Living Outside the Stacks

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Run {Living Outside the Stacks}

Last week I challenged myself to a seven day running streak. I wanted to push myself beyond what I thought myself capable of doing. I know that I’m getting stronger. I see it when I look at my legs. I feel it when I walk up a hill. And I hear it through my ear buds while I’m running.

Running daily was physically and emotionally exhausting. My feet hurt and my calves burned. And I bounced somewhere between excitement that I’d completed each run and disappointment that I didn’t run as hard or as fast as I thought I should have.

Run {Living Outside the Stacks}

As you can tell, I didn’t complete my streak but I did do more than I’ve done in an incredibly long time. I think I may have worked harder than I have since I got out of the Army. Here are my achievements from last week:

  • Farthest distance in a week ~ 3.13 miles
  • Longest duration in a week ~ 41 min 33 sec
  • Most calories burned in a week ~ 357 cal
  • Highest elevation climbed in a week ~ 155 ft

I started a new fitness challenge yesterday {I’ll tell you more about that later this week}. I plan to keep running but I want to add my upper body to the mix. I also need to focus more on what I’m eating. Creating a fit body is about more than just working out, it’s about focusing on what goes inside my body as well.

This past Sunday, our pastor’s sermon was “Finish”. He said that we’re so used to living with unfinished projects because of short attention spans, limited funds, etc. that some of us don’t know what it’s like to live in a finished home. That’s me. I start things and rarely finish because squirrel… When I started Run for God, our mantra was “Complete not compete.” This continues to be my mantra. In our christian walk, we’re not competing against others, we’re all working towards the same goal: hearing “Well done, my good and faithful servant…” {Matthew 25:21}.

This week my goals are to use my runs as a time for prayer, FINISH my new challenge, and add upper body conditioning to my workout.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Instagram Week in Review: Hands

Hello, my friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I did. I spent time with my family, caught up on my sleep, and watched the season premier of Hell on Wheels. I’m totally addicted to that show. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out: Saturday nights on AMC.

Every week I look at my pictures and I try to see if there’s a theme. I think this week it looks like it’s all about the hands. Hands fascinate me. They have the power to love and to hate, to create and to break down. Hands can express so much…

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Fist Bump Friday. If you’re on Facebook or Instagram, please join me for Fist Bump Friday {use the hash tag #FistBumpFriday}. It’s a time for us to celebrate the things that have made us happy during the week.It doesn’t have to be big or earth shattering, if it made you happy, share!

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Street art. My nephew was all kinds of fascinated by the hand prints on the flood wall.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

American Queen. The Hubs and I have put riding the American Queen on our Couple’s Bucket List.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

National Lipstick Day. I’d never heard of it either but once I did, I thought why not? I rarely wear lipstick but when I do, it’s usually a dark brown.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Random silliness. As much as my family hates having my camera aimed at them, they sure have no problem when it comes to photo bombing.

Instagram Week in Review {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee love. My favorite coffee photo of the week. You can see the others by clicking here.

What was the highlight of your week?
Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Let’s Celebrate: Make August Beautiful

Make August Beautiful {Living Outside the Stacks}

As many of you know, August is going to be a touch month for me: my middle daughter is returning to college, my twins are starting to college, and my baby is beginning her last year of high school. This is all too much. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to celebrate this new stage in our lives and document it without losing myself to tears and sadness…

This isn’t a sad event. Just different. I know that The Hubs and I raised our children well and that they’re ready to take on the world. We’ve provided them with the confidence and fortitude to be their own people, to stand up for what they believe in, and to help those in need. But, most of all, we’ve instilled in them a faith in God that transcends all things. So we know they’ll be OK.

But, they’re still my babies…

So I will cry. And I will laugh. And I will say “See you later” to the ones who are beginning the next phase of their lives and celebrate with the one who is ending a chapter. I will document the moments and share them with you on Instagram {I’m 4daenelt}. I hope you’ll do the same with me.

Celebrate the month of August with me by joining my friend, Beatrice Clay at inspired by beatrice clay, for 31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories. Use the hashtag #31stories.

If you plan to join in, leave your Instagram name in the comments below so I can follow along!

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