Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Give me words to speak...

Today I had a big presentation for work scheduled for about 2pm.  The time was an estimate as I was part of the agenda for a weekly 3 hr meeting of our Senior Leadership team.  I wasn't really stressed about the presentation, but I knew I needed the right words and content for the message to be received as it needed to be. 

Coming into the meeting I knew that a couple of people were not going to be there that I felt should hear the presentation and that I was 4th out of 5 agenda items.  I knew that whenever my turn came, that there would have been 3 major discussions prior to mine and so short, sweet and impactful were words in my mind.

I shot out a quick prayer request to a prayer group I am in on Facebook and quickly felt the relief from prayers being said.  Just knowing that others were asking God to bless me with the right words was soothing to my nerves.  The meeting began at noon and at 1pm, my boss popped in to my workstation and said that they were still discussing the first item and it would be a while.  I went about doing things to fill the time (got that email inbox down to just 1 item :)...something I had wanted to do for a few weeks).  I waited and waited and then at 3:15 she came back and said that they had just finished discussing the first item and that I would be on the docket for next week...

My mind went immediately went to the prayers that had been said for this presentation.  I was comforted by this thought...God gave me no words.  I feel that He directed this result so that the right words AND the right audience could be there next week.  It is not about me and my words, it is about God and His Plan...even with something so minor in the big scheme of things as a simple presentation.

Thanks be to God for His blessing on my life today...

May you see the blessings He has bestowed upon you as well...

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Monday, March 26, 2012

New Workout Plan

I like to switch things up every 30 days or so.  I had a challenge that I started with Walk Away The Pounds in February and merged into March.  I have been dabbling around for a couple of weeks now with Yoga and other things to keep exercise a part of my schedule, but, for me, having a calendar is a must!  I just don't stay on track without one.

Last week a friend of mine of Facebook posted a link to a beginner running program from Women's Health Magazine.  I really never saw myself running again, but like my previous post, I should learn to "never say never"...

The workout is a 6 week plan that moves from walking with short 1 min intervals of running to running 30 min straight.  There are 2 things that I really like about this program.  First, it incorporates 2 days of strength training with exercises I can do right at home.  Second, it only works up to 30 min of running. 

One of the mistakes I think I made before when I was running was to think that I always had to be training for a half-marathon.  Thinking back, I think that that mindset led to a burnout for me as I just really don't enjoy running at those longer distances.  This could be a result of several things.  I really think the strength training will help as I did not have that incorporated into my plan last time and I think it led to some painful legs due to imbalanced muscles.  Perhaps with better conditioned muscles, I will enjoy the longer distances better after some time.

For now, thougth, I am happy to settle at 30 min...possibly move to their next plan that would take me from 30 to 60 min of running.  I am just happy to stay with this program for now.  It is 6 days a week (4 running/walking, 2 strength training) with a rest day on Saturday. 

I did workout 1 this morning and feel great.  Wow it felt wierd to run those 3 one-minute segments...

I am excited about this new plan!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Never say "never"

A few years ago, we got a treadmill...I said I only wanted to use it for walking...I would "never" be a runner..2 half marathons and several 5ks later...

Last summer, I said, I am hanging up my running shoes, I have this leg pain and I am going to just be a walker again,  I "never" want to run another race, just focus on walking...yesterday I downloaded a new workout schedule to get to 30 min running over the next 6 weeks (starting this on Monday)

Since my Sophomore year in college when I said I would "never" be able to tolerate teaching other peoples' children, I have maintained that I wouldn't...until yesterday when I put my name in the pot to start teaching in Children's Ministry at our Church...

After thinking about this for a while I discovered, that if I just put it out there that I will "never" do something and God really wants me to do it, I will eventually do it.  I think that saying Never is a throwdown  to God in a way...gives him a challenge...maybe not every Never, but those where he sees an opportunity to change you for the better...yes, He will go there :)

So I guess I will probably say "never" again...but I know that deep down, I don't hold all of the power and if it is Gods will...well, all bets are off...

:)

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