Day 14: Unexpected Changes

We all have moments where we set a goal and life decides to give us a curve ball.  

What do you do?

Use this bible verse today to reflect on curve balls you may have.
And instead of getting frustrated…lean on Him.

Do you stomp and have a tantrum?
Do you throw up your hands and say “fine”?
Do you push through even if it isn’t wise?



I started out this year with setting a goal to train for a Spartan Race.  This week was the week I was going to start putting into place my build up.  Then I went to the doctor to just have him take make sure I didn’t have strep…that it was just upper respiratory gunk.

Instead I received all sorts of other instructions of what I need to do for my health for the time being. One of them was the realization that training for a Spartan unfortunately is not the healthiest plan for me right now.

Part of me wanted to rebel…to say “I’m going to train anyways”…part of me wanted to defy the doctors recommendations and say “ah…it’s not that bad”….but…

It is not about what I want….it is not about my desires…it is not about MY WILL…

It is about ensuring I can one day do a spartan when I am healthier….it is about being able to pursue other desires and dreams right now and putting that one on hold….and it is about abandoning my will AND TRULY LIVING IN HIS WILL!

I must remember God is in charge and and His wants…desires…dreams for me are greater!!!

Are you experiencing a Challenge within this 21 day Challenge that has had to make you pause and realize when you started this pursuit…or even another goal….that your challenge has taken a bit of a detour….a different route!?

Maybe…just maybe…when you pause take a moment…reflect…journal about it….you will find that God has some big plans for you…for your MIND BODY AND SOUL challenge!

Reflect…pray…and see how this challenge is drawing you nearer to Him in your pursuit of true self love of MIND BODY AND SOUL!

Spartan Challenge or Bust!

I have to say, I loved…loved….loved….my parish priests sermon this morning!  It was perfect for me in what I had written up and prepared for with this challenge that I have been mulling over to do.

His sermon was about hearing God’s call….but, do we stay quiet or still enough to truly hear it.
As we are passing the midpoint of this first month of the new year, many of us have made resolutions that we may feel like we are failing miserably at.  I challenge you to reflect and think, is it because you may be putting too much of a burden, a stress, on yourself?  Have you maybe not broken it down into bite size, manageable goals?  Or is it something that God might be asking you to do a bit different or not at all and you just are too caught up in your own personal chatter that you don’t hear Him!?
Which brings me back to my Spartan Challenge.  I have been reflecting the last couple weeks that I am not going to pressure myself in the specifics yet.  I am not going to pick exactly which one, where, how.  I like the idea of Colorado.  I also enjoy the idea of San Antonio and seeing family.  What I have decided is I need to approach it the same way I did with my first regular 5K.  With the joy and love of movement…like a child….with no restrictive….regimented schedule.  To just get up and do lots of fun stuff  that challenges me; to do some of what will be expected of me for the race but not turn it into a job where it is so regimented and scheduled that it robs me of my joy of movement.  Thus here are my thoughts…..
*Many know I work out while praying my Rosary thus the reason I dub my exercising/workouts the following name :)….
2 minutes on mini trampoline
10 push ups
10 squats
10 lunges
10 jump squats
Repeat 3 times *each set I will add weights, or body vest, or reps
cool down on mini trampoline or walk for 15-30 minutes
*each week I will bump up the reps by 10 so that by the 10-12th week I will be able to do one set of 100 each…I will work and tweak how the sets need to look about every 3 weeks….
2 minutes “walk” on mini trampoline
1 minute Jumping Jacks
1 minute full out run/jog on mini trampoline
Repeat 3 times
cool down on mini trampoline or walk for 15-30 minutes
3 mile run or 1 hour walk with hubby

***rest days***
I will also truly listen to my body each morning as I will not workout if I feel overly fatigued from a previous workout….I will just go for a walk or do yoga instead.
I plan on doing a form of stretching such as yoga, pose holds, etc. about 3-4 times a week in the afternoon or evening.  This is mostly to keep myself relaxed and to remember to breath and enjoy all of life’s challenges. 🙂  This was something I truly needed to start incorporating better anyways.  If there is one thing I remember from weight lifting before is the tendency to not stretch enough and losing my flexibility.  
The final aspect to this 100 day get ready challenge is each day I am going to do one more burpee so that by the end of 100 days I will be able to do 100 consecutive burpees!  I challenged sweet hubby to do this with me at night while we stretch and watch a bit of tv.
There you have it!
I will officially start this 100 day challenge on February 1st which will put day 99 on Mother’s Day! 
I will probably start loosely doing this schedule for the next 2 weeks just to get myself into the routine and habit….but also reminding myself to move for fun…to move for enjoyment….to move for my health….but to not move if it hurts….to not move if it is draining me….to not move if it feels like work rather than play!
***I will post by March which race I am thinking of going to so if anyone wants to join me you can make plans too!!!  I think the more the merrier!!
Blessings and hugs as always!
~Kelly 🙂

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