Saturday, February 26, 2011

What's your worst race photo? & 30 day Husband Encouragement Challenge days 5 & 6

What is your worse race photo?
Here is one of mine. I was giving it my all as I finished a half marathon, but wound up looking like drowned rat after it's last meal of DECON.  
Unfortunately I delete most of the evidence when there are bad race photos. For some reason I still had this on file.

Maybe the caption should read "AIR...I need AIR!"

What is your worst race photo you have of yourself?

 I would love to see yours! I really could use some good laughs right now.
If you post your link we could have a really fun time making fun of ourselves =D
Husband encouragement challenge

These are a series of emails I signed up to receive. I think they are helping me to change for the long as I don't forget the other stuff I am supposed to be doing, like keeping the house clean and making meals on time =D .

Day 5
"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." (Ephesians 4:29)

Another way to describe the positive side of this "30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge" is by using the word "edify," which means, "to build up." Negative comments only discourage and tear down. Positive comments encourage and build.

Do you edify your husband before others, adding to his value in their eyes? This is especially important with other family members.

Do you praise your husband to his relatives, and yours? Does your husband's mother know how much you love him? How about your dad? Perhaps you can drop a word of praise into a conversation or letter. Be creative in letting your relatives know that you respect your husband, love him, and support him--in spite of whatever flaws and weaknesses he may have.

Day 6
"Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31b)
Do you recognize and appreciate your husband's creativity? Or do you criticize and demean his efforts?
Instead of negativity, determine to be positive. Perhaps you can help your husband see that his efforts are an opportunity to glorify God.

Is your husband the "creative" type? Does he have any artistic gifts? What is that special "knack" he has? Affirm him for his handiwork--a hobby, music, gardening, tinkering with cars, working with wood, etc. Remember: Even if he doesn't measure up to your standards, praise his efforts. If your budget allows, buy him a book or magazine that will continue to encourage his special skill or talent.

If you have a hard time finding his "creative side," understand that men's creativity sometimes is related to their work. Find something he does to make his job run more smoothly or something he does that adds value to his work, and let him know that you have noticed.
Make his day--Praise his accomplishments in public, while he is listening.


  1. my worst ones are from last summer. I look like I am carrying a huge beer belly. I didn't buy them, and I can't find a link...I will look though.

  2. Haha, I have TONS of dreadful race pictures. Your isn't too bad though! :)

  3. That's not a bad race picture at all - you just look relieved to be done - as you should have been. Personally I think ALL of my race photos have been bad. I have never bought a single one, I always think they make me look like 20 pounds heavier and they seem to catch you at your worst. My only good race photos are ones my husband takes - he's great at capturing good moments. He took all the photos on my blog page. There's me encouraging him for his creative side ")

  4. ALL my race photos are bad photos!! I dread seeing them :D

  5. I haven't had any bad ones yet... can't wait till I have some psycho picture. LOL. Hope you are healing up !!! :)

  6. Just told my husband I was reading more about the challenge. He asked me when I was going to start participating....oops!

  7. OK-when I get home I'll send you a real doozy! Gauranteed to give you a laugh:) I'll have to decide between the one that looks like I was shot in the shoulder because my form was so bad, or the one in which I pulled my shirt up over my face to wipe the sweat off. Seriously, an official race photo of me with my shirt over my head! Actually, I may have sent that one to the recycle bin...

    Been thinking about you a lot:)

  8. Hehe :) I loved your photo! And this post! It is so Important to let the people we love know that we do!!

  9. Awesome photo! I totally have some bad ones somewhere i'm sure but I'd have to think about where they are. :)

  10. love your pic! just looks like you ran it with all you had...and you were glad to be done! :) I'm going to have to see if I saved any of mine. Love the husband encouragement challenge...going to have to dig into that! Definitely something I could work on!!

  11. so many bad race photos... but pretty sure I deleted most of them!

    Coming in on this hubby challenge in the middle (guess I should read back on your blog), but love your words on it. It has me really thinking about my choice of words. Thank you!

  12. Kim's comment CRACKED ME UP!

    I don't think that is a bad race picture at all!

    My worst would have been if the photographer had still been on the course when my husband told me I looked like a monkey trying to take a $h!t in a bucket. Wouldn't you just love to see THAT picture? It would make everyone elses bad pictures seem incredibly beautiful :D

  13. I dont have any race photos of me yet! Can't wait for that though, though I am kind of scared to see what I look like! =)
    Thanks for those versus, the Ephesians one is one of my favorites =)

  14. I am with Michael that is not a bad photo, you are pushing towards the arrival.
    I have many bad racing pictures but I never posted them.... too scary!!!!

  15. I have but only a few race photos - all but one have been deleted. Cameras hate me.

  16. I don't have any bad race photos. Maybe it's because I'm a complete camera ham, and usually end up with some cheesy grin on my face.
    And, even though I'm not in on this "Husband Encouragement Challenge", what you posted here was kind of a wake-up call for me. I've been getting on my fiance's case a bit too much lately for little things, and not really praising him for the big things he's been doing. I need to fix that, ASAP. Thanks for the wake-up call!

  17. I do not think your picture is bad at all! My pictures are awful! Actually it has almost been six months since my marathon and I can barely even look at them now! Maybe in six more months I will be able to share them!

  18. I have many race photos where I look like death would be a better alternative than finishing. I so rarely buy them, unless it's a very important race and then I do so only b/c I like to look at the memory often. I'll see if can find some bad ones for ya! :)

  19. I'm so behind on blogs after my trip, but I just HAD to post on this one. I love a bad race photo! I have one of me coming up to the finish line at the EWEB last year. It was so bad that it was awesome! I mean my hair was everywhere. My leg looked beyond funky. My face was total determination mixed with agony mixed with "I'm going to puke".

    I save all my race pictures .... and show off the bad ones or the super good ones (like there is such a thing??) I just have one that I photo-shopped a green face over mine to cover up the 10,000 chins I showed off at the finish line!


Please comment! I love hearing from you!!! ♥