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Motivational Monday – Thank you Morgan

This is going to be a little bit of a different Motivational Monday post for me.  I hope you will read it, take it to heart and let your kids and families know how very much you love them.

Last week a friend whom I graduated from high school with lost her young daughter in a terrible car accident.  I never meet her daughter in person, but watched her grow up throughout the years in Facebook posts and pictures.  Morgan was a beautiful vibrate young lady, with her Mother’s winning smile that could light up a room…even through pictures.  A daughter, sister, dancer and friend to all who loved her.

An unimaginable tragedy, yes.  A parent’s worst nightmare, yes.  It shakes the “normal” order of life and breaks the hearts of not only those who loved her, but all of us who have kids of their own.  It’s one of those things in life we will never be able to explain, ignore or wish away.  A time to pray for the family and for us to turn to and to trust in God the Father.

But what would be worse would be to let her death stay just that a tragedy.  Instead I will use her memory to take a look at my own life and my children.  To surrender myself and everything I love to the sweet mercy of the Almighty.  Am I sure my children and family know how much I love them?  Do they know above all things in life they are my treasures?  If not I better get it right and fast.

Morgan although I didn’t know you personally I thank you for reminding me about putting my life in perspective that the most important thing in life aren’t things.  I know you rest in the kingdom of our Father and I can’t with to meet you there someday.   You shall not be remembered by me for the loss but for the smiles you shared, the love you brought to your Mother and family and this important reminder to me.

So I beg each of you to take the time to step away from the things in life that consume us so much more than they should.  All the “small stuff” that we sweat over.  All the time that could be spent on the most important things in our lives, our kids and our families.

Psalm 46 (NIV)

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

I found this quote on-line by Tony Dungy who had also tragically lost his son back in 2005.  I thought it was a perfect for today’s Motivational Monday.  I hope you have a blessed week.  Make sure you take time for the ones you love, especially your children.

MMMorgan

 

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Motivational Monday – March 30, 2015 – Worrying

I stumbled across this quote quite accidentally.  Have you ever heard for Corrie ten Boom and her family?  I had not either but I am very excited to learn more about this amazing Christian woman (and her family) who helped many Jews escape persecution by the Nazis only to end in the death of her own family members.  Find out more on this Amazon link. 

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Motivational Monday March 23, 2015 – Starting Point

One of my favorite books ever is “The Purpose Driven Life” (what on earth am I here for) by Rick Warren.  If you have never read it I highly suggest it.  It’s a really good read weather you are a new Christian or a lifelong believer. Or if you are on the fence about God and the meaning for your life.  I really don’t think it would disappoint.

Thought for the week….

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Motivational Monday – What Kind of Fruit are You? – March 16, 2015

Galatians 5: 22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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Beautiful isn’t it.  The fruits of the Spirit.  The attributes of Jesus.  But as for me, there are definitely days I feel very far from being a crisp, unblemished, flavorful “fruit”.  In fact many days I feel more like a bruised, overripe, rotten banana that has been laying about to long!

I can never expect to be perfect, as Jesus was, none of us can.  However I’m thinking maybe if I began each morning reflecting on these wonderful attributes, the ones that Jesus so beautifully displayed as an example to all of us, then maybe I would start to echo some of them a little more often.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all strived to reflect even a glimpse of the “fruits of the spirit”.  Easy, no absolutely not!  In fact this morning my fruit of patience was more like that rotten banana I was speaking of earlier.  But maybe if we all tried just a little bit harder, put forth a little more effort and took time to reflect each day on these attributes daily.  Then maybe, just maybe they will become inscribed into our hearts.  Just think of what a more wonderful day (and life) it could be.  Have a great week!

Proverbs 27:19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.

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Motivational Monday – Be Happy and Generous

I really, really like this quote.

When we are both satisfied with what we have, happy with who we are can in turn 11051800_929538717080294_6520866269880641015_ngive generously of ourself then we don’t have to search for happiness!

 

Have a great week!  Be happy! :)

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Year of the Peeps February Edition- Do you Cross-Train? We asked you answered.

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The “Year of the Peeps” question for February was:

Do you Cross-Training.  Why or why not?

Love it?  Hate it?  How often do you do it?  Never?  Personally I think cross training is really important.  Do I do it as much as I should?  Hmmm, probably not.  I try to get at least one in a week but I know I should be doing 2 at a minimum.  For me I have a hard time balancing workouts.  I kind of get gung-ho about running and let the others slack off.  Or I get real into lifting and let my running slack a bit.  My goal of “balance” for 2015 is to find a nice blanched schedule for running and cross- training.

Here’s what you guys had to say:

Rachael:  YES! I do either the stationary bike or elliptical twice a week. It gives my body a break from running – and I sort of use it like a recovery day – because the effort is not as much as running.  (Runfyhp:  so true and why I need to do it more!)

Lacy: I cross train way more than I run. That is my big secret. I am a fake runner. (Runfyhp:  My favorite reply ) :)

Aimee: I do! I started because everyone told me to. I hated it. Now I bike, lift, and generally kick butt!!!  (Runfyhp:  Nice job! #rockstar) 

Amanda: Absolutely. When I was working on speed, I saw faster advancements when I cross trained for it. I have weak ankles so I focused on strengthening my feet and keeping my calves loose and it really made a difference in my endurance. (Runfyhp: training smart Amanda, I like it!)

Heather: Yes, I strength train 5 days a week. I also cycle around 100 miles a week. (Runfyhp: awesome!) 

Christina: Yes! Strength training is extremely important! Especially core and hip strengthening. I add strength training 3-4 times per week. (Runfyhp:  I need to follow your example!)

Kathy: Yes! I do strength training 3 days a week and it has made me a stronger runner. (Runfyhp: Fantastic!)

Great job ladies!  You all hit it right on the nail.  Cross-training is known to help with many things including but not limited to conditioning, injury prevention, helping prevent burn out (or boredom) in your fitness routine.

Keep up the great work!

Keep an eye out on the Facebook page for the question of the month for March!

 

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Welcome to the #CrazyClan – Crazy Compression Winner!

Thanks to all you entered the Crazy Compression give away!  I seriously love these socks and the fact that hey are made right here in the USA!  If you didn’t win remember to visit the Clan over at Crazy Compression so you can get your Crazy on too!  Tons of colors and patterns available.

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Without further ado the winner (and welcome to the #CrazyClan) is…

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I sent an email out to you Keri hope to hear from you soon!

 

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Motivational Monday March 3 2015 – The Light

As I continue to look forward to Easter I am continuing to work on my “Faith and Fitness” Challenge for Lent which I had announced on both my Instagram and Facebook pages.  In case you missed the details here they are ….

The challenge:  Pick a Psalm or Proverb* each day prior to your workout.  Then use it as your spiritual reflection during your workout.   Click here for a short video :) ——–>  IMG_7013

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*obviously these are just suggestions, any verse special to you would be perfect!  Its your time with God :)

Don’t worry about being perfect (we don’t judge here, that’s not my job)  and I have to admit I have not been perfect in picking out my verse prior to each workout.  But I am not giving up and am making the effort to put God first each day.  I am even hoping that in these 40 days picking a verse will not only become a habit but a joy to me, making not only my workout, but my each day more meaningful.

Personally I have also found that writing out the verse I picked out helps me to memorize it.  Also keeping it in front of my on the treadmill reminds me to focus back on it during my run.

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Here was my verse for today.  As I reflected on it I realized that there are no wrong paths when we follow God.  If something doesn’t work out how we think it should its not a wrong road but rather a lesson God needed us to learn.

Have a great week!!!

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Motivational Monday – February 23, 2015 How God Speaks to Us

I read a wonderful article on Crosswalk.com about the 8 Ways God Speaks to Us Today”” and thought the main points would make a wonderful Motivational Monday.  I highly recommend heading over and reading it for yourself.  (BTW: I am in no way affiliated with Crosswalk.com)

He (God) speaks to us in so many different ways but most of the time we are just too busy to realize it.  He can be found in the obvious places like The Bible to some of the most obscure if we just take a moment to look, to listen, to observe.  Lets make it our goal to try to listen for Him this week.

Have a great week.  God Bless!

God

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Crazy Compression Giveaway! Are you ready to join the #CrazyClan ?

You may have tried compression socks but have you gotten CRAZY?

For those of you who follow me, especially on Instagram, you know I love me some crazy socks!  Can anyone say Fun Sock Friday?  I am proud to be part of the #CrazyClan as a brand ambassador for Crazy Compression.   A small company that makes their socks right here in the USA.  Fun, functional socks that let me express my inner crazy!

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But they aren’t just fun socks they are tech savvy too!

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Here are just a few examples of the OTC styles they carry:

 

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And check out their new line of Low Cut Runners:

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Crazy Compression has generously provided a pair of

**XS Pink OTC (over the calf) USA style socks for me to giveaway!

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***Please note this pair was pre-sent to me and are only available in size XS.  This is the size I wear and I am a 7.5.  In my opinion I would say I am at the upper end of the size and would not recommend going over that.  Here is the chart from the Crazy Compression Website:

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So who wants to join the #CrazyClan?  

Just click on the rafflecopter link located

at the top right of my blog to enter.  

Good Luck!

Ends 2/27/2015 at 12PM EST

 

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