Another summer weekend put to rest, another fresh week beginning today. Let’s embrace it and be expectant to see God move and do great things this week! Let’s work towards progress, not perfection and not focus on comparing ourselves to others. Instead, let’s commit to embrace who we are and keep charging forward.
First up for the week: the winner from the Simply Bar giveaway to announce! …and the winner is… JuJu. Congrats! Please send me your full name and address and the Maple Pecan Bars will be on their way. Wahoo!
In other news, it was a beautiful weekend here in Calgary filled with a storytelling workshop Mikey and I participated in/helped with (drum circle, conversations, coffee house-style fun included) and I got a few upper body workouts in too as I’m still resting my knee. Good for the soul, good for the body. Here’s one of the workouts I did:
[10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-3-3 reps per round of: ]
DB plank rows (per arm)
Deadlift to upright row
Triceps push ups
Sprinter crunches (per side)
Simple and effective! Let me know if you give it a shot today or this week, and make sure you’re lifting heavy enough that it’s a challenge throughout your workout. I used 20 lbs for the plank rows and the deadlift high pulls (upright rows) and I should have upped the weight to get more of that burn out. Watch out for being too complacent and keep pushing your envelope! 😀
I also watched a lot of workouts – namely, the CrossFit Games! I was super inspired by all these incredibly fit people (and you also feel a little “less than,” if you know what I mean…a funny mix of feelings but it was more on the inspired to workout side than anything!) and feel pumped up for my own workouts this week! Did you watch any? Any spare moment if I was cooking or cleaning or just sitting I had it on the laptop!
For pictures of the Games (via my computer; not lucky enough to be there in person!) plus some video of one of the many recent crazy storms and more workouts you can do, check out my Instagram profile – it’s all there!
In other news of cool things you can check out, I encourage you to explore the band Rend Collective Experiment. I’m loving them and have been listening to their folky, uplifting CD, “Campfire” on repeat NONSTOP! Their music actually is in line with the sermon today, which hit me exactly where I needed to be hit. It was about if we are truly passionate about living for God and pursuing him; if making God happy is our ultimate satisfaction or if we are satiated with the things this world offers instantly. It gave me so much to think about and I felt rejuvenated by the Gospel and Jesus’ deep love and all-knowing grace. If you need to hear it, please check it out online.
We had a weekend filled with people – plus seeing “The Wolverine” with my last movie coupon leftover from my birthday. 😉 The movie rocked (I love those fun action/adventure movies!) but the time with people was even better. We had a great BBQ with new friends on Saturday, had some good time with Mikey’s parents on Sunday after church and had our friend Edith over for some food and wine, good conversation and games Sunday. What a blessing real, true friends are.
Looking ahead, it’s a full week to come: 6-8 clients for me most days, lots of meetings and work for Mikey and final prep for our Grand Canyon trip, which looks like it’s full! We leave Friday night for that trip and it’s hard to believe it’s already here. After that we are heading for one week of camping with my immediate and some extended family in California – first time we’ll be spending a chunk of time with them in the summer and we can’t wait.
Tell me a bit about your weekend! Got a good link to share? Any fun trips outdoors or with family coming up for you?
Live well & be well!