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Is that Me??

Slacker.  Me.  Yep.  I admit it.

Big time. Slacker.

I haven’t been posting like I should.  I hear all of you saying, “Duh!”  I haven’t posted about my walk across America.  I haven’t given any accountability updates.  Nope. Nada. Nothing.

Ahem…. I haven’t been posting much of anything as of late.  I believe I posted once last week.

Well, please allow me to explain and clear my name.  I am working part time as a cake decorator at a local sweet shop.  AND I am having the time of my life!!  I didn’t realize work could be this fun!!

I’m having so much fun at the sweet shop that my other duties ….. well let’s just say that they are on the back burner of my stove.

Oh the shame…..  My dear friend in Sunday School asked where I had been.  He missed my posts.  AND then, while volunteering at the public library yesterday, one of the librarians asked me why she hadn’t seen any updates on my walking.

Head hung down in SHAME!  My juggling act has dropped a few balls.  In fact yesterday, I passed this lady as I was going going going and she looked so familiar.  Ahem… it was me, I finally had met myself going!!

How in the world did I work full time?  And keep up with the laundry? And get the kids where they need to be?  And stay awake!  I was in bed by 8 last night.  I was pooped!!

So, since my last update, we have walked 950 miles and we are now in Pontiac, MI.  AND…. I am happy to announce I pulled out a pair of jeans from the back of the closet.  They are on and I can breathe.  Whoop Whoop.

I guess you are wondering where this month’s donation will be going……  The Ruth Peterson Community Center.  Yay!!!

Well, I guess I have caught myself up….. oh wait, there’s that gal again.  Man, she looks awesome!!!  Is that me again???

Oh geez, even I am rolling my eyes at myself.

Good night and God bless……

January's Walk

I washed my pedometer.  It survived.

I’ve misplaced it twice.  Found it under my bed and in a shoe.  Crazy I know.

It has been a challenge to keep the pedometer on the hips of this busy family.

But we’ve managed.

I’m surprised just how many miles we have walked for January…..just over 200.

To keep me motivated, I’ve developed the “Pong” shopping walk.

Yes, Pong as in the old fashioned Atari game.

Here’s how I’m shopping and walking 2 miles at Wal-Mart:

I start by walking the entire perimeter of the building twice….. pushing an empty cart….. I don’t want to look tooooo suspicious.  Then I go to the far right bottom corner of the store.  That’s where I load my 55 pounds of dog food into my cart.  Now I travel to the far left upper corner and grab a container of whatever is on my list from that part of the store.  Pushing 55 pounds of dog food adds resistance and increases muscle usage.  Next, I travel back to the lower right and fill up on cat food and litter.  Afterwards I walk back to the upper left to the aisle where my next food item is located.  I work my way from corner to  corner until I have ended in the upper right and the lower left corners of the store.

See Pong.

I end by walking the perimeter twice…..then it’s to the check out lane.  Of course I have parked in the south forty.  I have done this “Pong” shopping at Sam’s too.

Well, today is the 1st of February.  And today, I am making our first Walking Across America donation.  Western Maine Center For Children will be receiving it.  Yay!! It feels so good to give.

This adventure started with one single verse:

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Ezekiel 18:31 NIV

Followed by Romans 12 MSG

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

He gives.

He loves.

He helps.

May God bless this donation today…… it is given out of love.

God bless…..

Across the Bridge

This week we walked 53.62 miles for a total of 210.54 miles which is
6.22% of the way towards our goal. We ended up near Rangeley, ME.

This weekend, Mark, the kids and I along with our lab, Domino, and our spaniel, Ginger, walked across the Big Dam Bridge in Little Rock.  The sunshine perfected the walk as it warmed us from the cold river winds.

The river is up from all the recent rain.  The dam waters turned and churned.

I leaned over the railing.  The height made me dizzy and whoozy.  The roar of the churning water echoed and drowned out our speech.

Funny.  Those turbulent waters could easy represent my recent feelings.  Angry. Roaring.  Boiling.  Unsettled.  Wrestled.

Watching the water fowl soar over the water, I dreamed of finally feeling free.  Freedom to soar.  Freedom to fly past the angry waters.  Someday.  I will soar.

We spotted the white dots of the Least Terns nesting on a sandbar.  Together. Strength in numbers.  Once endangered lives.  Now, flourishing.

On the other side of the bridge we enjoyed the warmth of the sun.  Dogs rested.  Son played on a hill.  Pure happiness.  Pure joy.  Content.

Ahhhh to be young again.  Freely laughing without a care.  Rolling down a hill.

Enjoy your Monday….. God bless…..

This Mountain

 

This week we walked 53.48 miles and ended up near Skowhegan, ME…..they make New Balance Shoes there!!  Cool!!  We’ve walked a total of 156.92 miles and are 4.64% of the way across America.  Oh and guess what…. I’ve lost a total of 9 pounds.  Yay!!  Gonna have to stop by the store and grab some food pantry donations!!

I just gotta tell on myself today.  I can be such a greenhorn sometimes.  I got settled into my morning routine….. Praying, reading scripture, and thanking God for the recent rain and today’s sunshine.

I opened up my Made to Crave notebook and found this week’s memory verse.

You have circled this mountain long enough.  Now turn north. Deut 2:3

I literally sat there and asked myself, “Why on earth did Lysa pick this verse?”

See GREENHORN! Green must be my color today. Huh….  my pj’s are green!! Oh, sometimes I just amaze myself!!

There was that nudge again.  God wanted me to answer my own question.  So, I read Deuteronomy 1-2:3

Ahem….

Oh, now I see….

Clearly.

God’s people had not followed His directions–And as a punishment they were exiled.  God put some distance between them and Himself.  He gave them permission to “go on and do it your way.”  Well, what the people discovered was that they needed God to survive and to get out of this mountain range.  They were circling it…. think of it as a giant hamster wheel…. running as hard as you can but never getting anywhere.

So like good God’s people, they begged for mercy and forgiveness.  They realized they needed God desperately.  And He gave them a new direction to follow.  Turn North.  Follow Me.

This mountain of mine…. “Mount Gotta-eat”  My hamster wheel of choice. I can’t climb it, conquer it, nor get around it without God’s direction and grace. Oh, it is most definitely time for me to stop circling this mountain and turn north.

God bless….

 

A Heart-to-Heart and a Plan

A dear friend, concerned.  Understood last week’s yuckiness. Over diet soda’s she shares and builds me up.

You tell yourself all the negatives.

I agree.

You never see what good you do.

I look off.  Uncomfortable.  Do I do good?

You hear a critic and you latch to those negative words.

I look down.  Uncomfortable in my own skin.

Truth in those words, I hear.

Surround yourself with the positive.

I agree to.

Boundaries I need.  Affirmations I long for.

Embrace. Give. Love. Serve.

The small echo in my heart.  Cracks in my harden heart gorge from truths.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit.  Ezekiel 18:31  Rid myself from the negatives. Rid myself of the hurtful words.  Rid myself of the impurities found in binge eating. Rid myself.  Embrace the new heart and spirit.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'”

His grace.  His love. This everlasting love is sufficient for me.  I don’t need empty calories, guilt, nor negatives.  God weakened me last week.  So I may be strong.

Give yourself away…. one pound at a time.

Love given so I may love myself

Serve God.  Serve others.  In order to forgive myself.

Earthly weakness….. God’s strength for me to grasp onto.

Embrace it. “For I am the Lord, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13 

Embrace. Give. Love. Serve

So God put it on my heart.  Confirmed with Ann Voskamp.  I need to plan my days better.  It is all a part of forming a habit.  (And our Pastor’s sermon summed it up for me….Jesus in the middle of it.)

Planning my meals.  Planning my daily routine.  Planning everything…. my prayer time, Bible readings, and my water in-take.  Ann Voskamp has two planning guides that are helpful.  Take a look. You will have to scroll down to the Weekends are for planning post.

Now, for the important note of the day.  We walked  49.98 miles. We’ve walked a total of 103.44 miles. This week we ended up near Eddington, ME. We’re 3.06% of the way there!

God bless……