30 days

Christmas break officially ended today!  School began, work began, routines began.  While it is fun to be on break, there is something to be said about routines too.  It makes the down time more appreciated in the least.  My workouts were few and far between during break, so I started 2 30 day challenges yesterday.  1 is a 30 day ab flattener found on the Cassey Ho website.  The other is a 30 day arm challenge found on shrinkingjeans.net  Completing both takes under 5 minutes, but it is a quick strengthening tool to add to my “what should be normal” workout routine.  😉  Check them out and let me know if you are doing them along with me.  🙂

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2 (NIV)

Reflection, Perspective and New Starts

My body sure has been through a lot in the last decade…pregnancies, births, crazy weight loss, weight back to normal, weight past normal (:P), various tests the last few years to determine…finally…that my body reacts to yellow dye, potentially other dyes, and is intolerant to a smattering of foods like oatmeal and broccoli (both of which I actually like).  In the midst of all the craziness, my workouts have intensified, my time with God has jumped around and my perspective has changed.

My body weight and fat percentage are not where I want them…I desire to be healthier and to shed a few pounds while defining the muscle that is already there, but I am finally at the point where I am not going to dwell on it as much as I have in the past.  Wondering which mirror is the most accurate, missing sleep to squeeze in that last hour of the workout, or just obsessing about 5 or even 10 pounds.  If I am making healthy choices, the weight will come off in time.  If I am not eating like a football player and being a glutton, if my husband loves me and more importantly my Savior loves me, then there is not one reason to obsess.  If someone else judges me based on a few pounds, shame on them, and if I let that bother me, shame on me.  My priorities need to be on God first.  I am ashamed to say that there have been days where I stayed up late to workout and then fell asleep reading my Bible.

So I am making a few changes.  I am still going to be healthy and workout, because I enjoy working out and think people should take care of the bodies God has given to them.

My mornings will look a little like this:

  • Devotionals (a few pages of 2-3)
  • Prayer and journal time
  • online devotions
  • workout (currently I am doing an ab challenge, a squat challenge, elliptical, a 4 week program kind of and I just printed the Spartacus workout so we will see if I add that in…that one is only 3xs a week and the 4 week program is not everyday either)
  • Normal day of chasing children, teaching children, cleaning, cooking and household maintenance
  • depending on how much time I spent working out, possibly another workout before bed…but not too late.  😉

With all the craziness of food I am going to attempt to eat as clean as possible.  I know this needs to be a gradual switch, so I will do it the right way.

I am excited to have a better perspective, I am excited to be healthier, I am most excited to see where the Lord will lead me and my family.

Just a few Tuesday life thoughts  🙂

My 2 favorite exercises at the moment

For simply targeting specific muscle areas, I have found 2 exercises that I love!!!!   As you know my general routine is HIIT, elliptical and weights.  These are ones I like for problem areas:

Cassey Ho inner thighs 5 minute challenge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJyZhOJ2Tag

and weighted oblique crunches which I found in Jim Stoppani’s 6 week shred

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/jim-stoppani-six-week-shortcut-to-shred-day-1-chest-triceps-abs.html

I have done oblique crunches before, but adding weights and holding them overhead while doing it…wow…I am feeling it today!

Just thought I’d share  🙂

Challenge and Accountablilty

This is not a New Year resolution.  I have been up and down on my weight goal for quite some time now.  The weight loss has been slow but I have added a lot of muscle, so…   Anyway, I am down to the last 5 pounds I want to lose (After this week it may be 7 pounds…weigh in Saturday).  Anyone want to join me in the last 5 pound challenge?  We could come up with some way to hold each other accountable in diet and exercise.  I would love to get 5 pounds off by February 1st…I know it is healthily possible.  I would love to have a partner in crime…hint hint hint.  Join me in the “fun”  😉

day 26

So I am adding a challenge to my weight loss challenge.  It is going to be hard to reach my reward foods if I keep cheating and eating high calories in foods that aren’t my reward foods.  I might as well just eat the reward ones, but I won’t…alas…someday my will power will work again.  😉

Anyway, my downfall is, and always has been, sugar.  I have tried many times to do a paleo or primal diet and fail after a few days.  This time around I am going to avoid refined sugars for 30 days.  Beginning today and taking me to September 9th, my food intake will be almost devoid of refined sugars.  I am making an exception with my cottage cheese and greek yogurt (they aren’t high in sugar content, but have a little)…for me the protein and dairy are important.

My meals will consist primarily of fruits and veggies, nuts, fish, egg whites and chicken.  As with each new venture in being healthy I am excited, but I am nervous that I don’t have what it takes to do it.  I have no intentions of giving sugar up completely in the long run, but know giving it up short term will be healthy and will hopefully (hopefully!) make me more controlled in my sugar intake in the future.  Since it is a 30 day challenge and I am making it public, I have a better chance of success.

Sugar has a bad rep, but tastes so good.  I know it is blamed for myriad of diseases and health issues, so getting it under control would be a big benefit.

Here’s to another attempt at being healthy!  🙂

AM workout: run on elliptical = 500 calories burned

PM workout: will do weight lifting for arms

Calories planned around 1500

I went over yesterday, but if I stick to my sugar free challenge (I mapped out a daily menu plan for that) I should remain between 1400 and 1600 for daily caloric intake.

Life By Numbers

Have you ever noticed how much we focus on numbers?

How much we weigh, what size we wear, how many minutes we workout, how many calories we consume, how long we spend at a function, how much money we spend on various things…

We want to know if if it all is worth it, how we compare to others, if we get our money’s worth…

I am guilty of it.  Mostly I focus on weight and calories to stay healthy, but I have fallen in the trap of comparing myself to others and that is not okay.

So I am challenging myself and all of you to focus on different numbers…

* how much time am I spending in the Word each day?

* how much time and money am I spending to help and serve others?

* how much quality time am I spending with family and friends?

These numbers are by far more important.  Not that I want to throw away the other numbers…but I do want to keep my numbers in a better balance.

It is Official

And I am officially terrified!

The paperwork is turned in, the registration confirmed and my name on the list of multitudes of other crazy people that are actually looking forward to running 13.1 miles.

The small journey that led to this decision had many twists and turns.  Initially when I was challenged to do it I thought I would keep it to myself and finish it as my own personal goal.  I am not one who enjoys attention, so really didn’t want others to know.  HOWEVER, as life often does, things change and I then thought that if one of the reasons to run this race is indeed for those who cannot, then I should really run for those who cannot.  And thus, I chose to run for a cause.

The first charity I thought I would run for sounded amazing and the perfect place for me to donate money.  Sounded amazing…sounded too good to be true.  And it was.  Upon further research I found that this particular charity has two separate goals so to speak.  The money raised, though, goes straight into the pot for both sides and the sides are very different.  I talked to the people in charge and was shocked at the boldness of their defense at having two stands on one very controversial issue.  So, I had to tell them I could not run for them.  I am just glad I found out before supporting something I am against.

So back to square one, but that was okay…so I thought.  It was fine until later that day I received the e-mail that the half marathon was almost full.  Soooooooo…I decided just to register not under any particular charity, but just to get in and then determine the charity later.  That is when the half marathon went from 97% full to completely full…UNLESS you ran for a charity.

Sooooooo….back to square one again.  Although after the disappointments, I realized I actually did want to try it…because I was disappointed when I thought it was not going to be.  I went through the charities one more time, chose one and got in!  They then messed up my paperwork and I thought I would be out again.  I was certain now that this was not meant to be.  This morning, though, I received my registration confirmation and my fate is sealed.  🙂  I am quite happy with the charity because it will use the donated money to help kids and helping kids is a passion of mine.

Please pray for me when you think about it…pray that I make it through…that I stay healthy and injury free…and that the money be used the best way possible for these precious little children that need it.

Thanks for journey-ing with me.  🙂

 

Training

I know some think I am crazy, but I decided to follow a half marathon training schedule regardless of my half marathon decision.  In its own way, the practice/training is as much of a challenge to me.  In following this plan I have made two interesting discoveries…

#1…it is a cruel, cruel thing to go to a gym that is right next door to a place that bakes fresh bread (one of my weaknesses).  When my belly is growling and I have just started the treadmill, the bread smell, well, makes me sad.

#2…simply adding another mile or two to my daily workout along with a little more speed has made me extremely hungry!  Hungry enough to eat far more than the few extra calories I have burned.  This means that despite training for a race I am gaining weight.  A year ago that would have made me quite frustrated.  But I feel healthier today than I have in a long time and realize I just have to regulate my hunger and my training accordingly.  My weight will adjust soon.

Am I going to run or not?

We will see.

But training will continue…and yes, some days next to the glorious smell of baking bread…*sigh*

A New Challenge

I am about to begin a new venture…I think….

Challenges...I like challenges.  I like challenges that make you think, persevere and problem solve.  More importantly I like to succeed when faced with a challenge. I say this knowing I need to check myself, knowing that each success is not mine, knowing that I can do nothing without The Lord.

Running…you will note that in my A Little About Me post, I did not list running as something I enjoy.  I don’t.  It is more than a challenge for me.  Running up just pieces of an insanely long and steep mountainous hill by my house is not fun. Running in a room full of sweat, not travelling anywhere, with my mind reminding me how long it is taking and how much I am contributing to the  sweat infested room, is not fun.  Running solely to run is just not something I put on my list of fun. I always enjoyed sports and could run all day if you gave me a sport to distract me from just running, but running just to run is among those things I claimed I would never do.  So of course, I must chalk that up into the category of things I do that I promised I never would.  Isn’t it funny how God changes our minds?

Food…I love food.  I eat when I am hungry, which is fine.  I eat when I am not hungry…hmmm…is that ok?  (that would be a great big no in case you were wondering)  I simply like food.  Hence the running.  Running is my solution to my food fun.  I would put eating, especially out with friends, on my list of fun. (Admittedly, since running is more of a habit now, it has moved from my hatred list to my tolerable list…still not on my fun list)

Neighbors…we have new neighbors.  Awesome people!  New friends.  My new friend has issued me a new challenge…run a half marathon.

UMMMM….WHAT!!???

Of course, now it is in my head.  Can I do it?  ME?  Really?  My initial response would be...uhhh, no.  Not in a million years.  13.1 miles!  I get bored in 3 and have never run more than 6.3, which I ran this morning.

What to do…?  Here lies the question that lingers in my mind.  If I do it, I don’t want to make a big deal out of it…truly.  I want to do it for those who can’t, want to do it because I have been blessed with the opportunity and most likely the capability, want to do it to face the challenge.   Of course, putting it out on the internet for all to see, makes it a little more known than I initially intended, but maybe it will keep me accountable as well.  Or perhaps I will just keep everyone guessing until after the race, which is still a few months away.

Do I or don’t I?

Tell me what you think and I will tell you what I decide…maybe.  😉