I have been pondering the results of my journey to break up the fallow ground, and wish to take all that I have learned from it and turn those new discoveries into habits!
As I began developing a blog on “habits,” it dawned on me that my wonderful coach has already done that! So, instead of “re-inventing the wheel” as we say (or re-inventing the blog) I am simply going to direct you to her website.
Meet Jo Christie and now get started, with me, on developing
good no, GREAT habits.
My 10 days of real food has ended. My only slip up was the wonderful slice of warm cinnamon bread from Great Harvest~and it was worth it!
I intend to continue my real food up until Easter and then re-evaluate. This “ground” has been easier to break up than I thought it would be. I need a greater challenge…
It does not need to be food related, but probably will be. What other ground have I not broken up yet? I am stumped…
Ponder this with me, please, and send any ideas that pop into your head to me. ALL ideas are welcome!
How are YOU doing with your challenges? We would LOVE to hear from YOU.
I began eating real food this past Sunday; that makes today, day 5! My commitment for 10 days is half over.
What has my experience been like? Great question! It has actually been easier than I thought it would be. Best guess, because we have eaten “cleanly” for as long as I can recall.
I have based my food choices from 100 Days of Real Food. Have you seen their website? If you have not, please check it out.
I do confess that I ate a chunk of extreme cinnamon bread from Great Harvest last night, after having finished a run on the AlterG treadmill and had to walk past the Great Harvest Bakery to get to my car. Cinnamon…mmmm…and since the slice was a free sample, it shouldn’t count? Right? Nice try, Janet… ;)
That has been my only slip, and next time I run on the AlterG I promise to park in the opposite direction!
How are YOU doing with your 10 days of real food? We would LOVE to hear from you!
I was suppose to begin my 10 day challenge yesterday but was not ready. Because I am quite fond of feeling successful, (I’ll bet you are too), I first need to clean out my frig, freezer and pantry. Why keep food that we do not need, when there are so many people who do!
The pantry was easy; the foods that do not “fit” were obvious. The frig and freezer have some borderline foods…to keep or not to keep…that is the question. I finally answered the question~why eat borderline food, when I do not need to? My question answered by another question, made it clear…
Tomorrow I will go grocery shopping and then Sunday we begin the 10 day eat real food challenge.
Where are YOU in this challenge? Have YOU begun? If not, what date will you? Do YOU know what you need to do to be successful?
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Now that I have a plan for “Boston,” I am moving on to something near and dear to my heart~FOOD!
I love food; I love to create new recipes (even though I rarely know exactly what I put into the concoction)… I love knowing that what I eat and my family eats is healthy and whole and benefits not only my body, but also my environment.
I teach and eat foods local (whenever possible) close to the ground,(as often as possible) and organic (when necessary.) (Check out The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen.)
So, What have I not farmed for a while, or never tried??? While playing around on a website, I came across the story of a family and their experiences with eating real food for 100 days. At first, I thought, “what is the big deal??? I do that all the time…” But, then I read their website and a whole new understanding came to me… I am now fascinated by this and found on their website not only what THEY are doing, but the steps needed for anyone to do it!
This is, indeed, something I have never tried!
I have made the 10 day pledge! It will take a few days to get my brain and pantry totally wrapped around it, and then I am going on a three day silent prayer retreat. My first of the ten days will be the day after I return from retreat. Hmmm…that will be next Wednesday!
Check out their website. Will you challenge yourself to eat 10 days of real food with me?
Send me an email if you are; there is strength in numbers
I am excited!!! All I need to do to qualify for Boston is shave two minutes off my mile; all 26.2 of them, of course…
Now, thinking back to the original premise of Hosea 10:12 “Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain Salvation upon you” and that it simply means to “break up the ground you have not farmed in a while or have not ever tried. In life there are parts we have given up on expecting anything but with the righteous love of God all things are possible.”(Thank you, Pastor Gaertner)
Gosh God, I had felt like I was trying everything to improve my speed; joining an amazing running group RunningFit501, running 2-3 times a week, even ran on an underwater treadmill!
What had I not tried??? Yes! The Alter G treadmill!!! It is this amazing treadmill that, once you are “loaded” into, you can run at a percentage of your body weight. It allows you to increase your speed, heart rate and lung capacity but lower the impact on your body.
I love it!! I now go every Wednesday at 2:00 and run for 30 minutes. Last week, Coach Warhurst had me at a 9.5 minute mile for the last 10 minutes of my run.
I am excited! With God, all things are possible!
What are YOU trying that will farm YOUR dream???
We would LOVE to hear from YOU!
Today I digress from “farming,” to share with you my story of Junkyard Janet. Today I celebrate 27 extra years of life, that God has gifted me with.
We have all heard the saying; “God doesn’t make junk”.
I am living proof that it is true…
It was February 11, 1985; a cold and snowy day. I remembered my Gramma White saying, “Never let the weather change your plans,” so off I went to do some grocery shopping and to have lunch with some friends at our church.
As I traveled the two-lane snow and ice covered road, heading back home, I could see an appliance van coming toward me. In an effort to give him plenty of room, I pulled over to the side of the road. As I did, my car hit ice, his van did too and we hit each other in a forceful head-on collision. While wearing a seat belt saved my life, it did not save me from harm. I was thrown to the floor of the mini-van; the seat belt staying fastened. The force of the collision broke my arm, my ribs ; injured my knees and legs. The seat belt cut across my stomach causing many internal injuries. Trapped on the floor of my mini-van, my seat belt still fastened, I was unable to move.
Someone, having witnessed the accident, called 911. Thank you!
Now, to make a long story short… The emergency vehicles arrived and much commotion followed. The miserable weather, other vehicles stopping to help, my daughter’s school bus, people trying to assist in any way they could, all added to the confusion. Still trapped on the floor, I suddenly felt the mini-van shift and move. “We” were going someplace – I did not know where.
After several minutes of traveling, I felt the mini-van jolt to the ground. Not knowing where I was, not knowing that “we” had been towed to a junkyard; frightened and in extreme pain,
I cried “Dear Lord Jesus, save me”.
Over and over again, I prayed,
“Dear Lord Jesus, save me”.
And He did!
A “man” walking through the junkyard, looking for parts for his car, heard a noise coming from a vehicle. Thinking it was a radio, he walked over to my mini-van. When he opened the door, there I was, covered with ice and snow.
The “noise” he had heard was my prayer for help.
Despite all of our efforts, this man who saved me was never found.
Was he a man or an Angel? I am sure that I know
An ambulance soon arrived. After much effort, the paramedics extricated me from my mini-van and transported me to the hospital. I remember how cold I was.
I remember how much I hurt. I remember being taken into surgery.
I remember being surrounded by family and friends, all praying for me.
I was in and out of the hospital for a number of years. I still have the scars on my body and the scars on my mind – my memories of that day.
But most important of all, I have the confidence of knowing that God has put me on this earth for a reason; His reason., and I pray that I live my life to fulfill His plan, His purpose, His reason; for He is my Maker;
And God doesn’t make junk!
What will my athletic life look like, when all of that ground has been farmed? That is the question I posed last week. I have come up with all kinds of amazing athletic accomplishments, including IRONMAN! But, as many as I came up with, the only one I am really passionate about is BOSTON! Yes, I will run the Boston Marathon!
How much ground still needs to be farmed? Well, I am already a runner, can run about a 12 minute mile, but that is not fast enough. I can run about 8 miles but that is enough far enough. SPEED and DISTANCE need to be farmed.
A marathon is 26.2 miles. To run Boston, I have to qualify in time in a marathon at 4 hours 40 minutes. That is a 10.7 minute mile; 26.2 of them in a row…
I now have a clear understanding of what needs to be farmed…next week what do I need to farm it?
What do YOU need to farm? What do YOU need to farm it?
Thank you for your wonderful emails sharing your experiences since I posed this question to you! Some of you have not tried running at all and now feel motivated to. I love it! Some of you have other goals that have nothing to do with running or even physical fitness, yet you have found “fallow ground.” I love it! Some of you have thanked me for my inspiration…what I really love about that, is YOU HAVE INSPIRED ME! THANK YOU!
One of my friends posed this question to me: When all of your fallow ground has been farmed, what will your life look like?
Wow! What an amazing question! I don’t know! I need to narrow that question down a bit; what will my athletic life look like, when all of that ground has been farmed…
How about YOU? Keep the emails coming! Next week we will have an answer.
Thank you, thank you for your interest in my training for a half marathon! I have been a runner for a number of years now and have also competed in a few triathlons. My “fallow ground” seems to include several factors; some now in place and some now searching for their place in my athletic life.
I have learned that the “ground” is in need of motivation, training and time. (I tried to find words that would form an acronym, but so far, have not. Any ideas?)
There is a running club in our community named RunningFit501. I am the sports dietitian for this club and also a runner. RunningFit501 not only provides me with the motivation, training and time, it also fills me with equally obsessed runners, encouragers, and friends; add our wonderful running coach, Kathleen Gina, and those are all in place
Something is not yet in place…something that still needs to be “broken up.” (if this terminology is new to you, as it was to me, please read the post “Breaking Up Fallow Ground, Huh?” January 9, 2013)
Ponder this with me. What have I not farmed in awhile, or never tried?
May I ask the same question of you? What have YOU not farmed in awhile, or never tried?
Please continue to email me; I love what you have to share!