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I apologize for not blogging yesterday, but time got away from me.  I had a long conversation with a friend of mine and it gave me a lot to think about.  More on that another time.

A few updates:

This is day 3 (or is it more?) of icy fog that never lifts.  It gets to 33 degrees every day.  Is this what London weather is like?

My back is getting better.  I’m almost ready to try running again.  Almost.  Because of this injury, I’m trying new things.  I’m walking again, which isn’t running, but isn’t terrible, either.  I walked on the treadmill this morning at a pretty good clip for about 30 minutes, the first time on that apparatus in several weeks.  It was a bit disheartening to watch other people, some whom I knew, come and run next to me.  I’m not there yet.  I am going to see what else I can do to mix it up and fire up ye olde metabolism.  I’m not dead yet!  This is an opportunity to explore.

I realized yesterday that I’m very grateful for my friends, in real life and online.  I don’t care if you’re male or female.  If we’re able to establish some common ground and learn from each other, I’m glad you’re in my life.  Of course, if you’re male, we can’t share our birthing experiences.

Moving on.

Rex continues to battle Rita.  Rita bloodies him, but he perseveres.  Haven’t seen Rita around much.  Rex is winning the war.

I’m appreciating the love that is in my life, now.  I am married to a fabulous guy who puts up with my moods and penchant for exercise.  I have two adorable children who I would do anything for, and are learning to do for each other and others.  Most of my immediate family lives here, too, and they provide a supportive, loving framework for me.

I’m finally, finally learning that who we are is so much more than what we look like.  We can spend so much time trying to lose weight, be hip or what have you that we lose sight of our mission as people.  I’m thinking more and more about ways to serve and to love others and be Jesus to them. What would make them happy?  How can I encourage or edify?  I may not always have the finances, but I can give of my time and my care.  I can also bake things.  And they’re edible.

Which brings me to…sugar.  I’ve tried to go sugar-free again, this time with a sister-in-law.  I managed about 4 days.  Woot!  But I’m also learning that sugar is not the enemy.  The real issue is learning to eat all things in moderation, and stopping when I’m full.  Period.  Otherwise, I’m looking at world with no chocolate chip cookies, cake or ice cream.  That’s just…unacceptable!  I’m also learning that there will always be another opportunity for dessert.  I can let it pass by sometimes.

God’s grace is immeasurable.  Just when I think I’ve blown it forever, He comes through.  I don’t have to live this life alone.  He is always with me.  He gives me the strength to do the things I thought I couldn’t.  He is the center of my joy.

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