The Fit Mom Life

Learning to live a life filled with FAITH, FAMILY, AND FITNESS

Archive for the month “June, 2012”

The road to 26.2

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These are my running shoes and I love them. Jason got them for me for Christmas this past year. Actually, he got me a different pair that didn’t fit well and we took those back and together found this pair that I adore. I was a bit intimidated by the color at first, felt like I really needed to live up to being as fast and fit as I felt these shoes looked. I’ve run over 200 miles in them in the past 6 months and may need to retire them in order to get a new pair. My plan is to shop online to find the exact same pair since I know they fit well. I’m hoping maybe Mizuno will have discontinued them so I can get a good deal, but not hoping too hard because then I may not be able to find them.

I’d love to be able to inspire someone (anyone) to take control of their health.  Working out is not about being skinny, at least not for me. There’s a quote on Pinterest that says something to the effect of “fit is the new skinny”. (Which by the way, if I spent as much time working out as I do looking at the fitness tab on Pinterest, I would be closer to my goal!)  Being overweight or just unhealthy doesn’t feel good physically or emotionally. Once you take the first step (figuratively and literally) towards changing your lifestyle, you WILL start to feel better. Now, you will not feel good the first mile you run (or walk), but when you’re done, you might as well have climbed Everest!

It was in August of 2011 that I started running consistently. That’s less than a year ago, which means my path to fitness is newly paved. I run with my iphone and use an app called Endomondo. It tells me when I’ve hit each mile, my pace and my overall time. Since I’ve used it fairly exclusively, I can look back and see that I have run approximately 390 miles in the past year. What’s crazy is that I will start my marathon training next week and in my 18 week training program, I will run 392 training miles. THAT’S RIDONKULOUS! I’m going to equal a years worth of mileage in 4.5 months. As crazy as it sounds and as hard as it will be, I’m excited.

I will be doing the Monumental Marathon (http://monumentalmarathon.com) on November 3rd. I’m using a Hal Higdon training program (http://halhigdon.com/training/51135/Marathon-Training-Guide/), the Novice 2. Why not do the Novice 1 since it is less aggressive? I don’t know, maybe because I drank the fitness kool-aid and left my marbles on the side of the monon 200+ miles ago. The training program calls for 4 days of running, 1 cross training day and 2 rest days. I plan to modify that slightly as I’m only going to run 3 days (Tu, Th and Sa or Su) and then will do 2 cross training days. Why the modification? Because 4 days of running will burn me out on running and I don’t want that because I truly enjoy my time out there. The beauty of this being my first marathon is that I will set a PR (personal record) no matter what! I’m not setting a goal time for this race though. My goal is to run the whole 26.2 miles, remain injury free during my training (and the race), and cross that finish line feeling good.

I ran the Monumental Half-Marathon last year and, at that time, I had no desire to run a full. I think most people know that old quote, ‘the trouble with life is that it’s so daily.’ Well, that’s what started to happen with my workouts. I was getting bored, I needed a new goal, something to mix it up a bit, challenge my body and mind. Starting next Monday, the challenge begins. My Mizunos and I will be ready!

Father

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I married an amazing man. He far exceeds every thought and notion of what I was looking for in a husband. God wrapped a shield of protection around this man throughout his life and extended that shield to our marriage. I am blessed by each day I get to spend with him and will be devastated if our Father calls him home anytime soon. Jason took family commitment to a whole other level. He had been working as an ER nurse when the opportunity came for a management position. He took it willingly and eagerly and poured himself into that job and those people. We soon found that management in nursing = very long work hours and little time for family. Our second son, Sam, was born during this time, so though he gained great career satisfaction from this position, he made the very difficult decision to leave it in order to find a better work/life balance. After a sabbatical from the working world (and a move from the southside of Indy to the northside), he was again offered another management position in nursing. It was at the same hospital system, but a different position. We prayed over this opportunity and he felt it was something he should do. Due to our move though, this now came with a 45 minute commute to and from work. He again poured himself into this job, working the long hours, doing the commute and excelling at it all. We thought this time he could somehow morph the culture of this hospital system into having more  work/life balance. We found this was not to be and he again made a very difficult decision to leave this job. We were pregnant with our third and decided it best if he just took this time as a break. That break has lasted almost 2 years now and it’s fantastic, the reward has been immeasurable. I have been able to continue to work from home with my job, so now our kids have both parents at home. (I don’t think we would have chosen this if I was not able to work from home as I wouldn’t be able to parent best if I worked full-time outside the home.)

Our friends now get it that Jason is a stay at home dad. He is not between jobs, he is not waiting for the right opportunity, he is not unemployed in the traditional sense. He has chosen his family, his kids and he is weird for it.  Not many men will choose their family over their career path and he did and that makes him an anomaly. He sacrificed furthering his education (getting an MBA) and his career in order to make peanut butter sandwiches, change diapers and have water balloon fights. He had my heart long before we had kids, but when I see him in action as the dad he is today, I am over the moon for this man.

And yet despite all these glowing things about him, he still pales in comparison to my Father. That’s right, capitalized Father, meaning my creator. Matthew 23:9 says, “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.” On this Father’s Day I am most thankful to my one and only Father. He not only never lets me down, but he raises me up. He made some amazing spectacles in this world and then also bothered to make me as I am, knitting me together in my mother’s womb with the perfection that only he has.

On this Father’s Day, I appreciate my husband as being a beyond great dad, but give all praise and glory to my Father in heaven. If you do not know Him, then you are missing out on a parenting relationship that will NEVER let you down. Happy Father’s Day, God, I love you!

Organic…AHHHHHHH

Let me start by saying I am such a novice in this whole ‘healthy, organic, free range’ eating. Right now, my family doesn’t eat an all organic diet. We don’t have a garden, or chicken, or make our own detergent. However, the more I get into fitness, the more aware I am of what food/drink I put into my body. I am becoming one of those people. That’s right, I’m a label reader. I now check food labels and no longer buy based on cost alone, but based on the number of ingredients on the label.  I want the fewest ingredients and need to be able to prounounce all of them without the use of google.  Believe me when I say, I NEVER thought I would buy organic and care about labels, but it has happened. I’ve turned into one of those people that I use to mock (yeah I was chuckin stones from my glass house).  It’s difficult to cut out processed foods.  They taste pretty good and they are cheap. Buying organic/natural (aka healthy) is more work and more money. However, when you consider that 60+% of our population is either overweight or obese and billions of dollars go to maintaining that lifestyle, it’s worth the cost. I don’t do it for the cost, or to save my government healthcare dollars though. As I have said before, my weight/lifestyle was a barrier between me and God and it had to go. It was something that distracted me from being able to serve and worship Him in my full capacity.

So, as I started this post, I’m still quite the novice, my pantry is still making the shift to healthier foods. One thing I’ve learned with fitness though is that it doesn’t happen overnight. My eating behaviors are things I have honed over the past 34 years, so it’s going to take more than a week or two to change out the pantry.  But, you will find things like coconut oil, oats, organic garbanzo beans, agave nectar and lots of honey (for you sweet tooth eaters out there, honey becomes the new sugar in most of your recipes).  I’ve found healthy eating to be like going to college for a whole new career that you know nothing about. I am working to learn what it means to eat healthy, what foods are really packed with nutrients and what foods are a waste of calories. I have googled my brains out on healthy eating and read blog after blog written mostly by moms. (An interesting side note, many of the sites I find new recipes on happen to be written by stay at home moms, who homeschool their kids and are followers of Jesus Christ.)

Initially, I wanted to just drop some weight and feel a little better about myself, but as I’ve progressed, it’s become much larger. I have felt SO much better, physically and emotionally and now I want everyone to jump on this bandwagon and find this same happiness.  You don’t have rush out and make your own chicken coop just yet though. Start with some minor food changes and work your way towards the larger ones. The minor ones were eating primarily lean protein (fish, chicken, ground turkey) and lots of fruits/veggies (our favs are watermelon, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, avocado, tomato, bell peppers, broccoli).  FYI, I have nothing against red meat, our family just doesn’t happen to like it much.

Here’s a great little recipe I trialed on the family (and a couple SpringHill Camp staffers that are staying with us for the week)…

Lime/Cilantro Chicken (per myrecipes.com)

4 boneless chicken breasts

1/4 cup lime juice (I used 2 limes and 1 lemon because I was short on limes)

1/2 bunch chopped, fresh cilantro

5-6 garlic cloves, diced

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Mix together the lime juice, cilantro, garlic, honey, olive oil and place chicken in this mixture and let marinate.

I’d let it sit in there at least 20-30 mins in the fridge.

Then you can cook the chicken on the stove top or grill. I do salt/pepper the chicken once removed from the marinade.

It got rave reviews from the table, so give it a whirl!! We had a chickpea salad and watermelon to go along with this meal.  I’d like to one day get to the point where I’m making up my own meal creations and not just using ones found via Pinterest, but this life is a marathon, not a sprint, so I’ll get there.

My People

I had this spectacular weekend hanging out with a group of people who have known me since high school. For those of you that don’t know me, I’ll be 35 this year, so that means these are 20 year friendships. I live the farthest away in this group of friends and only get to see them about twice a year, so I cherish these get togethers.  Some people find it strange that a group would maintain friendships that were forged in high school, like we’re living in the past or something. I’ve been told that life moves on and you have to just let these old friendships go and you’ll find new ones. Well, I have tried for years to find friends like I have in this group and have failed. For awhile I thought it was because I was putting them up on some friend pedastal that simply made it unattainable for others to reach.  Don’t misunderstand me, I have other friends, but it’s just not the same connection.  I have never felt the simple natural comfort around any other women than I do with these ladies.  I finally came to the realization that they are my people. I will not replicate those friendships with anyone else and that’s ok. I’ve been given the gift of these relationships and that is more than I deserve on some days.

So, I left my spectacular weekend with my husband and kids and slowly my attitude plummeted. I sunk myself into this mini-depression that I wasn’t expecting. I didn’t want to work out, didn’t want to return to my life today, I wanted to go back to my camping weekend and just keep the good times going.

The problem with that was the Holy Spirit butting heads with me all day trying to get me to put my head up and appreciate the life I have. He wanted me to stop focusing on what I wanted and just look around at what I have, appreciate the time I have with who I have it with and when I have it. So, I finally listened. My kids were already in bed and my husband was heading there shortly, so with his support, I headed to the gym to workout. I didn’t really want to, but I really needed to. I had eaten junk food (and a lot of it) on my fun weekend and had not worked out at all (except for a game of kickball). So, at the gym I did a mile swim and then a leg workout and I had such a smile on my face after it was all done.

My fit-mom-life has 3 components (faith, family and fitness).  I had maximized my family time this weekend, but I had not had any fitness time and didn’t take my bible, so had slacked on my daily God time too. I needed to get back in balance and at the end of the day, I finally have. What a relief! Discovering what makes you be your best is transformational. I wasted a lot time today not benefiting myself or those around me and I don’t have time to waste. My life is a but a mist in God’s timeline, so I can’t waste a minute of it.

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