Feast on God’s Word

feast on Gods word

I read this quote in a devotional earlier this month and it has stuck with me.  A large part of clean eating for me is feasting on God’s word.  I pray that you consider doing the same.

Obesity and our kids

As a hysterrunner, I don’t just eat clean and train hard for myself.  It’s a lifestyle for my whole family. My husband and son work out regularly.  Sometimes they run and race with me.  As far as meals are concerned, we eat the same thing with no special meals for me that I wouldn’t want them to eat and vice versa.  For us this has translated into me losing weight, my husband and son are at healthy weights for their ages. Despite what is going on in my household, there is still an obesity problem for many.  Here is a cool infographic that I came across which addresses this.

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For more information about this APHA Obesity infographic go to: http://action.apha.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Obesity_Infographic#sthash.xA8D44PW.dpuf

How do you make sure your kids stay healthy? Do you work out with your family? What are some hints to staying active together?

Motivation Monday

For today’s Faith & Fitness Friday, I felt the need to share this poem – The Runner’s Mile. Consider running with HIM on your next run or race.

The last line of the post summarizes my life right now…
“My faith is growing, my strength is growing, and my endurance is growing.”

My Life...My Health...My Run

Since Mondays are tough sometimes…I thought I would try to help motivate people a bit.  If you are on Facebook, you have probably seen most of these, but consider it a reminder.

There are days I feel like this is happening.  I try to use my runs to refocus and spend time thinking about what is important.  There are days that my run is all about putting one foot in front of the other and it’s all I can do to just keep going and not give up.  I have to dig deep and ask for help to keep going.  But you know what?  That’s ok.  My faith is growing, my strength is growing, and my endurance is growing.

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Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month!

Endometriosis is a common health problem in women. It gets its name from the word, endometrium (en-doh-MEE-tree-um), the tissue that lines the uterus or womb. Endometriosis occurs when this tissue grows outside of the uterus on other organs or structures in the body. – Women’s Health.gov

Surgery, including hysterectomy, is usually the best choice for women with severe endometriosis.  One of my favorite hysterrunners, an ultrarunner and my professional mentor, suffered from severe endometriosis.

endometriosis ribbon

If you will be in the Washington, DC area on March 13th, consider joining the EndoMarch on the National Mall in support of women with the disease worldwide.

Open Yourself Up to God

Last night on my way home from speed work with BRRC, I was listening to the Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Radio.  One of my favorite shows was on, The Busted Halo Show. They were playing Fr Steven Bell’s homily from Ash Wednesday.  Several points from his homily struck me.  One of them was the statement that we should “open ourselves up to God.” (In fact, I actually called in to the show for the What did I say in the homily contest as I was so touched by it.  I ended up winning tickets to see the movie “Son of God.”)

I found myself thinking how can I open myself up to God as a part of my fitness practice.  What can I do to be more aware of God as I run during this Lenten season?  During Lent, most people think about giving up something but the truth is you get as much as you give up.  You give up something to make room for more of a focus on God’s will.  In thinking about how to open up to God while running, I came up with the following ideas:

  • Give up the headphones.  Run at least one run without music.  Take the time to listen to your surroundings.  Listen to the sounds around you both man-made and natural.  Tune in to God’s world.
  • Forget the GPS and/or a set path. Run one run just for the feel of it. Go as far as you can.  See how far your body can take you without worrying about a specific distance.  Be amazed by what your body is capable of and thank God that you can run every step of the way.
  • Choose a memory verse or prayer to recite as you run.  One of my favorite bloggers Mile Posts has 26.2 Bible Verses for Running and Racing.  You could choose one of these or all to recite while you run.

Do you have any other ideas?  How will you open yourself up to God as you run this week? Have you given something up for Lent?

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15th, 2013
Aiming for a PR!