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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Life :: 40 Days of Fitness (Starting Now)



Someone once asked my childhood pastor, "How do I know when God is speaking to me?"

His response: "I can't tell you that for sure. But, if you feel like you should do something good -- then do it."

I've lived by this philosophy ever since. I'm not always sure who is telling me to do what, but I do what feels right. Well, sometimes I do what feels wrong, but then I deal with the consequences. And find a lesson. My point is, I do what works for me. We're all different.

I'm not Catholic, and to be honest, I'm not even exactly sure what Lent is. But sometimes I feel compelled to participate. And when I couldn't think of the right thing to give up this year, I decided to do it my own way. I'm going to do something active for 40 days in a row.



I'm not a health expert. This is not a health blog, and it won't become one. I didn't make this goal to change my size (I believe in HAES) or to lose weight (I'm on board with FFF). I am doing this because movement positively impacts both my mental and physical health.

And even though I'm on my feet all day, every day at work, I'm talking about intentional movement. Working out for the sake of working out. If I can't get to the gym, maybe I can take a walk outside. Or do crunches at home. Whatever. If a whole group of women can run a mile a day for 30 days, I can do this. And yes, this is a goal within a goal within a goal. (Are we still making Inception jokes?)

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to complete day one.

14 comments:

  1. Good luck, girl! You can do it! I'm sure that after doing so you'll want to continue doing a little exercise each day. It makes you feel good!

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  2. always enjoy reading your insights, stephanie! good luck! i've always wanted to do a mile a day also. working on it! :)

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  3. How exciting. Best of luck with your 40 days of being active. I bet you'll stick with it. Anything that ails me, I can cure with a few trips to the gym. All my joint problems, blah days, anything! And the endorphins make you feel so great.

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  4. You will do it. Keep us updated on your progress.

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  5. This is a great idea! Hope all goes well and best of luck to you! I'm not Catholic, but I am religious and think that Lent is more about the self-reflection rather than the giving up chocolate just because a priest told you to give something up. So I think you've got the right idea!

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  6. You can do it!! I've been on it since last May and have lost 32 pounds so far! Right now it's not really to lose weight, but just get fit. I lost more weight than I intended to lose, but my body will stop when it's ready to stop...meanwhile I keep doing what's good for me! Good luck with your version of lent. I was just joking at the gym the other day because it was so empty about people giving up the gym for lent hahaha

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  7. GO FOR IT STEPH! This is great.... so important for mind, body & spirit!

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  8. Hey whatever works for you- and a great big rah, rah, rah- as your own personal cheerleader. I did a very similar thing recently in the name of giving up sugar...I know, but it felt like the exact right thing to do, for me, yanno?

    Anyway- all the power to you!

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  9. Go for it! When I do intentional physical movements, especially outside, I just feel good emotionally too. I think we were meant to move not stay sedentary. I would definitely walk or run with you if we lived by each other! It always helps when friends want to do things with you! -Jess

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  10. Good for you! Keep us updated on your progress!

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  11. Good for you! You can do it! :) Have a an eventful w/e. xo

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