Faith Fitness and Laughter

Let’s Talk about Fitness

Lets talk fitness shall we.  This past January I turned 40 and let me just say that fitness at 40 is nothing like fitness at 25.  Gone are the days that I could just pop up out of bed and start my workout.  Gone are the days where if I did a vigorous workout, I didn’t feel it the next day.   And then the next.

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So I have to say that my niece painted that flower free-handed.  I love her.

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To the moon and back.

 

 

Anyway, fitness. 

I really had different thoughts about fitness when I was younger.  I actually didn’t start paying attention to it until I started my weight loss journey.  I was 25.  I would get up early and go to the gym and just walk on the treadmill.  That’s it.  Now?  Oh I still get up early but it’s mainly to get my joints lubricated and get woke up. 

So I’m about to be frank fella’s……  but I think that most of the ones I know reading this wouldn’t expect anything less.

I think that when I noticed my body not reacting the same way to my workouts was a year ago this month.  I had gone to see my parents where they live part-time and um….my….”visitor” was visiting that month and it was a very hard one.  Getting up in the middle of the night.  Twice.  Pain that I had never felt before and just all around different.  This went on for the next couple of months and so I knew that I needed to be seen by my lovely lady doctor.  Oh I knew what was happening and what I am enduring……. pre-menopause. 

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Little did I know how much of an impact it was going to have on my life of health and fitness.

 

I knew that when I started my journey into weight loss and health, I would forever be conscious of what I eat and drink.  Do I always?  No, not always…..I still enjoy life when it comes to food but man can it be exhausting sometimes.  Now, I feel like I need to be more conscious than ever at my age.  At first it felt overwhelming to even think about that part of my life, mainly due to the fact that I wasn’t living right and had other things going on.  But now, other than my relationship with Christ and my family, my health is the most important thing.  I am a firm believer that because I was living an unhealthy lifestyle…..spiritually and physically….these were the main contributors to my depression.  If I’m not careful, I can easily find myself right back there in that very dark place. 

Yeah, gone are those days as I talked about earlier, but I am actually ok with that.  I have my routine and it works for me.  Sometimes I don’t listen to my body very carefully and do something that puts me down for a bit but I have settled it in my heart that I am not 25 and I know what my body can and can’t do. 

 

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I try to follow a Whole 30/Paleo type of lifestyle.  Sometimes it’s 90/10 or 80/20 and depending on the craziness of life, it can be 70/30.

Milk does not like me! 

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That’s why I have to limit these babies….. 🙂

 

I try to listen to my gut (literally) and let it tell me if a certain type of food upsets my tummy. Oh you know what I’m talkin’ about! Poop can tell you eveything you need to know about your gut.  But I promise, if you ever follow either lifestyle (Whole 30 or Paleo) your gut will thank you.  Forever.

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Some of my favorites.

 

 

What are my favorite workouts?

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What it boils down to is this.  I want everything that I do to glorify God and that even means my health.  When I mistreat my body, I am mistreating what God has given me to manage for a time.  I want and need to treat it right. 

Wherever you are right now in your journey or in your Walk and it is including your health and it’s frustrating, stop and take a deep breath and pray. Pray about what you need to do or change in your life that will keep you moving forward. Pray about what foods to eat.  Pray that everything you eat will give you the strength to carry out the plan that He has for you. 

He loves it when we love ourselves enough to do these things.

 

Goodnight my sweet friends. 🙂

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My Story

I have to admit….. I’m a little obsessed with this song by Big Daddy Weave.  Have you heard it?  If you haven’t, you really should stop what you are doing and go listen to it…

It’s okay….

I’ll wait…

🙂

 

The first part of the song goes like this:

If I told you my story, you would hear Hope that wouldn’t let go.

If I told you my story, you would hear Love that never gave up.

If I told you my story, you would hear Life, but it wasn’t mine.

 

Hope.  Love.  Life.

Some amazing things right? 

If you were asked to tell story, what would you say?  How would you describe the things that you have been through?  Would you be embarrassed?  Ashamed?  Proud?  Or, would you feel anything?

I spent a very long time feeling so ashamed of the things that I had done and was doing.  Wanting so desperately to hide under a rock or feeling like everyone knew your past…….I mean, they must know right??

 

Here’s what I know.  

Once I recognized my life was spirally out of control, I cried out to the only one that I could cry out to.  No matter how we try to fill our lives of things that make us feel good or things that don’t make us feel good, we just do them because we feel we deserve the worst. 

But then guess what happens…  Hope enters.  It enters in a way that crumbles the feelings of shame and regret.  It breaks down every barrier of anger and sadness and hopelessness that you feel.  Hope makes way for Love.

Love. 

The kind of Love that enters into your life even when you can barely drag yourself out of the miry clay.  The kind of Love that says, “I don’t care what you’ve done. I love you no matter what.”   Love makes way for Life.

Life.  Not your life mind you.  It’s Jesus’ life being lived out in you.  The kind of Life that tells everyone that something is different about her or him. 

Life that spills out because you can’t contain it.

 

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I think that sometimes we as Christians have forgotten how to live as victors.  We have victory over our past sins!  They’re gone my sweet friends.  That’s what Jesus died for.  God desperately wants a relationship with us.  He loves us beyond what we can even comprehend. 

 

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Being Healthier

When you wake up in the morning to every feel like you are in a Twilight Zone?  Every thought you have doesn’t make sense and you just feel very cloudy.  You’re surprised that you made it into work because you can’t even remember the drive in.  🙂

I really hope that I am not alone here.

 

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Random picture of Emma because she is so cute!!

 

We can try so hard to get the outside healthy that we forget to work on the inside at the same time.  Its actually the most important.  When my relationship with Christ is off, everything else seems to follow.  Work, health, decisions…everything.  There seems to be this darkness that just hangs over you.  A cloud so to speak.

The scary thing?  Sometimes that cloud can feel like it stays there a long time. 

A really long time.

 

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Sweet Sophie!

 

When I step outside of myself, I can view the process of moving closer to Christ as a beautiful thing.  Even when it hurts. 

No matter how the outside looks, the inside could be screaming out to be saved.  Healed.  Seen.  Rescued. 

I could follow the best workout program and still not be healthy.  When I work on my relationship with Christ, I make better choices.  Better choices when it comes to eating and working out. 

 

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Because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I want to put good things in my body. 

 

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So when you think about considering a healthy lifestyle, it all must work together.  The inside must be healthy too. 

Whatever you put in your body, comes out. 

 

I may not have it all figured out but I love the fact that I have a Father who is about giving us chances everyday and every minute to make good choices and to follow Him. 

If you are screaming out on the inside and you feel like no one can hear you, He can.  He knows you so well because He created you. 

 

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You must care enough about yourself to become a healthier you. 

Inside and Out.

🙂

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