Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Adding Stregnth to Cardio

Hello friends!

How was the start to your week?  Mine started out great with an amazing dinner - roast turkey breast, beets, and bacon brussels sprouts.

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We also celebrated a KC Chiefs Monday night football win - 

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on Tuesday morning, because, let’s be real, we went to bed at halftime.  

Let’s talk strength.  For most of my exercising life, I have been a strictly cardio girl.   

Every time I thought of ways I needed to improve, a New Year’s resolution, or any type of list, I would proclaim, “I need to start lifting weights.”  Then I would continue on in my silly ways of only running (or biking, or swimming).  

I think I did this for two reasons:

1. I didn’t want to waste my exercise time not burning the most calories I could.  Even though I knew that if I built more muscle, my calorie burn would be higher overall, I still couldn’t get myself to invest that time in the moment.  I think the WW mentality of “earning” activity points had a lot to do with this.   

2. I was super intimidated.  Intimated by machines.  Intimidated by free weights.  Intimidated by my inability to lift more than 5 pounds with anything other than my legs.  

However, yesterday, as I finished my legs + core workout, during which my only “cardio” was a half a mile warm up run, I smiled to myself and thought, “I did it.  I started”  

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So, how exactly did I start?  Here are a few things that helped me:

-More efficient cardio.  Really, I only need one ore two days of “long” runs.  The rest can be 15 to 20 minute sprint / interval workouts.  This leaves plenty of time to build some muscle.  

-Start out with body weight only.  There are so many moves you can do with just your body weight - push-ups, squats, lunges, plank, etc.  Although these are by no means easy, they are less intimidating than having to learn how/where/when to hold free weights. 

-Workout videos.  I think doing T25 eased me into strength because it was a combo of strength and cardio.  Instead of wondering what my next move is, or how I am going to do it, I just watch the video and soak in the info.  

-Borrowing workouts from others.  I usually find a workout from one of my favorite bloggers or use Pinterest.  I could never think of this stuff on my own.

-Googling the exercise to learn how to do it.  Oh my, I love Google.  Yesterday I learned how to do 4 new moves just by typing the name in the search bar and within seconds there were pictures, videos, etc. for me to learn from.

-Printing out the workout list with ques.  I am the cool girl who brings a piece of paper with me every day to the gym, which tells me what to do and sometimes has little notes I have written on how to do it.  

-Getting over gym-timidation.  I pretty much stopped caring what the other people at the gym thought of me.  That helped a lot.  Now I can use all of my mental capacity to focus on learning how to do a split squat instead of worrying if the guy next to me is making fun of me in his head.  

I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I got over the “hump” and things can only improve from here.  

How about you?  How did you start adding in strength?  If you don’t, what do you think would help you to start? 


Monday, September 29, 2014


Here is a post of randomness for ya-

Currently loving colored pencils. 

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Seriously, hours of entertainment from that one little box.  Ina even spent about 20 minutes dumping the box and picking them up last night with my mom.  

Currently watching Parenthood.  I am so sad this is the last season.

Currently reading Lean In, for #BloggerBookClub.

Currently (really, really, really) excited about the Royals being in the playoffs. 

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Currently eating pumpkin protein pancakes for breakfasts and snacks.  Can’t stop, won’t stop.

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Currently contemplating Ina’s Halloween costume.  I am trying to coordinate it with our Trunk or Treat theme, which I have not decided yet.  There are so many options.  

Currently wondering if my “gluten intolerance” is instead an intolerance to fermentable, short chain, poorly absorbed carbohydrates.  Now I just have to figure out what those are.  

Currently looking forward to our church’s Transformed campaign.

Currently thinking about what I am going to pack for my girls cruise, which is only three weeks away!  

What’s currently happening with you?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

(Kinda) Fearless Ina + My Food and Fitness Plan [9/28)

Good morning!

How is the weekend going?  We have been pretty busy over here:

- Yoga in my PJs

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- A spontaneous trip to the fair with my sister and her kids.

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Ina was fearless when it came to the flying elephants, helicopters,and the giant slide.  As soon we landed (after we caught a few feet of air), Ina turned around to climb back up it.  She also looked at the ride that went upside down and said, “Mamma - ride it.”  

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However, she was unsure of the carousel.  The horse just didn’t look legit.  

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- Ran the last 4.5 miles of Kim’s TWENTY MILE run with her.  Twenty miles!  And she was so refreshed.  She is going to rock that marathon. 

- Made my new favorite treat (thanks to my friend Liz for texting me the recipe!)

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- Cleaned out the garage enough for my car to fit in it again. People - this is huge.

- Our church’s small group fair

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I am hosting an “extra” small group for this campaign because I am so excited about it.  Ladies in the south-Kansas City area- if you have Monday nights free you should join me.  

Running with Racheal


  • Sunday:  Asian beef and veg lettuce wraps
  • Monday: crock pot picadillo with brown rice and salad [didn’t get to that one last week]
  • Tuesday: roast turkey breast with smashed cauliflower and roasted brussel sprouts
  • Wednesday: skyline chili on top of baked sweet potatoes and salad
  • Thursday: leftovers
  • Friday: stuffed cabbage casserole
  • Saturday: leftovers / out to eat


What are you up to this week?

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Revolving Front Door

Happy Friday morning!  Doesn’t coffee just taste better on Fridays?

Yesterday was a funny kind of day.  After I got home from work, my front door opened to a number of visitors.

-Dan’s mom, step-dad, aunt, and grandma were here to watch Ina for the day.  Yes, it does take 4 adults.  

-My sister, nephew, and niece stopped by on their way home from the nearby pumpkin patch

-Papa Dan dropped in to give Ina a (too-cute) Halloween outfit from Grandma Frankie

-My dad didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see 3 grandkids

-My friend Sarah came to say goodbye before she heads back to North Carolina.  Sad.

-My friend/neighbor Kim walked over to give us some homemade relish.

Eleven guests in a few hours!  It was kind of like we had a party that we didn’t plan.  I decided I prefer that kind of party, it requires much less cleaning.  

Apparently all of those visitors wore us out, because we were in bed by 8.  Hashtag cool parents.  

Yesterday, I also continued the fall theme over here with a beautiful morning run with Kim.

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It has been some time since I have seen 6 miles and it felt soooo good.  

After the run, I had about 30 minutes to shower, get ready, and make breakfast, so I did the most logical thing and made my girl Leila’s protein pumpkin pancakes.  

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I love protein pancakes not only for breakfast, but also as a convenient, portable, healthy, and filling afternoon snack.  Adding pumpkin to them pretty much completed me.  

So, who’s coming over tonight?  Wait, don’t tell me, so I don’t have to clean.  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thankful Thursday [and Not-So-Thankful]

I am thankful that Ina wanted something nutritious like beans for breakfast yesterday.  

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Plain, cold, red kidney beans straight from a can.  She loves them.  However, Ina’s love for beans does have its downside, ifyouknowwhatImean, which I am not-so-thankful for. 

I am thankful that my office has a mustard dispenser in the cafeteria, because chili without mustard is just sad, even if it is pumpkin chili

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I was not so thankful for the juiciness of that orange.   Seriously, I had to take soap and water to my desk afterwards.  Or wait, I should have taken soap and water to my desk afterwards.  Dang it, now my desk is sticky.  

I am thankful that I squeezed in a temp run (increasing the pace every minute and ending in a sprint) and an arm burner yesterday.

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I am not-so-thankful for that I increased the weight from 10 to 12.5 pounds, which made my 2nd round of bicep curls near-impossible.  Ouch.  

I am thankful my in-laws stayed the night last night to watch Ina today AND they made us dinner.  

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I am not-so-thankful that Dan said he was happy to be able to eat some “American food,” whatever that means.  I told him if he wanted American food he should have married an American girl.  Which probably confused him, because technically I am an American, I just prefer other cuisines.

I am thankful that Dan picked me some wildflowers yesterday.  Such a simple act can make a girl feel pretty special.  

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I am not-so-thankful for Ina’s interest in the flowers.  She kept on climbing the table and and saying, “Drink.  Bite.   Drink.”  Weird?  

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Mostly, I am thankful that the things I am not-so-thankful for are very minor, like a gassy/curious child, a drippy orange, weak arms, and a husband that prefers meatloaf over curry.  

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

First Day of Fall + The Library

Maybe it was all in my head, but when I stepped outside yesterday morning, there was an extra fall-like crispness in the air.  

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The first day of fall made for a beautiful run.  As I was putting the stroller up, I kept on wishing I had a job where I worked outside instead of in front of a computer (this will drastically change in a month or two).  

Danielle took advantage of the nice weather and took the kids to the park.

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She sent me some lovely pictures, which made me want to close-up shop even more. 

Although we would have loved to play outside, Ina and I had some errands to run after work.  First, we went grocery shopping, where Ina had a mini-breakdown about not being able to open the pretzels.  

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I told her we were going to the library next, so she stopped screaming about pretzels and started squealing about the library, which gave all the other Aldi patrons a good laugh. 

Things Ina and I [tried to] learn at the library:

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  • How to return our [almost late] books in the drop box
  • We are not supposed to scream, “Library Books!” as soon as we get in the door.  We also are not supposed to scream period.  Whispers are good, but so, so hard.
  • We need to share.  When another girl comes and tries to play with a puzzle that we dumped and forgot, or tries to touch a letter off the Chica Chica Boom Boom tree that we threw on the ground, we don’t scream, “No!  Mine!”  Instead, we say, “Hi, My name is Ina, do you want to share?”  This was a hard one.  
  • We are not supposed to pull every book off the shelf, however we can check out up to 50 books at one time!  Fifty books!  Can you imagine?
  • We have to hand over our newly acquired books to the librarian for just a few moments, so she can check them out.  She will give them back.  Promise.

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Hopefully the next trip will be a little less rocky.  

There are so many children’s books, but not all are that great.  What were / are your favorites? Are there any that you would recommend?  

Have a good day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Coffee Date

I love coffee time in the morning, especially with my family or when I am on vacation.  It is the time to just sit, relax, and absorb the day ahead.  I also love reading other bloggers’ posts about coffee dates, so I decided to write one today.

So pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or ice water and have a seat.  Let’s chat.  

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that today coffee is necessary.  Dan likes to sleep with his head at the foot of the bed and last night we couldn’t figure out the blanket situation, so I woke up every 15 minutes freezing.  I would also tell you that we have about 100 blankets in our house, so I have no idea why I just didn’t get up and grab another one.  Sigh.

If we were having coffee right now, I would probably brag about how smart Ina is.  Last night when we were reading before bed, she practically read Horton Hears a Who right along with us, and knew about 5 of the letters in Chica Chica Boom Boom.  She also counts like a mad woman, and often whens she sees multiple of something she will say, “Momma, two blankets!”   After bragging I would tell you that we are still working on her kindness and manners.  She has started to say, “No, thank you” instead of just plan, “no” or, “NOOOO!” but we still have to coax out every single “please.”  

If we were having coffee right now, I would likely talk about the email that the passport agency just sent me saying that I am getting my new passport next week! Just in time too, because I am going on a cruise with my girlfriends in October and to Argentina in November. 

If we were having coffee right now, I would tell you that I just signed up for another half marathon in April.  It has been almost a year since I have ran one, so it is about time!  My part-time job actually paid for my race entry fee- how cool is that?

If we were having coffee right now, I would complain about my fantasy football team.  It is doing horrible.  Like really bad.  Like I might not win a game this season.  Lesson learned - never pick a QB first - I’m looking at you Aaron Rogers.  

If we were having coffee right now, I would probably talk about other stuff too.  Stuff that doesn’t belong on the internet.  [Are you surprised that I have limits?  Ha!]

If we were having coffee right now, I would ask how you are doing.  How are your kids?  Pets?  Parents?  How about your job? 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Dan's Art + Other Weekend Happenings

This weekend Dan and I went to the plaza art fair not once, but twice.  Art + good food + good friends?  I am surprised we weren’t there the entire time.  

Friday night we met up with Julie and her husband Mike.  

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We looked at some art, but I had the bright idea of trying to buy food in the fair food crazy lines, which landed us at Gram and Dun at 10 PM completely ravenous.  This ended up being a good thing because Gram and Dun makes wonderful food and we had the chance to sit and chat with our friends.  

Saturday we met my friends from high school because Sarah was in town from North Carolina.


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Apparently, I was too busy chatting with the girls as we moved from booth to booth, because I failed to notice that Dan had purchased a piece of art.  The front was wrapped, but when I saw that the description on the back said, “Hogfather” I knew I was in for a treat.

He ceremoniously unwrapped it to reveal this:

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Yep - that is a hog’s head on a human body holding a chunk of bloody meat.  I think I will hang it in our entryway.  It will especially welcome any guests to the house who are hungry for dinner.  Ina can say goodnight to Mr. Hog/creepy man every night before bed.  

Don’t worry, I didn’t walk away empty handed.  I purchased a case for my phone from Red Dirt.  The purchase of the case provided a YEAR’s worth of clean water to a family in Africa.  

I clearly won.

Other weekend happenings:

- Saturday we weeded my garden and harvested some more kale, which makes my $1.50 investment in a kale plant completely worth the at least $75 worth of kale I have picked from it.

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In case you were wondering, hovering over a kale plant while trying to pull weeds with a toddler on your back in an excellent workout.

-Sunday Ina and I went for a little jog before church, which she ended up sleeping through.  

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-After church we met our friends at the Royals game where we cheered the Royals on to a W!

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Ina was in hot dog / Dorito heaven.

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-After the game we went to a family BBQ to help celebrate Papa Dan’s birthday.  (Thanks Debbie for the pic!)

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We crashed as soon our as heads hit the pillows.

I hope you had a good weekend too!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

My Food and Fitness Plan [9/21]

Good morning!  I hope you have had a fantastic weekend!  

One highlight of mine was finally pulling the weeds out of my garden.  I can see my beloved kale again.

Ina saw every time I kneeled down as an opportunity to climb on my back, which made pulling weeds waaay easier. 

I am getting pretty excited about the recipes I am making this week, so I am going to let them do the rest of the talking.  

Running with Racheal



  • Sunday: 3 mile run and/or bike ride 
  • Monday: 25 minutes of hills + leg burner
  • Tuesday: 4 mile run
  • Wednesday: Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown
  • Thursday: 6 mile run
  • Friday: 15 - 20 minute tempo run + arms
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to this week?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Favorites

Weeeeee!  It’s Friday!

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[Mom, please ignore the white jeans after Labor Day. She saw the sparkles and had to wear them.]

Who else is excited?  I have a weekend stuffed full of fun, so I am counting down the minutes until I can close my laptop this afternoon.  One destination on the agenda is Kansa City’s Plaza Art Fair.  If you are local you must go.  [Here is a post about all of our art fair treasures from years past.]

Until then, how about how Friday Favorites?

-Freezer Peanut Butter Cups made with 100% clean ingredients.  Ina and I made some last night we both loved them.

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Well, she loved them until I added the raw chia seeds and she kept on pointing to bowl, saying, “I don’t like this.”  She is surprisingly very good at saying that phrase.

Don’t worry, once they soak up some of the liquid, they give the cups a nice little crunch.  

-An average Saturday morning with kids vs. without kids  I cried laughing.

-The Fitnessista’s compound crusher workout

I did this baby yesterday after 2.6 miles of 30 second sprints and when I was finished a co-worker walked into the locker room, took one look at my sweaty self and said, “Wow, you must have had a good workout.”  I took it as the highest of compliments, smiled, and thanked her.  


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Our church is starting this campaign in a few weeks and I am so, so pumped.  If you live in Kansas City and are interested in trying out a new church, this would be the perfect time to give Rock Brook a visit.  

- iOS 8 update tips

Have you updated your phone yet?  I haven’t because I don’t have enough storage.  Is anyone surprised?  Hashtag story of my life.  

I hear a little one crying upstairs, so that is all for now.  Have a great weekend!



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Cheers to Thankful Thursday!

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I am thankful that Ina kept her tea in her cup (most of the time), but when she didn’t, Granny was right there to wipe up the mess.  So we are also (forever and always) thankful for Granny.

I am thankful for flavored coffee - I am drinking the cinnamon hazelnut that my cousin gave me for my birthday right now.  Another cousin gave me some agave from her pantry, which I used to sweeten my coffee.  I have some pretty cool cousins.

I am thankful for the soundtrack to Frozen.  Not only does it keep Ina entertained through every single trip in the car lasting longer than 20 minutes and during every single stroller run, the songs have given us another way to bond.  We both sing as loud as we can to the words (that we know), laughing at ourselves and each other.  When we are watching the movie at home, we dance and twirl.  Poor girl, I think she inherited her momma’s dancing and singing skills.  Hopefully she will be good at math.

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I am thankful that my mom, Dan, and Ina woke up super early, drove super far, and waited super long to watch me race on Saturday.  Believe it or not, this was the first time than anyone that I know has watched me race.  Crazy, huh?  

It was beyond cool to have them cheering for me on the sidelines and hearing/seeing them put a little extra pep in my step.  

I am thankful for my church and the amazing support I have received from this post.  

I am thankful for Amazon Prime and 2 day free shipping, I am thankful for Ina kisses (especially when she grabs the back of my head to pull me closer), I am thankful for Dan getting up early to go to work, I am thankful for Jesus and the amazing grace I receive daily, I am thankful for my kitchen and the food in it, I am thankful for my car and its reliability, I am thankful that we found the hole our dogs have been escaping through.

Whew, let’s just say I am thankful for life - every single thing about it.

What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Oh My Thai

Good morning!  I hope you have had a great beginning to your week!

Thai is probably my favorite food.  Or maybe Indian, or maybe they are tied.  Either way, I like Thai food.  

I remember the first time I had green curry chicken.  I was 25 years old living in North Carolina and one of my friends ordered Thai take out.  I looked in the bag and thought that soup was an odd late night snack.  I hesitated when she made me a bowl, but after one bite I wanted to chug the entire carton.   The flavor!  The creaminess!  

Last night’s dinner [slow cooker coconut curry chicken] might not have been as good as that first taste, but it did the trick.  

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Like me, Ina wanted to slurp up every drop.

She took bite after bite of the “soup” with rice, however, she refused to let any chicken, peppers, or carrots make their way into her mouth.  Hashtag toddler problems.

I also solved our “family spice dilemma," which is as follows: I like food spicy, Dan likes food burn-your-face-off spicy, and Ina looks at a pepper, turns her nose up, and says, “spicy.”  

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Yesterday I pickled some Thai chilies from our garden, which is exactly what most Thai restaurants give you in the relish tray on your table to spice up your food.  The jar of peppers will stay good in our fridge for 2 months.  Bam - Thai spiciness to order.  

My garden has plenty more Thai chills where those came from, so if you want some let me know and I will send them your way.  

Other things: 

- I have been enjoying the change in the workout plan.  Ina and I ran 2 miles yesterday and then I did this leg burner which made me want to cry.

- I braided Ina’s hair.  I told her I was going to give her “Elsa hair” a few times and then she looked at me and said, “No Momma!  Ina hair!”

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‘Atta girl, Ina.  

- I didn’t wait until October 15th to put out my fall decor.

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Ina keeps biting chunks off the gourd when I’m not looking

- This

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Have a good day!  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On Becoming Part of a Church Family

A few years ago I was a Christian.  I believed.  However, I didn’t really see the need to attend church regularly, or even belong to a church.  Sure, we went to church, here and there, if it fit into our schedule, but it wasn’t a priority. 

The day that a friend at a wedding invited us to church (a church that Dan and I had been to before), my life completely changed, and I feel pretty comfortable saying Dan’s life changed too.  

The past month or so I I have been thinking about the differences between those first few services we attended and now.  The differences are so wide that I had to put them into words.

Then: we brought Ina into the service with us and let her sleep at our feet, not really trusting the “strangers” in the nursery to take care of her.

Now: we happily drop Ina off at the nursery, she runs through the door on her own will into the arms of one of her favorite people who reads books to her

Then:  Dan and I walked straight to our seats, which were in the back corner, and sat down, not really talking to anyone

Now: Dan and I meet at our seats, which are in the front row in the center aisle, seconds before the service starts, because we have been talking to friends

Then: I really dreaded the beginning of the service when we had to shake everyone’s hand.  So much, in fact, that I tried to get there late so I wouldn’t have to do it.

Now: I leave my seat and try to span the entire room, truly happy to welcome people to this place I love.

Then: I took notes during the sermon, if I remembered to grab a pen.  I only filled in the blanks provided.

Now: If I forget a pen, I find one.  I cover my outline with notes, writing down the side margin, trying to absorb every ounce of advice and wisdom provided.  

Then: I listen to the sermon, but don’t really hear it.  I think I am a good person and don’t really need much “fixing.”  

Now: I feel like our pastor is talking directly to me.  I cry.   Dan cries.  We are the criers almost every week.

Then: I sang the worship music, only if I knew that no one else around could hear me.  Watching people lift their arms up in praise made me extremely uncomfortable.  I knew I could never do that.

Now: I sing my heart out in worship.  I lift my hands up rarely, not because I am embarrassed to do so, but because when I do I can barely physically contain the thankfulness and love that comes over me.  I try every week but am afraid I will literally fall to my knees crying.  

Then: We put $20 into the offering bag, thinking it was more than enough.

Now: We watch the offering bag go by, because we have a direct transfer every week of 10% of our income from our bank account to the church. I swell with pride and amazement when I watch what our church can do with the money its members provide.  

Then: We leave when the service is over, trying not to make eye contact with anyone at the activity tables.  We don’t want them to ask us to do something.  We are busy.

Now: We stay at our seats and talk to lots of people. We thank the pastor who gave the sermon.  We thank the worship team.  I talk to someone from my Daniel Plan study about her progress.  Someone else approaches Ina and makes her giggle.  We see a couple from our small group and talk to them about their week.  We leave right before the next service starts.

Then: On the way home, I look in my bulletin at the small groups starting to meet up.  I ask Dan if he is interested.  He says no.

Now: We lead a small group, sometimes two.  I fight the urge to grab the mic from the pastor and beg every single person there to join a small group. I want to tell them what a difference it has made in my life and I want to see it help them too.  

Then: I prayed once in a while, when I really needed help.

Now: I pray a lot and try to thank God for as many things as possible in my life.  

Then: I thought I had a relationship with God

Now: I feel like I am just beginning a relationship with God, and every day I want to know Him more and more.  

If you are a believer, but don’t attend church regularly, I am asking you to reconsider.  

If you aren’t a believer, email me.  I would love to introduce you to someone.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

OMC Triathlon 2014 + Other Birthday Fun

Good morning and Happy Monday!

This is the first week of my fourth decade, so I plan to make it great.  

But first, let’s talk about this triathlon.  I mean duathlon. 

Dan, Ina, my mom, and I all arrived at Kill Creek Park about an hour before my heat was supposed to start, which seriously helped to decrease my anxiety.  I don’t know why, but I always think I am going to be late to a race, although it has never happened.

It was extremely foggy and cold, which made the lake look super inviting.  

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I set up my transition, kicked off my sweats and shoes, shimmied into my wetsuit, and went to get my tattoos puts on. 

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Thankfully my family was there, they took my mind off the cold. 

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I was mentally prepared to dive into the water, when, five minutes before the race started they made the announcement that the swim portion was cancelled.  Apparently there is a rule about the air temperature and the water temperature relationship, and we weren’t even close to meeting the standards.  i was disappointed that we couldn’t swim, and a  little perturbed that they waited until 5 minutes before the race started to tell us.  I could have kept my real shoes on!  

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However, as soon as I started out on the bike I was oh so thankful that I was dry.  Going 25 miles an hour in 40 degrees with shorts on is not a comfortable feeling.  It literally took my breath away, so much that I thought I was going to get sick a few times during the race.  

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The bike went really well until the last mile which has two hills that I would like to forget (and probably will soon and sign up for next year’s race).  

Dan and Ina were waiting for me at the end of the bike, yelling, “Yay Momma!”  

(Bike time: 43:46 for 10.6 miles.  Last year’s was 46:10)

I got into the transition, and per usual, could barely walk.  I took my time putting my bike up and adjusting my pony tail.

(Transition time 1:25.  Last year’s was 0:47.  Next year I will have to figure out a hair solution.)

The run was great - I was chasing a girl in front of me and ran the fastest 5K of my life, which I probably wouldn’t have had the energy for if we had included the swim.

(Run time: 26:21.  Last year’s was 27:18.)

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We didn’t stay for the award’s ceremony, but I apparently placed 3rd in the Athena division!  I also shaved over 3 and a half minutes off my time from last year, which was super exciting.  

After the race we drove home, showered, grabbed some lunch, and headed to a wine festival to celebrate my birthday with a few friends.  

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The concept of the festival was pretty cool.  There were over 20 wineries that each had a tent set up.  We rotated from tent to tent, and did a little tasting at each.  

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The experience was well worth the $25 ticket.  

Yesterday we went to church and then spent some time relaxing at home.  

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My family went to dinner to celebrate my birthday and my Grandma June’s birthday.  

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It was a really good weekend and made which solidified the fact that my 30’s are going to be pretty awesome. 

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