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My tidying up hasn’t been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.

Every week, I make time to connect with the most important people in my life. I have small group, weekly family dinner, Monday phone dates with my best friend, and Skype dates with my prayer partner.

Which is why I want to have a Friday virtual coffee date with you.

I would absolutely love to meet you in person and hear about the ups and downs and in-betweens of your life, but since that’s difficult to manage, the next best thing would be for you to leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I really do care about what’s going on with you! I have an ongoing list in my prayer journal of blog readers who have reached out to me sharing struggles, successes, and just everyday life stuff and I love all of it!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Sunday morning, I woke up and felt like I was being swallowed by stuff. I’m not a super clean person, but I like my things to be organized and have a home.

So, I did what any normal person would do.

I immediately downloaded the book by Marie Kondo into my Hoopla account and started listening to it on my drive to church.

And my drive home.

And all afternoon while I tore my room apart.

Some of her advice was good.

Some of it was a little crazy (I don’t tend to take my socks’ feelings into consideration when figuring out how to store them).

But I should probably confess that I didn’t take much of her advice. Yet. Maybe I will in the future.

My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.

But, as of today, this is how non-magical my tidying up process has been.

My room looks about the same (because I was really good at stuffing things in closets and under beds!), but this is the current state of the hallway.

Some of it needs to be donated. Most of it needs to be packed (because in approximately 3 months, I will be living in a new place with my new husband!).

Strength Training Makes Me Really (Really) Hungry

When I first started running, I was starving all the time. I don’t really remember how long it took that to go away, but I remember that after my first few 5k races, I would go home, crash and take a nap, then I would wake up starving and eat a huge lunch.

Apparently, that’s just how my body responds to new exercise in my life because since starting this strength training plan, I have turned into a ravenous beast and I want to eat all the things!

I will eat a normal sized breakfast and still be hungry afterward. Same for lunch and dinner. I’ve even been nighttime snacking this week and I’ve already told you how I feel about that!


My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.

I read my body pretty well these days (on hunger vs boredom), so if I’m hungry, I usually eat. At the same time, I’m trying to maintain my 100-pound weight loss, so going crazy with the calories that I know I don’t need is a thing.

So, I let myself eat what and when I wanted for a day and then after that, if I was still hungry after meals, the choices were limited to lean proteins, fruits, and veggies.

That seems to be working well and I feel like my ravenous appetite is slowly getting back to normal.

(You can find the t-shirt I’m wearing here)

When A Cold Strikes

It’s always hard to know when I get sick how much to let myself rest and how much of it I just need to power through, but these are the things I do to start fighting back against the cold at the first symptom.

  • drink Emergen-C ASAP
  • do everything I can to get a full night of sleep
  • make sure I have chicken noodle soup & cough drops (I like the berry Fruit Breezers) on-hand
  • drink a whole lot of tea with some honey (so good for soothing throats)

My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.
My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.

From an Instagram post I wrote a few days ago:

*Grace upon grace*

I am a rule follower. When I make plans, I do everything in my power to follow them through, sometimes legalistically so. My bullet journal was carefully laid out for the week with my workout plan, wedding details to be nailed down, and a L.O.N.G. work to-do list.

And then, Sunday night, I got sick. My first response was panic. —I can’t slow down! Not now! How on earth will it all get done? —

It always shakes me up when I lose the control I think I had on my life. It’s stressful. Unnerving. Scary.

But that kind of shaking up brings me right down to my knees where I find none other than grace upon grace and sink into the peace of His promises.

His plans are bigger than mine. The world will not end if I slow down for a day. Rest is not laziness. I’m still worthy, even when I’m not working. And, as my death grip on my life relaxes, I can open my hands to receive more of Him. More peace. More joy. More grace.

This morning, I am thankful that I had the energy to run (as is Boots) and I’m flooding my body with vitamin C in a strawberry green smoothie to knock this cold on its tuchus.

Wedding Invitations Have Been Sent!

The wedding invitations have officially been mailed off and RSVPs are already starting to come in, which is super exciting!

It’s going to be a small backyard wedding and we just can’t wait to celebrate with our close friends and family!

My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.

Also, I am super thankful for my graphic designer fiance who knows how to put together such a beautiful RSVP card.

In Other News

My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.

I stumbled across this article about the benefits of walking while I was at my parents’ house.

I get all excited when I think about walking being able to help insomnia, arthritis, depression, and so much more.

It’s such a good reminder to stay active now and in the future! My parents have always been so good about taking regular walks together and I hope Adam and I always have that relationship-builder as a part of our marriage, as well.

The other day, my nephew said, “Are you going to nap with me on the couch?”

Now, mind you, my nephew doesn’t nap, so really it just meant pretending to nap on the couch with him.

But I’ll snag just about any chance I can get to cuddle with this guy for as long as he’ll let me!

My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.
My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.

Boots sprained his paw this week (a first for him!). The only thing we can figure is that he landed wrong when he jumped off of my bed because I was in the room with him and nothing else happened before the limping began!

The poor guy was hobbling pretty good for the first day and he was heartbroken when I put on my running clothes and left him behind, but he seems to be almost 100% again, so that’s a good thing!

When I was Marie-Kondoing my room the other day, I found some Easter candy from last year.

Adam always teases me for keeping candy around for so long (because he always eats it within days of getting it).

I’m a firm believer in only eating candy when it sounds really, really good (not just because it’s there) and I really like variety so if I eat a Reese’s today, I might not feel like it again for another week or a month because maybe tomorrow Sixlets will sound better.

But he may have a point. A year might be a bit excessive…

My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.
My tidying up hasn't been so magical, strength training turns me into a ravenous beast, and this is what happens when I get a cold.

My niece went to the library this week and picked up a book about rocks.

This is clearly the influence of her rockhounding future uncle!

And it was heart-melting and adorable. She’s been saving rocks she finds recently to show him when he comes to visit.

I love them. <3

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU!

Have you read the book about tidying up? What did you think?

What do you do to stop a cold in its tracks?

Does adding a new exercise to your routine make you super hungry?

Do you eat candy as soon as you buy it or do you keep it around to eat it when you feel like it?