Sunday, October 30, 2011

Things Never Work Out For Me

 I recently had a conversation.  The person speaking told me, "Things just never work out for me."  I wanted to agree and give into the pity party this person was throwing for themselves.

I'm sure there are many people that you know that have the same sentiment.  You may even feel this way. You have given up on life and become negative.  You feel helpless. Each time you don't get a fair shake in life you get down on yourself. The events of your past caused you to develop a hard shell in your heart so you won't ever get hurt again.

Here are a few ways to pick your head up:

1.  Change your perspective
  • The person who said these words didn't take time to look at the blessings that were around. We must focus on what we've received.  Don't worry about what others have.  We spend so much time looking at how the "other" person might be getting ahead.  Stop and count the blessings you possess-health, car, job, family, house, etc.

2.  Praise through trials
  • We must start appreciating what we already own before we can be blessed with more.  A heart of gratitude during life's hardships helps take the focus off the wrong in our lives.  Don't wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful-make it a daily goal. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to give to those less fortunate.

3.  Personal Consequences
  • We have to stop having "adult-sized" temper tantrums.  Many of the hardships we face are self-inflicted.  The truth is never easy to hear.  But I've realized that where I am today is a sum total of the choices I've made in the past.  Count the cost before making a "big" decision (ex. getting married while seeing "red flags" in the dating process is not a good idea). Pray that God will guide you through your next decision.  Listen to His voice and not always the voice of friends, family or co-workers. His still, small voice is speaking the question is-are you listening?

4.  Use your words correctly
  • In that statement I was told, "things NEVER work out for me".  Never is a strong word to use. It means not at any time.  This person was 63 years old and I can almost guarantee they've had some accomplishments/successes.  Using strong language at the wrong time turns our heart and mind into a negative force.
~Our words have power.  Life and death are in the power of the tongue.~  

Be careful how you use your words because you can't take them back.

Let me end with this-Be encouraged!

 2 Corinthians 4:17-18-"For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long...for the troubles we see will soon be over..." (Posted by Roslyn)

Make sure to join us at the end of the week for Crossing the Finish Line Friday.  Renee shares her tips and resources as she trains and prepares for her half marathon.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Finish Line Friday-Crossing Hurdles-Week 3

Taking on hurdles!
The weekend is hours away and it's already week three of our running series.  Everything you need to start in a training program was discussed in the previous weeks.  If you missed it click here

By this time you probably have your shoes and training attire.  Maybe you've even signed up for your first 5K. 

What happens when you are well into your training program and an injury occurs? 

A broken toe, a sprained ankle, or a pulled hamstring.  They all represent a number of injuries that can attempt to derail you from the ultimate goal of finishing the race.  That's the hurdle I had to face just a few months ago.

I was two months into my training program when I found myself face down on the floor in intense pain and unable to move.  Just seconds before I slipped on the floor trying to run my son into the kitchen before his upset stomach spilled all over the carpet.  It took months to build my endurance to run just three miles and in a moment it all changed.  A visit to the ER confirmed that my toe was broken and I had to take six weeks off from running.

What?  Were they serious? 

Recognize that life happens.  You will have hurdles, obstacles, and challenges to overcome.  It's a part of life.  Don't let it stop your forward progress.  That's the decision I had to make. 

Instead of stopping my training, I focused on building my core strength.  Yoga and pilates became a part of my daily routine.  It's important to listen to your doctor and rest the injured body area.  However, once you are released to engage in light physical activity, modify your training, or try a new routine that will have a lower impact to your body.

Paul shares these words in Phililppians 3:14 (AMP), "I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward."  My prayer is that this post will encourage and inspire you to keep moving toward your goal! (Posted by Renee)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mid Week Encouragement

Happy Wednesday! 

We are just a few days away from week three of Finish Line Friday's.  Hopefully you are finding the training tips helpful on your journey to become a runner/jogger.

Roslyn and I want to pray for you this week.  We understand that there are challenges in life that only prayer can help.  Let us pray on your behalf.  Prayer is an opportunity to speak the blessings of God over your situation and listen for His gentle voice to give guidance.

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Stay inspired!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Finish Line Friday-Running Attire

Today I am exactly one month away from running my first half marathon and I am beyond excited.  It's week two of Finish Line Friday's and I'm dedicating an entire blog post to training attire.  Hopefully you had a chance to watch the video from last week.  (Click here to watch the video and read last week's post)

Running is one of the most economical exercises to take part in.  You don't have to buy costly equipment to participate which is a great advantage. 

~Your success is contingent upon good shoes and the right clothing.~

I highly suggest that you visit your local running store.  Sure there are plenty of sporting goods stores around and even athletic wear sold in Walmart or Target, but I don't feel anyone understands running better than the associates in your local store.  Most of them are runners themselves and know what's needed to make the time on your feet enjoyable.

The purchase of a good shoe before starting on your journey will prevent injury and provide a smooth transition from walking to running/jogging.  When you visit the track shop, dress casually.  Most likely you will be asked to walk around the store, jog outside, or run on a treadmill so that they can properly fit your foot with the perfect shoe for you.

For those that love to shop, this purchase is not about buying the cutest running shoe displayed on the wall.  Your shoe will probably be selected for you solely based on how well it fits and conforms to your foot.  Because your foot rolls forward when you run, you may have to purchase a larger shoe size or in my case, get placed in a men's shoe because it was the best fit for me.  Selecting the perfect shoe can be the difference between running on air or feeling like your running in heels.  Remember, this has to be a part of your initial steps in the training process.  The last thing you want is to sustain an injury from wearing the wrong shoe.

If you are an established runner, don't forget to replace your shoes often.  On average you can get 300-500 miles out of one pair of running shoes.  Depending on how often your run, that can equate to changing your shoe every 5-6 months.

Now to the clothing.  Make sure to purchase attire that is made of dri-fit material.  This will help to wick the moisture away from your skin.  Whether you run in hot, cold or beautiful fall weather like we are having now, at some point, you will sweat.  The removal of toxins from your body through sweating is good, however, it can cause damage to your skin or infections in females.  Most running shorts have built in underwear and a small pocket for a single key.  I love Nike or Under Armour athletic wear.  They mutually perform very well on both short and long runs. 

I'll end with this, on your travels through life, you will need the proper attire to fight through the challenges you will face on a daily basis.  Ephesians 6:13-17 (NIV) gives specific instructions on what to wear from head to toe. 

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

Don't forget that the appropriate attire is vital whether training for a marathon or running this race called life. (Posted by Renee)

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Who do you look like?

I have always stood out in crowds because I am tall.  You would always find me in the back during class pictures because of my height. Being blessed with a twin sister has also caused me to stand out and easily be remembered.

It was extremely difficult, especially during my middle school years, to tower over most of the girls in the school.  I was often called, "amazon or giraffe" (kids can be so cruel).  But, the lesson I learned at an early age was priceless.  I was not going to be "one of the crowd".  I wasn't going to be able to blend in.

Our world is filled with negativity, and darkness.  We find an entire nation trying to blend in purchasing the latest Tory Burch shoes or the same lip gloss as Kim Kardashian.  We analyze what others are wearing and try to create the same look within our homes.  We want to speak like Oprah or have a billion dollar idea like Steve Jobs.

We were never meant to be like someone else.  We must stay true to ourselves.  Stop looking to the world to define who you should be.

It all starts with the power of ONE.  At a sporting event the wave starts with one person standing up and cheering. The next thing you know the entire stadium is doing the wave.  Look at the man in the mirror and realize YOU have the power to make a difference-not your neighbor or spouse but YOU!

I love the words from Romans 12:2 (MSG)-Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead, fix your attention on God.  You will be changed from the inside out...God brings out the best in you!  

Here's your question this week:  Who are you starting to look like? (Posted by Roslyn)

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Crossing the Finish Line Friday's-Getting Started

Welcome to Finish Line Friday's.   Hopefully you had a chance to watch  the intro video that gives a glimpse into the journey we will take over the next few weeks.  I'm often asked why I decided to run 13.1 miles.  Honestly, I'm not sure.  My girlfriend asked, and after a few days of thought, I said "why not."  I've been training about five months and never imagined that my preparation for the race would provide so many life lessons.

Most don't realize that when I committed to run, I couldn't even jog a 1/2 mile without heavy breathing, knee and back pain.  Despite that fact, my journey started with a decision

Maybe you're sitting there without the ability to even run/jog one minute.  Don't let that intimidate you.  If you have the determination to commit to your decision, you can do it!  Perhaps your training will begin with alternating between a one minute run and a two minute walk.  Whatever it takes, just start and stay dedicated. 

This may sound easy but it can be one of your biggest challenges.

Each week I exercise 5-6 days.  Most mornings I wake up about 6AM and head out for my morning run.  Some of my buddies run at an earlier time.  The promise to keep training cannot be based on a feeling.  There are times when every fiber of my being wants to stay in the bed, however, I get up despite my feeling keeping in mind I Corinthians 9:24-24 (Message) "you've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard."

After you make the commitment, sign up for a race.  A 5K (a little over 3 miles) is a great place to start.  It's also a wonderful motivation.  Give yourself about 90 days to train.  Most races will have a nominal fee that normally benefit a non-profit organization.  If you are anything like me, once you have a date to aim for, the excitement builds and you are well on your way to success.  Here's a great article: Couch to 5K Running Plan.

Next week I'll share some important guidelines for buying the right attire.  Remember, place one foot in front of the other and see where the journey takes you......(Posted by Renee)

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

What to do when God is short on details

I absolutely hate waiting.  I know those are strong words but I find myself waiting in the doctor's office, at the grocery store, or in traffic.  Even at the baseball field I'm waiting an hour for the game to start.  I try to wait joyfully, but honestly that is not always my demeanor when I am waiting.  I know I am not alone.  I am surrounded by people everyday who also hate waiting.

What about when God asks you to wait?

Many times we recognize that there is a task for us to complete. A "call" is on our life or we are waiting for a dream to be fulfilled.  But what we don't have are the details to move forward.  We are forced to wait to figure out the next move.  So what should you do?  In the years that I have spent waiting I have found a few ways to wait joyfully.

  • Remove distractions 
Social media is a huge advantage in our society.  We can network and connect with people. But please realize, social media can also zap us of precious time and energy.  Balance the time you spend watching tv, scanning Facebook, Twitter, etc.  The reason you can't hear from God isn't because He is not speaking, you are to distracted to hear.
  • Keep a razor sharp focus 
Never lose sight of the dream God has given you.  Your plans might have a little detour (ex. a new baby, health issues, a family member that needs help) but keep moving forward to the finish line.
  • Stop complaining 
It doesn't help anyone when you are negative.  The waiting process is never easy but keeping our thoughts and words positive will help encourage not only us but others around us.
  • Pray 
Most likely the task that has been assigned is overwhelming and daunting (ex. starting life over after divorce, waiting for a spouse, taking care of an elderly parent, etc.).  You will need God to help you complete your assignment.

The angel Gabriel simply told Mary three things:  you will get pregnant, bear a son, and you will name him Jesus (Luke 1:31).  He didn't give details about giving birth in a manger with the animals or the horrible death her son would encounter.  Our directions from God most likely will be simple. We need to keep our ears and mind open. Stay tuned to the next step on your journey.  (Posted by Roslyn)

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Finish Line Friday

Happy Friday!

Starting next week we will begin a new blogging series called Finish Line Fridays.  Many of you have asked that I share my running tips and the blog seems like the perfect place to reveal my great training tips and resources.  As the date of my half marathon draws closer, we will cross the finish line together.  Stay tuned and stay inspired! (Posted by Renee)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fall Into Something New

Fall is in the air.  I am currently in Alabama where the temperature is a "refreshing" 46 degrees.  I love this time of the year.  The air becomes drier and the temperatures will soon drop.  As you enter a new season, it's always time to change it up.  Put away the summer clothes and pull out the cardigans, long pants and boots.

~ Most people enter a new season the same way they did the previous season.~

A week ago I went to get my routine hair wash when my hairdresser asked me to try something different.  I agreed. She's been my stylist for 14 years so I knew I could trust her.  My mouth dropped open when I started to see my hair falling on the floor.  She was giving me an updated haircut. I am always reluctant to try something new. All I can say is that I am SO happy for my new haircut.  It's fresh, edgy and I feel thankful for "falling into something new".

So what will you do in this new season?  You never know when the opportunity will arise to try something different.  Embrace the changes in your life

In that same spirit, we have updated our website.  Please feel free to see Double Portion Inspiration's new look.  We are excited to reveal it first to our faithful followers.  For those of you that ask about the books we are currently reading, we've included a list of some of our favorites. We have pink pages in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the most common cancer in women. Early detection is possible with a routine mammogram and monthly self breast exams.

Roslyn's new haircut!

Our website has information about us and our mission to inspire the world. So grab a cup of coffee and be inspired to Fall Into Something New this season. (Posted by Roslyn)