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Addicted to Fitness, that's ME!


Thursday, December 26, 2013




I don't quite know where to start::....I am so far behind in blogging (having maintained a once a week blog for years), but I see that is no longer possible.

I have entered a season where my family needs me in new & different ways.
This has changed my online time - Big Time! I completely accept that fact, and embrace the life God has given me....:::I love being Mom to my growing children, love every activity they are involved in, and soberly step up to the ever growing demands of being a home educator. I am this emoticon & this too emoticon Wowsers! Being a home school mom is an ever increasing multi-task job. . . .But I LOVE it! emoticon





My greatest challenge this past fall/winter season has been trying to find BALANCE ....:::you know, that beautiful spot where all priorities are in order.....:::that includes my relationship with the Lord, my family, others and myself.
I admit I have had a HUGE challenge in carving out time for myself.
Lol! emoticon I have to laugh because at first I was waking up early to make it to the gym, then have a moment of quiet time with the Lord, then wake up the household to begin our day. BUT...Ha! we had a schedule change that needed to be made, and then to accommodate this, I set my gym time for the late evenings.




I think you are beginning to see my picture emoticon ( or I hope so ) ....my body was in a swing state ...back & forth...never quite adapting to a permanent change. I need a hug, I think. emoticon

Then my son developed asthma, and the nights were long....:::my gym time ceased. Even as addicted to fitness as I am, I started to develop a survival mode....:::my son's health definitely came first. Then the lovely pre-Christmas schedule. Would I ever get back on schedule? Did I even|HAVE a schedule?

emoticon Have you ever experienced anything like this....:::where even your best-laid plans fail? I would love feedback. Or just to know I am not alone. . .





I am GRATEFUL though for so MUCH! Blessings are everywhere I look!

emoticon I found a running buddy, & we have run 2x/week together outdoors even in very cold weather! So happy about this! emoticon

I have enjoyed HOURS of outdoor fitness time every Sunday with my family....we love football, tennis and the track.

My children are making such Life-Progress in every area...this makes my heart Beam with JOY!





I am so close to my family and they to me. Yes, I admit...::I ate too many Christmas treats. emoticon emoticon CrAzY of me for sure! My DD's had FUN in the kitchen this season, and I licked too many spoons. Lol!


But I KNOW just what to do. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon and I will!





emoticon If you think of it, would you help me out with any support you wish ( FEED, SP page...etc. ) as we approach 2014, and past the new year?
I KNOW I need support if I am to lose the holiday pounds, maintain my loss, get back to the gym and find B-A-L-A-N-C-E.
I know that through prayer, the Lord will give me the gift of balance as I seek Him. emoticonI believe His heart is for me to have time to enjoy fitness.

My DH & children are in full support too. When asked by a new-found friend, "What is your mom like?", my 12 year old son responded, "She's a fitness addict."
Bahahah! ...::that statement tickled me to death....it rings TRUE!

It IS who I am. emoticon & emoticon I CAN find Balance!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COLUMBINE2 1/2/2014 10:40PM

    My thought isn't as "intellectual" as some of the above. But it sticks in my mind!

As the flight attendant says in the pre-take-off speech, "Put YOUR oxygen mask on b-e-f-o-r-e you assist someone else. That way, you'll be available to help --- otherwise you may not be available." This suggestion transfers to motherhood, too!

I k-n-o-w you will work out the balance issue...you always do! I'm sure it is a huge task though. I love hearing your addicted to fitness. That's a goal I aspire to reach!

Welcome to Whack-O Land...I'm a long-term resident. But we have a lot of fun here! emoticon

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ZELLAZM 12/29/2013 12:46PM

    Your post is so full of life and energy, it jumps right off the screen. Love it! Love you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/27/2013 5:51PM

    Because you are a Child of God (Amen, sister!), try to never forget how valuable you are to God. As you complete the many tasks that being a wife and mother have for you, you must also love yourself (albeit humbly), knowing that your body is a temple of God that is deserving of the proper respect you give all the other priorities in your life. Through Christ, you really can do all things! You are, indeed, a superwoman! WooHoo! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/27/2013 11:04AM

    I understand. You are definitely not alone! Your priorities as a mom and wife and woman of God...it is amazing that you do so much and yet we tell ourselves that we need to do more. You are finding balance. With God's help, you will continue to learn how to balance it.

Do you read Courtney Joseph's blog called Women Living Well? I am also reading her book called Women Living Well. It is about finding balance, joy in God, your husband, children. She is also a homeschooling mom. I found her through Good Morning Girls. (Have you ever done their studies?) it is so manageable to carve out quiet time and follow a reading plan. Also, YouVersion has good Bible reading plans that are easy to follow when you don't have a lot of time. If you are interested let me know. I also have a Good Morning Girls group on Facebook. Let me know if you want to join. Or if you'd like more info but maybe don't have the time to be in a group. (It isn't a big time commitment but you may not want another online group)

Also, there is a new book by Candace Cameron Bure (have you ever read Reshaping it All?) called Balancing it All coming out in January.

I appreciate that you're asking for people to check in with you. Now that we know we can reach out to you.

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CRYSALLIS1 12/27/2013 7:01AM

    May you find a better balance soon. Sounds like you not only know on a superficial level the value of exercise but your entire mind & body. Wish you the best as you find a fitting routine again.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/26/2013 5:06PM

    emoticon you did say you needed a emoticon that i can give you love even if they are only virtual emoticon re the support if ever you need to talk about your son and his asthma the worries,medicament etc,etc.you will have a listening and understanding ear.all three of my kids are under the heart and the lung specialist and my oldest and youngest are on medicine every day for their asthma and we often have to go over to the emergency plan.i have lost count of the number of times they have been hospitalised because of breathing problems so can sure relate.just remember though for you to be able to be really there for your family especially in theese trying times you have to be in the best possible shape you can be in so donīt feel guilty if you pencil some time in for yourself as it will also be for them in the long run as well.i am a fine one to talk there lol.maybe we both need some emoticon anyway.know that i am here for you love should you need me take care and remember to keep smiling . emoticon

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PAULALALALA 12/26/2013 4:58PM

    emoticon on finding a running partner -- sure does help to have company! Here's to working on balance in 2014!

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HDHAWK 12/26/2013 4:42PM

    That's a great answer from your son!

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NATPLUMMER 12/26/2013 3:09PM

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SUSIEPH1 12/26/2013 3:07PM

    Hi Sweetie , just loved your blog ... Just to let you know you are thought of every single day ... I love that you are so happy ..thinking of you xxxSusie xx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOWCARBRENEE 12/26/2013 2:08PM

    Good for you!

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