health

Runapalooza 2013 Update 1: It’s Coming Along

Couch to 5K Chart

 

I’ve decided that I’m calling my quest to run at least one 5k this year my Runapalooza 2013. Ever since Daniel and I joked about  WedFest 2010 (which ended up being what we permanently called our wedding, it was on the invites and everything) I like to name the events in my life as such. It’s fun and it motivates me for some weird reason. I also keep a huge chart at the top of my mirror so that there’s no way I can forget or be tempted to skip a day. Getting to cross a day off is like finishing a college final. It feels so good. I have missed a few days because of last minute scheduling conflicts, but I make them up by adding that missed work out onto the next day.

Anyways, I wanted to share my progress so that there’s  a level of accountability between you and me. This is my third week of Couch to 5k, or Interval Training (I like the latter MUCH more). It only requires  running intervals 3 times a week, so I’m working out in between my run days. I will say that this method of training is really working for me, and each day I run it feels a little bit easier, and I can run for a little bit longer. I use the nike run app to keep record of what I’m doing, and it’s encouraging to look back on each week and see the progression.

Guys, I’m SOOOOO out of shape, it’s hilarious. For my work out days, I’ve been attempting the interval workouts, where you do a really extreme exercise for 50 seconds, and then take 10 seconds rest, and then do the next really extreme exercise for 50 seconds, and so on.

I seriously almost barfed when I had to do star jumps. And don’t even get me started on burpees… I can do 2. I don’t understand how only 4 years ago I was able to pull giant tourists around on a bike for 12 hours, and now doing a jumping jack makes me die. It just goes to show how easily and quickly our health can turn to crap when it’s not an important part of our daily routine.

I think my biggest struggle right now is consistently making healthy food choices. I can be so rockin’ awesome all day long, eating the right amount of calories and putting the best foods in my body, and then at night it’s all ruined by over eating (i.e. last nights beer-coffee-chocolate Chili, corn bread and 2 rice crispy treats…)

Self Control is so hard! Especially when you struggle with a comfort addiction (news flash: we all struggle with that). It’s just really hard when that comfort you long so deeply for lies in those fresh chocolate chip cookies… or at least you think it does. But alas, I digress.

I’m just taking it one day at a time, and not beating myself up at the end of the day if I make some mistakes. I surrender the mistakes and the control I want to have over it, allow myself to be forgiven, and resolve to start anew the next morning.

It’s working out!

What about you? What’s your biggest strength/struggle in the uphill climb to a healthy lifestyle?  How can I help you stay accountable? What advice do you have for me?

 

Music Monday: Who I Am

So as I’ve shared recently, running (or trying to run) has been a mountain I’ve been trying to conquer. When viewed with the right lenses and for the right reasons, health is really important to me. Unfortunately, we all know how difficult it is to keep our sights set on why we need to be healthy in the first place.

For me, I am not able to successfully be healthy if my goal is to make myself happy or to please Daniel. I have always and will forever fail if those two reasons are why I do anything. It just proves so hard how human I am. When I am able to believe that striving for healthy living is for God and his glory, then the success comes. Again, it’s difficult.

Some days I’ve truly got it. And some days I don’t feel God and I’d rather sit on the couch and eat an entire bag of Pirates Booty.

An album, and more specifically a certain song reminds me of why I do anything in the first place, and helps me see myself differently.

Life In Your Way’s Kingdoms, which is an album comprised of three EP’s (The Kingdom of Man, The Kingdom of Darkness and The Kingdom of God) , is something you NEED to listen to, especially if you are into melodic hardcore. But even if you’re not, give it a listen.

My favorite EP of the three part album is The Kingdom of God. On there is a song called “Who I Am”… and good grief.

It’s funny, because every time I’m running and contemplating giving up, this song starts playing through my Nike running app. It’s starts off with an intense, “THIS IS WHO I AM…” You know in Super Mario Kart, those question marks you run into that sometimes give you a super boost and you blast by all of the other guys? That’s what happens to me when this song comes on. It somehow gives me the power to believe who I really am, versus who I’ve made myself out to be in my own mind.

He doesn’t see what I see, He doesn’t see what you see.
He sees my destiny and calls me to be a son.

I seriously get teary eyed every time I reach this part of the song. You know why this is motivating? Because it’s true. And even though I don’t quite understand fully what God sees in me, I know He sees it. I’m so grateful because if my worth was solely left up to me, well then I would just be a sad girl all the time.

This is going to sound stupid and girly, but it also helps me get past what I see in the mirror. Like it or not, we all have issues with what stares back at us. You could have a slammin’ hot bod, and still find something that unsettles you. No matter how much physical beauty we think we’ve accomplished, it is just never enough. Most of the time, I feel like the grossest person ever. I could name off at least 20 things I’d have different on my body. Now, hear me. This is not a call for shallow compliments, because that will never be what satisfies my soul. And please don’t tell me how I just have to “love myself.” I refuse to trade in the sin of self-loathing for the sin of pride. It’s a battle most of us (both men and women) will fight every day, and we could blame it on all kinds of things. Media, childhood, food, friends, etc.

But the reality is, He sees none of that crap. He sees what He has made, what He is cultivating, and ultimately what He will finish. That pushes me. That gives me that last shred of energy to go one more mile. That allows me not to look in the mirror and smile, but to walk passed it completely and not even worry about it. It helps me choose to love others, even when they severely piss me off. It gives me the strength I desperately need to be a better wife, mom and person.

This is who I am, by the power of the risen death and what You’ve done.
This is who I am, all I’ve been and who I’ve become.

 

 

Trains vs Roller Coasters

The month of April came and went like Mary Poppins on her dang umbrella. It happened wayyy too fast. Daniel and I were in a wedding and we also had Abram’s big first birthday party to put on. Those were just extras added on to our normal busy lives, and I must confess that we did not eat very well. The month consisted of pizzas and whatever we could find that was the fastest to grab and consume.

I had many headaches last month.

May has nothing major planned, and we’ve both decided to be better with the time that we have. That being said, we are trying to get back on the health train. Abram and I went to the produce market on Monday and did some grocery shopping, and that picture up there is what we left with.

I really enjoy shopping for fruits and veggies because I feel so refreshed just from picking them out. They are colorful and vibrant and smell like the earth. I know, when I’m gently putting them in my cart, that these life-savers will make me feel so good when I eat them.

That’s the thing though. I have to eat them. My hand has to bypass the cheese in the refrigerator and grab the apple or cucumber. I actually have to cut them up and put them in my mouth. But then the left over hot dogs from the party would be sad because I wasn’t giving them any attention.

Getting back on track is so hard, and at first seems impossible. And that goes for everything. I was always told that it takes 21 days to build a habit or a routine, and so far that has held true. What sucks is that you work hard for those three weeks and feel like you’ve arrived. Then one night you decide to reward yourself with a piping hot pizza, a Vanilla Porter and some M&M’s. You then make an excuse to eat a candy bar and some bacon the next day, and then a doughnut at church on Sunday… and by Monday it’s all gone to crap. Might as well eat that bowl of cereal and that piece of cheese for breakfast instead of turning on your juicing and drinking super juice.

Now that your food choices have spiraled out of control, you’ve got a headache. Your body is achy, and your kid is driving you crazy (or your finals have stripped you of your last bit of humanity and you have become the walking dead). Might as well skip the workout. It’ll be fine. You’ll do it tomorrow. But you don’t.

Sound familiar?

Sound like the roller coaster of health you’ve ridden too many times?

Sigh. I’m tired of it, aren’t you? I just want to eat right. I just want to work out even when I don’t feel like it. For a while, I was overcoming discouragement and using it to fuel the fire that burns the calories. Encouragement was coming from left and right. The food I was putting in my body was strengthening me to great accomplishments. I was working out everyday, and dropping the pounds left and right.

But that dang April.

As tempting as it is, I refuse to let this hiccup in health ruin the whole thing. God has worked too much on me to be a quitter. I’m getting off of the roller coaster and back onto the nice and steady train. Those fruits and veggies up there need to get all ate up. Mostly because it’s good for me, but also mostly because they don’t come cheap.

There is too much at stake each day to not be optimizing our energy with the best foods and the healthiest work outs.

Let’s have a conversation about this. Let’s keep each other accountable.