‘He does have surprising, secret purposes. I open a Bible, and His plans, startling, lie there barefaced. It’s hard to believe it, when I read it, and I have to come back to it many times, feel long across those words, make sure they are real. His love letter forever silences any doubts: “His secret purpose framed from the very beginning [is] to bring us to our full glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7 NEB).’ Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are)
A well thought out plan is a wonderful thing.
It’s a firm purpose. A clear direction. A predetermined course of action .
Gods’ plans are for our good. But we cannot begin to imagine what He has in-store for us.
Yet we can learn from His infinite wisdom. By planning according to His will.
Yet plans are definitely my weak point at the moment.
I need to think ahead and prepare my healthy snacks.
I need to take the leftovers to work.
I need to have a strategy in place when eating out.
See. I’m making plans as I write.
Kim | 73.1
1 John 1:6-7 (ESV)
6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
The theme of walking pops up again and again throughout the Bible. Given the lack of motor vehicles back then it’s an understandable metaphor for the path we follow in life.
However, what was once a necessary means of getting from A to B has since become a chore for many.
Yet it’s the perfect way to start the day. Clearing the mind. And benefitting our health.
But as I’ve said before, exercise should not be used as a means to lose weight. Diet is much more important.
Walking and running and going to the gym is all about building strength & speed and stamina & endurance.
Losing weight should be thought of as shedding excess fat deposits and preserving or increasing lean muscle tissue.
Unfortunately, when we restrict calories a potential side-effect is the loss of muscle. It looks great on the scales but is not helpful in the long-run.
Kim | 72.7
One of the best purchases I’ve ever made is this great little pair of noise canceling headphones.
I spent some time researching the various makes and models on the market and Bose seemed to come out on top more often than not.
It then came down to whether I wanted the bigger ones that completely cover the ears, or the in-ear ones.
I decided on the latter after trying on the former because I can wear them walking, running and sleeping, especially when on a plane: sleeping that is.
Discreet. Comfortable. Effective.
Kim | 72.4
‘I believe in a benevolent God not because He created the Grand Canyon or Michelangelo, but because He gave us snacks.’ Paul Rudnick (I Shudder and Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey)
Snacks are a two-edged sword.
They can provide a much needed energy boost between meals. Or they can be something we do when we’re bored.
Whilst we should be able to go 3 – 5 hours between meals without too much trouble, it can be good to have a Plan B up our sleeve.
So the trick is then deciding what to snack on that is beneficial to our health.
I stand by my previous post on this subject that the 3 best options are:
1. A hard-boiled egg
2. A piece of fruit
3. A handful of nuts
Does anyone else have any great suggestions that are easy to carry and involve minimal preparation?
Kim | 73.3
Mmmmm. Definitely not a good week.
I’ve attended Christmas parties almost every day which has seen me consuming too much of everything I should be avoiding.
Fortunately, the temptation to over-indulge is now over. At least until Christmas Day.
Back on the wagon!
Kim | 74.2
Just like my old GPS heart rate monitor, this little beauty is invaluable.
I don’t monitor my speed all the time but it does provide useful feedback after a run.
And during an event, such as my recent rebel Run Sydney 10k, it can really help me stay on target pace like it did last month.
A small step-up from the previous model, the 620 seems to lock on the GPS satellites quicker.
Yet I still use it pretty much like I did the last model: pace, heart rate, cadence.
It has a couple of other cool features too: recovery and VO2 Max.
The first indicates how long I should rest before running another hard session.
The second predicts my race times over a handful of distances based on what it calculates as my overall level of fitness.
And I love that!
Kim | 73.4
I love leftovers.
Apparently my son doesn’t do leftovers. I’m not sure why. Who can really understand the mind of a teenager?
But I think they’re brilliant.
Cold lamb. Cold chicken. Cold ham.
They’re ideal as a means to discourage eating the wrong thing.
Saves on cooking. Saves time. Saves money.
And that’s perfect when trying to lose weight.
Kim | 73.4