Faith, Family, Fitness series: grief

It took me a little longer to write this post. I’ve been staring at the screen for days trying to write a sentence.

Grief.

It hits us all at some point in our lives. We can prepare for the passing of a loved one, as much as we can. We can tell ourselves it’s better, they aren’t suffering, they are in a better place, but it doesn’t seem to help me much.

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My grandmother passed away two weeks ago. 3 days before my 38th birthday. I had her in my life for 38 years and she was an amazing woman. I probably don’t even know half of the amazing things she did in her life. She raised 6 kids by herself, who brought 21 grandkids into this world, who in turn (so far) have brought 27 great-grandkids into this world. I think I counted everyone. She loved the Lord with all her being, never wavering from her faith. In the end her body failed her, but her Savior did not. She is walking in Heaven and worshiping Jesus, I know this. It does comfort me, but it still hurts terribly. It still makes me sad and I can’t even imagine what holidays will be like without her.

She gave me my Bible in 1993. In the front cover is written Psalm 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. She wrote poems, stories and letters to all of us over the years. I found the original copy in her handwriting while at her apartment after she passed. Tears were flowing while seeing her words. My cousin joked at the service that if you gave our grandmother a gift she would keep it for a while then give it back to you. It’s true. Everything she owned had someone’s name on it and we all got those things after she passed, and some over the years she gave us. She didn’t need the things of this world.

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The Lord has a way of working things out. Just three short days after burying my sweet grandmother, my dad got the call that we’ve been waiting on for too long, he was getting a new heart. This story is a story for another day, but let me tell you it’s been a long one, but a victorious one. A friend of mine posted this verse and it seemed to fit so it’s the one I’ve been praying for him.

I believe that I will see the goodness of the Lord
in this world of the living.

 Wait with hope for the Lord.
Be strong, and let your heart be courageous.
Yes, wait with hope for the Lord.

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He gives us a renewed hope every morning. I am praying for my dad’s new heart to literally be strong. It has been a tough week and he has a long road to recovery.

Thank you to everyone that has been praying for us, sitting at the hospital or checking on me during this time. It means a lot!

Do you have a verse that helps you when you are grieving?

What about a verse that gives you hope?

Thanks for reading!

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Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Faith, Family, Fitness: slowing down

Welcome to another installment in the Faith, Family, Fitness series. Today’s topic is: slowing down.

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I broke my 13 year no-speeding-ticket streak last weekend. I am not proud. I think God is trying to teach me something and I’m afraid it’s patience.

I went to the court house and paid my fine, chose deferred adjudication. I have 90 days probation and as long as I don’t get a ticket (anywhere) it’s off my record. If I do get a ticket, I could get my license suspended.

I am taking this very seriously.

I have noticed over the last few days of paying attention to my speed, just how fast I drive. I am always in a hurry in my car. I do not stay behind someone who is driving the speed limit and definitely not if they are under speed limit. In fact, I’ve been known to yell. Obviously not setting a good example for my daughter. Since she’s 12 and will be learning to drive in less than 3 years (YIKES) I guess I better get that under control.

I need to slow down my life. Not just driving, it seems I’m in a hurry all the time. Not wishing away the days but just always moving. I honestly don’t like it. I am one of those people that prefers a clear calendar, I like to be home in the evening. In the winter I come straight home from work and put on my pajamas.

And if I’m constantly in a hurry how can I hear God’s voice?

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Be still.

Be still and know that I am God.

Just thinking on those words calms me.  I will be concentrating on slowing down, both literally and figuratively. Even if things are crazy around me, I need to remember to take a few minutes to be still every day.

Do you need to slow down?

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Then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Throwback Thursday: Cross training

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Ally “graduates” 6th grade in 2 weeks. I cannot believe her time in elementary school is almost done. She was so little when she started kindergarten and I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming. I posted this picture the first day of 6th grade this year.

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I wrote this post as part of a series last year, if you missed it the first time, here it is.

Cross Training for runners

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Here it is on Pinterest if that’s easier.

Did you workout today? I hit the gym for a little cardio and shoulder workout.

Happy running!

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Goals Check

Happy Monday! I started the week off with a 6 mile run this morning. Normally Monday is a rest day for me, but I’m changing things around and trying to add a 4th day of running.

Haven’t looked at goals in about a month, it’s a little past due.

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I have a half coming up in about 30 days. I’ve really seen some improvements since starting track in March. I’m looking forward to seeing a PR next month.

  • Run 4 days a week
  • Gym 2 days a week
  • Water, water and more water.
  • Food, was under control, then I started splurging too much, then it was good again. Need to get it consistent. I have splurged more than I should but it hasn’t been an all out eat fest, so that’s a little better.
  • Stretch every day. More running means tired legs and my ham strings haven’t been happy this week.
  • Food prep more consistently

Did you workout today?

Have you set new goals?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Faith, Family, Fitness: Negative influences

Negative influences are all around us. It’s a struggle to keep from allowing it to influence us and harm us.

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We discussed this topic recently at church and it has been on my mind since. There are so many negative influences around us and they can affect our health, goals, family, kids and work. I work in a very small office, all of the ladies here are christian and we have been friends for a long time. I’ve been noticing recently one of them has started complaining a lot, I mean a lot. And I’ve noticed that I go home and complain to my husband about all the complaining I heard all day long.

“Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character.”  1 Corinthians 15:33

That’s just one example. Negative people around us can hurt our goals. When I was losing weight I actually had people tell me they thought I had lost enough weight. I wanted to ask them where they were when I was overweight? They should have told me then I needed to lose weight.

Those people can discourage us from sticking to our goals. They can make us think it’s not worth the effort. Guess what. That’s the devil working against us. He doesn’t want us to succeed. He doesn’t want us healthy and joyful and thanking God. He wants us focused on all the negativity around us.

Our kids are bombarded with negative influences. I had to delete a few accounts that my 12 year old follows on Instagram because of that. One of the girls in her class posted something with profanity on it. I can’t help it if she hears it sometimes, but I can certainly help prevent her from reading it on her friends social media.

These influences can take our minds and focus off Christ.

“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2

Entertainment and social media can definitely have a negative influence on us. I love music, all kinds. And at times some of my choices probably aren’t the best. It’s easy for me to put that one on the back burner and down-play it’s influence on me. When in reality it should be the first one to go.

We should surround ourselves with positive people. Friends that have the same beliefs, that raise their kids the same way, that encourage us and are helpful. It’s gotten easier as I get older to decide I don’t need negative people in my life. I’ve replaced them with people that believe and think the same way I do. They encourage me and have the same goals in life.

How I (try to) combat negative influences:

  • Pray
  • Surround myself with Christian, like-minded people
  • Remove myself from the situation, whenever possible

What negative influences are you faced with?

How do you combat negative influences in your life? In your kids lives?

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Then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Weekly recap: Spring break, training and I fell (again)

This week was a rough one, but so much fun as well!

Started the week out with Monday and Tuesday off, add that to the weekend and I had a nice 4 days off. The weather here was beyond gorgeous and it made me even more ready for Spring! Ally and I baked, hung out with friends, got pedicures, shopped, visited John’s uncles farm and “helped” to feed the calfs, went to the park and got frozen yogurt. She even joined me for a 4:45AM track workout!

Here are a few pictures from our week.

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She’s about to fall asleep in that chair.

At the farm

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Let’s talk training. It was a good training week. I’m enjoying track and looking forward to seeing progress.

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Training this week:

Sunday: Spin class

Monday: Legs plus 30 minutes of swimming

Tuesday: Track workout, 2 mile warm-up,  6×400′s faster pace, with 400′s recovery pace in between

Wednesday: Track workout, mostly core and conditioning. Lots of running up the stairs and down the hill, along with wheel barrows and leap frogs.

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Thursday: What was supposed to be 5 miles, became 3 miles…see below

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 7 miles, 9:44 pace

So, Thursday….

First I’m a huge proponent of running with someone or a group of people. If you’ve been reading my blog long you know that. I run Tuesday and Thursday 5@5 with the same group of ladies week in, week out. Thursday started out like any normal run. We all run the same route, start out together and then all fall into sub-groups based on our pace. I was running with one other girl that day and at mile 3 my head hit the pavement. Yep. My head. I tripped on a broken up piece of the street and went down hard. The side of my head (cheek and I think chin) hit and then it bounced. Heads don’t bounce well on concrete. I laid there thinking and told my friend Lisa that I saw sparks. It was the only way I knew to describe it.

I told her I hit my head. I don’t think I was knocked unconscious because I remember that and I remember another group of ladies coming up right after that happened then the rest of our group within another minute. I don’t remember at what point Lisa got me up, but I was quickly sat down on the curb. My husband was called. He came and got me and the girls piled in the back of his truck. It was a little too late for them to finish their run.

They all decided and I agreed that I needed to be checked out. The ER doc ruled out a concussion but did x-rays to check for facial fractures. Thankfully nothing showed up. I was given a prescription for pain pills with strict instructions to return if I have a real bad headache or nausea and vomiting.  They did insist on giving me a tetanus shot and my arm is still sore from that one.

I did not sleep very well Thursday night. That fall scared me pretty good and when I closed my eyes I just kept reliving the fall and my head hitting that concrete. I am so incredibly blessed to have the best friends to run with. Lisa was so calm and called John and told him I was ok, but needed to be picked up. We also realized we needed to make sure we each had some of our husbands phone numbers in our phones. I had mine with me but we don’t all carry them every time.

So, there’s my “don’t run alone” speech for the week. If I had been alone, there’s no telling how long it would have taken me to get out of the street and to be able to call home.

I did really good today. I was afraid I would be a little skiddish, but I took it easy and got it done. It’s supposed to pour down rain here today so I’m thinking of locking myself in the house and doing some spring cleaning.

Don’t forget about the Apera Bags giveaway, it ends next Thursday.

Anyone racing this weekend?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Faith, Family, Fitness series: Strong Enough

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Welcome to the first post in a new series: Faith, Family, Fitness. I hope you will join me on this journey. I’m stepping way out of my comfort zone.

So, I think it’s fitting I start with this topic, Strong Enough.

Have you heard the song by Matthew West? It’s one of my favorites and it’s on my running playlist. Here’s the video if you haven’t heard it.

Strong Enough by Matthew West

Here’s an excerpt from the lyrics:

“Cause when I’m finally,
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that’s when I start looking up
And reaching out”

“Cause I’m broken
Down to nothing
But I’m still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and you are strong
When I am weak”

Unfortunately, that’s when I do finally give up trying to do things on my own, when I’m at rock bottom. If I would just learn to ask for help first, things would be easier.

Are you strong enough? I’m not. Not alone. It took me a while and sometimes I still don’t get it, but God wants it all. No matter how small you think it is. Whether it’s finances, health, job, kids, marital, and yes running, and weight loss. God wants us healthy, inside and out. We are no good to Him and his kingdom if we can’t get out of bed because we aren’t healthy. He uses what we learn to reach others.

There are lots of times in the Bible when God gave strength to someone when he needed something done. There’s too many to name them all. Esther is probably one of my favorites. She saved her family and people from destruction, God gave her strength to plead with the King to save the Jews. God gave her strength to go before the king when she wasn’t summoned, which could have resulted in her death. I am so glad that my King does not require permission to come before him. We can go before God anytime and with anything.

He is always listening. He hears us, he answers us. Although it may not always be on our time and with the answer we want. I have prayed many times for strength.

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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Refuge and strength. He’s our hiding place. He wants our hurts, even if you can’t get the words out or don’t know what to say. He knows, he just wants you to come to him.

You are my strength, I sing praise to you. You God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely. Psalm 59:17

He’s someone we can rely on, even more so than our spouses and friends. He holds us up when we need it, we just need to rely on him to be that strength. It’s hard, so hard. I struggle with it. I have this need to control my situations, but I can’t. The times I have literally given it all to him I have seen his blessings.

It took a lot of strength for me to take the first step out the door in 2011, to walk that first mile, to change my life. It took a lot of strength to start this blog and even more to write this post and share this with you. I’m taking a leap of faith here and my prayer is you will find hope in Him.

What are you holding back on?

What do you need strength for?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Do you know Jesus Christ? Is He your savior? Please email me if you have questions or need to be prayed for. {sarah at howmyworldruns.com}

February Fitness Survey {link up}

It’s time for the February Fitness Survey!

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1. Do you have a Fitness board on Pinterest? Share it. I have a few, here’s my exercise board and my running board.

Follow Sarah M (How My World Runs)’s board Exercises on Pinterest.

Follow Sarah M (How My World Runs)’s board Running on Pinterest.

2. What is your go to place for fitness questions? (friend, blog, website) A little bit of everything. I like getting advice from friends, especially my fitness friends. If I find something online I can usually find something that discredits it. So, getting advice from more than one source is a good thing. 

3. What do you do to workout when the weather outside is too cold, snowy or icy? I’ve run in really cold and windy. I have not run in snow, although last winter we did get pelted with a little bit of sleet at the end of a run. Lately I’ve been hitting the gym if it’s unbearable. 

4. Latest song added to your playlist? Team by Lorde

5. Share a link to your favorite healthy recipe.  Spaghetti Squash Casserole, it’s pinned here. My family loves this!

6. What’s your favorite fitness app? Nike Training Club, although I haven’t used it much lately. It has some great workouts! Share a picture of a recent workout. This is a picture of the group I ran with Sunday morning.  These ladies are why I get up before the sun does!

2014-02-09 08.44.43 Don’t forget to link up your Fitness Survey here. If you want to be included in next month’s questions, send me an email to sarah@howmyworldruns.com.


What’s your favorite fitness app?

What’s the latest song added to your playlist?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before you. Hebrews 12:1

#SummerRefresh: Focus on Fitness

Welcome to week 2 of #SummerRefresh. This week is brought to you by Shelly at Running Pfuhl. You can join the Google+ Community here!

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Week Two of the #FitApproach Living+ Kickstart your health 30-Day #SummerRefresh challenge is here! The ladies at Fit Approach have a busy week planned for us!
This week is the #Fitness Challenge! WOOT!! I hope you’ll join us and post your results on one of the TripleSBlogs, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (See Links Below)
Are you ready to #challenge yourself?
Aug. 12 – 16: Fitness!
8/12: Take the Burpee Challenge!
Do burpees for two minutes. Rest when needed! Share your results in the Challenges tab.
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8/13: Plank-a-day Tuesday!
Tone it up by holding a plank (any variation) for at least one-minute. Post your results in the Challenges tab, if you’ve joined the Living+ Community! Also Tune in for Living Fit Hangout on Air Discussion with our expert panel to learn about how you can find your best fit and make it stick! RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1cGbEYB

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8/14: PopSugar Fitness is hosting:
Work Your Backside Wednesday! How many squats can you do in a minute? Squat-it-out for 60 seconds and tell us how many squats you completed by posting in the Challenges tab!
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8/15: Take the Pushups Challenge!
Complete 30 pushups in 1 sitting. Rest when needed. Post your results in the Challenges tab!
Check the above link for proper form and if you’re up for it, take the 100 push up challenge!

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8/16: Friday Funday!
Try a new physical activity and have fun while doing it! Share a picture in the Challenges tab!
Check in with us!! Tell us how your doing this week.

Sara: She Cooks She Crafts She Runs, Facebook
Sarah: How My World Runs, Facebook
Shelly: The Running Pfuhl, Facebook

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Hope you are joining us this week! Look forward to seeing some progress.

Have a great day! Did you work out yet? (I did, but I’ll have to do those burpees tonight!)

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Fitness Survey

I’m linking up with Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs for this fun Fitness Survey.

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1. What did you eat for breakfast? A protein shake from Smoothie King after my workout. 

2. How much water do you drink a day? I shoot for 48 ounces, really, really trying for 64 ounces!

3. What is your current favorite workout? Running.

4. How many calories do you eat a day? On a good day, about 1300-1400.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks? Fruit, love Pineapple. Or granola bites when I have them made.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch? It changes. Sometimes it’s leftover, sometimes it’s a sandwich and sometimes I eat out. I’m trying to get my eating out habits under control again.

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train? Arms.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train? Abs, but I have to. They are a necessity for me!

9. What are your “bad” food cravings? Everything…chocolate, baked goods, bread, pasta…the list is endless!

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements? Yes, I take a multi-vitamin plus a brain health vitamin, and amino supplements.

11. How often do you eat out? 2-3 times a week. But sometimes it’s a protein smoothie so it’s at least healthy.

12. Do you eat fast food? sometimes, but again trying to get that under control.

13. Who is your biggest supporter? My husband and daughter. Poor things they get dragged to all my races.

14. Do you have a gym membership? Yes, at 24 Hour Fitness and I actually use it!

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? 7-8, sometimes only 6.

16. Do you have a “cheat” day? Yes….Saturday for sure, sometimes there are other unplanned days.

17. Do you drink alcohol? Occasionally. But not much lately. It’s not worth the calories plus I get up early to run and that’s way too difficult if I have anything to drink.

18. Do you have a workout buddy? Yes! I have several and they are awesome!!

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle? Everything. I feel great, my attitude is better, buying smaller clothes. I can’t pick one.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did? Went to a new class at the gym this morning ~ Step and Strength class.

21. What are your favorite shoes to workout in? Nike Free for the gym and Asics Cumulus to run in.

22. Photo of my favorite workout outfit! If you can believe all my sports bras and shorts are in the washing machine, so here’s a picture of one of my favorite shirts! It’s from Old Navy, I love how it fits. 

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 Pick and question and answer it. I’d love to hear from you!

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