43PM

    that is simply FANTASTIC of Brian. I love the fact that Anika wanted to read the book before watching the movie. I love the fact that Selznick wrote her back. this will be a wonderful memory for Anika for a LONG time.

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    that is so wonderful what a special thing for your daughter.
that makes me very happy for her.

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ADJQUILTER 3/23/2012 10:57AM

    It's amazing how such a small effort on someone's part can touch our life in such a major way! Makes you want to bless someone else today!
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