Happy March! So exciting, isn't it?? I can almost smell Spring! February was not without challenges, so it was nice to at least have these goals in mind as I went through my days...a little focus goes a long way!
*Read Through the Bible in a Year. Phew...made it through Leviticus. Tough, tough read! Some of the more interesting headings in my Bible:
Ceremonially Clean and Unclean Animals (47 verses worth!)
Serious Skin Diseases
Bodily Discharges (not kidding...33 verses)
Prohibitions Against Eating Blood
Again, I'm using THIS plan and really enjoy it, or at least I will once again now that I'm out of that painful book. Makes me SOOOO thankful for the work that Jesus did on the cross!
*Memorize 24 scriptures this year. I memorized Luke 9:23 & Romans 4:21
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
*Declutter one room each month. This month was my office. Who knew I'd pull a large garbage bag of stuff out of there?!?
*Answer my family with a smile. Could have done better with this! For many reasons it was a straining month and my patience was not always firing on all cylinders. Renewed efforts for March!
*Read two books each month. Surprisingly, 2 of the 3 books this month were fiction. I have a wonderful stack of non-fiction books that I cannot wait to get into, but my reading time is primarily on the treadmill. When I read non-fictions, I like to do so with a pencil for underlining and I like to read in small pieces so I can process, and sometimes apply what I'm learning.
Since neither of those things are possible under my conditions, I've moved to fiction.
Justified Means by Chautona Havig. Interesting storyline with a decent mystery, though way too long and wordy and too many characters.
Moving Mountains by Jan Haas. True story. This got rave reviews, but the nitty gritty of medical problems is not my thing.
Mellington Hall by Meredith Resce. This started out good, but was too predictable and "cleaned up" towards the end.
None were so bad that I quit part way through (which I have no problem doing), but neither would I recommend them.
*Run a Half-Marathon and a Full-Marathon. My half marathon is just nine days away! The mileage, as one might expect, is creeping up and more and more time is required for training. 5 AM now sounds like sleeping in to me, as I am getting up in the 4-4:30 range regularly.
I broke new barriers, first with a 14-mile and then with a 15-mile long run. Feels really good to accomplish things you never thought you could do.
I missed two days because of the obnoxious snow storm (though I count all the shoveling as something, just not miles run) and two days from being sick.
This training schedule in the dead of winter is brilliant. On days when its too cold or dark or rainy or snowy, days when there is searing pain in my throat or days when I'm just not feeling it, I'm still insisting to myself that I need to get out of bed, throw on my gym clothes and get out the door.
Somedays I'm thrilled to do it, others I'm quite miffed about it...ultimately, its great to have a training schedule to be accountable to six days a week.
Total miles run in February: 106.5
*Write 52 notes of encouragement, thanks, thinking of you. Seven notes written this month.
*Clear off my desk each evening. 13 evenings I went to bed with a clean desk.
*Spend 15 minutes a day working on a project. I did this 9 times.
*At least two dates/month. We got in 2...breakfast out one morning and a movie night..Argo (very good, though plenty of foul language).