Friday, February 10, 2012

What Made You SMILE This Week?

Here's the deal:

You might have had the longest work week in the history of work.  You might have had a rather disappointing meeting with your boss that stressed you out.  Your kids may have been the most unruly they've ever been since they learned the word "no."  Maybe you woke up sick, your car broke down, and you spilled coffee all over your shirt even before you got to work on Monday.  But despite everything that we focus on throughout the week, there are so many things to smile about.  So this is what I ask...

What made you smile this week?
And WHY?

Here are a few of my many smiles this week...

I have amazing friends
My best friend from high school and his amazing girlfriend sent me a Christmas gift; A Game of Thrones by George R. Martin  It may have taken a couple tries to get the address right, but it's the thought that counts.  Without even planning it, I picked it up after a long day at work which was a great end to the day.  They know I love fantasy fiction novels and series work really well for me 'cause then I have my reading list done for the next few months.  Plus, 99% of the time, my best friend is SPOT ON with picking books out for me.  I still have one more book in the Inheritance Cycle to finish first, but I'm anxious to start this one.  The amazing thoughtfullness of my friends made me smile (and the anticipation of the book). 

Fitness Challenges
While I admit I stress over sticking to my training schedule, I always feel good both physically and mentally knowing that I've finished what I needed to do.  I've also found enjoyment in testing with my Crossfit workouts.  Thanks to Heather over at Just A Colorado Gal, I am the proud owner of a Gymboss Timer.  I've been a fan of the product ever since I saw it looooong ago on  The timer will serve two purposes in my future workouts.  First off, it will help limit monitor my rest time inbetween sets.  Secondly, it will a motivation for new workout designs; can you say "Three minute AMRAP repeats"?  The ability to design and easily perform new workout designs made me smile. 

Lance is Back
As I mentioned in yesteredays 3TT post, Lance Armstrong is back at athletics.  This time however, he's returning to his original sport, triathlons.  I was always glued to the Tour de France when Lance raced it and I have no doubt I'll be checking the results of Sunday's Ironman 70.3 Panama to see how Lance finishes.  He's hoping to qualify and be a contender for Kona and I would love to see him in the mix.  And not only am I happy to cyber stalk Lance's progress, but I'm happy to see an inspiration in Lance's story.  Just as when he returned to pro cycling, Lance is an athlete at heart and simply loves the lifestyle.  Every athlete feels that way at some point.  I smiled for the prospective of seeing Lance, as a representative of all die hard athletes, test himself yet again against the field. 


1.  What made you smile this week?
I want to hear your stories!

2.  What about this weekend is going to make you smile?
Looking ahead and finding happy things/events makes life so much more optimistic!

Swim fast.  Bike smart.  Run hard. 


Anonymous said...

I think watching my daughter's excitement at her gymnastics classes made me smile most this week! She is a riot and trying so hard to do what her teacher wants her to do!

I will smile this weekend when I have a babysitter Saturday night to go to a hockey game with friends, and getting to see 2 other close friends on Sunday! :)

Michael said...

The scale actually made me smile this week for the first time in a long time. Although I'm not where I want to be, I reached a milestone this week and hit my lowest weight in 3 1/2 years! Woot!

Aimee said...

My boys made me smile this week. They are 4 and 6 and at that age when their imaginations are in full swing. :)

ajh said...

My pants are fitting better and some of the muffin top is gone!