Thursday, December 3, 2020

Advent 2020


This is an episode about Advent, a great season in the Christian church calendar. I speak about finding meaning this season, regardless of what 2020 brought us. Enjoy!

Show notes: 
• The Way to the Manger a family advent devotional by Jeff and Abbey Land 
• The Holy Bible 
• Podcast: Christmas without the Crazy with Abbey Land

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Marathon Training Week 16

It is hard to believe that the marathon season is almost over. We are at week 16 of 18. I started the week with a dip in the ice pool and some cross training. 

I ended up taking several days off during the holiday. It was just what I needed. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It is a time to thank God for all of our blessings. 

I've done a variety of things during Thanksgiving but this year, I went for the minimum amount of workouts (3). 

My long run happened on a Sunday. It was 46 and raining when a friend and I went running. I can't think of more difficult conditions to start (or continue) a run. I'm glad we got it done. 

The run was also a great way to re-enter my life after being away with family. Next week is our last week of training. I'm praying that God will give me the strength and endurance to finish this training season strong. My prayer is also that I can encourage someone who needs it most. 

This Virtual Marathon will be my 7th. I never thought I'd run a virtual marathon. I haven't made any plans for the future except to commit to showing up, training and keep running distance. Well, thanks for reading and for joining me in this journey!

Other posts in this series:
• Marathon Training 2020 Weeks 1-8
• Marathon Training Week 9
• Marathon Training weeks 9-11
• Marathon Training Week 12
• Marathon Training Week 13
Week 14
Week 15

Monday, November 30, 2020

MWLISS: Slowly, Patiently, Hopefully

Sometimes, change comes slowly. These two photos of me were taken exactly 10 years apart. 

The natural question is, how? I will answer this one-word question with one-word answers. 

Slowly - I had two kids 15 months apart between 2009 and 2010 when I took the photo on the left. I lost a lot of weight then I had another sweet baby in 2012. I gained and lost weight again. After that, I gained some weight back. I am now getting close to finishing my weight loss journey. It has been slow for sure. I was told that if I chose to lose weight slowly chances are, I won't gain it back. Slow is the way to go. 

Patiently - A lot of things happened in 10 years. We lost loved ones. We moved several times. We changed jobs. We dealt with stressful situations. Through my ups and downs, patience was my friend. I was told that if I look from a lifetime lens, women's weight goes up and down. I know mine certainly has done that. I had to be patient during seasons where I wanted to lose weight but it just wasn't working for me. Embracing patience shows wisdom and faith.

Hopefully - I remember writing in my journal that one day, I was going to be a runner. I was walking at that time. I remember dreaming about running marathons. I remember saying that one day, I was going to make healthier food choices. It took a lot of hope to get here. Hope is positive expectation. It has nothing to do with current circumstances. Hope doesn't care what the now looks like because it is fully focused on energizing you for what's to come. Hope is so good for you and it is completely free. 

I don't have a product or service to sell you as I show you this "before and during" picture. I take full responsibility for my decisions these past 10 years. My decisions were enhanced by going at it slowly, patiently, and hopefully. 

WW start weight: 175 lbs
First Goal: 150 lbs
Second Goal: 146 lbs
Third Goal: 136 lbs Current Weight: 147 lbs
 WW Virtual Workshops
 My weight loss (so far) Podcast

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sunday Seven

Today is my husband’s birthday. Here’s what I want him to know:
1. “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,” Col. 1:3‬ ‭(ESV‬‬)

2. “... walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Col. ‭1:10‬ ‭(ESV‬‬)

3. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Col.‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭(ESV‬‬)

4. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Col.‬ ‭2:6-7‬

5. “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” ‭‭Col.‬ ‭3:2‬

6. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Col. 3:23-24‬ ‭

 7. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Col.‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭(ESV‬‬)
You’re everything to me. I love you. Happy birthday my love. 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

33 Days to Dream


Let's pretend that 2020 didn't happen. Next, let's take the things we can control into consideration. 

When we do that, we realize that we have God-given abilities. I would love to talk about your ability to dream. 

I'm not speaking about the dreaming you do at night but the dreams you have for yourself. 

Every human being has the ability to dream of a better situation. While it is unrealistic to simply "dream our problems away" we can all focus on the things we can control when it comes to becoming the person God created us to be. 

Here is a thing you probably don't know about me. When I'm in deep trouble, after I'm done praying, running, and talking to my husband about it, I dream. 

A few months ago, I was experiencing what I call deep trouble. I was interpersonal conflict-related if you are wondering how deep of trouble I was in. The summer was hot and the day was not ending soon enough. 

The thing about being an adult is, no matter how many problems you have, you still have to do all that God called you to do. That day, I was called to drive happy kids to swim lessons. I was also called to wait for them so we all could head home together for dinner. 

I decided to sit in the car and enjoy the AC. My trouble was all I could think about. I had prayed about it. I read my Bible that day. I also went on a run that morning. I had done everything humanly possible to cope with that situation but still, no relief. 

I decided to pick up a pen and I started to dream. In my notebook, I wrote down a structural way to fix that interpersonal conflict. I added details. I even wrote about feelings I wanted to experience as a result of that new structural concept. I felt better at the end. That feeling lasted for a little while. 

Dreaming didn't fix the root cause of my problem but it injected much-needed hope in my soul. Before writing down that dream, I didn't clearly see a hopeful solution to my situation. 

The act of writing allowed me to physically do something about a situation. I wasn't stuck afterall. Writing helped me change my perspective and move towards a solution. 

Realisticallty, dreaming will not fix anything outside of your area of control. Realistically, dreaming will fix only what you can control, which is your attitude. 

You have to allow yourself to go from hopeless to hopeful. Dreaming will help you with that. 

Let's take the things you can control into consideration again. What can you dream about? Take some time in the next 33 days to write down your dreams. Small steps will get you where you need to be. 

Regardless of external circumstances, God has blessed you with the ability to dream. So dream big.