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Getting Fit Fridays {vol. 3}–300, or Hold Me Up

Why 300?

No, I don’t weight 300 pounds.

This is my 300th post.

I have posted sometimes erratically over the last six years, so really that isn’t very many posts considering how long I have had this blog, but, hey, it’s a milestone nonetheless. So, there you go!

Moving on.

So, what have I learned this week, people?

Well, today is the first of the month, which means weigh in and measure. I am down 5.2 pounds, which is skewed a little because I weighed in the afternoon the first time and before noon this time, which makes a difference, but still in the negative either way. I’m taking it. I am also down 1.5” in my thigh, 1” in my waist, and 1/2” in my arms. What? Can anyone say “Bye Bye Bingo Wings and Booty??”

I am also stepping up the food journaling. Keeping track. Measuring many things, like cereal and milk. It makes a big difference when you pay attention to what and how much you are putting in your mouth! What’s the rule? NO MORE MINDLESS RECREATIONAL EATING! Say it with me!

Planking!

Yes, that is actually me in the picture, planking. A full 15 seconds, thankyaverramuch! Arms and legs and abs all a-quiver, but I am doing it, y’all! And the ladies I am doing this with? They are AwesomeSAUCE! They are all so amazing and inspiring and working so hard right alongside me.

Relationships. This is an awesome, and truly unexpected, bonus of the journey I am currently taking.

I am loving the physical benefits I am beginning to see, but I am also meeting some incredible ladies. Ladies who encourage me and inspire me like you wouldn’t believe.

Isn’t this what God designed us for? Relationships? Relationship with Him, first and foremost. But also relationships with others. After all, in the end, that is all we have. The only legacy we have is our relationships and the love we have poured into them. I feel so blessed by getting to know them.

Watching some of these women work so incredibly hard and knowing some of the personal stories about where they have come from, makes me want to work even harder. I am so proud to be in their company.

Don’t you find that we need people to come alongside us to encourage us when we feel weary or discouraged? Don’t you find that you can endure something just a bit longer when you have those people by your side and you don’t feel so alone? We need them. To fellowship with and to help celebrate our accomplishments. And to hold us up. And we need to hold them up.

I am reminded of Moses, that great, yet reluctant, leader of the Israelites. When the Israelites were attacked by the Amalekites, Moses told Joshua to choose some men to fight and while they were fighting, Moses said he would stand at the top of the hill and hold the staff of God in his hand. Well, they were fighting for a long time and don’t you know that Moses got tired? And when the staff was raised the Israelites were winning, and when his arm got tired and that staff dropped, the Amalekites would have the advantage. Well, it is a good thing he had his buddies Aaron and Hur by his side.

Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. ~Exodus 17:12-13 NLT

There are times in life when you get tired and you need people to help you. So that while you are holding on to God (the staff) with all your might, they can also hold on to you and literally hold your arms up during the battle, so that you can come out victorious in the end.

Sometimes we need to be the people doing the holding up of the arms. Note that Moses did not have to ask Moses and Hur to come help him. They instinctively knew. They knew that without their help, God’s work could not be accomplished through Moses.

So, I hope to be able to help hold others up, and to allow others to hold me up as well. The combination of me holding on to God and my friends holding on to me and holding me up is destined for victory.

How about you? Who is holding your arms up? And whose arms are you holding?

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Getting Fit Fridays {vol. 2}–Rolling Rolling Rolling

What a week! Getting back into this healthy-mindfulness-about-what-I-am-eating-and-moving-more groove has been interesting.

Getting out and taking a walk is not hard for me to do. In fact, that is the easy part for me. It’s the food part that I find tough.

In order to not be so rigid, my goal for this past week has been to eat HALF of what I had previously been eating…which was a significant amount. A significant amount of mindless, recreational eating had been occurring. I think I’ve done pretty well with eating half this week, so I feel great about that.

It is hard not to get into beating up on yourself when you KNOW what you need to do to get the job done and you have not doing it for the better part of 2 years. So, I just have to tell myself that I am doing something NOW and keep pressing on. As Timon the little meerkat from Lion King would say, “The past is in your behind.” So there! Take THAT, guilt! Boo-Ya!

This week, I joined up with a fantastic group of ladies who are doing a Biggest Loser Challenge. They meet throughout the week for workouts and encouragement and among them is my friend Cris, who I mentioned in volume 1 last week. Let me tell you, these people are not kidding around! It is a workout complete with someone yelling at you, the flipping of a giant tire and running while pulling a tire behind you. Yeah, that’s right.

Thankfully, no one has puked or passed out.

Yet.

This is the kind of commitment that gets results, people! And these are just the kind of folks I need to maintain that accountability that I know I require to be successful. Please enjoy this frightening photo that some lovely person snapped of me in  the midst of my pain:pullingthetire

You’re welcome.

So, the big question: Did I drop some pounds this week? Well, the answer is, I am thinking yes, but I don’t really know. The Biggest Loser Ladies are only weighing in once a month. The objective is health and inches lost and not obsessing about the number on the scale. A good plan. But very hard for me. My mindset is to weigh in once a week at Weight Watchers and measure my success that way. (Don’t get me wrong, I love WW. It is a wonderful program!) I wanted so badly to weigh in yesterday. It was hard to resist, but I did. So I will wait and see what the scale shows and what the measuring tape shows in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, I struggle with my own human weakness and my desire to eat whatever, whenever. I also battle against my physical weakness which says to me, “You can’t do any more squats. You can’t run for one more second.” I know I don’t have that dig down deep willpower. At least, not in my own strength. I must rely on the truth I find in God’s Word (2 Corinthians 12:9). I must rely on and draw from His strength and not any that I may or may not possess on my own.

This is not a sprint, y’all. It’s a lifelong marathon. I. can. do. it! And so can you.

How has your week been?

“God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.” ~Psalm 18:32-36 NLT

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Getting Fit Fridays–Start Me Up

It has been a while.

I find that life has a way of getting away from me and if I don’t lasso it in every once in a while, I would probably never get a single post written!

Life has gotten away from me in more ways than one…heck, in about 15 different ways. But today, I will address only one of those ways. Today I will address that life long battle of the bulge.

Something you may not know about me, especially some of the newer readers, is that I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers (WW). If you are not clear about what that means, let me explain. Quite a few years ago now, I lost weight with WW, reached my “goal weight” and then maintained it, within 2 pounds, for six weeks, at which time I was awarded Lifetime status. I then went to WW and weighed in once a month, and if I remained within 2 pounds of my goal weight, I did not have to pay the fee. Never mind that I am now 60 pounds overweight; I still hold my lifetime key. See, they can never take it away from you…they can just make you pay.

But I digress.

Not only was I a Lifetime member of WW, but I also took a job with WW, as a weigher/receptionist. I was the happy face that greeted you, took your money and weighed you, among other things. I loved it. I loved being a cheerleader for others and I needed the accountability of maintaining my weight. It was, most definitely, a win-win.

Then, we moved. Halfway across the country.

And my eating and exercising habits went all to heck.

And I proceeded to blow up.

And occasionally, over the last 5 1/2 years, I would make a somewhat feeble attempt at getting back on the wagon and would fail. Always.

For the better part of the last 2 years, I have simply given up. Not tried at all. Not cared what I ate or that I did not exercise at all. I’m sure there is some really messed up reason behind all that, but I couldn’t begin to tell you what it is. No doubt I need some therapy…

But recently, I started caring again. I just don’t feel very well. I feel tired. And I am tired of having hurty feet and creaky knees and a bulging midsection.

And then, recently, I saw my butt in some pictures that were taken over the Christmas holidays.

YIKES! is all I can say. No, DOUBLE YIKES!! is more appropriate.

You know, it isn’t often you get a view of yourself from behind. It was downright scary!

And in the interest of full disclosure, here’s proof:

The ever-enlarging booty, noted at the 3rd annual flag football game this Christmas. YIKES!

But even though I was caring, I still felt paralyzed. Like I knew I would fail before I could start. I wanted to start, but just couldn’t make myself. And I have prayed and asked for God’s help to somehow dig out of this hole.

Then, I got a phone call. A truly divinely inspired phone call.

My friend, Cris, who blogs at hiddenbeloved, called me one day earlier this week, and extended an invitation to me. An invitation that was the swift kick in the ever-enlarging booty that I needed in order to say, YES, I can do this—if you will do it with me.

I want to be around for my kids. I want to be fit. But I cannot do it alone.

So we met up yesterday, Cris and I. We did our first weigh-in together,  prayed together and committed to encourage each other and keep each other accountable. It is time to put the failure and shame behind and get going. No more excuses.

This morning I went for a walk. I am on my way.

Thank you, Cris, for being obedient to the prompting to call me and ask me to be your buddy on this journey. I am so grateful.

“When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” ~Will Rogers

Getting Fit Fridays is going to appear (hopefully) weekly to chronicle my journey and increase my accountability. Do you need to get back on the wagon? Do you need some help and encouragement? Join with me, if you’d like. Let’s encourage each other. We can do this—together.

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