Thursday, February 24, 2011

Back in the saddle...sort of.

Meet my new friend, Wes.
We haven't known each other long...but we are starting to gel.
 (Yes, I know this is an absolutely ridiculous photo of me NOT working out. Just let me say that it was too much work to airbrush a bag over my head today =D ...and I would never pose for REAL like this...just being weird. )

Wes is short for Weslo- my new ride. We have been spending some quality time in the evenings this week...
How do I love thee, Wes? Let me count the ways...
Your recumbant seat has plenty of room and never leaves me wishing for more padding.

Your pedals are strappy and adjustable. That suits me fine (especially with duct tape to keep them from jumping out of the notches).

The nifty side handles are rare.
(I am not sure of their true purpose, but I have used them to stabilize myself as I try to keep from lifting off the runway when trying to get my heart rate up.)

The special clicking sound you make with each revolution is really growing on me.

You are light enough that I can store you on the balcony and bring you in for Netflix.

Your display is digital and pauses while I get up to re-duct tape the toe straps :)

You are probably SAVING my BACON while my running is on the back burner. That keeps hope ALIVE.

Wes, I can't say you complete me, but if I close my eyes you'll do. I Heart YOU!

Special thanks to my hubby who has been very understanding of my temporary insanity. He has helped haul this thing upstairs and in and out the sliding door many nights now. Jon, you are my HERO. Such a patient man.
Also, special thanks to Janae at for some bike XT tips =D .
In other news, I got some new socks. I thought I might turn them into arm warmers ( i have no present need for them, but always looking for fashionable ideas here, ;) ...)

The boys took right to them.

I might have to splurge and buy a few more pairs. We could look like a really RAD family in our next outing to the sportsman show!

For believers:
I appreciated all the recent comments regarding the challenge I am doing. It has been AWESOME so far.

I have had some struggles, but overall, I really like how things are going. There are some similarities to the "Love Dare"/fireproof movie, but specific to a woman's role in marriage. I really can use the practical suggestions for how to be encouraging. It's not a natural thing for me to follow or encourage, (Oh how I wish it were, sometimes!).

Day 3 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge

"Love suffers long, and is kind." (1 Corinthians 13:4a)
"My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

Love indeed suffers long and is kind. As you consider this challenge, determine today that you will not say anything negative to or about your husband. Speak kindly to him with words of genuine encouragement.

If your husband is considerate of your needs, let him know that you have noticed. Thank him for his kindness and consideration. Thank the Lord that your husband knows how to be both tough and tender.

Sometimes it's difficult for a man to be gentle, kind, or tender--especially if he hasn't had role models in these areas. If he's not a considerate person, appeal to him for help without complaining. Let him know that it's hard for you to handle some things alone. Then, when he moves in to help, don't insist that he do it your way. Be glad that he is responding, and express your gratitude.

Ultimately, you can't expect your husband to make you feel more secure or loved. Remember that only God can meet the deepest needs of your heart.

Day 4
Day 4 30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge
"Let him labor, working with his hands what is good . . ." (Ephesians 4:28b)

We are all accountable for the things we say, both negative and positive words. Have you embraced the challenge to speak only positive things to your husband and to others about him? Here's a suggestion that touches the core of your husband's world.

Some women take their husband's career for granted, and they show it in many ways. Do you "dump" on your husband at the end of the workday, or do you strengthen and encourage him with your words? A wise wife will make her husband feel that she values and appreciates his work. Let him know that you are glad he is a hard worker. Take opportunities to praise his diligence and resourcefulness to others.

If your husband is out of work, unable to work, or refuses to work, you'll need to be more creative. Praise him for a character quality that you see in him that would be a vital part of a successful career - such as persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills, good with people, good listener, determination, etc.

This part could be hard, as hubby has been in a big work slow-down, but since he is such a HARD worker, I should have no trouble...I just need to remember to thank him for it!!


Are you currently injured?

What types of cross training do you do?

Are you facing any personal challenges this week? If so, how do you handle them?


  1. Wes seems like a good friend! Kuddos to your husband to helping you out, that's what we're here for. I love the "for believers" section! Great post!

  2. I am glad Wes has come into your life for this time of trial by non-running. We all need someone--something--to lean on!

  3. Good job on keeping it up. Wes seems like a lovely new addition to your brood.

    It's funny you should ask about injuries. Since my recent comeback, I'm actually feeling pretty good about running again. I haven't run without an injury for the last 5 years!...basically my entire running history, so this injury free thing is new to me. I'm liking it! ...and hoping I didn't just jinx myself.

    I'm a new convert to stretching and if it really keeps me from getting hurt, I'm intent on being faithful to it!

    you know me, :D

  4. I just want to say that I'm really enjoying reading about your husband encouragement project. I'm not attached, and I have no husband, it's all good for me to keep in mind for some day. Keep it up!

  5. Wes is a lucky bike! Unfortunate for him that you may dump him next week:) I did a lot of biking after my hip when I was given the OK. It might not be the same as running but it REALLY does help!! Janae jumped into the running full force after that long break with all her crosstraining!

    Your hubby sounds like a keeper:) Definitely one of lifes greatest blessings!

    Your kiddos and the socks. Too cute!

    Not currently seriously injured, crosstraining is mostly spin, my biggest challenge this week is lack of family time and I miss my husband....

  6. Hi Raina. Your husband is so blessed with you! Yay for Wes. How are you feeling? I saw your comment on Meg's post just now and I thought the same thing..that he grandson is talking very well! My son has almost the same birthday as yours...jUne 25th. He'll be 2. He's not talking quite as well as Megs little guy. :)

  7. My back has really been bad all week. Unfortunately with back pain there is pretty much no cross training you can do. I am getting very frustrated from an entire week of doing nothing. Love the pics of the socks - too cute!

  8. Your posts are setting the bar really high. I will have to turn in my bloggers card soon.

    Well done. Glad to see that you are keeping up with the believers section. Very refreshing.

  9. I'm glad you have Wes in your life. I've found spinning class to be a fair sub for some running. I just watched a video on how to row, kind of excited to try the rowing machine again next week, now that I know how!

  10. Wes is a good companion for sure. I am glad he can keep you compay for now.
    And thank you for sharing those verses. I love reading them and applying them to my marriage.

  11. I couldn't comment on your last post for some reason! I love the 30 day challenge. So fireproof! The kiddos look like they are having fun with you socks!! Glad wes can pinch hit for your running!!

  12. note from Mai
    to Nathan
    there is a loop at that campground
    where we could run. my mom found a turtle there.when she put it back in the water it swam so fast.

  13. Yes, currently injured. For um...11+ months. Go me!

    Wes looks like he'd be a great friend; I am looking for a trainer for my bike so maybe I'll have a Wes in my life here soon!

    Your kid in the argyle socks is just too cute! :)

    I love your believers section, makes me smile.

  14. note from mai
    the turtle was going about 12 mph.
    i would like to have a race.

  15. Hmmm...nice reminders regarding "the husband." Sometimes I feel like my is not APPRECIATE as he should be, I'm taking your words(and His)to heart, thank you!!
    Wes is pretty cool but his "clicking" would drive me crazy!
    Do you think I'm going to appreciate SP's talking next year? I overheard a little guy last night at dinner that just didn't STOP talking the whole night...hmmm, at least I'm just the grandma!!
    Hope you're feeling okay this weekend...foot wise.


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