Hey everyone! It’s a new week to live well and make healthy choices – what’s your plan for the week ahead? How’s everyone doing on their simply switches? I’m sticking with my green tea in the afternoons and am actually rarely drinking coffee these days and getting my sweat on daily – it feels so good! I encourage you guys to head into this week armed and ready to make one healthy choice a day. My goal for today? To drink lots of water and eat lots of veggies. Too much sugar on the weekend means some changes for the week ahead!
I have a much lighter week of training after a very heavy one last week, so I was excited to schedule some runs in my long breaks between clients as I jumped into the week today. So after an early wake-up and my first client stop, I headed home to beat the ensuing traffic and parked at Sicome Lake down in Fish Creek Park near our home, thankful to avoid the mile of snowy trails that stands between our front door and the park entrance! It was a very brisk -9 C when I took off, and running on the paved trail between banks of snow along the river made for continually cold fingers and legs despite my gloves and running tights! It’s been a while since I’ve had a break in the early morning and I’ve gotten used to waiting until the sun warms the air up to run, but it was a great way to start out this Valentine’s Day! 8.5 miles later, I was back home making some *healthy* pancakes with strawberry glaze for my valentine. 😉
Speaking of valentines (how do you like that transition?), I wanted to share with you guys a great podcast on the meaning of love. It’s by my favorite pastor, Earl Palmer, from his series called “The Kindlings Muse,” which is a movement inspired by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers and a diverse group of gadflies and friends called “The Inklings,” who met in an Oxford pub each week for lively conversation and friendly disputation. We think such discourse should be intelligent, imaginative and hospitable.
Our aim is to rekindle the spiritual, intellectual and creative legacy of Christians in culture. It’s a great podcast that includes different guests each session and involves discussion, questions from the audience, and thoughtfulness over books and ideas that people should be thinking about. “The Meaning of Love” is based on C.S. Lewis’ (the “Chronicles of Narnia” author and theologian) book, “The Four Loves.” It’s a great listen and I encourage you all to listen while you’re cooking, running, cleaning, or lounging instead of watching TV. Just click on the link above and it should take you to the site. I really enjoyed hearing about the four different kinds of love and both the positives to them and the negatives as well, and it gave so much depth and meaning to our lives as we communicate with and learn to love others.
And while after hearing that talk I’m trying not to use the word “love” to describe the things I like in life, here are a few things I’m loving right now… 😉
Burpees! (yes, it’s true! They are simply the BEST exercise to work your entire body in a short amount of time!)
Running! …I just can’t get enough.
Friends, family, community!
My kind, hard working, sensitive, passionate husband!
Single or dating, married or widowed, may your day be filled with love because you are valuable, you are worthy, you are a beloved child of God. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Live well and be well wherever this post finds you today,