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So it’s Thursday…

I’ve been struggling with the knowledge that I really need to get back in shape.  My clothes don’t fit.  I’m tired all the time.  My job is high energy.  I can’t get anything done when I’m at home. Magically, when I work out and keep in shape, I am able to do SO much more!  But for months, I’ve been procrastinating –and the pounds are creeping up.

I keep pinning these 6 minute workouts on Pinterest… Today, I was scrolling down my Pinterest feed and read the 21 day NO JUNK FOOD challenge.  Out of morbid curiosity, I clicked on it to see what it was.

THE NO JUNK FOOD CHALLENGE (already I’m thinking, NOPE)

The Rules (RULES???? losing me)

  1. no chocolate
  2. no candy
  3. no biscuits or cookies
  4. no cake, donuts, or muffins
  5. no pastries
  6. no white bread
  7. no chips
  8. no fast food
  9. no soda
  10. no ice cream

Yeah.  Right.  I LOVE junk food.  I love chocolate and candy and cookies and pastries and chips and fast food…. HOWEVER.  I am gaining weight.  What if I just eat fewer of these things?  Could I manage that?  Perhaps.

But still.  I know I need to work out.  But what?  I already joined the YMCA.  I don’t go. My friend from church wants me to run the color run with her in April.  I already said yes. Let’s look at my schedule… oh dear.  It’s Thursday.  You know you never start something on a THURSDAY.  Logical me kicked in.  That’s stupid.  Of COURSE you can start something on a Thursday because if you don’t start today, right now, right where you are, you will not start.  Suddenly I knew.  Just throw on your sweats and your running shoes and GO outside and walk-jog.  Don’t shower first.  Don’t do your hair.  Throw on a head scarf, and go.  Isn’t there a verse in the Bible about running???  (There are.  Lots of them.  One of them is I Corinthians 9:24 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.”)

I ALMOST got derailed from this new-found determination to start jogging TODAY by my inability to find my ear-buds.  I managed to kick myself in the rear and get downstiars.  But wait.  I need to eat something before I go.  But what?  It’s got to be light, don’t want to cramp up.  AHAH!  1/2 c plain yoghurt, 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon.  Surprisingly quite delightful.

Whilst (like that old word?  me too) I was eating I found an app “Run Trainer” and selected “from couch to 5k” and installed it.  It popped up with “1st jog: 15:00” it sounded do-able so I read on… walk for 2:00 jog for 3:00 (repeat) for the 15:00 duration.

I headed out the door with my new app for 15 minutes in the damp outdoors, and I did it! I’m NOT going to take the NO JUNK FOOD CHALLENGE but I am going to challenge myself to greatly reduce my junk food consumption and challenge myself to choose healthy eating options.  I am going to challenge myself to some kind of exercise at least 3 days a week.  In addition, I am challenging myself to meditate on Biblical principles on eating and exercising.




Wife, mom, grandmama and registered nurse. I love the Lord, and I want to use my abilities to honor Him. There's a lot going on in my brain, and it always helps me to write it out. I love to encourage others, and hope that these scribblings will do just that (as well as motivate me...).

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