Yesterday was a non-stop day!! Up at 5:30, exercise, read my Bible, blogged, got ready for work and worked all day. Then after work, I worked on my bills and then went with some friends downtown to work with the Bridgetown Ministries. This is a group that tends to the needs of the homeless community. They offer haircuts, nail polishing, feet washing, Biblical literature, outreach and food. It was my first time and I was amazed how much love was spread out in this little area under a bridge in the City of Portland. Very humbling!
The first thing we did was get some instructions, sing some songs, pray and then assign positions. I got to serve food, my favorite! Then the next thing we had to do, was get the food from the church to the bridge, which was a couple of blocks away. So I see this guy struggling with this large plastic container full of Dave's Killer Bread. Do you know how heavy one loaf is? It's heavy! Can you imagine how heavy a large plastic container full of this stuff would weigh? Yeah, I had no idea.....but I soon found out. H.E.A.V.Y!!!! Anyway, I decided to help this poor guy without having any knowledge of how far I would have to carry this heavy load. So we set out, I'm doing pretty well, holding my own - surprisingly!!! This group of people who volunteer down there are pretty young and fit! I was able to keep up with them, carrying my heavy load, speedwalking to our destination. In fact, I barely struggled at all. The only thing that was bugging me was the angle of the handles...made it difficult to hold on to the box. That's it.
Before I started this program, I probably could not have even have lifted the box, let alone walk any distance with it. Oh and/or keep up with the group. There is just no way I could have done it!!
That's the benefit of being strong & fit!!!
We served hot food, showed a lot of kindness & love, offered some comfort and lots of smiles to a lot of people on a cold night! We made a difference! I was honored and privileged to be there!! It was a great night!!
So I get home after 10pm...I go plug in my Bugg to see where my stats came in. My goal, as you know, is to reach 10000 steps per day. When my numbers came up, it said....6700. AUGH!!!! I was a little frustrated with myself...Here I'm short of steps....and I'm tired....and it's after 10pm.....and I've got 3300 steps to go!!
Did that stop me?
I simply got started getting those steps done. Of course I get jogging around the house and the dogs, again, were wondering what was going on. Bentley for half a second wanted to join in, but soon opted out for his comfy bed. Beemer on the other hand was game, however, he just gave me a look like "Mama...really?" So I decided to pick him up. So I have Beemer in one arm and I'm jogging all over my house. We do that for a while and I finally give him up to his Daddy. There my hubby and Beemer are sitting in the comfy chair, just watching me run around the house. I'm sure hubby thinks I've lost my mind!
Any way I made it!!
Here's my stats:
Exercise: 40 minutes on the treadmill - running intervals
Food Journal: Done
Water: 100+ oz
I am so glad I pushed through last night. I sure did not want to. But you know, after it was over I was pretty glad I got the job done!!
How about you? Are you getting the job done?