I Did It

I took Automattic’s Worldwide WordPress 5k Challenge and completed it this morning. This is a virtual event and can be completed anytime during Monday, October 26th through Sunday, November 1st.

I used the Runkeeper app recommended and liked it a lot. Every five minutes the app told me my distance and pace. image

I ran my first ever 5k in April and I’ve increaed my per mile pace by over a minute. Progress feels good.

Don’t mistake me for a runner. I didn’t start running until a little over a year ago and I liked it. That’s all. I’m just a middle aged wife and mother trying to stay fit and found out this is a pretty good way to do it.

I’m also starting a new Thanksgiving tradition and will run a 5k called the Turkey Trot that morning.

Who knows? A 10k might be in my future.

Good Day at Brushy Lake

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

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My youngest daughter and I love to hike in the Bankhead National Forest. We especially enjoy it when it’s cooler. This day was a spontaneous outing, It happens frequently because we are only 20 minutes away from the Sipsey Wilderness and the Bankhead Forest.

There are thousands of trails which we’ve yet to explore but this one at Brushy Lake is one of our favorites. It’s close and easy to reach. The beginning of the trail is paved but we continue the hike until we get deeper into the forest and explore off trail.

Brushy Lake is visited regulary by campers, hikers, lovers, educators, and other fun seekers.

I Meant 2015

Every entry in my journal for 2015 is dated 2014.

I see the blunder in previous journals. In the first few weeks at the beginning of each year I’ve done the same. I see where I’ve changed the numbers, trying to make it look as if I’d not made the error. Or I’ve erased it, or crossed it out and rewritten it.

A lot of you make the same mistake.

It takes a while to get used to a New Year, a different pattern, a fresh attitude, or a healthier habit.

My friend is frustrated that her scale didn’t aptly measure the deprivation she tolerated last week. It’s not what she expected. She wants results quickly. She wants to see the proof of her work.

Have you already messed up on your New Year’s resolutions? Have you given up on the promises you made to yourself or to others?

You paid the gym but haven’t shown up to use it.

You quit smoking but the patch isn’t enough. You’ve been sneaking one every day at lunch.

You told your family you wouldn’t bring work home anymore. You promised to sit and eat dinner together and patiently help the kids with their homework. But an unexpected deadline caused you to hurry through dinner last night to finish a report.

Your intentions haven’t turned into actions. You feel like you’ve failed and you’re discouraged.

I told my frustrated friend to focus on what she’s done right. I urged her to quit stepping on the scale and measure her success another way. Keep declining the doughnuts, and refusing the Ruffles. The desired results will come. Just don’t give up.

We all date our checks incorrectly at the first of the year. But we don’t get frustrated; we don’t quit trying to get it right. We don’t give in to the “I’m never going to change” or “This is too hard” thoughts. We will eventually date our memos, journals and checks correctly.

This morning I changed every “4” in the misprinted 2014s to a “5”. I messed up but I will get it right.

I have to. It just takes a while.

15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. Philippians 3:15-16 (MSG)