Friday, May 08, 2009
Like most of you, I've been walking for quite a while now--since I was about 1 year old! But only more recently did I start walking as part of my exercise regimen and I must say that I've really come to love it for at least these reasons:
1. I can do it anywhere. Today I was at a business meeting that lasted for eight hours, with 45 minutes for lunch. So I chowed down in 15 minutes and did a 30 minute power walk. It was great and it really helped me to push through that post lunch lull!
2. I love being outdoors.
3. Even though it is exercise, I can still do other things like memorize and rehearse verses of the Bible. Over the last couple of years I've memorized the one of the smaller letters in the Bible called Ephesians (because it was written to a church in a little city in what is now western Turkey called Ephesus). I have memorized most of the last chapter over the last couple of weeks during my daily walks, and so I feel like I'm accomplishing two or three things at once--exercise, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with the Lord.
I'm sure I could think of more reasons why I love walking but I'm tired and I need to go to sleep!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Today is the National Day of Prayer and thus I attended our local Mayor's prayer breakfast this morning. The choice was between eggs, ham, and cheese AND eggs, spinach, sausage, and cheese. I'm always up for a good ham and cheese omelet or what have you, but boy do I love that dark leafy green spinach--so I went for that!
And having thus thanked God and enjoyed a wonderful, life-giving breakfast, I bowed with about 100 others and called on the Name of Jesus Christ, mighty and merciful, and asked that he might be gracious to us and make his face to shine upon us for the glory of his Name and the good of people.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
For a number of reasons, the last two weeks have been fairly stressful, and yesterday was the most stressful of all--by far. Because a few things needed to be accomplished by early this morning, I had to work deep into the night and early morning leaving me with only 4 hours of sleep (I REALLY need 7-8).
Normally, the combination of stress and weariness lead me to emotional eating, but as I sat here enjoying a wonderfully good and healthy breakfast I realized that, after just 7 weeks on SP, I never even gave emotional, impulsive, indulgent, unhealthy eating a thought! I still have a long way to go, but I'm really celebrating this small victory and I must say that it's lightened the load a bit this morning!
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Yesterday was my daughter's 15th birthday and so we took her out to dinner. I made a great choice for the entree, but when it came to dessert...not so much! I won't mention what I had so as not to tempt anyone, but let's just say it put me a little over on cals for the day!
I must be honest and say that I don't feel bad about it. I have been eating and exercising well for about 7 weeks now, we have purged our kitchen of unhealthy foods, we have come to love healthy foods so much that I literally wake up craving them each day and can't wait to eat more as the day goes on, our joy is pretty high in all this--and so every once in a blue moon I honestly don't mind enjoying an old favorite.
I was a little concerned that I'd wake up this morning wanting more of that kind of thing, but it's quite the opposite. As I sit here typing, my mouth is literally watering for one of my (now family famous) breakfast burritos, packed full of veggies!
Monday, May 04, 2009
I had the privilege of riding my bike for a little over 50 miles today. The weather was perfect--50-65 degrees, slight east wind, I cleaned my bike from head to toe yesterday so it was smooth and quiet, I felt particularly good on the bike today, and I averaged 16.2 mph which is pretty fast for me at that distance.
I don't know how to explain it exactly, but when I ride my bike I feel free. I feel like I'm flying at times. I love the wind blowing on my face and the mixture of climbs that make me work and pray, and descents that make me smile and praise!
It brings the film "Chariots of Fire" to mind--Eric something or other, about whom the film was made, said, "God has made me fast and when I run I feel his joy." I say, "God hasn't made me very fast, but when I ride my bike I feel his joy!"
Thanks, Lord, for the gift of life, and thanks for my bike!
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