Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Biking Family

Is that what we are becoming?  Maybe ... at least we all have bikes now, thanks to Craigslist.  And we went for a bike ride together tonight.  I was still the quickest to give out.  I know, I have been working out for over a year, and I am still out of shape!  Aaargh!  I am just getting back into regular cardio.  And I did an intense leg workout yesterday.  But I was still disappointed.  But I do like riding the bike!  I think it will be a good investment and for our family.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Being a tough chik

So, I found out about this cool giveaway on a blog that I follow, Slow is the New Fast.  The giveaway is a baseball cap from a company called Tough Chik, and it is pretty cute.  One of the ways to get entries is to post a comment about what makes you a touch chik.  That one made me stop and think.

I often feel soft and fluffy and not tough.  But, when I do make it to the gym and get in a good workout, I do feel tough.  I am often proud of the physical things that I can accomplish when I am working with a trainer.  I can push myself and do more than I thought was possible on my own.  A lot of this is because of the strength that I draw from the trainer.

But more importantly in my life, when I am mothering my children and I handle a difficult situation with patience, calm, and wisdom I feel tough.  But I have to admit that I also feel completely dependent on God during those times, too.  I know that I am not patient, calm, and wise on my own strength.  Just like I draw strength from the trainer (and friends) when I am working out, I rely on God for strength during the tough times of life.  Immediately I think about parenting, but marriage, friendships, extended family, church, etc. all have rough times as well.  When I try to push through those tough times on my own, I feel weak and often depressed.  When I turn to God and the support system He has provided for me, I feel His strength.  I think that is probably what makes me feel the most like a tough chik.

How about you?  And don't forget about the giveaway if you would like a chance to share your toughness with the world.