Progress Not Perfection

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. – First Timothy 4:15, Bible ~ New International Version

It’s Labor Day Weekend.  My scale-free summer has come to an end.  Technically, it ended last Thursday in my doctor’s office.  But, I still kept up what I was doing and did not step on a scale at home or look at my weight until this morning.  The verdict…I have lost 1 pound.  Am I upset? NOPE!!! That wasn’t the point.  Although I do still have some weight to lose, I needed to focus more on becoming better at getting fit without focusing on the scale.  I also took measurements of my body at the beginning of the summer. 

Body Part L/R July 17th August 30th
Arms 14”/14” 14”/14”
Thighs 21”/21” 20”/20.5”
Calves 14.5”/15” 14”/14.5”
Waist 39 3/4” 37”
Hips 44” 43 1/2”

 

I’m so excited!!! (cue the Pointer Sisters!) I have definitely toned up this summer, including almost 3” lost on my waist! No wonder Erika of The Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss actually commented on one of my Instagram photos with one word – CURVES!!

So how did I get here? I focused on training for Fall races in my running.  I didn’t race at all for July and August – just trained.  I made sure that even when I was travelling I made time to run.

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I ran a 7 mile loop of the Rock N Roll Philadelphia course.

2013-08-03 20.46.18 I ran trails in Delaware State Park.

I did the exercise challenge which I posted for July as a part of my crosstraining.  Lots of crunches, planks, and pushups.  I mixed up my crosstraining a lot actually.  I did Vinyasa Yoga for a few sessions, Aqua Zumba for a few sessions, and tried TRX for the first time.  I believe I’m in love with TRX and will definitely be adding that to my weekly workouts for the Fall.

My eat clean progress was continued as well.  I always find it easier to eat more fruits and veggies during the summer.  There are so many to choose from.  I did the green smoothie challenge in July – YUMMY!!! With the exception of a few days when I was travelling, I have had a green smoothie almost every day for breakfast.  My hubby got into them as well.  So on the mornings when I didn’t make one, he made one for us.

All in all, it was a great summer!  For this Fall, I am going to focus on FITNESS and drop the last few pounds of FAT. Details soon to come.  In the meanwhile, remember to…

progress not perfection

Did you have a Scale Free Summer? How did you do on your fitness goals this summer?

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31

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The body type of the moment may change from time to time. But being the healthiest you you can be as a reflection of your own godliness should always be your aim. I’m not aiming to be skinny, I’m aiming to be fit. Due to my incisions, there is a part of my belly that will always be fluffy and I accept that. We all need to accept ourselves – warts and all!

Eat clean but don’t deprive yourself of life’s joys!

God is My Strength

my flesh and my heart is God

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Faith & Fitness Friday–Self Control

1 Corinthians 9:25-27 –

Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

 

Faith & Fitness Friday–Believe

Mark 9:23 –

Jesus said unto him, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”

One year ago, I was excited about running my first 5K at the Baltimore Women’s Classic.  Today, I picked up race packets for 2 different races – the Dreaded Druid Hills 10K and the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K.  I would have never imagined doing this last year.  But, I have always believed in Jesus and that he will order my steps.  That belief has led me to overcome so much in the past year. I am truly thankful that I have become a hysterrunner.

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Are you racing this weekend?  Have your beliefs inspired you to be better? 

Faith & Fitness Friday–Psalm 121

I woke up this morning with this Scripture on my mind.  This video has some beautiful images coupled with the reading and music.  The images all reminded me of my word for the year – SERENE.  I would love to run in any of these locations.  Remember whether the hills you encounter are physical or mental, you do not have to tackle them alone.

Psalm 121–I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence comes my help…

Faith & Fitness Friday–Strength in God

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He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:29-31

Faith & Fitness Friday

Hebrews 12:1

Hebrews 12:1

As I prepare for my first big race ever, this Scripture phrase is becoming more and more of a friend to me.

My hysterectomy and the events leading up to it and recovering from it was a race which I have already endured.  I know that running a foot race is possible.  I know that God has strengthened me in every way to prepare me for this race.  I just need to put my training – physical, mental, and spiritual – into practice.

Good luck to everyone running races this weekend! No matter what kind.

Faith and Fitness Friday–Run with God

I came across this wonderful inspirational essay and had to share a part of it with you.  The original essay was written by Theodore J. Sanborn on November 7th, 2010.  It can be found at Listening for God.

I have been trying to work on my prayer time, especially while I’m running.  This essay reminded me that I may not be the only one!

The majority of people in our culture claim they don’t have time to run, and the other half say they don’t have time to pray. Although multi-tasking usually lowers our level of performance for each activity, the idea of praying while running might actually help us more fully achieve our goals in both areas.

Think about that – multitasking in a good way.  The author goes on to describe his “conversations with God” which helped him to get through half-marathon training.  He says that:

When we choose to engage him in prayer during our run we might achieve an even higher state of happiness – a natural state of joy in the presence of God without the persistent intrusions that might otherwise exist when we pray.

Then, he goes on to describe the ACTS Prayer Model which he uses in his running routine.

A for Adoration (Praise): Think about God’s majesty, power, and goodness. The Psalms are full of beautiful descriptions and images that you can freely appropriate.
C for Confession: Admit to God your faults. You might want to make sure that this part of the prayer, if not the whole prayer, is said silently, so as not to distract other runners.
T for Thanks: Give thanks to God for what he has done for you – health, family, etc. You could fill a complete ½ marathon thinking of things to be grateful for once you put your mind to it.
S for Supplication: Finally, after recognizing God and your own condition, you are now spiritually prepared to make requests to God for specific types of intervention.

He suggests breaking your run into 4 parts and focusing on each part of the prayer during the 4 parts of the run.  I plan on doing this on my long runs from now on.

What do you do to combine your prayer and running worlds?

Faith & Fitness Friday

“I ran and ran every day, and I acquired this sense of determination, a sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happened. The triumph cannot be had without the struggle.” Wilma Rudolph

I love this quote from Wilma Rudolph.  Her story is so inspiring.  If she could become a champion after overcoming polio.  I can achieve my goals post-hysterectomy. (The lovely ladies at Oiselle have this quote on a shirt which I love to wear.  Check them out!)

This week the awesome Erika at Black Girls Guide to Weight Loss’ Friday Five is dedicated to Five Original Fit Chicks Who Deserve Your Praise, including Rudolph.

 

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

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