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Motivation for your miles.


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Run like a deer!

Don’t let what life has thrown at you in the past make you cynical, sarcastic, bitter, and hard.

There are things in your future that need you to be kind, considerate, understanding, and most of all, loving.

The past is….over.

~ Lisa Lyle Brooks

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Habakkuk 3:19

My sweet daughter surprised me with this edited picture the other day.  She had taken this shot at the Mercedes Marathon as I headed to the finish line.  You will see the photo now includes my favorite running scripture:

The Lord is my strength, He makes my feet like the feet of deer.  Habakkuk 3:19

I consider this verse to be a gift from one of my friends, who shared it with me just before my first half marathon.  (Thank you Mrs. Marilon Seay!)  It’s a common thing to find it messily scrawled on my hand to help me through a tough race.

@ my first Half Marathon...the Talladega Half Marathon

@ my first Half Marathon…the Talladega Half Marathon

The happy finish line picture and this scripture sum up what the Lord has done in my life through running.  When I was at my lowest point in life, & I wasn’t doing my part to get better…God didn’t mind. 

He met me right where I was at. 

 He speaks to me often during those miles.  I’m glad I went when He said, “Hey, let’s go for a run…”

He makes you strong again!

Run like a deer ❤

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I’m in it for the Long Run, how about you?

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…and concerning real life…

If you base your whole future solely on what you’ve experienced thus far

…you may quit too soon! 

You have many more rewarding miles to go!

Those first 2 or 3 miles are always the toughest for me.  During yesterday’s long run, I had considered quitting after the first 2 miles almost led me to tears.

I’m happy to say…another satisfying 8 miles are officially in the books!  Yay me!

So how was your long run this weekend?


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PERSPECTIVE.

As long as you’re looking down, you’ll only see grey & more tough miles ahead.

Head down=Miles and miles of boring grey asphalt…and wondering, “Will this run ever end?”

Hold your head up, hold your head up, hold your head up!

Sometimes I wonder if God gets tired of reminding me to do this. 🙂

He’s only been at it 3 years now!

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Hold your head up and enjoy the ever changing paintbrush of God.

Gold, pink, purple, grey…Did you notice how the clouds changed shape and color in a matter of minutes. 

Every shape, size & hue imaginable…the dad throwing baseballs to his son…fit & healthy soccer players….the people walking themselves into a healthier life….Did you notice God’s beautiful people enjoying life?

And as the scenery changed, from flat road to woods…

…Chin up! 

Little dancing lights filling the theatre of the woods…Did you notice the hundreds of dancing fireflies that God sent you to enjoy?

In both running and life…it all depends on how you look at it…your PERSPECTIVE.

“Lift up your eyes, look at all of the blessings that surround you.

Make the conscious decision to lift up your head and ENJOY!”

 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.  Psalm 3:3


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Beginning again…again.

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Yesterday was my first day keeping track of my calorie intake via myfitnesspal….again.

The plan always works if you work the plan!

And I’m already making better choices…see:

This was my snack of choice this morning!

deliciously light, creamy and filling!

deliciously light, creamy and filling!

The validity of it’s health benefits vary depending on who you ask.

I’ve been researching whole foods/clean eating…which can be a little overwhelming and discouraging.

But there’s no debating this…today’s snack choice was a much better alternative to my snack of the day yesterday!

SIX DOUBLE STUF OREO COOKIES!

(…and yes, I DID still come under my daily 1,200 calorie goal)

Do you really love cookies more than yourself?

Do you really love cookies more than yourself?

 80 calories vs 420 calories, good choice…yay me! 
 
 

What are some of your favorite healthy snack foods?