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Getting Fit Fridays {vol. 4}–Mouth Breathers Unite!

This week has been tough. I mean, it is hard to really get out there and give all you’ve got to the Couch to 5K when you can’t breathe through your nose. You know, that whole “breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth” business.

Genius tissue dispenser, courtesy of Pinterest.It’s true. This week I have been battling the creeping crud. It hasn’t knocked me completely out, but it has been totally annoying. And inconvenient.

But isn’t there always an easy excuse to find to avoid the workout or to just grab something quick to eat?

Y’all nod your heads. You know it’s true.

Monday I did nothing. Tuesday I manned up, choked down some Day*Quil and went to workout at the park with my girls. Wednesday—nothing. Thursday it was pretty much monsoon-ing here. But thanks to my girl, Cris, who is so awesome and inspiring (and, thanks also, to some more Day*Quil), we met up with some of our other girls and did a Biggest Loser workout video in our friend’s garage. This morning, the skies are clear, but my head is not.

Where does all this mucous come from, y’all?? Good gracious, I have never seen so much! My plan is to choke down some more meds and get out there and do my run today! Even if I have to be a mouth breather—I’ll give it my best.

And then there is the issue of appetite—I just don’t really feel like eating anything much. And I sure haven’t felt like standing at the stove. So, surely I’ve eaten less this week, but it has not always been the best of choices. Thus, my family has not gotten the best choices either. And then I’ve just felt too tired to really be diligent about my food journal. Sigh.

Just being honest here.

This is where the proverbial rubber meets the road.

Pushing through. Pressing on.

When you are feeling sick-y. When life gets crazy. When you feel like you don’t have time for a workout or to prepare something healthier to eat. When some roadblock appears.

I must refuse to be derailed! Or at the very least, get back on the rail ASAP when I see life getting kay-ray-zay.

I am realistic. I know that Life Happens. And I know there are times when my body is telling me I need to rest, and I do. I know there will be days when working out doesn’t happen. Or when I make less than stellar food choices.

But I refuse to make excuses. I refuse to just give up and quit. I can’t. Not this time. I’ve started and stopped too many times before.

Let’s face it, I only have this one body (and it ain’t getting any younger, y’all!). I have a responsibility to get healthy. I owe it to my family—to be here for them, to be an example to my daughter. I owe it to myself, because I am worth taking care of and feeling better physically, emotionally and spiritually. Most of all, I owe it to God. He is the One who created me, after all.

So, what do you do to stay on track when you feel like life is going nuts?

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. ” – Earl Nightingale

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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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How do you fight that post-holiday funk?

Round and round and round she goes. Where she stops…

Wait, what do you mean, “where she stops?”

She never stops!!

The merry-go-round of life never stops. And though it seems totally insane at times, that is how life is.

Kinda makes you feel sick looking at it, doesn't it?

Photo credit: bbbridget74

And such is the story of my life the last few weeks.

It has been filled with the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and all that brings. We were blessed to have a wonderful time with family and friends. It really was a special time.

And then, it was over.

For me, there is always this thing I call “post-holiday funk”. Are you familiar with this? After all the awesomeness of the holidays and the family time and the delicious food, I come home and see the remnants of our Christmas. And I dread the de-Christmas-ing and the going back to school and the routine. And I miss my family already. And I am feeling behind before the new year even begins.

And I am running to get back on that merry-go-round, that has already started moving without me on it, by the way.

It is, in a word, depressing.

Are you following me so far?

I struggle with getting back in the groove. I know I am not the only one. And then I feel overwhelmed, like the world is spinning out of control, and then BOOM! I am paralyzed.

So, I take my moment, I feel sorry for myself, sigh deeply, whisper a prayer, and then, put on my big girl panties and move on. I mean, what else are you gonna do, right?

Then, I start trying to catch up. We un-decorate the tree. Haul it out to the backyard. The boys bring in the Christmas bins. I gingerly wrap each ornament and pack it away. Then I try to figure out how to get all the rest of the stuff back in the rest of the bins…I mean, it all came out of there, right? It must fit back in. Somehow. We locate the backpacks, lunchboxes and lesson plans that were all joyously tossed aside a couple of weeks ago.

And then it all starts back with a vengeance: school, show choir rehearsals, homeschool co-op, homework, et cetera….

And don’t get me started on the 18th birthday that is coming next month and the graduation that is happening in May! Yikes! I am not ready! That is another whole post and a whole different kind of funk, right there.

But I digress.

So, how do I fight the post-holiday funk?

This is the time I have to really make myself press in. I find myself on my knees more and reaching out to my girlfriends more and making myself go ahead and do those things I really don’t want to do. It keeps me from losing my sanity. It keeps me headed in a positive direction—keeping my eyes on what is important: faith, family, friends, loving others. It helps me fight against the procrastinator in me—and I have to fight that tooth and nail, I tell you!

Some days I am more successful than others.

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” ~Philippians 3:13-14 The Message

So, join with me, y’all! Let’s fight the post-holiday funk and the procrastinator inside of us and face this new year head on! Looking onward and upward.

I know I can’t do it alone!

How do YOU fight the post-holiday funk?

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