Sunday, February 27, 2011

GENEROSITY

Today's sermon at church was about generosity - a term I commonly associate with giving money. I feel like I'm pretty generous for someone my age. I give to worthy charities throughout the year and throw a little in the offering bag on Sundays. It wasn't until today that I truly understood what the term means...

Living generously doesn't necessarily mean emptying your pockets. Today I realized I'm surrounded by generous people.

My best friend Chad listens to my stories intently. He GENEROUSLY drops whatever he's doing to give me his undivided attention.

Jason runs with me for me. He GENEROUSLY drops his pace to meet my needs. He unselfishly sacrifices a top notch workout to help me reach my goals.

My college friend Jamie remembers all the little details in my life. Not just birthdays - but little things I tell her. She calls me the day after a big meeting I've had, or follows up after a weekend to see how my date went or randomly checks in to see how my family is. We all live busy lives, but Jamie doesn't let that stop her from keeping in touch. She GENEROUSLY takes time to remember what's important to me.

I could go on and on - those are just the first few things that popped in my head. From now on, I want to live generously. I want to give my time, my attention, my compassion and my heart to those who need it. Who's with me?!

Do you have someone in your life that's generous?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Whatever Helps...

It was cold. It was snowing. The trail wasn't cleared. But my snowman hat helped get me through it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Drinking Challenge

This drinking challenge didn't involve beer bongs, shots or kegstands...It was just the opposite.

THE CHALLENGE: ABSTAIN FROM ALCOHOL FOR 1 WEEKEND

I've cut back on my drinking two-fold the past couple of years. I haven't had a debilitating hangover since Halloween 2009. However, 2-4 drinks over the course of a night can add up a calorie count that I really don't need. I've always been a bit bothered by the fact that I can run a dozen miles a day yet am about 15 pounds heavier than most of my friends. I've been eating ultra clean since Wednesday and I really didn't want even a tiny setback. So I decided no booze.

It wasn't the thought of not being able to have fun that would be the challenge; I know I can have fun without drinking. I was worried about getting the 3rd degree from my friends. Pretty silly huh? I guess peer pressure still exists when you're 26.

I was pressured a bit by my best friend Chad and roommate Abby. But I know it was just because they both want me to have fun. It didn't take long for them both to support me. I did cop out and order "a water with a lime" that I carried all night just so I didn't have to get 'the business' from my other friends. All in all it was a super fun night and I'm ready to continue on my healthy path.

I feel a sense of accomplishment being able to have fun without drinking. Last night I just felt comfortable in my skin and enjoyed myself. Lets make this 2 weekends in a row. :)

Special shoutout to Brian for holding me accountable and being a great motivator in my healthy endeavors!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Life Starts Now

Three Days Grace - Life Starts Now

This song has been out for awhile now, but the lyrics really ring true to me...I'll explain in another blog to come. For now, enjoy one of my favorite running tunes.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Today is a New Day

A paragraph in my Daily Devotional really spoke to me and I wanted to share. (It's in a book my friend Tessa bought for me for my birthday)

"No matter what you've gone through in the past, no matter how many setbacks you've suffered or who or what has tried to thwart your proggress, TODAY IS A NEW DAY, and God wants to do a new thing in your life. Don't let your past determine you're future."

I will carry this message throughout my marathon training and my life.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Everybody's Doing It

I feel so lucky to live in such a huge running community. I love being able to text a friend on a moment's notice to go running. I love hitting the Mopac trail and passing the same friendly faces. I love the Freaky Fast running group. I love the Marathon class and how it's changing my life and helping me see what really matters in my life. I love that EVERYBODY is signing up for the Lincoln Marathon or Half. My friends Brandi, Erin, roommate Abby, Maggie and even my boss have signed up to run the Half. I pray that they put in the necessary training (unlike I did for my first Half) so that they get an enjoyable feeling out of it.

I only made it up to 8 miles a couple times before my first Half. I was glad I finished (2:09) but I felt weak for not committing to the training schedule. I took a year off of running after that (and added about 20 lbs on my body.) Fortunately I woke up and realized I didn't want to go through the motions anymore.

Today I ran 10 miles. Today I am happy. I pray for the strength to stay focused and not sabotage myself.

Tomorrow I will run 6.