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.