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My God>Murphy & his law :)

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Today’s chosen chapter for my Bible Challenge comes from Galatians 6.  I read the entire chapter on, which is an excellent resource, but the specific verses that hit home for me were 9-10.

9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

These verses also brought to light that we shouldn’t be “doing good” as a means of reaping harvest, but because we LOVE God and want to do things to please Him.  It’s all about where your heart is.

I’ll tell you one thing that makes my heart flutter, are these delicious Raw Blonde Macaroons from Hail Merry that I was sent to review.  Who says dessert can’t be part of breakfast?  Of course, two of these babies were just enough to hold me over until I arrived at work, where I enjoyed part II at my desk, aka the pomegranate Chobani.

I must say, my Tuesday did NOT start out so smoothly…I felt cursed by Murphy’s Law in the beginning of the day.  First, my alarm hadn’t gone off for the set time, putting me behind schedule, then I was putting things away before I left for work and my cottage cheese container spilt allll over the inside drawer and leaked down the front of the fridge, when I got in my car, I realized I needed gas, and was ALREADY going to be late.  I had plans to go to the HACC open gym after work to play basketball for the first time in ages, and was already nervous as all get out.  When I got to work, I realized I had forgotten my HACC ID, which is needed to get into the phys. ed. center, along with my basketball sneakers.  Running home on my lunch break, I felt like a chicken with my head cut off.  Luckily, my boss is totally amazing and told me to take my time and relax.  One thing after another, I swear!

Kale salad massaged in avocado hummus with cauliflower, chickpeas, frozen peas, chopped carrots, and cherry tomatoes.

At least I had a delicious, nutritious lunch to look forward to, right?  My thoughts, exactly.

1 La Tortilla Factory ww wrap slathered in 2 tbsp. fat free strawberry cream cheese

Oh yeah, there was lunch dessert, alright…HOLY YUM.  I forgot how delicious cream cheese was…fat free tastes NO different!  They need to come out with a fat free pineapple version!

After work, I left for the basketball open gym.  I had been in contact with the coach of the college team, and she let me know all the dates that I could come and play.  She mentioned that I wouldn’t be eligible for the team because I am not a full time student (BUMMER), but that I was welcome at the open gym. 

  It was supposed to start at 4:30, but they boys took over the gym until 5PM, so I went for a 2 1/2 mile jog before it started up.  As I laced up my sneakers, my stomach was in knots.   I had no idea why I was so nervous…I had nothing to lose, right?? 

I munched on an apple for a little pre-basketball fuel.  I prayed, and prayed, and prayed some more with each step I took closer to the gym just the God would be with me, calm my nerves, and let me shine for Him…It went PERFECTLY.  I felt like I never stopped playing.

Check out the HR monitor stats!  I forgot to stop the clock when I took off the band around my chest, so no, I did not workout for 6 hr. and 9 min…:)  BUT look at my max heart rate!?  195

Although open gym wasn’t over until 6:30, I had to leave an hour early because I had my first History exam!  It was a geography test on the Western Hemisphere.


I showered up, ate my packed dinner in my car and studied my map…ahhh the life of a full-time worker, part-time student, and athlete.

Roasted vegetable dish: kale, cauliflower, onion, broccoli, and one green pepper stuffed with Cedar’s Tabouli salad.

But my favorite part of the meal came last and was inspired by Mrs. Janetha G. 🙂  I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to try it, actually!

1 microwaved sweet tater with cottage cheese & Better N’ PB

Foodgasm, I tell you.  With all this brain fuel, I was amped and ready to go for my exam!  Again, praying as I entered the testing room, I was super nervous, but I’ve come to the conclusion (not like I didn’t know already) that my GOD is so much greater than that stupid Murphy and his law 😉

I was also thrilled because after class (Herb audited the class so he doesn’t take the tests, but he waited around for me to finish!) I got to show Herb the card I made for him!  We chatted after class and walked to his car so he could drive me to mine.  A hug and a kiss on the palm & cheek, and I was headed for home.

I guess that 730 calorie burn had my metabolism pretty revv’d, so when I got home, I snacked on some protein while I packed up my lunch for the next day.

Meatless Veggie Patch Meatballs with marinara sauce

The little sister was eating some Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream out of the Turkey Hill container, and she made it look so good that I was glad I had my own stash of froyo in the freezer.

3/4 C. Edy’s Slow Churned Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Yogurt Blend

She’d hate me if she saw this picture, but in my defense, I found THIS picture that she snagged of me on my phone, so I think we’re even.

It was a perfect way to end my night…enjoying ice cream with the little sister 🙂  She said to me the other day…”we live in the house and I feel like I never see or talk to you“…I don’t think she had ANY idea how much joy it brought to my heart that she actually NOTICED and CARED.  Its something I think about ALL the time…I wish we were closer…we’re both VERY busy, and I realize that, but I want to become best friends.  Isn’t that what sisters are for?

God is so good, He’s so good to me.

 If you’re doing the Bible Challenge with me, what is God showing YOU!?  Sharing is caring 😀

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Sunday Morning, Rain Is Fallin’

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Sunday morning was tough.  I knew I wanted to get up early enough to make it to City Island to watch my boyy run the Harrisburg Half Marathon.

I scrounged up a quick and filling breakfast and headed out into the rainy weather.

1 slice Manna Organic Bakery Rye Bread + 1/2 banana smooshed ontop, with a drizzle of sugar-free syrup alongside a vanilla Chobani

I checked out the map to see where I’d be able to catch him throughout the race.

With a quick kiss & a “good luck“, he was off!  I probably would’ve run it with him, had I known about it ahead of time, and had the Women of Faith Conference not been this weekend.  I was beat when we got home around 12:30PM and my 6:30AM wakeup call did not come easy.

I was trying to maintain body heat while watching for him throughout the race, but I definitely wanted to see the finish.  It was really chilly outside, and the misting rain didn’t help!  In the below picture, he’s in the white long sleeved t-shirt.

He did an awesome job, and ended with a time of 2:04!  Pretty great for his first race if you ask me!  So proud, babe 😉

He’d kill me if he saw this picture.  Haha.  I couldn’t resist, though…  He was a trooper…gatorade stained shirt and all 😉

I did miss church, so I headed home and fell asleep for a little bit, but then it was time to shower and get ready for the Bowman Reunion, which started at 1PM for lunch.

Feta salad, sliced peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, baby carrots, and black bean and corn salsa

Babe came with, thankfully, since he had to go back to school again at 4:30.  We got to spend a little time together before he left.  After the reunion, we went back to his house to watch some of the Steelers’ game with his Mom & Dad, and snuck in a movie, too.  By movie, I mean CASSETTE tape.


House Party 4? Haha….not sure what inspired this choice, but it was funny and I had never even heard of it before.  Anyone else love old school movies?

By the time the movie finished, it was time for FFBF to head back to State College…besides, I had a visit to make to a special friend at The Manor

I told Herb that I would come and visit him at the Independant Living community that he was apart of.  I really had an itch to take his picture for you, but I didn’t want him to feel like he was part of some kind of “project” or whatever, so I refrained. 

Herb showed me around the place, introduced me as his “girlfriend” to a bunch of his buddies.  Haha.  He mentioned that most of his friends at The Manor were girls, and that the guys didn’t want to have much to do with him, but when he brought “pretty girls” around, they made time for him 😉

He showed me the library, the dining room, his apartment, and allll the gazillion activities that the place offered.  He told me about how he speaks about history on Thursday nights in one of the rooms and how excited he gets to share his experiences with anyone who is willing to listen.

Apparently it was Grandparents’ Day!  I had NO idea, and was unprepared with no card, no nothing!  Although, I think he was just GLAD for the company, I desperately wish I had known.  In fact, I’m going to get him a card, I think, and give it to him before class on Tuesday!

When we got back to his apartment, we split a Diet Coke (yes, I broke the “no soda” rule) and chatted about anything under the sun.  I listened to stories about his grandkids, who he rarely sees anymore, but helped put through college, and his wife, who he missed dearly.  He even shared a poem he wrote with me!  He said that he only had shown two other people before that.  It was amazing!  Later, he walked me to my car, kissed the inside & outside of my hand, and told me to “be safe”.

1 Whole grain light english muffin with fat free strawberry cream cheese

On my way home, I thought about how much the time with Herb meant to him AND I.  I can’t tell you how many times he thanked me for coming to visit him.  Its been a long time since I’ve felt so appreciated!  He was just as much a blessing to me as I was to him, I’m sure of it.  Pretty sure I will be visiting again!

Dinner was served when I got home.

1 C. canned pumpkin + 1 C. chickpeas + sugar-free vanilla syrup + pumpkin pie spice = Pumpkin Protein Pudding!

Big old bowl of steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, & carrots) sprinkled with Garlic Gold Nuggets

And the rest of the night was spent packin’ lunch and getting ready to take on the week!

How did you end your weekend?