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A long, long time ago . . . so long ago, I had to stop to look-up when it was, each Monday I wrote about how I was starting the week with a thankful heart. Though I took a break from writing those posts, it doesn’t mean I threw my thankful heart out the window. But I do feel that I’m at a place in life where it is a good idea to return to the practice of writing out the good things. Having a six year-old boy in the house will do that to a person.
Thursday (oops, not yet!) Wednesday, not Monday, but I do have a thankful heart. Today I’m thankful:
1. I talked with my boss and it looks like I’ll get to teach not one, but TWO hooping classes starting in January, bringing up my class total to THREE with the Cardio Kick class I currently teach. Sweet!
2. I’m having a meeting at the end of the month with my boss AND her boss to hammer out the details for me to coordinate and direct a youth running program for our YMCA branch! This really makes me giddy!!!
3. Though sick yesterday (germs do NOT read calendars), my daughter was well enough to return to school today, enabling me to get back to the Y for my usual Wednesday workout and to the grocery store to re-stock our pantry. This, too, makes me giddy! Life really is all about the little things.
4. Tomorrow I have a Girls’ Night with a friend I haven’t seen in a few months. We’re venturing here: The Vineyard Table
5. I remembered the password for my WordPress account on my first try. I guess it HAS been a long time since I blogged regularly. This will change.
How about YOU? What makes your heart thankful today?
When I’m feeling overwhelmed or frustrated negativity can seep into my brain and set up camp there. So today I’m going to play a little game as I start the week with a thankful heart. I’m looking for the upside of negative thoughts in effort to push the negativity OUT!
Here’s me running in jeans and Keens with sweet ol’ Albus Dumblepup on the beach. This dog loves to run and saw the sandy beach as his opportunity to GO!
It is too pretty of a day to be sitting at the computer (for which I am most thankful!), so I’ll keep this post short.
Somehow I got away from my “Starting with a Thankful Heart” posts. They really are a great way to kick-off a work week, so you can count on me getting back to those. When I find frustration building-up or feel like I’m swimming against the current, I can often turn my attitude around by taking a minute to acknowledge at least ONE thing for which I am thankful.
How about YOU? Can you think of at least one thing for which you are thankful this week? Big or small, feel free to share in the comments.
It took a few weeks, but I think Mother Nature finally caught on that this is April and the appropriate season is SPRING. In celebration of the wonderful stretch of days we’ve had over the past week, I’m posting my “Starting with a Thankful Heart” entry a few hours early.
As I get ready to face this new week, my heart is full of sunshine. I am thankful for:
1. The 11 mile training run my friend Kajsa did today. No, I didn’t go with her, but her daughter played with my kids in the yard while she hit the trail and her husband weeded the front garden beds for her. Hooray for her!
2. The countless hours of gardening we enjoyed this week/weekend. There’s nothing quite like wheeling around loads of soil, sifting it, collecting rocks, chasing kids in the yard, planting new trees, pulling weeds, raking, and breathing wonderful fresh air all the while. And, NO, I’m not usually a gardening gal, it was just that good.
3. Homemade worm farms (constructed enthusiastically by three children – ages 4, 3 and 2). Priceless.
4. The season’s first sunburns that remind us that YES sunscreen is important. I have it out and ready to incorporate into our daily routines.
5. A full visit with my mother-in-law. We had a great time doing a little bit of everything and the kids have many great memories to hold them over until we’re able to see her again.
6. The flexibility of casting aside a run to enjoy all of the above.
I did get in 3 runs during the week as part of my SaneFitness workouts (I start Week 5 of the program tomorrow – it IS great!), but no longer runs this weekend as I initially planned. But I realize that I am more balanced this evening because I chose the yard work over a run (my husband did offer me the chance to get away for a run, but I turned him down).
As for tomorrow? I run! But not as far as those Boston Marathoners. I wish them – AND YOU! – happy running.
The last two days have been absolutely beautiful: blue skies, a lemon-drop of a sun radiating its warmth down to us, a gentle breeze that ruffles your hair but won’t knock our trees down onto the neighbor’s house. Good stuff.
With this new weather comes renewed energy and an increasingly positive outlook on things. Today I am thankful for much, especially:
1. My grandma and uncle are in town visiting. I love that we get to have 4 generations of family together for the week, especially this year when Little Sister is TRULY interacting with my grandma by singing her songs and telling her whatever is on her mind. After being around my two kiddos this afternoon, my grandma is amazed that once upon a time she chased after three small boys all day. “This is why young people have children!” she declared.
2. Yesterday we went on a family hike at Wallace Falls State Park (this gal got some great shots there!). Mr. Music hiked the entire 1.9 miles up to the lower falls and thanks to the distraction of the question “What superhero would YOU be?” he made it all the way back down to the car without a meltdown! It really is QUITE a hike. But knowing that he can do that one opens up all kinds of great hiking adventures for us this spring and summer. Just thinking about the possibilities makes me smile. And the cross-training of a hike was good for this runner’s legs.
3. Little Sister is big enough to entertain herself (mostly) in the backyard while we do yard work. We spent all of yesterday afternoon and early evening puttering around the yard. We adults were moving the vegetable garden and getting the outdoor play toys cleaned up while the kiddos played in the grass and occasionally lent a hand. Last year I was on chaos-prevention detail chasing Little Sister around to keep her out of harm’s way, which was fine. BUT this year I get to DO things in the yard, which is much better!
4. Since increasing my mileage and being a bit more hard core with my weight lifting workouts, I’m really noticing a difference in how my clothes fit and how strong I feel throughout the day. Be sure to read my review about the SaneFit card deck to see how you can win the card deck and see some great results in your fitness, too! Remember, you have until the 30th to post a response.
5. We’ve had 2 days in a row with morning-to-night blue skies and sunshine. Tomorrow promises to be the same. Bet you can guess where I’ll be most of the day – OUTSIDE!!
Have a wonderful week, Dear Readers! I hope the sun reaches you this week, too.
It is snowing again here. I’m not talkin‘ a few little wimpy flakes, or even the on-again/off-again freezing rain we experienced yesterday. Today’s snow is the REAL deal – it started about an hour ago and we already have 2-3 inches. Our street looks like someone coated it with whiteout. The birds all look confused and we have giant cotton balls on the branches.
If I actually took a photo today, it would look much like this picture of us in December. But, we’re too cozy inside today (and Little Sister is a bit too grumpy with her molars coming in) to bundle up and head outside.
Despite the birds’ confusion, Mother Nature is giving us a visual treat. The kids are getting a total kick out of describing the way the snow is falling, since it seems to change every five minutes. According to them, the snow has transitioned from:
And so, now that the snow is slowing (dusting, I’d call it), I can pry myself away from the window to think about what I’m thankful for this week:
1. Our “hot” date on Saturday night to Costco, Target and Qdoba while the kids enjoyed their first sleep-over at my parents’ house in over a month.
2. Wednesday afternoon Mr. Music and I will complete the final requirement for the application process at the Multi Age school in our district (the student visit). The lottery will be drawn in early April and we’ll finally know what the plan is for Kindergarten.
3. MizFit is rolling on creating a MizFit Mag!
4. I looked down at my legs yesterday before doing my Treadmill 5K and realized that my “Runner Legs” are back! Now that I’m back on track with running 4-5 days/week and doing my strength training, I’m seeing the results. Now I’m feeling more confident that a few 10Ks and a Half-marathon will be good fits for this year.
5. The quilt my mom and I are making for the school auction is nearly complete. I’ll post a photo after I put the finishing touches on it tomorrow. It is INCREDIBLE! Neither of us has made anything like it before.
How about YOU? What are you thankful for this week? Did you reach a fitness goal? did you finish a fantastic book, did you try a new recipe that was a big hit? Come on, don’t be shy – celebrate it with a quick note in my comments!
Didn’t get a run in this morning as I had hoped, but I did tackle some things that were more deserving of my attention today:
The whole family has been sick for the past 4 days. No running for this mama or her husband. But, just as the fog finally lifted to confirm that the sun does still exist, the end of the sickness is in sight . . . and my running shoes are calling to me once more.
This week is a promising one for a number of wonderful reasons:
1. I can breathe through both nostrils at the same time.
2. Wednesday is Little Sister’s 2nd Birthday. I can’t even believe it.
3. The kids went to bed EARLY. Don’t you dare read those words aloud, or they’ll wake up. Please read silently and let us bask in this rare evening!
4. I added 3 new titles to my reading list and I just love the excitement of new books. (which I promise to share with you soon – I owe you at least 2 reviews and you SHALL have them ASAP!)
5. Thanks to reason #1, Tomorrow I shall run! (no rhyming intended, it just happened)
Have a wonderful, HEALTHY week! Oh, and if you haven’t done so already, take a peek at the new site: www.runningmoms.com Their tag line is a great one: Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Mom.