God bless the world.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on May 2, 2011

in Goals and Challenges,Uncategorized

Just as I was trying to figure out dinner last night, Sara got home and offered to split the DiGornio three cheese pizza her parents had sent back with her.  Twist my arm.

Between the two of us, we polished it off, washed down with a beer; a Founders Pale Ale for me!

I realized last night that I forgot to look back at my goals for April and talk about May’s!  This year is just flying by…it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that yesterday was May 1 already!

In April, I had three goals that went so-so.

  • Sleep. I did pretty well.  I realize now, it probably would have been more effective to look back on this had I kept track of how much sleep I actually got, but I’m slowly getting accustomed to a more normal bed time – I’ve always been a night owl, but that catches up to me when my alarm goes off bright and early!
  • Quality training (for my 3 races in May). Not even close.  I ran a total of 5.0 miles in April and feel under prepared at best, but still confident(-ish) that I  can cross three finish lines in the next few weeks.
  • Spend less, save more. This went pretty good, but I ultimately ended up spending more than I brought in, largely due to unexpected car repairs.  I also payed off the credit card that had my hotel in Washington DC.

I definitely feel like I do better with having fewer goals to focus on each month.  Here’s what  I want to focus on in May:

  • No soda + more water. Diet Coke got to be a bit too frequent for my liking over the past couple of months.  As a result, I ultimately drank less water.  I’m shooting for the standard 64 ounces a day, but hopefully more!
  • Spend less, save more. I’m repeating this one, but with a particular focus for this month of spending less on food, both between groceries and eating out (I’m budgeting $100 for each this month).
  • Five pounds.  In terms of weight loss, I am shooting for a total of 5.0 pounds lost this month, based on my most recent weigh in of 161.8.  This goal would put me at  156.8.

I stayed up far too late last night watching the coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death and awaiting President Obama’s address.  Honestly, I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe he was an evil man, but I found all the rejoicing and celebrating somewhat unsettling.  It is, after all, still a murder.  At the same time, I can’t help but think of the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and the troops that have served tirelessly to protect our country.  I hope for those so deeply impacted by the events of the attacks almost ten years ago, that this can bring them a sense of peace and closure.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
{ Martin Luther King, Jr }

In the aftermath of recent events, I continue to hope and pray for peace.  Not just on our shores, but throughout the world.  There is so much hatred and anger in the world.  The idealistic part of me so deeply wishes that everyone believe love wins.  So many have been saying God bless America and as much as I love this country, I believe that God bless the world is a much more important way to think.  Let’s move past this ethnocentric attitude, shall we?

No less, this image of the American flag being hung at the site of the World Trade Center this morning still made me tear up.  That day will forever be burned into my memory and my heart aches when I think of those events.

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I suppose what I’m really trying to say is that I really don’t know what to think or feel about it all.  It’s such a huge piece of news to take in, something that was almost ten years in the making.

Since it was such a late night, this morning was rough – more so than a normal Monday!  I slept as long as I possibly could.  I broke into the breakfast stash I keep at work for a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats.

Lunch was a good mix!  I made mini pizzas using an English muffin, pizza sauce, and Italian blend cheese.  Yep, I realize I had half a frozen pizza for dinner last night.  This was way better!

I had some cantaloupe and pomegranate Chobani, too.

Sorry for the crazy long post!  There was just so much to talk about!

At risk of opening a can of worms…What are your thoughts about yesterday’s breaking news?

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Christine @ Merf In Progress May 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

My feelings are similar to yours. I’m glad we got him. I can’t rejoice about a death. I feel relief and hope, but not JOY. I think it’s a big win and an emotional win. But there are more just like him and I don’t feel this makes me any safer. An expert on the news this morning was saying that there really aren’t more like him ready to step in. So if that’s true, I guess that’s good news. But for now, I simply pray, because I feel the retaliation could be severe.
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Mary May 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I know that I should try to be a good Christian and leave justice up to God, but I can’t get the images of those people jumping out of the towers on 9/11 out of my mind. Trying to imagine how bad it was up there in the towers that jumping was the better option? And seeing the buildings fall, knowing that thousands…yes, thousands of people died. Well, All I have to say is “It’s God’s job to forgive terrorists. Our job is to arrange the meeting.” – Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

Tahina May 2, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I didn’t think Osama had anything to do with 9/11?

mindy @ just a one girl revolution. May 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

He was the mastermind behind the attacks and claimed responsibility for what happened.

Katie May 3, 2011 at 12:11 am

English muffin pizzas! YUM! I haven’t even thought about those in ages. That takes me way back. Definitely going to have to make those soon now.
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