Wednesday already?! …that’s what a short work week will do to you! No complaints from this personal trainer – I’ve got a long day ahead of me but a sleep-in and not getting going until 11 am (until 8 pm at the gym today) is not a bad way to start your mid-week day! I hope you guys are doing well today too!
Today I wanted to check in on my recent 30 Day Challenge that I set before myself only one week ago.
So far things have been going great! I’ve definitely broken the no processed foods/refined sugar part here and there (5 gummies at a movie – which is great for me! – a McDonald’s sundae one night and a few things here and there) but for the most part I’ve been sticking to real foods. That doesn’t mean there’s NO sugar, just the real stuff from fruit and the like. The workouts have been great, the burpees and KB swings rocking, and I’ve spent much more time reading the Bible and just communing with God. What a difference in my week! Working on my “inner being,” as Paul refers to it, has changed my outter being in so many ways – my problems are less petty and less in general during the week. I’m more joyful and my perspective is better. It’s not a magical thing, but spending time with God and investing in that relationship with Jesus simply takes the focus off myself and my worries and puts it on Jesus; compared to him, the problems of life become so much…less.
I didn’t specify it as a goal, but one thing I had in the back of my mind along with my fitness plan is one long run a week to keep the running legs fresh and the winter chill less of a big deal. With yesterday off, I got some errands done, cleaned the house, prepped some food and workouts for the week and then decided to head outside. It was gorgeous out – warm, sunny and just the right amount of chill to keep you moving in the air (MUCH warmer than over the weekend!). So, off I went.
(Did you see my recent review of the Zensah Smart Touch Running Gloves? If you need gloves for winter, be sure to check it out!)
With some sermons queued up and no pace or specific distance in mind (well, I was hoping for around 10 miles), I got moving and felt great! I decided soon into my run that I was going to run a half marathon that day – it had been a while, so while I knew it wouldn’t be fast, I knew I wanted to complete the distance.
I enjoyed a beautiful out and back style run with my Map My Run app on my phone and listened to three great sermons that I took in, that caused me to think and that made the time fly by so quickly! I finished off with some Mumford & Sons (their new album! I love it!) to keep me moving and just felt happy…Running makes me happy!
Getting in that one long run a week brings joy to my weekend, is wonderful alone and reflection time and lets me simply move; one thing that I appreciate most about being healthy is the ability to move! In a bit over 2 hours I finished off 13.3 miles on a sunny, gorgeous day in Calgary, running far from home along the river and then turning back to enjoy the paths home.
Soon my running will give way to weekend skiing, but I do plan to keep getting out there once or twice a week besides staying consistent in the gym. Do you run through the winter (is the weather an issue where you are)? Or is it your time to cross-train and get into different activities?
I’m off to the gym on a sun-shiny day for a full day of work, which I feel grateful for as I take off from our neat downtown apartment. I’m also grateful today for good friends, for our small group, for people who challenge me to think and change and grow, for family – near and far – and for the truth that no matter what I am loved and pursued relentlessly by a God who loves me.
What are you thankful for today? As my girl Heidi says, “Keep smiling and be grateful!” Live well & be well friends,