Friday, August 1, 2014

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The Marriage Box

We had a great marriage workshop at church tonight! My husband used an illustration called "The Marriage Box" that really struck me. I don't want to forget it, so I thought I'd post it up & share it.


Most people get married believing a myth; that marriage is a beautiful box full of all the things they have longed for: companionship, romance, sexual fulfillment, intimacy, friendship, laughter, financial security.The truth is that marriage, at the start, is an empty box. You must put some things into it before you can take anything out of it. There is no love in marriage; love is in people, and people put it into their marriage. There is no romance in marriage; people have to put it into their relationship. A couple must discern what things work to improve their relationship and form the habits of communicating, giving, sacrificing, sharing, loving, touching, serving, and praising. In other words, keeping the box full. If you take out more than you put in, the box will always be empty!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

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Treadmill Desk

I thought I'd post about my latest health kick, my treadmill desk. After my 40th birthday last year, I got discouraged about losing weight because well, I didn't have much success. I exercised almost every day and only lost about 10 pounds! They say weight loss is 80% food and only 20% exercise and I believe it now, lol! But I'm not one to give up easily, so on to the treadmill desk.

To be fair though, I am very healthy! I had a full check up including a pelvic sonogram, a mammogram, and every blood test imaginable. Doctor said I am in great health! Thank God! Only one small problem - I'm obese. Technically obesity isn't a sickness but can lead to health problems in the future. My goal is to lose enough weight not to be considered obese.

So what's a treadmill desk?

Basically a desk attached to a treadmill. Here's a picture of mine. I originally had a different treadmill my husband got me for Mother's Day, but it broke. The company replaced it, and the desk I had before didn't fit the arms of the new treadmill. So, alas I had to buy a new desk. The last desk I had was just scrap wood I covered with an old dress of mine. You can actually see it on top of my new desk. (Black & white material with pink accents)

I like this metal desk much more because it has lots of room to store all my stuff. And I like this treadmill more because it has buttons on the arms for speed and incline, so I don't have to worry about not reaching the control board.

Since I'm just starting back walking, I'm doing about 3 miles a day at very slow speeds. If I'm doing a lot of typing maybe 1 mph -1.3 mph, but if I'm just surfing the internet or reading then 1.5 mph. So far so good! I hope to increase my walking to about 5 miles per day soon.

Here are some more pictures...the last one is my view from my desk when I look to the right. You can't really tell, but I can see the Caribbean ocean from my treadmill.


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