Merry 2014! We have arrived at that season when everyone becomes reflective and introspective about their life and making resolutions to change. It is a New Year and people are excited to have a new beginning for their lives. Some people want to start a business, write a book, go back to school, start a new career, find a mate, get married, have a baby, start saving money and the list goes on and on.
One of the biggest things that many people resolve to do is lose weight and get in shape. The struggle to shed pounds is a major issue that torments and is a constant battle. Losing weight and embracing the notion of getting in shape is one of my crosses to bear. Back in November, I heard from two different doctors that I needed to lose the “muffin top“. This was not a surprise to me, I was carrying the pounds around and needed to get a plan for dropping the weight and getting in shape.
At first, I was mad at myself because over the summer I took a leap of faith and participated in the popular the Daniel Fast”—that involved eating only fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for 21 days along with other members of my church. I lost 10 pounds and I felt better and it was a healthy way to eat better, lose weight and get in shape. All of my efforts went out the window as I traded my fruits, veggies and smoothies for greasy junk and sweet treats. The weight came back with a vengeance.
A friend saw my distress and decided that we could get up and start walking in the mornings or evenings to get moving and leave the weight behind. So the week before Thanksgiving we met in the wee hours of the morning and began walking on the road to changing and losing weight. It is never easy to get your body in shape, you have to do the work to gain maximum results. My friend has been a great source of encouragement and inspiration, she has me jogging and walking.
We set a few goals: Walk/jog three times or more a week. We would go for an hour and we wanted to get up to 4 miles. Our weight loss goal is 15 pounds by Thursday,February 27th (the return of our favorite show SCANDAL). I am have not been boiling over about jogging and I give my friend the”side eye” when I want to quit, then I remember no pain, no gain! I will not be defeated, this is my season for favor and blessings.
As I walk/jog into this new beginning it helped me to develop my updated tagline “Fit and Lean in 2014! Mind, Body, and Spirit”. I vow to get in shape this year and stay on a track with a lifestyle improvement. As I get in shape it has to be a total effort of my Mind (it is where everything starts in our thinking), Body ( our temple has to be honored and kept in order), Spirit ( our soul must be in agreement with the body and mind for optimum results).
Let me encourage you to join me as I get “Fit and Lean in 2014! Mind,Body, Spirit”.
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- New Year, New You (coachjoewall.wordpress.com)
- 2014: Mind, Body & Spirit (lovingmefirstblog.wordpress.com)
- 3 Fitness Goals to Aim for in 2014 (news.health.com)