Strength through Hebrews 12

Running the Race to Peace

Week 1 January 23, 2011

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“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

Obviously to strengthen by body, I need to practice a heathly diet and increase my exercise. My goal is to lose 15-20 pounds over the next year, be able to fit into size 6 jeans again (I’m now busting out of my size 10’s– so sad), and do one perfect form pull-up (to prove to my students old people can do pull ups). Because of my medical issues over the last year, and the little help I received from traditional doctors, I am following the advice of a naturopath/holistic doctor and eating a mostly vegan/raw/alkaline diet. To help with my muscle tone and to burn calories, Tony Horton and Dreya Weber will be my personal trainers right here in the privacy of my own home. BRING IT!!!

The next 3 months will be my transitional period because I tend to be a leap before I look type of person— I go full-out, balls to the wall, and then crash and burn. I will focus on one aspect of my diet, start with the P90X Lean program, and give myself permission to enjoy foods that are forbidden or do only part of a workout. My “race” is a marathon, not a 50 yard dash!

pH Miracle Diet Transition #1: Breakfast 

The diet recommends starting the day with a low-carbohydrate, high-fiber, high-water content meal  like a big salad, soup, a veggie wrap, or even steamed broccoli— different to say the least.  When I first tried out the diet a couple of months ago, I thought it was crazy to eat veggies for breakfast but I quickly discovered I could convert my typical fruit smoothie into a veggie drink that really didn’t taste too bad(I blend spinach, parsley, cucumber, and red bell pepper with spicy tomato juice, water, and hemp powder– the bell pepper and tomato juice help to keep it sweet). So I think week one is pretty well handled which is good considering I am going to need to focus my energy on getting my workouts done.

P90X Workout: Core Synergistics, Cardio, Shoulders & Arms/Abs, Kenpo, Legs & Back/Abs, Yoga

I am switching Yoga and Kenpo because I work out in the morning, my work day starts at 7:30 am, and I don’t want to get up at 4:30 am to do yoga. By starting the workout on Mondays and making the switch, I can do yoga on Saturday mornings when I am less pressed for time (and can warm up a bit more before starting). I chose to do the Lean program because I have been so inactive this last year and I need to boost my cardio. In addition to these workouts, I am aiming to go for two 30-minute walks this week.

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No, Really, I’m Starting TODAY!!!

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As the Nike ad says, “Just Do It!”

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks “preparing” to renew and strengthen myself– I’ve dusted off my collection of P90X dvd’s, purchased lots of green vegetables and a container of “Super Greens” drink, rediscovered the significance of bible study, learned my brain is 20 years older than me, and almost gave myself a heart attack when I took my physical measurements (I fully believe that scales were created by the devil himself). There is nothing left to do except the work itself. As Hebrews 12:1 states, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” It sounds so easy, right? I mean, just get rid of my vices and run. So why I am I freaking out? Because my vices are my vices… would I rather have a glass of wine (or two) and a sweet treat, or would I rather go out and run? HELLO… is this even a question? Of course, there is part of me that wants to continue on the same path I’ve been leading the last year because change is scary and junk food is tasty, but continuing on this path is going to keep me stuck in a place I don’t want to be; I will continue to get sick, be depressed, isolate from friends and family, avoid work, and just be all around miserable. It’s crazy to me how split-brained I can be– it’s like I’m two different people in the same body– Healthy Me and Unmotivated Me. Well, Unmotivated Me, it’s time for you to take up less space is this too large body– out with your pessimism and who cares attitude, out with lying around watching TV for hours, out with living a life in isolation– there’s a new sheriff in town and starting today, things are going to change (cue theme music from “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”).

 

Primed and Ready January 20, 2011

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Well, the one week cleanse is finished and I can’t say that I feel any different– I did lose about 3 pounds so I guess that’s all good. I was very skeptical of doing a cleanse at all but felt that at this point in my recurring illnesses, it couldn’t hurt. I chose to go a more natural approach by limiting my food intake and choices and using a non-stimulant raw detox formula. So, for the last week, I followed a mostly vegan diet with lots of raw, green vegetables, drank about a gallon of water a day, walked 30 minutes a day, and took the prescribed powders and pills as directed by product I purchased. The worst part of all of it was the nightly powdered drink mix that was added to a glass of water… it was so awful tasting that I had to plug my nose to keep from retching. I guess all natural doesn’t mean great tasting.

With a week of cleansing behind me, I now turn my focus to my everyday diet and workout routine. For my diet, I am following the advice of Robert O. Young from his book the pH Miracle Diet and transitioning myself into a full-time, alkaline-based diet. I like that he says it took his family over 2 years to transition away from junk food, and that the kids are still in transition. I get too caught up in expecting results immediately and want to be like or look like or eat like those who have already made the transition or made the change or made the sacrifice. I forget that they, too, once started at square one and had their own struggles along the way. It’s the same thing that Tony Horton says about P90X participants (although I wonder how much is true). Yes, I’m doing P90X— that’s my workout routine. It seems everyone is doing it or has tried it, but I have to honestly say that I really like it. I have been using it on again, off again for the last two years but never made the full “90 day” committment— just worked out and did whichever DVD felt interesting at the time. My inspiration is the older woman in one of the arm workouts and the man with a prosthetic; if they can do it, I can do it. I just this morning heard Tony say, “…he wasn’t able to do this the first day or on day 5 or day 20, but over time, he got to where he is.” And isn’t that really true of both diets and workouts? I didn’t put on the weight I’ve gained in one day or 5 days or 20 days, but over many months of poor choices and inactivity and it’s not going to all come off in a week or even a month. To be “fit” is to be consciously aware of what goes in my mouth and how long my butt sits on the couch… it’s not a time-thing, but a change in attitude-thing.

God grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, courage (strength) to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

 

A Harsh Reality January 15, 2011

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Is there anything scarier than a bathroom scale? Actually, yes, a tape measure can be just as scary especially when used to assess the size of one’s thighs. I’m not sure why I was drawn toward these torture devices, perhaps it’s because I’m feeling better from the cleanse, but it seemed like a good idea to establish a baseline in my quest towards health. A good idea, probably, but now I am fully depressed.

I cannot stop staring at the numbers on the piece of paper in front of me… it’s like watching a car crash– you know you shouldn’t stare but you just can’t help yourself. The numbers seem menacing, like they are mocking me.  “Ha ha,” they say, “this is what you get for being lazy.” Having always been a very active person, who could eat just about anything at any time, I never thought about the consequences of inactivity on my hips. However, I did not factor in aging. I am experiencing the human equivalent of inverse ratio: as my age increases, my metabolism decreases.

So, now I have two choices: 1) wallow in my misery and comfort myself with a box of truffles, or 2) do something about it! As tempting as option #1 sounds, I know that option #2 is the one that will allow me to run the race toward peace. My challenge, however, is to stop myself from expecting changes to occur too quickly and stifle my all-or-nothing tendencies. Though I would love to drop 25 pounds and 15 inches by the beginning of April, I don’t think that is realistic and I will simply make myself crazy trying to accomplish it. I have spent the last year or more neglecting myself physically (as well as emotionally and spiritually) so it seems only logical of my state of affairs. As I seek to find strength, I know these numbers will change, but I must be willing to endure a little hardship. As Hebrews 12:3, 5-7 says:

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart…. (and) do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.

 

A Clean Start… Really Clean January 13, 2011

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Today, I started a full body cleanse and I am doubting myself for doing it and the actual results I will see. Why am I doing this if I am in doubt? Because, I am an all or nothing, black or white, in or out type person… I either do something at full speed like a hummingbird on crack or do nothing but lay around staring at infomercials for hours on end. It’s not something I’m proud of, but it is who I am (and it’s only taken me 41 years to figure it out). So, I figure if I’m going to run the path of strengthening, why not start with a clean slate (or should I say, clean bowels?). It’s all or nothing… I either continue lying here doing nothing or I spend quality time in the bathroom… it’s a toss up really.