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Starting 21 Day Fix Extreme

Today is day 1 of 21 Day Fix Extreme, one of Beachbody’s newest programs. Sitting trying to figure out the container system and meal planning is a tad daunting for me, actually.

I thoroughly enjoy cooking and being creative in the kitchen, but I’ve never been very good at planning in advance. I am more a spontaneous cook based on what is available to me. So trying to look out a week is rough for me. It’s a lot of components to figure out so it is easy to get overwhelmed by it.

That being said, I am giving it a go and going to try it out! Sitting here at day 1 of meal planning, I fully expect to come out the other side thinking that Whole30 was an easier challenge! I promise to keep you updated as I go.

As far as the workouts are concerned, they are great so far!  I’ve done the first two workouts, Plyo and Upper Fix, and boy do I feel it! I’ll try to keep you all updated as I go.



Fulton Sheen and the time spent exercising


“It is not particularly difficult to find thousands who will spend two or three hours a day exercising, but if you ask them to bend their knees to God for five minutes of prayer, they protest that it is too long.”-Fulton Sheen

A priest friend once told me a good way to judge the balance of prayer and exercise in your life was to examine the amount if time you spend exercising and at least match that with time spent in prayer

While I’m definitely not spending hours exercising,  his reminder helps me try to strike a good balance. I have to make sure that if I’m working towards a specific fitness goal (like running a half marathon or dropping those last pesky 5 lbs) and find myself spending more time and thought on the physical, that I keep it in check and not become consumed. Being a goal driven person it is easy for me to have tunnel vision, being zeroed in on the goals I’ve put before myself. But when I realize that I’m spending an inordinate amount of time (or even thought) on the physical, I can readjust my aim so my perspective regains some balance.

How do you benchmark the balance of time spent in prayer and time spent working out?

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Running Away From Stress

January is generally one of the busiest times at work for me as I lead the team preparing for volunteer groups traveling to Guatemala.  And even though I anticipate the stressful season, I still haven’t learned how to handle the stress gracefully.  That being said, I’m grateful for realizing in the past year that running clears my head like no other form of exercise.  Remind me to take a run when I’m stressed this month, ok?

This fall (during the other stressful season at work) I wrote about one such run in my journal and I wanted to share it with you.

Running clears my head like no other form of exercise I’ve found. This may not be the case for everyone, but the crisp, clear, fall air this morning helped me run away from my stress.  Surely, I face the stress again when I reach my front step again, but for those brief moments of my day, I can run from the stressors.

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During my warm-up (I have to go straight uphill for 2/3 a mile when I start off) running up the hill into Mt. Washington, I may be processing – facing the demons of worry and anxiety or the vices of anger and pride at something that happened. But if I run long enough I will always outpace the personal demons. Continue reading

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Starting a New Routine

Starting a new routine
My alarm buzzed 5:01 am an I grumpily rolled over, hit the snooze and pulled the covers off – thinking, maybe, just maybe if I was no longer cozy it would force me to get up.  It didn’t.

This silly game with myself went on for nearly 5 weeks before my feet hit the floor, I successfully managed to locate (and put on, mind you) workout clothes and make it out the door of my bedroom.  A few of those days I even managed to get up and change clothes before the magnetic pull of the bed drew me back in.  Continue reading