Week One of C25K

I had a great start to C25K! Week One is very doable….even if you are out of shape! I have not been consistent with my workouts for quite some time, but I was able to finish each run for week one because it is designed to ease you in. I appreciate that! LOL

What I found the most exciting is that each run was very meaningful. On the first day, I was very burdened. I was upset and really did not want to run, but I was committed and so I went. It turned into such a beautiful thing. I was walking/running and trying to process my emotions. My prayers brought tears and before I knew it, my run was over and I had spent an
extremely meaningful half hour with God. It was awesome. My second run was very special because my daughter went with me. She rode her bike while I ran/walked and we had great conversation about health and life in general. A priceless moment spanned over two miles. My third and last run of the week was spectacular! I was on vacation at the lake and could have easily talked myself out of going, but I do not want this to be ANOTHER one of those situations. So I got up and went first thing in the morning. It was so beautiful being in nature early in the day and watching the world wake up. The coolest thing happened. As I ran, I heard rustling sounds in the bushes. When I looked over, I saw the most beautiful majestic deer running along side of the road! It was incredible! After a few feet, the deer jumped and crossed the road right in front of me! It was such an amazing moment!

Now I don’t know if every run will be so wonderful as the first week has started, but I am exceptionally grateful for Week One!


Couch to 5K

Hello friends! Hope you have been doing well! As it often does, the stresses of life have distracted me over the past couple of weeks and I have not been as consistent with my plan as I would like to be. I have had sporadic workouts and my food choices have been hit or miss. Nevertheless, we press on.

Have you heard of the Couch to 5K Running Plan? I have a relative that is doing it and I am intrigued by what I have learned about it. In fact, I downloaded the App on my phone and started it yesterday. It is really cool! I was able to complete the first run with no problems. I really like
this approach. Another place I had heard of C25K is from a fellow blogger that I am continually inspired by. I want to share her page with you because I think her story is incredible. I’m not a fan of her use of the “F” bomb so often…lol…. But she is an amazing inspiration! Check it out and meet my cyber friend Tara…


My Workout Plan

When I am consistent with this plan is when I see the best results. My husband created this workout regimen for me about 3 years ago and I have been on again off again with it, but I know it works well for me when I do it. The strength training usually takes about 30 minutes and it’s hard, but it feels so good when you’re done!

Push-ups – 3 sets of 10
Curls – 3 sets of 10 with 5 lb hand weights
Overhead Tricep Extensions – with both 5 lb weights
Tricep Kickbacks – 3 sets of 10 on each arm
Bent Over Fly – 3 sets of 10 with 5lb weights
Lawn Mower Pulls – 3 sets of 10 on each arm
Crunches – 5 sets of 10
Reverse Crunches – 5 sets of 10
Oblique Crunches – 5 sets of 10


Wednesday –
Squats – 3 sets of 10
Lunges – 3 sets of 10
Donkey Kicks – 3 sets of 10 for each leg
Lateral Raises – 3 sets of 10
Front Raise – 3 sets of 10
Overhead Press – 3 sets of 10
Crunches – 5 sets of 10
Reverse Crunches – 5 sets of 10
Oblique Crunches – 5 sets of 10


Friday –
Crunches – 5 sets of 10
Reverse Crunches – 5 sets of 10
Oblique Crunches – 5 sets of 10
Hip Thrusts – 5 sets of 10

Who does she think she is?

It was 7:58 this morning when the phone rang. I was still in bed (hey, it’s summertime!). I tried to ignore the phone but a few seconds later, there was that high pitched ring letting me know there was a voicemail. This is what I heard:

“Hey, I know you’re probably not out of bed yet, but I just called to tell you that I am on my way to work and that I got up early and I have already done 45 minutes on the treadmill. Hope you can get in your workout today!”

Excuse me? Who does she think she is… calling me first thing in the morning like that?!?! Telling me that she has already gotten in her workout and is on her way to work before I am even out of bed?!?!
Well, let me tell you who she is….
SHE is one of my very best friends who encourages me beyond belief. SHE is my accountability partner who cares about me and how I am doing. SHE has been my friend since kindergarten, and as we are approaching our 20th High School Reunion next month, SHE is my friendly reminder of the goals we
have set together. SHE is that friend that calls and makes you roll your
eyes when you first hear her chipper, energetic message in the morning, but that you are thankful for later when you are out running your two miles and doing your strength training workout for the day. (Yes, I got in my workout!)
So…I don’t know who SHE thinks she is, but I know who I think she is! She is my priceless encourager and accountability partner that I love dearly and appreciate so very much! Thank you, my friend!

His Strength is Perfect

Hope you are having an awesome week!!! I read something today that was a huge blessing to me and I want to share it with you.
“We don’t have to have all the answers. We just have to stay connected to the One who does. Where our strength ends is the exact point where His will begin.” How cool is that?!?! I could let go of so much unnecessary stress if I could get that through my head. I don’t have to have all the answers. I don’t have to live in fear and worry so much about the things that God already has figured out. My strength and energy just needs to stay plugged in to God. He knows I can’t do this alone. His strength is perfect when my strength is gone. I love that!!!

Have a blessed day!!!