So a few things... I realized after my last post, that I really needed another challenge to help me focus on the fat loss portion of my goals. While I can hit the gym every day and grow stronger for the Spartan Super in August, my nutrition needs to be such that I am setting myself up for fat loss. This aspect of my regimen really started to wane by going from a 95/5 on point plan to probably 75/25. I could probably get away with that and maintain, but I don’t want to maintain, I want to shred fat. Which is why I have signed up for another challenge!
Beginning next month, I will start the Oxygen Ultimate Challenge. I chose Team Amanda, primarily because I sensed her personality and mine are very similar, from her video. While I won’t be working with her in-person, I will have access to her training, nutrition and other useful tips. I am going to continue working with my coach, because I love her so much and because she knows the challenges and struggles I have experienced the past three years. The next several weeks, I am going to be focusing on keeping my nutrition tight again, while continuing my workouts – to keep my mind ready to go on July 15th.
Speaking of my mind, God continues to take me through learning more about the renewal process. I finished “Why God Won’t Go Away”, by Andrew Newberg, a few weeks back. Essentially, Dr. Newberg concludes: the more God is meditated on and thought about from the mind, the more real He becomes neurologically as the brain takes on physical life based on what the mind is generating. He also shares that individuals and groups can generate certain spiritual experiences with different stimuli which are actually experienced. This is certainly over simplifying his research, but this was the nugget I came away with. I’m now reading his book “How God Changes Your Brain”, and already some nuggets are being taken away. Word of caution: if you decide to read, pray for God’s Holy Spirit to guide you. Newberg doesn’t address God from a biblical standpoint, but rather explores the notion of God and how individuals may or may not experience or define God.
This week’s goals consist of devotions centered on renewing the mind, continuing to hit the gym, dialing in my nutrition, and getting adequate sleep. I agree with Kim Dolan Leto in connecting faith with fitness. This foundation is essential to be who Christ needs me to be, which empowers me to be who my husband, daughters, family and community need me to be right now. The Word being lived out. Here we gooo... :)
I hope you are well!!
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