Monday, July 27, 2015

Last Weekend Before the School Year + Training Log 7/27

Good morning!  How's your Monday going so far?  I decided to take it easy this morning, since I only have three days before having to go back to work.  I'm slightly freaking out, but I'm trying to soak in these days with Baby Fish as much as possible.

That being said, let's jump on in to a recap of this weekend and my training log for the week!

Joe was off from work, so I'm starting my weekend on Friday :)  Baby Fish and I would up sleeping in until 10 am (big deal, y'all!--after a 7am feeding).  Joe was already awake when we got up, so the three of us hung around.  It's so much fun to have Joe at home and playing with us!  We also took care of some chores, including moving all of my teaching stuff into my new classroom.
Pre-planning for the new school year starts on Thursday of this week, and I wanted to make sure everything was moved in before that started.  I was really thankful to have the help, too!

After a little more hang-out time at home, Joe went down to Gainesville for a friend's birthday.  Baby Fish and I decided to spend the evening at home after 10 days of being away for vacation!  We just played on the play mat and caught up on the DVR before an early bedtime for both of us!

We woke up a little bit earlier on Saturday, but Baby Fish, Tequila, and I took advantage of that by going for a walk!  We went about 1.5 miles, and I kept thinking while we walked what a great way that was to start the day.
The rest of the morning and afternoon was low-key with some play time, nap time, and more DVR-clearing.  Joe got back around 6, and we spent the evening watching all of the Sharknado movies.  If you haven't seen them...oh my!  The movies are quite ridiculous, but it was a fun way to spend our Saturday night.

For church on Sunday, we drove up to go with Joe's grandparents. We put Baby Fish in the nursery at church for the first time in preparation of her going to day care later this week.  I think it went great fro what the nursery volunteer said.  Good stuff!  Afterward, we went to lunch and spent some time catching up with Joe's grandparents.  It was great to see them, since Baby Fish and I hadn't been up to see them in about a month!

When we got home, the rest of the day was spent hanging around the house, a short walk in the park, going for a run, and watching some TV in the evening.  It was a pretty low-key but fun day all around!

Training Log 7/20-7/27
I'll be honest and say that this week was quite a lazy one on the workout/training front.  Despite being a part of a 21 Day Fix challenge group, I've made a lot of excuses to avoid workouts.
Monday-rest/travel day
Tuesday-Upper Fix DVD
Wednesday-lazy day
Thursday-lazy day
Friday-lazy day
Saturday-1.5 mile walk
Sunday-2.25 mile run
I go back to work on Thursday of this week, so I'm hoping that having a more set schedule will help me schedule in my workouts and actually get them in.

Question for you: What'd you do this weekend?  Have you seen any of the Sharknado movies?  What were your workouts like this week?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

God is like the Ocean...

Last week, after a day on the beach, I had a really interesting train of thought while showering off the sunscreen and sand.  (I've always done my best thinking while in the shower!)  I was reflecting on the day, and thanking God for his beautiful creation by listing things I'd seen on the beach.
Well, doing so got me thinking: the ocean has so many of the same characteristics as God!
When I was growing up, I remember my mom posting a list she got in Sunday School of similes for God on the refrigerator, things like "God is like Coke...He's the real thing!"  But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the ocean is the perfect simile for God in many, many ways!

God is like the ocean...we'll never fully understand the depths.
In the same way we'll never experience the full depth of the ocean, we will never fully understand God while we are here on this earth.  One thing I think we as humans have trouble with is that God does not reveal everything about Himself to us.  It makes us doubt Him and struggle to have faith in Him.  The ocean is the same way--we can't see exactly what we're getting in to when we go in.  It requires a lot of faith and trust in the unknown.  

God isn't going to reveal His whole self to us.  Heck, we might not even fully know Him when we get to Heaven, since even the seraphim cover their faces in the presence of God (Isaiah 6:2)!  But, it requires us to trust in Him and take a leap of faith in living a life for Him.
God also said to Moses, "I am the Lord.  I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself fully known to them." 
Exodus 6:2-3

God is like the ocean...powerful and mighty!
I think this goes without saying, but the ocean is a very powerful (and dangerous) place!  There are strong waves, rip currents, wild animals, etc. that are a lot stronger than we are.  When we go in to the ocean, we really do put ourselves in its mercy when it comes to all of those things.  In the same way, God is all-powerful, and we are at His mercy in our lives.  He gives us free will, but ultimately He has the power to rule over the universe and all of His creation.
"Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit"
Psalm 147:5

God is like the ocean...full of life.
The ocean is full of animals, so many that we could never count!  God brings us life in the same way.  Living out His calling on our lives is what will truly fulfill us.  Living in Him is what will gives us a full life!
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

God is like the ocean...peaceful and relaxing.
I don't know about you, but I'm at peace when I'm near a body of water!  There's nothing quite like sitting on the beach with your feet at the water's edge, listening to the waves come crashing down then recede.
God is the same way.  If you fully rely on Him and rest in Him, He will bring you peace.  I am a worrier, but honestly, the times that I have turned a situation over to God to deal with, I have never felt more calm or at peace.  Being in Him is hard work, but it really can bring the best relaxation and peace you've ever experienced!
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid"
John 14:27

Side note: While I was thinking about this, the praise song "Your Love Never Fails" came to my mind. Well, when we went to church on Sunday, guess what was one of the songs the band played during worship?  Yup!  "Your Love Never Fails!"  I LOVE it when I see evidence of God speaking to me :)

Question for you: What simile for God can you think of?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesdays on the Run: Chiropractic Treatment for Runners

As you know if you've been reading for a while, my husband just spent 3 years in chiropractic school and is now a practicing chiropractor!
That's why today's Tuesdays on the Run topic is so important to me--alternative treatments for runners!
Tuesdays on the Run
I'm linking up today with Erika, Patty, and April to talk about why chiropractic care is so great for runners, especially in treating running injuries!

Chiropractors treat more than just the spine and neck.
There's a saying that chiropractors are "crackin' necks and gettin' checks."  Well, until I watched Joe go through chiropractic school, I had no idea that chiropractors can do SO MUCH MORE than that!
When I started running, I had some pain behind my knee.  Joe suggested I go to the student clinic to get checked out.  I was skeptical, since I was having knee pain, but I went anyway.  If nothing else, I figured I could help one of his friends get in her numbers for graduation at the clinic.

I shared all about this experience before, so I won't go back through all of it now.  Long story short: my knee pain was fixed!  Chiropractors have lots of different techniques to use for just about all parts of the body.  If you're having an issue in an area of the body, call a chiropractic office and see if they are able to treat those area.  Sports chiropractors, in particular, do so much more than just neck and back adjustments!

There are so many treatments that a chiropractor can do!
Chiropractors do so much more than adjustments.  For my knee pain, I received the Graston treatment.  I've also received the Active Release Techniques (ART) to help address muscle pain in numerous areas.  That's the great thing about chiropractors-there are just so many things they can do.

Chiropractors find the source of pain and work to correct that.
Another issue I've had is IT Band issues.  After telling my chiropractor about those, she ran me through a series of exercises and determined that I had some hip instability that caused those issues.  She gave me some exercises to do to correct that instability, and I have to say that it REALLY helped!  When I do those hip strengthening exercises, I do not have any IT band pain!

I love that my chiropractor looked for the source of my pain and helped correct that instead of just treat me and send me on my way.  It's so important to correct any issues to prevent further injuries, and most chiropractors look to do that.  Specifically for runners, correcting these issues can really help with your running form.

If you are interested in trying chiropractic care, call different doctors and speak with them about what they do.  Tell them about your issues or what you're interested in gaining from care, and they will tell you what they will and won't do!  Chiropractors are so, so diverse in their practice, so it's important to find the one that's right for you.

Question for you: Have you ever seen a chiropractor?  What forms of alternative medicine have you used?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Vacation Weekend + Training Log 7/20

Hey, everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Oh, and I guess a great week last week, too!  The blog was pretty quiet thanks to my family vacation.
Joe, Baby Fish, and I met my parents and aunt and uncle at Sunset Beach, NC for a week of fun in the sun!  We spent lots of time on the beach and playing games.  A great time was had by all!  Sadly, Joe had to head home on Tuesday to work for the second half of the week.  We sure missed him.

Baby Fish and I are actually still in Richmond, VA with my parents right now but fly home later tonight.  It was more economical to fly out on Monday from a larger airport (than Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC), plus I wanted Baby Fish to see my brother and sister-in-law!

Now that we've caught up a little on last week, let's go in to more detail about the weekend!

Friday was our last full day at the beach!  We had a leisure start to the day and made it out to the beach around 10 in the morning.  With about an hour break for lunch, we were out there until about 4.
There was quite a bit of packing and cleaning to do, so we took care of all that and got take out from our local favorite restaurant, Twin Lakes, for dinner.  Yummy!  The rest of the evening was spent enjoying the sunset from the "crow's nest" (rooftop deck),
getting ice cream from the ice cream store,
and playing a few games.  The last day of vacation is always a sad one, but we managed to still fit in a lot of family fun!

The first part of our Saturday was spent driving to Richmond.
When we got home, we rushed to unload the van before heading back out to help my brother and sister-in-law move in to their new house!  They closed on their first home on Thursday, so we offered to help clean out their apartment on Saturday.  Eric, my brother, met us over there, and we were able to finish up there rather quickly.  Eric even witnessed Baby Fish rolling over multiple times--so fun!

We made a quick trip to their house to drop off the last of their things from the apartment and got a quick tour.  My sister-in-law Sara and her family were working over there, so we quickly said hi and went out for some food.  Cleaning is tough work!

After grabbing dinner, we went home and pretty much crashed.  And I have to say, even though we had such a long and tiring day, Baby Fish was a trooper the whole time!!!  She is a champ at traveling and going to see other people.  We are so blessed to have such an easy-going, happy child.

After some baby snuggles in the morning,
we headed off for church and lunch.  My parents' church just got a new pastor, so it was nice to get to meet her!  My brother plays drums for the contemporary service, so that was fun to hear him play.  We all had a good time at lunch, as well.
There was more work to be done helping Eric and Sara, so mom and I headed over to pitch in.  We stopped by their old apartment first to quickly finish up some things.  Eric met us over there, and I had to get a picture of him leaving the apartment for the last time!
Yes, that is a Pokemon bag.  My mom has saved it for about 10 years!
Next stop: the new house!  The previous owners left the house really messy, so we worked on cleaning up the bathrooms with Eric.  It was kind of fun to hang out while getting stuff done.  The best part was seeing all of our hard work pay off!

We left Baby Fish with my dad, and when we got home, it was fun to hear his account of how things went.  She's doing well being away from Joe and me, so that's a great sign!
The rest of the evening was pretty low-key, but that's just what we all needed after all the work at Eric's new house and coming back from vacation!

Training Log 7/13-7/19
Spoiler Alert: Not much happened as far as "formal" exercise this week.  However, I did do a lot of non-traditional activity each day.  Let me tell you, carrying all our beach stuff AND a baby from the house to the beach (and vice versa) multiple times a day sure was a workout!
Monday-Total Body Cardio Fix DVD + evening walk
Tuesday-beach walk
Wednesday-beach walk + evening walk for ice cream!
Thursday-rest day
Friday-rest day
Saturday-cleaning/helping my brother move
Sunday-2.6 mile run + 10-Minute Ab Fix DVD
I am starting another round of the 21 Day Fix this week and am committing to following it FULLY!  I also plan to get in three runs this week in an effort to train for a fall race!

Question for you: What'd you do this weekend?  Where does your family vacation?