Hi all.. yes, it’s pretty darn embarrassing that I haven’t written a blog since the end of July… and not only embarrassing, but confronting, as it’s an actual ministry calling I’ve been ignoring. Not cool, not cool at all.
So, as always…. repent, forgive yourself.. and move on with every intention to do better.
I’m still powering on in the healthy body stakes and am pretty much just maintaining my weight now. I’ve become a 42yr old since I last blogged. A lot of people seem to be bothered by the number, but it seriously does not bother me at all. If anything, I actually feel pretty happy with where I’m at as a 42yr old. I don’t only mean physically, but mentally and spiritually too. Of course, it goes without saying that there’s ALWAYS room for growth & learning in all of those areas, but just keeping on walking forwards is always a great plan.
As well as the birthday, I’ve had a rather full-on overseas trip (blog soon to appear over on my life blog site), plus other family events etc that are common ‘full off the healthy wagon’ kinda triggers. I’m pleased to say that I’ve remained firm in the healthy lifestyle choices, both food & exercise, throughout.
It certainly helps that 1. It becomes a habit and you full-on crave it. 2. Your body tends to not like it when you feed it rubbish when it’s been loving goodness. 3. Loving what you see in the mirror is always a huge motivator to keep going. (once again, not just about the physical). It’s also a great thing that there is more and more wholefoods cafes popping up, which makes it so enjoyable to head out for a catch up, knowing that you’re having a ‘treat’ and yet still nourishing your body. This is one of my absolute fave smoothies from Charlies at Clontarf. If you’re local, here is their website. Go check them out as they are AMAZING !! They also double as a little grocery store and they stock all sorts of great stuff.
It’s very interesting that the body shape or type that was your goal in the beginning quite often isn’t what you desire as you travel further along the journey. I’ll admit, I started off just wanting to be THIN !! I wanted to look good in size 10 clothes.. and maintain it. But I’ve found that a HEALTHY body trumps a THIN body every single time. This is not just about body shape or size, but skin, hair, nail, posture, overall attitude.
I walk EVERYWHERE, and I also love to squat, so as a result, I have really firm thighs, and they’re not as thin as my original ‘goal’ body. But I love it that way. That saying is so true…. ‘Strong is the new sexy’. ha ha.
Along with physical goals, I set myself some spiritually healthy goals too. For years, my 1st action every morning was to pick up my phone and look at FB & insta.. I was confronted big-time with the fact that I was allowing my head & heart to be filled with useless chatter, outright garbage, or just nonsense, first thing in the morning… instead of beginning my day immersed in God’s Word. (PS.. for friends reading this.. your posts are not useless chatter. LOL )
I would always do the daily bible reading from the You Version app on my phone, but it would be whatever time of day I got to doing it, and I’d just read the one verse/s highlighted, nothing more. I would get into a plan fairly often, but other than that… it was mainly just the daily bible verse.
My original goal was to do 2 things… 1. Do not allow myself to look at anything else on my phone in the morning until that bible reading was done.. and 2. to hit that ‘read full chapter’ button under the verse. Except for those times that the verse happens to be in Psalm 119 and you realise you’re gonna be late (lol), it’s been so great to read an entire chapter each morning. Like the food and exercise, it’s also become a ‘craving’ each morning and one that quickly becomes the BEST way to start the day.
I’ve recently set a new goal, which is to use an actual physical bible instead of the app. While I actually love the idea of doing this as I just love to hold and read a bible (same with a fiction/non fiction book), the ability to enlarge the font on the phone/tablet and have it set to something that’s really easy for me to see, even without reading glasses, is hard to go past. But, I’m determined !! I’m going to push on and I must say, I’m pretty excited to see what I’ll learn from this. It’s one thing to allow an app to guide you, but to take that responsibility on yourself…. it’s daunting, but exciting.
On the exercise front, I’ve recently bought a step… sounds riveting right? Well surprisingly, it actually was. After the first day of having it, I said to my husband “This is the best $35 with free postage (ebay) I’ve ever spent. I Youtube searched ‘workouts using a step’ and have found some amazing ones that have quickly become a great part of my week. Here is one of my favourites at the moment. It’s a killer, but it’s GREAT !!! If you can take a good walk, and add in a step workout, you’ve got yourself a great day of moving your body.
I’ve also not long ago bought a booty belt (& no, you’re not seeing a picture of that. lol). I’m yet to decide if it’s a gimmick or a legit piece of workout equipment. It definitely does target areas, which is great… but we’ll see. I’ll keep you updated.
OK… I hope you’re all doing fabulously, respecting the temple, and walking alongside our Lord and Saviour, the best PT ever !!!