Friday, March 20, 2009

Fattness or Fitness?

I am choosing fitness! I have just joined "Gettin´fine in ´09" and want to start doing my own studies and posts on Fitness.

All my life, I have been doing some sort of exercise, from aerobics with my mom, swimming, high school and college soccer and softball, to now running, and blading with my three very active sons. Gotta keep up some how.

After having a baby a year for three years straight, it took it´s toll on my body. I really have been trying for the last 7 years to get back to my pre-baby body. This is not everything in life to me however, as even in the Bible, Paul writes to Timothy (inspired by God) saying that " bodily exercise profiteth little but godliness is profitable unto all things," ( 1Timothy 4:8) We must be sure our priorities are in order. Quiet time first. I am preaching at myself here. I need to make sure I am spending my quiet time with my Lord and then all other things will fall into place.

Fitness and exercise are becoming a big part of my day, though as I have eliminated the unwind-veg. time of my day. It feels great! Every evening when I would normally just flop on the sofa just pleased to have made it through, I will get on my bike and watch football (I miss football season) or watch a part of a movie I really like. Boy, does that help pass the time.

Melissa encouraged her blogger readers to do HIIT exersize and gave a great plan for losing weight. Using weights in the rest time of the cardio work out has been a geat fat burning boost. I have been lifting 5lb weights doing biceps, triceps, butterflies, shoulder presses and trunk twists while biking the whole time. Lifting in the slow interval of my biking. I do this every other day. The other days I walk and then bike as far as time allows on my stationary bike in my living room.

I have however hit a plateau this week. Finding Lisa, at Lisa shaw fit life led me to Sandy at God Speaks Today which led me to Sarah at No Pain No Gain and her accountability challenge "Gettin´ fine in ´09". They all are challenging each other to reach for their goals. Reading how many calories they are burning, I started upping my work outs! I started yesterday burning more than 500 calories. I can´t wait to see if this kicks this plateau.

I know God wants us to do our best. There are many areas I need to work on, (Like my laundry baskets of clean clothes to be folded) so I am going to keep endevoring to get myself disciplined in more than one way.
"I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:14


  1. You go girl! You are doind great!
    Creating a new you :)... or going back to your old one... whatever :) you are still doing great! hehe

  2. I feel like a big fat just gave me the kick in the pants (skirt) that I needed.....

    You are awesome.....hurry up and come visit us!!

  3. Welcome to Fitness Friday!!!! I'm so excited you will be joining us. If you want to participate every week, let me know and I'll link up to you, too. How fun!

    And I'm SOOOOOO glad you joined Sarah's accountability group. She's a real motivator and loves to help people. She's done so well reaching her own goals. Very inspiring.

    On a technical note, if you want a larger picture of the "Fitness Friday" picture, I can e-mail you one. It will come out better when you post it. Just let me know and e-mail it to you.

    Love ya!


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  5. Are you saying that you ride your bike in the evening to late night?
    I am having trouble finding a good time to exercise. Each time I think I've found it something messes it up, but I am always up later than everyone else. I'd heard it wasn't good to exercise late at night so hadn't considered trying it. Maybe I will.

    Thanks for your encouragement and help!

  6. oh thanks so much for visiting me at my blog! It was a joy to have ya! You had asked some questions about our homeschool, so I just decided to make a post about it. I just finished it, so when ever you get the time, come on over and take a peek :O)

    God Bless you!!

  7. Alright now, I thought this was a feel-good blog!!
    You're not aloud to post convicting posts!!

    Okay really, great post. You're doing great. I'm with you on this one. I'm way past the wake up stage and now needing to do something major. I can say that I'm down some and on my way!!

    Keep up the good work!

  8. I have a treadmill that I sometimes walk on and watch a dvd while I do it. Other times I work out to an exercise dvd.

    As I got older I am finding exercising is necessary. Not only is it easier to lose or maintain your weight but it also makes me feel better.

  9. Hey there! I have not forgotten about you. I still have family in town (my sister in law's name is Dani).

    You are doing amazing! Funny you found that website because that's very similar to what I was going to share with you.

    On the side of my blog I have a link to a BMR calculator. Your BMR is what your body burns doing nothing - like sitting on the couch watching TV. This is the amount of calories that you should eat everyday. Then what you burn during exercise should create a deficit and help you lose weight. 3500 calories = 1 lb. What you read is right - a woman should never drop below 1200 calories a date - it will send your body into starvation mode and start pulling it's fuel source from you muscle.

    You could give your body a good shock by changing up your workout. Our bodies start to get used to what we are doing to them, so we need to shock them every now and then. You can also do a couple sets with heavier weights along with your 5 lb weights. Muscle itself naturally burns more calories than fat. You'll see big benefits with gaining muscle and doing cardio together!

    Keep up with the good work, and I'm SO happy you have joined us. I am all about "activity" and "conversation" on my blog. Some of them have been slacking a bit on posting - which I was a bit discouraged about and Sandy from Fitness Friday gave me a little pep-talk (she is an amazing woman). I'm just a bit preoccupied with family right now (they leave town on Tuesday). I love chatting with you so keep it up!

  10. hi there friend (again :O) thanks for visiting. I too have used a couple of Abeka books in the earlier years for my daughter.

    One thing I do to find as a great resource for finding 'good' books for the kids, especially books that fit the time era of history we are study is the Sonlight catalog. I've never used their curriculum, but they offer a free catalog with nice little descriptions of all the books they use. "a very, very literature based curriculum"

    ~~~~I went ahead and tagged along as a follower on your blog! I'm excited to sort of 'know' someone all the way in Spain, and a homeschooling momma at that too :O)

    Blessings, Deanna


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