Welcome to the second installment of Motivation Monday! Let’s check the stats of the last week’s goals:
- Read the Bible for minimum two hours
Run 8 miles (preparation for St. Patrick’s Day Parade 5K in Seattle)
- Wake up everyday this week at 8am
Now, let’s review!
I managed to run the whole 8 miles I set out to finish before the week was over. It wasn’t easy to start but by the end of the week, I was really feeling good. The last two runs were full 5Ks, so I’m feeling pretty pumped about the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day race in March. I’ve done 5Ks before but it’s been a while and I’m rusty, so if I want to do it successfully, I have to keep at it. Plus, it’d be nice to get up to 10K eventually and perhaps even a half marathon.
As for the unaccomplished…
I read a total 15 minutes of the Bible. Here’s the rub… I have this problem of being super logical. As creative as I am in life, I’m very scientific in theology. So when I set the goal of reading my Bible more, I knew that I wanted to start with the book of Matthew in the New Testament because I’d like to understand Jesus better. I got six chapters in and my head started playing games with me. I analyzed to the point that I couldn’t sleep! As wonderful as I know Jesus is, He didn’t make things easy to understand and as a result, I feel terribly inadequate. But I’m doing my absolute best to work through this and George and I shared some great discussions. Thankfully, he was wise enough to point out how I take a simple verse and escalate it to the top of the mountain in no time flat because, as he pointed out, I might be too smart. A blessing and a curse. So bear with me… I’m working on increasing the amount of time I actually read without going absolutely insane or throwing the holy book across the room in frustration. Changing translations might be necessary and admittedly, I may need some hand-holding here.
Lastly and technically, I did wake up everyday this week at 8am. However, I hit the snooze button about five times until I finally got up between 8:45am and 9:15am. Something to work on… However, with running in the morning, I believe this will become easier and easier. I’ll sleep better, so I’ll probably wake better. I’m holding out for that anyway.
This week’s goals!
- Read the Bible for 30 minutes
- Wake up everyday at 8:30am (baby steps)
- Run 10 miles over the course of the week and make one of those runs at least 5 miles. (Whoa, right? I must be crazy!)
- Do something special for George that will surprise him. (I’m have to get better at this.)
- Have a really great birthday on Sunday. That’s right. I’m turning the big 27. One of my dearest friends told me it’s a “pretty number,” so I’m sticking with that mentality.
As for this week, I’m pleased to say that George and I did have the chance to spend more time together and went on a fun ice skating date! A few weeks ago, someone asked me on my Formspring, “If you weren’t you, who would the person that you would be wish they were?” A very interesting way to phrase the question, but my answer was “An Olympic figure skater.” Somewhere deep within exists an athlete and whenever the Olympics come round, I live vicariously through every athlete I see on TV. I just love it… So when we had the chance to go ice skating, George and I decided to make the most of these final lingering holiday vibes. Here are a few snaps we took while on our date.
No chucking the Holy Book across the room. Get a different translation. 😉 haha!! Too smart. 😉 Love it.
I do the same thing with the Bible. God must be thinking I am CRAZY! Im with Michelle, DONT give it up. I know I will pick it up again, until then..I’ll say sweet little prayers of thanks and ‘aww..why me?!’ Ps. Im out the door at 8am most days, trying to get up for a walk at 6am. You’d hate my life 🙂