Sunday, October 21, 2012
As I mentioned last entry I was going to a retreat center this weekend. I'm back from the center and I can't begin to tell you how refreshed and re-energized I feel.
The theme of this retreat was Holy Now! It started Friday evening and concluded with Sunday noon meal. The opening session they played the following video. The song is by Peter Mayer - "Holy Now".
The retreat was a great reminder of how precious we all are in God's eye. Life and the messiness that it entails brings me down, I'm trying to remind myself that no matter what happens, God is with me and in me and I am indeed a holy person because of that. We all are.
Genesis 1:31 - And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I truly can't believe that it is Thursday evening. Where did the week go? It doesn't help that I have been battling a cold and I'm afraid that the cold is going to come out smelling like a rose on this round. I'm eating lots of fruits, veggies and exercising mildly trying to keep my immune system healthy. I'm envisioning my t-cells with little boxing gloves fighting and keeping my immune system stronger. No wonder I've been so tired; I'm exercising and don't even realize it.
Tomorrow, I'm heading towards my favorite retreat center for a weekend retreat. It's been a couple of years since I've been there and I'm looking for the time to reflect and re-group. This year's theme is the HOLY Now! This retreat will help me discover the true meaning of holiness and how it is around us and within us all the time. The timing couldn't be more perfect as I have been struggling with my faith lately. I'm open to God's love during this time.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
It's been raining pretty steady for the past couple of days and it sure is bringing my mood down. It's hard to get motivated when all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with a good book. I'm fighting those urges but, it is so tempting.
So, this morning I headed to the gym for some cardio. Today is a cross-training day for me so I like to mix it up with either elliptical, stationary bike or the stepper. The elliptical won today and I was able to belt out 55 minutes of a workout. A quick shower and out the door I want to tackle my grocery shopping list. Ugh, what to fix for the upcoming week suppers? Does anybody else struggle to fix wholesome, nutritious meals that will appeal to the whole family? I may have to take a look at the Spark cookbook and see if anything strikes my fancy. An hour later, I'm heading home. I got the groceries unpacked and have started tackling my pumpkins from the garden. I have about 20 of them that I need to get cooked, whipped, dished out into freezer bags and into the deep freeze for the winter months ahead. I have a total of 6 done...14 more to go. I don't think I 'll get them done today but, I got a good start on them.
Well, I have to get ready for a birthday party. Have a great Sunday! And now matter what the weather resist the urge to curl up. Trust me, once you get going, the momentum keeps you going..
Saturday, October 13, 2012
So for the last couple of days, I'm been feeling a little under the weather. Nothing major but, I can tell that a cold is lurking near by. I'm been diligent about taking my vitamins and have boosted my vitamin C intake but, I'm afraid the cold virus is going to be winning this round.
With rain in the forecast for the whole weekend and temperatures hovering around the low 40's, I had planned on running my 8 miles on the treadmill. I figured by breaking it up into two 4 mile segments (taking a short 5 minute break in between) it wouldn't be too bad. If I'm going to do that kind of distance on a treadmill, I prefer to go the gym and use theirs as they have a lot more cushioning than mine. When my alarm went off this morning, I had the best of intentions of getting up and arriving at the gym at 6:00am when they open. Well, the alarm went off at 5:00am, I knew at once that I wasn't going to be able to make 6:00am gym opening. My throat was just a little bit more sore and my chest felt just a little bit tighter. So I slept. I'm getting better at listening to my body and what she's trying to tell me. When I finally woke up for good at 7:00am, I felt a little bit better and knew that I was going to attempt to get my 8 miles in on my own treadmill. I figured I was going to be walking a whole lot more than running but, you know what. That's ok! I took a lot of breaks. Probably more than I would have had I gone to the gym but, I set out to do 8 miles and I did just that. I'm never sure if I should be exercising while I have cold symptoms but, I figured, I'd give it a shot. I didn't have a fever and I wasn't short of breath. What do you think?
Well, I have a kitty that is trying to get some cuddle time while I'm typing so, my priority for the next few minutes is to give some furbaby lovin'.
Have a wonderful day..
Friday, October 12, 2012
So for those of you who live in a northern state, what I'm about to write about you will totally understand. For those of you, who are able to bask in 50+ degree weather year round, will not have the faintest idea about what I'm complaining about.
In Wisconsin about this time of year, the weather is transitioning from summer to winter. What that means in terms for a runner is that you will be soon developing a love/hate relationship with your treadmill. Especially if you work during the day and have limited opportunity to get out during the day and run. Don't get me wrong, I love fall, it's my favorite season. It's the season that follows fall, that I really don't like; WINTER! Daylight becomes almost non-existent (8 hrs, tops!) and between sub-zero windchill, ice, snow and wind, outside running becomes a challenge.
Yesterday, really reminded me how quickly winter is approaching and soon my outdoor runs will be limited to just the weekends. By the time, I got home from work and dressed and out the door, I was down to just about an hour of 'runnable' daylight and this was at 5:30pm! If I want to get my goal mileage in, there will be no walking today. As, it is I'm just going to be squeaking in 5 miles as it is. I also, underestimated how chilly it was outside. After a summer of 90+ degree weather, 40 degrees is quite a stark contrast and with a nice chilly wind I didn't dress warm enough. Dang, should have put another layer on. Oh, and it's harvest season around here, so there were a few bigger tractors that I also encountered on my route.
It was a challenging run but, the thought of doing 50 minutes on a treadmill or 50 minutes outside with all that goes with it, I'll take the outside run any day of the week.
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