What’s Going On!

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Hi Folks:

So let me start out by saying that I completely and totally apologize for being MIA for the last few months. Life has been filled with so many ups and downs that I’m just grateful that I’ve made it this far. Now I won’t say that all of it is over with, but I am starting to gain a better sense of clarity through all of this. This is the deal; I can’t allow all of the stresses from work or any other section of life make me so stressed out that I let it impact how I interact with my loved ones. Life is so precious and the time that I have with my loved ones is precious as well. I cannot and will not allow challenges to impact my family life. Work will be there and if something happens to me, I can and will be replaced. Heck, I could be replaced even if nothing happened to me. My family will always need me and it is vital that I give them the best version of me.

Needless to say, all of this stress has not been good, mentally, physically, and especially from a weight loss and nutrition perspective. Stress eating has been in overload mode and I absolutely have to figure out the best way to reign this in. Cold turkey won’t work because I will lose it in a week and end up in the middle of a pile of junk food somewhere. So where does that leave me? Trying to find a perfect balance between healthy eating and occasional treats. Will it be easy, nope! Will it be worth it, absolutely!

I have to give the very best version of me to my family, the people that I care about and those who care about me. My best version is strong, healthy, with clarity of mind, not stressed out and eating way too much. It’s done, I’m over it, I’m moving on. I have some things inside me that I really want to begin working on and all of the noise, all of the drama, and all of the nonsense that I continue to allow in is not leaving me room to do those things. No more! I am choosing to get my health right and work on my other things.

Prior to my 39th birthday I had a great deal of hope going into this last year of my 30’s, but as my birthday came and went, so did my zeal and my plan on how this year would be epic. I have just over 6 months until I turn 40 and I had a goal to make some things happen before then. I guess there’s no time better than right now to push for the life that I want.

Jess

Pushing Through

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Hi Folks:

One of the biggest challenges that we face in our fitness journey is having the ability to move beyond the mental challenges that come up and persevere until we reach our end goal.  It’s not enough to have a goal and start working toward it; we have to believe that our efforts will not be in vain.  Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle after years of eating unhealthy foods and not being physically active can be challenging.  It’s easy to get started on a program, they challenge comes when a tough day arises and you want to eat a double cheeseburger and fries all while sitting in your favorite spot on the couch, the question is, what will you do from there.  Do you allow a setback to make you sit down and do nothing?  If you don’t see the results that you want as quickly as you want, do you throw in the towel?

God has given us everything that we need to lead a healthy life; in fact he wants us to live that way.  Our soul “mind, will, and emotions” plays an important role in how we react to the challenges of life. This area is the area that is most easily affected by the lies that the enemy tells us.  Philippians 1:6 says that “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (NIV).  So no matter what challenges are presented, we know that we have help. We have the help of the Almighty who is able to do so much more for us than we ever imagined. We have the help of the people who love and support us along the way. If we need encouragement, they are there for that and if we need an extra push, they can do that too.

Make the choice to get up and push forward each and every day. Put forth your best effort for that day; meaning that your best effort from one day to the next may not look the same. Some days your body will feel better and move better than the next, don’t stress over it, just give all that you have in that moment and try again tomorrow. The biggest thing is to simply get up and “Push Play”.

Jess

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

Hi Folks:

Today was my very first time participating in this event and I have to say that I can’t wait to do this one again. I guess that I’m getting more and more sentimental about things but looking at 35,000 people who are all taking a stand against breast cancer I can’t help but smile. This morning I woke up with a plan in mind, I was working on decreasing my 5K time. I’ve said it before but I consider myself to be a wogger because what I do is somewhere between a walk and a jog. I’m completely ok with that but I do want to try to start picking up the speed a bit. As of right now my 5k time has been coming in around the 43-45 minute mark. My goal for today was to come in between 35-40 minutes.

Something can be said about having plans and goals and how quickly things can change. There are times that you can plan everything out and have your set goals in your mind or even write them down, but God has other things in mind. This is what happened to me today: at the starting line I met a lady and we exchanged the normal pre-race pleasantries that you do when you’re waiting for the race to start and you happen to be by yourself.   As it turns out, today I was meant to work with her and encourage her so that we both finished. There were plenty of times when she told me that I didn’t need to wait for her and that I could go on but I couldn’t. I was vested in getting her through this race and I felt that I needed to stay with her.

We decided that we were going to walk/run to get through the race. She let me know when she was ready to run again and she set the pace that she was comfortable with. My job today was to keep her encouraged and to keep her pushing forward. Doing this meant more to me than any time goal I had.

I am now encouraged that the current path that I’m on and the things that I have in the works are indeed part of God’s plan for my life. I realized something about myself today; I don’t have to be perfect I don’t need to be fast or skinny or anything else to be the coach that I want to be. I just have to start finding opportunities and start doing. More certifications, etc… won’t get me there because I have everything that I need in me right now. I already hold a Masters degree in Human Services/Health & Wellness and I am an ACE Certified Personal Trainer. I just need to start using my current knowledge and my gifts and talents to do what I need to do. I may have helped her but she helped me just as much.

Jess

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, 2014. My new friend Angy and I
Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, 2014. My new friend Angy and I

Vision and Purpose

Hi Folks:

My key words for 2014 are VISION and PURPOSE. As I thought about what I wanted to accomplish in the coming year and I felt that I needed both of these to meet my goals.

VISION:

Prov. 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish… (NIV)

Lately, this idea of vision keeps coming up.  I’m a person who strongly believes that if the same thing keeps coming up over and over again, you should probably stop and pay attention.  Having vision for your life includes so many facets, too many to name, but thinking about what you want and how you’re going to get there is a good start.  Actually seeing yourself having accomplished your goal is one of the biggest predictors of your success.  Do you see yourself at your goal weight, owning your own business, working your dream job?

If you really want to accomplish your goals you have to “see” yourself at that goal; see yourself being everything that you want to be.  For instance, I can see myself at my goal weight and doing everything that I plan to do.  For 2014 I want to run a few 5K’s, a half marathon, a couple of sprint duathlons, and the biggie for me: an Olympic distance duathlon.  It’s a bit unnerving but I’m going to du it (haha-pun intended).  I will try to do each one of these with a smile on my face.  I am going to do them at a faster pace than I’ve ever gone before.  I can literally see myself running, biking, and finishing each one of these events.  That’s vision baby!

Purpose:

Eph. 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people)… (AMP)

Having purpose or living with purpose is something that many of us struggle with.  Ok, maybe it’s just me.  I know that I’m here on this earth for a reason; maybe I don’t know the exact reasons why but that should not stop me form seeking the purpose that God has for me.  One thing that I do know is that I can no longer afford to just aimlessly meander through life, hoping that good things will happen for me.  I have to set out and ON PURPOSE set goals and work on actually accomplishing them.

I will choose to look at each day as a fresh and new start, a brand new opportunity to live on purpose, to do things on purpose, and to live out my vision.

2013 was a decent year for me, but I’m really excited to see what 2014 holds.

Jess

Days 15 & 16

Hi folks

I’ve kind of hit a pause on the weight loss that I’m seeing on the scale, but I will say that right now I’m seeing more changes in my body composition. My torso is starting to look leaner as well as my hips.   Regardless of the scale, this is what I’ve been looking for. The ability to look better in my clothes and feel better about life itself.

I had an amazing day today. I was challenged in a way that I never thought I’d be and I’m excited about it.  I’m ready to begin to move in the direction that God is moving me in.  I feel like doors are opening that I never thought possible.

Feeling a sense of hope and accomplishment.

Jess

Prayer for the New Year

Father, thank you for seeing me through 2012, all of the challenges and triumphs that you brought me through only serve to make me stronger and build me into the person that you designed for me to be.  I thank you because when I was down, you brought me up.  I felt like David many times through this year, crying out to you in my despair but knowing who you are and continually declaring my faith and trust in you.  I also thank you for the times when everything was smooth because I know that it is only by your grace that everything is well. 

I thank you for my family, especially my husband and children.  They can be a challenge at times, but you always give me what I need so that I can care for and love them.  Life is not always a bowl of cherries but we get through things together. 

I thank you for this coming year.  I know that you know what’s best for me because your word says that you know the plans that have for me, plans to give me a hope and a future (Jer. 29:11).  Because of this I can and will continue to trust you in 2013.  Thank you Lord.

Amen