Free Fitness: Why You MUST Rest

Free Fitness: Why You MUST Rest

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Hey guys!

Welcome to the second installment of a blog series that I will be posting on Thursdays called Fitness Hacks: Free Fitness.

The topic of this post is rest. This may be a new take on it for some of you though.

Free Fitness: Why You MUST Rest

Managing stress is the first and most important step toward a healthy life. The reason for this is that we humans are delicate creatures! Somewhere along the line, we started thinking that a good life is one of striving and going above and beyond.

While this is the way of the world, it is not the way of the Lord.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:30

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.  Psalm 127:2

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.  Psalm 3:5

God has created us for His glory. He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep. He is the Vine and we are the branches. Do you see who’s doing all of the work? *Hint: It’s not us.

Now, we are to work hard (Colossians 3:23). But when we are submitting to the Lord and do HIS work, He enables us to do it. I love these verses!

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
Psalm 18:33

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.  Proverbs 16:3

So when we strive, when we burn the candle at both ends and spin our wheels trying to glorify ourselves, it is HARD. But when we rest in the Lord, fruit is brought forth! And there is so much peace, you guys.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14

I know many of you are in situations that are stressful that you have no control over. This is different. Know that God has not left you and there is a purpose for your pain…

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. 
Hebrews 12:11

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

But today I urge you to get alone with the Lord and ask Him to show you things that are in your control to change. Many times we are stressed out and burned out by things that we don’t even need to be doing in the first place. Ask God to reveal to you your true heart and to change it for His glory.

I know this may seem like it has nothing to do with fitness but it has everything to do with it. You MUST rest before you can move forward to a healthy lifestyle. Without peace, your overall health suffers. You can’t sleep which caused overeating. When we are anxious, we hold onto weight. Not to mention, all of this leads to extreme exhaustion which makes life HARD to live. You may hold it together for months or even years but the crash is coming and when it does it will be a hard hit.

God has created us to need Him. Call out to the Good Shepherd. There is peace in the pasture, my friends.

“‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.  Jeremiah 33:6

Until next week, blessings.

 

Fitness Hacks – Free Fitness

Fitness Hacks – Free Fitness

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Good morning Peaches!

Thursday has become fit front update posts. Check out my current approach to fitness  here and here. (Spoiler alert: it’s super relaxed.)

I was almost certain that I would not keep up with these posts because of the fact that diet and exercise no longer take up a large space in my mind. But I do have a wealth of fitness information stored up from my many years of fitness obsession and I have decided to pass it along to you. This will be an extremely honest series of blog posts on how you, my friend, can live a healthy life right now without spending any extra money. You can lose weight right now without joining a gym, without buying any special products, and without even buying a book on the matter if you don’t want to. I do recommend at least buying a book. I mean, come on, they aren’t expensive and you get to keep it forever.

I am going to start with some things for you to remember and then give you free resources to go to get you started.

*Note- I am not selling anything. I am not directing you to places where you will be sold something.  I am just a former fitness instructor with info to share. This is a ministry. 

Free Fitness – Get Honest

Step #1 – Step Away From the Media

The first step is to step back, look away from the media telling you that you need to go low carb, go vegan, go gluten-free, do this diet do that diet, make sure you workout this much and this way and get your heart rate so high before you will be able to make any progress. The fitness industry is just that, an industry. It needs to tell you that you need to follow these programs, and drink protein powders, and buy books on specific diets to get healthy, lose weight, and change your life. This is not true. This is sales.

While gyms, network marketing, and products can be great and provide you with motivation to adhere to a healthy lifestyle. You definitely don’t need to purchase anything to be fit. If you have feet (or not!) you are equipped. If you eat food, you are all set.

Step #2 – Be Honest With Yourself About How You Lost Your Health

I say it this way because you can be thin and still be unhealthy. Maybe you aren’t overweight but your cholesterol is high or you have high blood pressure. Maybe you do have a good amount of weight to lose. You must be honest with yourself about how you got to where you are so that you don’t fall for the gimmicks telling you that your lack of health came from not using a product or doing a certain diet.

I will use me as an example because I know that I am one of many.

I was overweight because I overate on numerous occasions for an extended period of time. 

That’s it. My weight gain did not come from eating carbs or eating a bite of my kid’s food or saying yes to pizza night or going out to coffee with friends. My weight gain came from overeating alone on numerous occasions for an extended period of time. Remember that for yourself.

Step #3 – Understand The Impact of Stress On Your Body

This one is huge and will be a whole blog post in itself. But for now, you must accept the fact that in this world of insta-perfect, you are not. You need sleep. You need rest. There are consequences to burning the candle on both ends.

My counselor, Sarah Beth, says you must put on your shoes to run the race. Sleep and rest are your shoes for the race. Without them, you are going to have a much harder time and likely give up.

Put on your shoes.

Step #4- Think Choice By Choice

A friend that was a personal trainer once told me that if you are a couch potato, eating chips in front of the TV seven days a week and never exercising and you begin eating healthy and working out for 4 of those days, you are going to lose weight and be better than you were. He was right!

Let go of the future and think of the meal or activity right in front you. You can do that right now. What are you about to do? Go out to lunch? Choose something grilled instead of fried. Get a fruit cup instead of chips or fries. Get water instead of soda. Are you heading back to work? Take the stairs, park far away from the building and walk in. Heck, do one minute of squats in the bathroom!

Don’t worry about if you are eating or doing the right thing. Spoiler alert: It’s right. You are choice by choice practicing making good decisions. Remember the couch potato. You are already doing great!

Step #5 – Google….You May Have Heard of It.

Haha!

Once you make sure you are not looking anywhere but right in front of you, Google! We are so blessed to live in the information age. You have a wealth of free information at your fingertips! The key is to not get caught up in gimmicks and extremes. There are gimmicks around every corner saying they are anything but and unfortunately we live in a society of extremes. We don’t just jog, we run marathons. We don’t just weight train, we bodybuild. We don’t just eat healthily, we become our diet! BEWARE.

Here are some websites that I have found helpful.

Healthy eating:

healthline.com
webmd.com
choosemyplate.com

Free workouts:

Fitness Blender
BodyRock TV

Healthy recipes:

Pinterst  (I know. Haha. But seriously, we get forget how simple it is sometimes.)

My Favorite Healthy Living Blogs:

Dashing Dish 

Peanut Butter Fingers

Step #6- Steer Clear of Extremes

Actually, first read this article. These people all lived to be well over one hundred years old and not one of them is a hardcore healthy eater or extreme exerciser. One guy even says it important to NOT eat too healthy! Haha! But I would agree.

It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.  Ecclesiastes 7:18

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Matthew 6:25

Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 1 Corinthians 10:25

Remember the goal of fitness is to enhance your life, not to burn you out.

Step #7- Eat Exactly What You Want

When living choice by choice, you are going to have times that you want to eat something not even close to remotely healthy. Do not feel bad. Do not feel guilty. EAT IT. Do not eat a bunch of healthy things first trying to get rid of the craving. You will likely only eat all the calories of the healthy food PLUS the donuts that you will surely still have. This is very important. If you are craving a Krispy Kreme donut, tell your family, go get some and joyfully eat them with everyone. Do not get Dunkin Donuts. Get Krispy Kreme. Satisfy the craving, be thankful for it. There is no reason at all to feel guilty (Matthew 6:25). A few donuts is a blessing. But friends, be honest with yourselves here. If you don’t satisfy the craving with a few donuts you will eventually satisfy it….with a dozen….or two.

Do you see how it works out? Even if you have one dessert every day you are still not overeating all the time which was what got you to an unhealthy place to begin with.

Step #8 – Just MOVE

Exercise really is as simple as that. Don’t think you have to get in a formal workout every day. JUST MOVE. Swim with your kids. Clean the house. Walk around the block. Squat and jog while watching your favorite show. Lift heavy things in your house. Stretch your body. Remember, look away from the media. Look away from the person next to you. Just move.

Those are my first few tips! I hope you found at least a few of them helpful. Stay tuned for more tips next Thursday!

Blessing to you all!
Angela

 

 

 

 

 

Do Not Worry! 5 Truths to Peace With Food and Your Body.

Do Not Worry! 5 Truths to Peace With Food and Your Body.

Good morning!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25

When I was still in bondage, I used to read this verse and think to myself, “Much easier said than done!”

But it isn’t. Jesus is the one who made this statement. He is the one who said not to worry about what you eat or drink or about your body. So that should be the end of discussion right?

But that was thousands of years ago. Food is different now. Our food is genetically modified. We are surrounded by sugar. We have fast food restaurants on every corner. We have to worry now!

No.

If you believe in Christ, you know that He is God. That day that He spoke these words He knew that He would soon die on the cross for all of our sins. He knew that in forty years the temple would be destroyed and the new dwelling of God would be in all of the hearts of those who love Him. He knew every single event that would occur in the two thousand years after His resurrection and He knew every single person who would walk the earth. He knew you and He knew me. If he knew all of this, don’t think He knew what the food situation would be for Americans in 2018? Of course, he did!

So why didn’t Jesus say, “Do not worry about your life, what you eat or drink: or about your body right now. That is for the future generations to worry about.”?

He didn’t say that because we are NOT to worry about these things! At all! NO WORRYING.

So how do we do this? We have to know the truth in a world saturated in lies. Here are five steps.

#1 You Do Not Have Worry About What You Eat Or What You Drink Or About Your Body.

I am starting with this again because we do not believe it but we must believe it. The reason that this statement is really hard for us to believe is that we are constantly being bombarded by media telling us to worry about our food and our body. When we are told something by someone on a platform, we believe it to the point that we feel it. For years, I believed that there were “good foods” and “bad foods”. As long as I ate the “good foods” I actually felt really good. But when I ate the “bad foods” I felt terrible! I would literally feel fatter after I ate them! But I wasn’t fatter. I thought I was. I felt that I was. I believed that I was. But I wasn’t. It isn’t even possible for you to gain weight immediately after eating something. It was all in my head.

This is the same thing as when I was going through terrible postpartum anxiety. I would watch the news, see all the terrible things going on in the world, and then end up afraid to leave my house! But guess what happened when I would finally go to the grocery store? Nothing.

Test this, try a bite of something “bad”. What did it do? It didn’t do anything bad to you but you may feel guilt or anxiety.

Our feelings affecting out believes brings me to my second thought…

#2 Feelings Lie All The Time

Feelings feelings feelings!!!

We live in such a feelings driven society it is ridiculous. We have all got to wake up and stop it. Really. Feelings are not facts. Do not be quick to believe them. Just because you have a feeling about something does mean that is what you need to follow. I followed my feelings for years and look where they got me.

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It was when I looked like this, that I got more praise than ever from the world. I was obsessed with myself, binging and purging daily, and did not feel peace or contentment one time during this period. 

I felt fat when I ate too much so I threw up my food every day.

I felt good when I felt thin so I smoked cigarettes instead of eating.

I felt like my home environment and school life was too out of control to recover, so I dropped out, moved out and ended up in MANY bad places. Maybe I will tell you about them one day…when my parents are dead. Hopefully a LONG time from now.

I felt good when I received attention from men so I dressed provocatively and exhibited a flirtatious personality. Once again…more on this when my parents are not reading. Haha!

I felt good when I received praise for being in shape and beautiful so I made sure to keep those things at ALL costs.

So reading these, it is blatantly obvious that they are completely ridiculous thought processes. But friends, I am sharing these thoughts that I have had with you because I know that there are many of you out there still thinking these things or believing other lies similar.

They are lies. And our pride is feeding them.

Friend, pray to God to open your eyes. To expose these lies in your heart and show you the truth!

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8: 31-32

Once you are truly free, you will NEVER want to go back to bondage.

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#3 Realize What True Freedom Is.

In my bondage, I had all these food rules and exercise rules, rules rules RULES! I was actually afraid of food! I had even come to a point where I wasn’t binging and purging anymore so because life was better than it was, I thought that was freedom! It wasn’t.

When our brains sense that we are depriving ourselves, it goes into what I call “give me” mode. It’s just holding out for that day that you can forget the rules for a while and eat whatever you want without measuring without worrying and just enjoy. But if you are still in bondage, this is never enjoyable because your brain has been waiting for you to let your guard down is saying “Eat everything! We don’t know when we will do this again!”  So the all-encompassing binge urge sends you heading repeatedly to the pantry, stopping at multiple drive-thrus, and literally pushing food into your mouth even though you are FAR from hungry.

What to do: You must drop ALL food rules. You must drop ALL fear of food. You must NOT worry!

This sounds silly, right? To worry about food and our bodies. But we do it all the time? When is the last time that you had a dessert or “bad food” and didn’t feel the least bit of guilt?

Try this, choose something you really enjoy. Ice cream, cookie, brownie, pizza, whatever. Get it, sit with it. Forget everything that you have heard about sugar killing us, gluten tearing apart our insides, healthy treats, everything. Forget it all. And just eat it in the same amount that you would a “good food” and see what happens. You may feel guilty but remember that is just a feeling. There is nothing to feel guilty about and I bet nothing will bad will happen to you either. Enjoy!

#4 Know the Hard Truth That It Is Only Your Pride that Is Fueling These Actions.

Friends, I am telling you this out of love and experience so please receive this with love.

We are not killing ourselves in the gym and in the kitchen for the Lord, or for our husbands, or our children, or anyone or anything else that we are telling ourselves we are.

We are killing ourselves for US.

We are striving for unattainable bodies, we are making our diets and exercise our identities, we are pushing ourselves to the limit in all the wrong things! We don’t just strive to be healthy and able, we strive to be ripped and shredded and aesthetically pleasing.

All for our own glory.

This may not seem true but it is. Look at the truth and see the lies we tell ourselves.

Does the Lord want me to be not just healthy and able but skinny, ripped, and aesthetically pleasing to the world?

No. He says this…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25

Does my husband need me to be skinny or super fit?

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
Ephesians 5: 25-26

Nope.

Do we need to be in spectacular shape for our kids? We need to be a good example for them right?

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16

No again!

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? We must open our eyes!

 #5 Live In Peace.

Easy right? Haha. But I’m telling you, once you are free from your bondage and have tasted true peace and joy you will NEVER want to return to your former way of life.

So what do you do?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mark 7:7

Ask God to save you from your sin. Pray that He opens your eyes to the truth and release you from bondage. Drop your pride and live in the peaceful pasture of the Lord.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:2-3 

This may take some time. But while you wait, continue to seek the Lord and I promise you will be different. Know that there is a reason it is taking a while.

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Hear me, the Lord DOES want us to be healthy and able to do the good works that He has created for us to do. But many of us treat our bodies as OUR temple, not the temple of the Holy Spirit. Be honest with yourself and ask God to change your heart and mind.

Friends, this is where peace is found.

Blessings,
Angela

 

 

The Fit Front – The Secret to Long Life

The Fit Front – The Secret to Long Life

Good morning!

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In case you missed last week’s fitness  update where I shared my “meal plan”, the fit front has changed quite a bit for me in recent months. I have never felt better. Really! I find it so fascinating how being less strict and less disciplined makes for the best. I read this article that interviewed people living past the age of one hundred. NONE of them were runners, bodybuilders, or super disciplined in their diet. One even said that his secret to long life was NOT eating healthy! This all made me understand a little more why my current approach to fitness is working so well. Extremes of any kind are not good for us. Our society loves extremes. So many of us eat ALL the junk or we make the way we eat and exercise our identity! This is not right.

In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:

the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
    and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
16 Do not be overrighteous,
    neither be overwise—
    why destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overwicked,
    and do not be a fool—
    why die before your time?
18 It is good to grasp the one
    and not let go of the other.
    Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.

Ecclesiastes 7:15-18

Why die before your time? I am definitely NOT saying that I think we should just throw all caution to the wind and eat a bunch of junk, drink a bunch of boos, and start a smoking habit (ew.) Definitely not. But what I do know is that this article just goes to show that God has a day planned for each of us that we will die and it doesn’t matter what we eat or drink or even smoke, we will not die until that day. In the meantime, are our choices going to enhance or hurt our wellbeing? Is what we are eating and what we are drinking making us the best vessel for God’s work?

I can definitely attest to the fact that a lifestyle of drinking, smoking, and poor eating habits will lead to poor health and a poor state of mind. You may not die, but you will feel close to it! But at the same time, being super strict and pushing yourself to the max for every single workout can be bad too. A healthy amount of exercise will lift your mood and energize you to better tend to your priorities. But too much exercise may give you defined abs, biceps, and a thigh gap but will drain you and leave you with no energy for life! That’s what was happening to me. My workouts were leaving me with no energy for the things that I really needed to be doing. Little things like, oh you know, managing my household.

Diet is another beast in itself. From experience, I can say that it is a thousand times true that restriction only leads to weight GAIN. Our minds do not want to feel deprived. They will torture us unit they feel satisfied! That is why when we are on a diet that restricts certain foods or food groups, binging is inevitable. It may be days, weeks, months, or even years but when we give in, we give in HARD. I dieted for twenty-one years. I was never satisfied after meals. I ate ALL of whatever was in front of me. It didn’t matter how much water I drank or how many vegetables I bulked my meal up with, I could always eat more. People would make comments about the size of my meals all the time but I could have honestly eaten two or three of them and sometimes did! When I think of eating that much now, it seems daunting. But the fact was that even though I was eating loads of proteins and vegetables and all things healthy, I was still deprived.

We have all followed a diet that says it is going to work because it doesn’t deprive us. The thing is, they DO deprive us! Who wants a bite of dark chocolate? No one. They want a brownie. Or two brownies. They want to eat their daily allotment sweet but then if someone makes cookies they want to say yes to one of those too!

What I have learned is this is ok and better than being “good” for days or weeks or months and then falling victim to the inevitable binge that will ensue because my mind is perceiving deprivation. God gave us beautiful foods like quinoa and spinach but He also gave us chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake and wants up to enjoy them in a healthy way. Thank you, Lord!

Maybe today celebrate God’s sovereignty with something you truly enjoy.

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Blessings,
Angela

 

The Fit Front

The Fit Front

Good morning!

I would like Thursday’s posts to be devoted to my fitness journey. Aside from my constant deviation from blogging, I am almost certain these posts will not be a constant on here. My fitness life has experienced a complete overhaul. There is no other word for my approach than “relaxed”.

Diet

I have to be honest. I have absolutely no desire to set any food rules for myself of any kind. None. No calorie counting. No portion watching. No good food. No bad food. Nothing. I have not felt this way since I was a kid. Seriously! Ever since this episode and everything following in the years afterward that reinforced the lies I was believing in my mind, I have not been able to enjoy a meal, healthy or indulgent, without thinking about how it is affecting my future.

I hate to say it because it is completely true, but I am honestly blown away by how healed I am. Why am I so surprised at God’s perfect healing? Gosh.

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I have been having the best time. I have finally been cooking! It’s so fun! I have made so many yummy things and the kids love to help. Even Anna, my almost two-year-old, loves helping. What a mess haha. I will share the recipes soon! Healthy banana blueberry breakfast muffins, baked oatmeal, dinner sheet pans, taco pasta just to name few recipes I have tried. So good! Cooking is such a relaxing pastime.

I know this is all a far cry from my former approach. In case you are just tuning in to The Keen Peach, for the past four years that I have been blogging, I have basically held the banner to fight for clean food, fight for your workout time, say no to all indulgences except for ones planned, and go against the flow of our junk ridden society.

This may work for some but for me, I would follow my rules for a while, then binge until food disgusted me. “Tomorrow was always a new day” but in reality, it wasn’t. It was just the beginning of the same stupid cycle.

My mindset now is this: there is a certain day that I will die. It is known by my beloved Creator and until then, here I am. How am I spending my time until then? Why am I doing what I am doing? My motives behind the way I ate and the time I spent in working out were to cater to lingering insecurities. (Please know I am not speaking for all fitness lovers. This is my personal story.) It is important to be healthy, but I was making it my identity.

The point is, I was missing out on so many important and joyful experiences because my motives were in the wrong place. Does this make sense to anyone?

I do actually follow a plan now but it is the most fun and I have been having the best time with it!

Enjoy this hilarious “diet plan”.

TKP Diet

🙂

Haha! The only reason for this “plan” is to give five exciting times a day that I can make and try something super new and delicious and make sure that I am getting some nutrients in there as well. 😉

Am I gaining a bunch of weight? No. Because I’m not binging. Do I feel yucky because of the indulges? No. Because I am not binging on them. What about a killer body? I don’t care about having a killer body. I care about other more important things. (Again, no offense to anyone. We all have our own ideas of what is important.)

Exercise

I do not get up to workout. Maybe one day I will but right now I don’t. Sleep is most important for me in having the energy I need to keep up with my duties. I sleep until 7:00 every morning. My exercise, for now, is keeping up with my kids, housework, and just having fun. If my day doesn’t involve a lot of activity, I welcome the break.

But for now, I am loving my “workouts”.

 

 

I hope all of you are well and are at peace with your body and approach to keeping it healthy!

Blessings,
Angela

Question:

Have any of you ever had a similar experience to mine? I would love to hear it! 

 

 

I Finally Got A Fitbit At Just The Right Time

I Finally Got A Fitbit At Just The Right Time

Hello My Dear Peaches,

I hope you are all enjoying the holidays. If your holidays are anything like mine, I know that can be hard. I am actually enjoying them this year though! My tip for those of you who always end up stressed or angry (or both) throughout the holidays is to try your very best to let go of what you had envisioned and just make the best of what actually is. I know that sounds horrible but trust me, this will make a world of difference.

Any late December birthday’s reading? If so, you have probably let go of having an actual celebration for it along time ago and are just thankful for the people in your life who actually take time away from the holiday hustle and bustle to give you a birthday wish and perhaps a gift not wrapped in holiday paper. My family is actually wonderful at doing this! Each year both my family and Jason’s family are so sweet to single out the 20th as my day and make me feel special even though it’s only 5 days away from Christmas. Except for Mom, but that is because her birthday is the 27th and we decided last year to celebrate our birthdays together after the new year! We still give each other a birthday wish on the actual day though.

Anyway, so my 35th birthday was Wednesday and my Dad got me a Fitbit.

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Thanks Dad!

 

As you know, I am not working out at at the moment and now have a super relaxed approach to food and fitness. So where does a Fitbit fit in now? I have even thought about getting a Fitbit in the past but decided against it because I thought it might be easy to obsess. And the truth is, I would have back then. But now I am at a place where I am definitely not a fitness fanatic, but I do know the importance of staying healthy. The Fitbit has been a great way to make sure that I am staying active enough even though I am not doing formal workouts and am also sitting and writing for hours a day. I am getting all the activity I need just in living life! We all have heard that we should park further away or take the stairs to burn a few extra calories. Well the Fitbit has shown me that these few extra calories burned here and there really DO add up and can equal a full workout at the end of the day!

So if you are not into gyms or sweaty workouts, maybe give the Fitbit a try. I think you might be surprised at how useful it is!

Nevertheless, I hope that you all get something you find useful or just flat out enjoy over the holidays. Christmas is not about gifts but if you get them, it’s nice to at least enjoy them right?

Merry Christmas Peaches!

Questions:

Do you have a Fitbit or something like it like an Apple Watch? How do you like it?

What is a gift that you were surprised by how much you ended up liking it?

A Few Good Reasons To Blog + Anyone Up For A 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge?…….Also, A Spider

A Few Good Reasons To Blog + Anyone Up For A 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge?…….Also, A Spider

Hey Lovelies!

So in case you were wondering, which I am certain you have just been on the edge of your seat wondering if I have gotten my fitness act together since Wednesday, I haven’t. Ugh! I am just in a rut. Not only do I have absolutely no desire to exercise but it almost seems painful at the moment to exercise. Yesterday I even Googled “Do I have to workout in order to lose weight?” Haha!

Of course I know the answer to my Google. No, I don’t. It’s just good for me to exercise. Not only does it make me stronger and healthier but it’s definitely a better use of my time than Googling things like “Do I have to workout in order to lose weight?”

But seriously, I have got to get my act together. This is how my days have gone here lately…

-Get up
-Eat healthy breakfast, log healthy breakfast and weight into My Fitness Pal
-Go back and forth as to if I will ever workout again
-Take Ryan to school, clean, errands, etc.
-Eat healthy lunch, may or may not log into My Fitness Pal
– Snack before getting Ryan, debate eating more snacks before getting Ryan
-Forget about My Fitness Pal
-Plan how I will do better the next day…..

I haven’t been blogging as much lately. There are several reasons for this. Here are a few….

I Got Sick Of Being Online

The good thing about blogging for free is that it doesn’t matter if you blog or not. After I stopped Beachbody coaching, I needed to unplug big time. I’m still not on social media and it’s pure bliss. I don’t know if I will ever go back. If you are on the fence about kicking social media, I say do it! It’s so peaceful out here.

When I Am Really Deep In Thought, I Can’t Think of Anything To Write

Which is weird because my thoughts are certainly blog post worthy. Very blog post worthy actually. But I have liked keeping a light hearted tone on The Keen Peach up until recently so I haven’t been sure how deep I want to get on here or if I even want to veer from fitness which is what this blog was originally about. I am thinking I might be getting deeper on here though.

Postpartum OCD

Update soon!

I Am Not Very Good At Keeping This Blog From Being A Shrine to Angela Teal    

This is the kicker. I love to write. I love to share my thoughts and get feedback. I love the healthy life! But ugh, selfies, selfies, selfies. Progress pics, what I ate, what I think, what I feel, everything me me me! Ugh! I even had to ask myself what is actually fueling my progress. Actual love for fitness, or praise from you readers?! I’ve just been so convicted this year.

So I have been kinda stuck as to how to proceed with my blogging.

BUT

In my pondering I have concluded there are in fact some undeniably good reasons to blog. Here they are!

‘Be The Change You Want To See In The World” -Mahatma Gandhi

Maybe you will inspire something good! Or at least find a community of people who think kind of like you do.

There Are Still A Lot Of People Out There Who Have Absolutely No Clue How To Be Healthy

I forget that not everyone knows how to be healthy……..or even cares for that matter. My brother was visiting this weekend and I said something about a carb. He didn’t know what a carb was. He is not alone. I love this! It means there is something I can help with.

This One Is About Me……Blogging Holds Me Accountable

Seriously guys. I fall off the wagon when I don’t blog. I am going to try my very best to not selfie and my progress pics will be fully clothed but I must have accountability and posting my progress on this blog holds me accountable. When I am off the wagon, I am exhausted and I have absolutely no time to be exhausted! PLEASE jump into any fitness challenge done on here. I need you! Let’s help each other.

So here we go yet again Peaches. New challenge tomorrow. I have 21 days until this wedding. Anyone up for a 21 Day Weight Loss Challenge? If you are up for it, let’s do it! 

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I feel this post needs a picture but I just said I wouldn’t selfie. So check out this spider that has been hanging outside my back door for days!

;P

Stay tuned for Day 1 tomorrow!

Later Skaters