Hey guys! How was your weekend? There are so many amazing, exciting things going on in life and also a lot of hard things I’m seeing in friend’s lives right now… So many ups and downs which is so hard, but I trust that God is right in the middle of all of it, caring for us though we may or may not see or feel Him. On that heavier note (life is heavy!), I thought I’d share some of the more fun highlights of my weekend, broken down day by day. Thanks for stopping by!
Friday: The Burpee Mile
I actually had a full day of clients on Friday, working until 6:30 pm (which, on a Friday, is late for me!) and had fun in the gym with people early in the morning and later all afternoon. But I had a big break in the morning and wanted to do something more epic for my workout. So…I decided to try my hand at a burpee mile again! I had done it before (see previous link) and had a great time (as great as it can be!) but that was a few years ago…I was ready to try it again, simply to see if I could do it. And…I did!
It was pretty tough. For some reason, on lap #2, I took my shoes off (hence the socks you see in the video above), which felt fine despite getting my feet a bit wet, but later I discovered a blood blister on my big left toe. Whoops! With each lap I did more burpees – my jumps were getting shorter and shorter as I fatigued! – so the numbers started racking up. Here’s what the breakdown was:
Lap 1: 128 burpees
Lap 2: 133 burpees
Lap 3: 147 burpees
Lap 4: 137 burpees (got back in the groove a bit on the last lap!)
It was killer but I’m so glad I did it! The first time my shins and calves were sore; this time my upper body (chest AND back) but mainly quads were toast. Oh – and I beat my last time by 3 minutes! BOOM!
When’s the last time you did something that took serious dedication that you weren’t sure you could accomplish?
In the morning I trained a small group and two individual clients, hobbling around because of my sore body but happy to take a rest day. 😉 I even got to hang out with a little cutie while training her fit mom:
(both mom and baby in action – too bad I didn’t capture both of their beautiful faces!)
It was a great morning and by the afternoon I was excited to be social in a different way with friends for the 3rd Annual Slater Ping Pong Tournament – it’s a pretty big deal. 😀
Here we see Craig (this year’s winner!) playing with a handicap, “Fat Fingers,” Mandi his creative wife keeping score, and Jon ripping the ping pong ball back “Chinese Style.” Intense, I tell ya! Each person who plays brings a unique six pack of beer (only high quality allowed!) and then after each round you trade beers with your opponent:
Pictured above: Mark (last year’s champ) and Mikey exchanging beers in a very “Good game, sir” kind of manner. We laughed hard at the random disadvantages each person had to play with and had a good time catching up with friends we haven’t seen in a while. It was a fun evening!
Sunday: A Day of Community
From an incredible message from International Justice Ministry to a great second service volunteering and meeting new people from different walks of life, Mikey and I were really encouraged Sunday morning at church. We then headed to Mikey’s parents’ place for lunch with his Uncle Brent and had a great time reconnecting and sharing life over a delicious chicken meal (thanks, Muriel!). The night ended with dinner at our friends’ house and we spent a few hours eating, laughing, connecting, and enjoying community.
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It was a wonderful weekend. But in the midst of it, there’s been a lot of bad news in other communities we are a part of; a friend in the FitFluential community lost her 13 year old daughter this weekend; another good friend in the cancer community was diagnosed with another cancer and faces a major upcoming surgery; family members are walking through some tough things right now; a friend lost her just-born daughter and yet another friend’s husband is in the hospital. Right and left there are hard things going on, and it’s tough in these times to know why and to trust that God is good in the process. But He is, and the words of Chris Tomlin’s song, “Good, Good Father” encourage my heart right now and remind me that God IS good and that I AM loved by Him:
What a great reminder of truth. I am praying for those hurting and want to find more ways to be intentional to love others in my arm’s reach who are going through hard times.
Well, the snow has arrived and with it, the desire to be cozy at home but also to embrace the outdoors – I love this odd dichotomy! What my morning looked like when I woke up (Calgary tower peering around the corner of the building):
What I did with my morning in between clients:
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I’d love to hear some snapshots about your weekend in the comments below! Love interacting with you guys and hope to hear more from you quiet readers. 😉 Also…would you ever complete a burpee mile? Sure, it’s killer, but it’s an incredible accomplishment that leaves you feeling empowered!
Live well & be well, friends,