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. Ahhh...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 http://www.hungryrunnergirl.com/ 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!
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 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?