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.

 

No, Really, I’m Starting TODAY!!!

Filed under: Strength of Body — heb121 @ 10:38 am
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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”).