Almost bought a giraffe today

After E's doctor appointment today, we stopped by the pharmacy and he fell in love with a stuffed giraffe. It was love at first sight! I'm usually a "saver" and impulse buys are rather unappealing. But when I saw how much E loved that giant giraffe, the crazy thought of buying it ran through my mind. That is, until I read the price tag... $99.99!?

Here's a scenario: You find a $100 bill in the middle of the street and no one claims it. Would you....
A.) Go on a really fancy date night with your spouse.
B.) Buy a fancy new pair of running shoes.
C.) Or buy a giant stuffed giraffe.

No thank you, $100 giraffe. I opted for a picture of E attacking the giraffe instead of actually taking it home. I'm so glad he didn't drool all over it or break it so we had to buy it! Leo would not be too impressed.

When we got home, I looked away for one second and E already ripped off his band-aids and decides to eat them. Kids are goofy.

What's the craziest impulse buy temptation you've ever had?
What would you do with your $100 bill found in the middle of the street?

Hills make me cry

My favorite chapter title ever: "But Exercise Makes Me Want to Cry", Chapter 8 of Lysa TerKeurst's book. I love her honesty! Doesn't everyone have one of those days (or a lot of those days) where the thought of exercise makes you want to cry?

When I first read the chapter title, I thought perhaps I couldn't relate. Running is my favorite form of exercise, but also one of my favorite past times. How could something I actually enjoy doing make me cry?

Later that day, I did my 6-mile hill interval run and it was a solid reminder. The idea of exercise itself doesn't make me cry, but certain workouts definitely do! Hill intervals are one of those workouts. I didn't exactly "cry" but the sweat rolling down my face easily could have been mistaken for tears!

Today's Hill Intervals:
1 mile: Warm-up
4 miles: of 8 x 400 m repeats (with 2% jog recovery in between) at 4% incline, 5%, 6%, 7%, 8%, 9%, 9.5%, 10%
.5 mile: Marathon Pace (8:16/mile) at 2% incline
.5 mile: Cool-down
E can't wait for his chance to run on the treadmill! Not sure what the age limit is but I'm sure he has a few years yet :)

What workouts challenge you the most?

An Undivided Heart

In Chapter 8, Lysa talks about her past excuses for not exercising, her desire for an undivided heart that is devoted to God, and why we should fight through our lame excuses. In desiring an undivided heart, Lysa said "I can either be loyal to honoring the Lord with my body or loyal to my cravings, desires, and many excuses for not exercising."

My desire is to live "all in" for God and to give Him every part of my life. I want an undivided heart with all of it available to Him. We often try to shove God into one area of our lives and we give Him our attention only on Sunday mornings or during our devotional time. How would our lives look if we gave Him everything?
Teach me Your Way, O Lord, and I will walk in Your Truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your Name.
I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your Name forever. PSALM 86:11-12 (emphasis added by me)
We all make excuses from time to time, whether it's choosing not to exercise, not to make healthy food choices, or not making time for God everyday. We make time for what we want to make time for.

Lysa wrote about her excuse-making, "However, if I were really honest, I'd have to admit I made time for what I wanted to make time for. I wasn't giving careful thought to my ways."

If you really want to pray and read the Bible every day, make time for it. Want to exercise every day? Make time for it. Want to make healthier meals for you and your family? Make time for it. Give careful thought to your ways. We all have the same 24-hours and we can't change that, but it is possible to form more beneficial habits by giving careful thought to your ways.

For me, making time to read the Bible and pray means a little less sleep. Making time for exercise means no time for TV. Making time to plan and cook healthy meals for my family means less time on social media. Living on one income means making more frugal choices.

Everything has a trade-off but it's worth it! Nothing beats spending my days with this little stud muffin. He's such a great helper that he even wants to help me stretch after running!

Are you working on forming any new habits or kicking any unhealthy ones?


  1. I hope Eli's interest with the giraffe means he would be thrilled visiting with the horses more this summer! We could paint white lines on Lexi to make her look like a giraffe - her neck is nearly long enough!

    1. I'm sure he's going to love hanging out with the horses and riding soon :) When he first saw it, I think he thought it was a real animal! He wanted to "pet" it like he does the puppies.

  2. I don't really know what I would do with $100...I think I'd like to randomly find one so I could find out what I would do!

    1. Same here! I've never found $100 randomly, but I know I wouldn't be buying a giant giraffe :) Though it was so cute...

  3. I'm totally going to try this hill workout out this week!

    I can't think of my craziest impulse buy.. but I know what would look crazy to some people that I would buy is a WOOKIE COSTUME!!!


    1. A wookie costume sounds excellent! You could go running through town in that. Or maybe not... :)


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