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There’s a bump in the road and its name is Labor Day!

September 12, 2010

**Originally posted on September 7, 2010**

Ah, the holiday weekends.  An extra day off work, an extra day to sleep in, and an extra day to eat poorly while hanging out at the lake.  Gotta love it!

Well, I have completed the second week of my new endeavor – I think I need to come up with something else to call it.  Endeavor just doesn’t sound right.  Suggestions?

Anyway, week 2 is done.  Eating was not good at all.  We went out to eat twice with Chris’s parents and then lots and lots of junk food at the lake.  On the positive side, I did get in all of my workouts except for one.  And, surprisingly enough, the missed night wasn’t even over the weekend.  I’m using Wednesdays as my rest days since I’m at church all day and night.  I still get my calorie burn in (so says my bodybugg) with all the chasing after kids and such.  Thursday was the day I missed but got back on track Friday and throughout the weekend.  Negative side, I did gain 1 lb.  I’m not bummed, though, because I know it was from the bad food and I can lose it quickly just watching food especially close this week.  No big deal – it was a holiday!

I forgot to say last week what my new book is.  I switched it up and am reading a business book, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.  It’s all about those small things that you can do in life that really make a big difference in the long run.  One of my favorite things he talks about is the tragedy of instant gratification.  He likens it to the act of reading vs. watching a movie.  A book takes time while a movie can tell a complete story in 2 hours.  So, we expect everything to be able to happen quickly, just like in the movies.  Instead, he writes, we need to embrace the natural progression of life: plant, cultivate, harvest.  Trying to skip the cultivation will ruin the crop.  Overall, pretty good stuff.

I continue to read through Brueggemann’s prayers, a few every night.  A group of ministers and I have also covenanted together to read through the Bible in a year.  It is something that I have always said I should do as a spiritual discipline but never had the accountability to do it.  I’m excited about what it will bring.  If you would like a copy of the calendar we are using, go here: http://www.ngumc.org/pages/detail/689.

This Friday, I am going to Athens for my group exercise certification with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.  I’m excited and nervous for it – so think of me on Friday please!

Hope everyone is doing well and had a great holiday weekend.  Please keep the comments coming – I love to know that we are all in this together! (Quick, someone break out into that song from High School Musical, “We’re all in this together.  Once we know that we are, we’re all stars …”)

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