If I get on the scale Saturday morning to see no change, or if I measure my body fat percentage and see no change – it will be ok. I know because of the healthy, whole choices I have been making, my body is in a great place for a new challenge. The past thirty days have created great building blocks for that next phase of my Whole-ness journey.
What is the next phase? Lean out, and hopefully maintain or even gain a little muscle. For eight weeks, I am going to really be focusing on meeting my caloric intake – while still eating whole, but more Paleo type foods. I did keep track of calories over the past few weeks, and I would say I have a good baseline to begin moving down from. I am also going to be more conscious about the timing of my macros relative to my workouts, as well as cycle carbs. There is SO much information out there, and I may fumble a little the first week or so, but I think I have a good idea how to bring everything together.
If not, I have people to help guide me. I am excited my good friend/mentor/trainer is willing to guide me throughout the process, while giving me the freedom to make sure I understand it all on my own. Chelle is pretty awesome! Additionally, I have the ability to bounce ideas off Kim Dolan Leto, as part of her F.I.T. (Faith Inspired Transformation) program. Which, by the way, is amazing! Kim’s book combines faith, fitness and food. She has brought together so many pieces of understanding I have gained over the years, and creates a synergy in a way that inspires and helps one to see each area of his or her life is connected and calls for their attention. The daily “fit power hour” is perhaps the biggest nugget I am focusing on right now – practicing spiritual, mental and physical fitness through time in the word, time in reflection and prayer, and time exercising.
Exercising nearly every day has been great. Each day I exercise I build more strength and confidence. This week I actually increased weight by ten pounds, which is a pretty big deal! I have also been incorporating Yoga into my workout regimen. I love the stretching and allowing the body to go beyond its preconceived limits. The practice is applicable in other areas of life, beyond the hour and a half in a class or in my living room. I have actually been learning to push beyond during weight lifting, by not focusing on the limit, but focusing on my body’s capacity to go beyond, as I call on the Holy Spirit to make me stronger with each breath. Pretty powerful stuff! My sleep? Wonderful. My stress levels? They decrease more every day, and it has to be from a combination of all the above. I am still keeping it simple on the supplements spectrum, with Vitamin D3 and B12.
It will soon be time to sign up for the Spartan races I have in mind, Spring is really just around the corner!
I hope you are well :)
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