I can’t believe I’m already writing this blog post! The 5 weeks flew by (at least for me!) and it just goes to show that your life will continue whether you workout or not!
Here is the last Facebook live video talking to week 5 and being “Marathon Minded” along with a more detailed explanation of “what next” that I write below! Click here if you can’t see the video.
Now for some AMAZING testimonies from the challenge. I want to put each of them down but 8 pages would make for a long blog post! I had a rough week from a nasty comment someone sent in a message and these were exactly what I needed to refocus on why I do what I do and pour out the time, energy, and prayers for this precious ministry. (Amazing how one comment will do that to you) Thank you all for being here and for giving me a place to use my gift and passion!
“I am feeling more fit physically and spiritually. Most importantly, I am now craving time in God’s Word instead of seeing it as another item on my to-do list.”
“So I have participated in this challenge before but something new happened to me. The verse in Romans has made me so much more aware of my flesh and for the first time, I have been able to separate those desires. I was dreading Halloween because we usually come home and at some point I find myself trying each piece/kind of candy. This year with the verse and also cutting sugar, I did not desire the sugar! Just my flesh but was able to experience self control which felt like a whole lot of freedom! I am usually good at working out. . . I love to move my body but really felt a breakthrough in terms of my flesh and behavior with food!”
“The encouragement I received from others in the challenge was wonderful! Hearing all the stories of perseverance, hope and joy was very uplifting!”
“I definitely feel strong again. After having a baby 2 years ago I sincerely struggled to get back into an exercise routine. But this challenge just sparked a desire in me to do it , to stick to it and to my shock I made it all 5 weeks ! I plan to continue on . I experienced anxiety for a while after my second baby exercise and scripture has really helped me heal.Thank you a million times over!!!”
“The biggest impact for me was to see a change in my scripture reading. To focus on a verse or two a week and to finally realize that my spiritual health is not just as but more important than my physical, however with both it allows me to be more prepared to do Gods work!”
“I have struggled with my weight for years. I need knee replacement and need to lose weight to do that. I have been working but before and during this challenge I began to committing to walking 5000 steps a day (a lot for me with the knee issues). I work from home so I sit most of the day. I walk as late as 11 pm down our street to get my steps. I have not missed a day during this challenge and that has helped significantly. I went to a college football game this weekend and walked and walked and did so much better than I thought so I have seen the results. Your video on anxiety really spoke to me as well.”
Some of you might be relieved and happy that this 5 week challenge is over.
Others of you may be sad and a little lost.
You’ve had this challenge to keep you focused. You’ve had someone giving you a spot to check-in and ask questions weekly. You’ve had a chance to win a rockin’ grand prize.
Now you are going back to life BEFORE the challenge. Life which was hard. Life that was…well…life.
We can’t live our lives in constant challenges. It is good for us to change things up a bit. Sometimes that means amping it up and sometimes that means taking a step back. I’m not sure where you are right now, but for those of you interested in staying in the game, here are my recommendations.
Did this challenge work for you? How didn’t it? Do you need to dial back on the days of the week you exercised or perhaps, add more? Is it time to try something new? What did God teach you through these past 5 weeks as we moved through our 5 key points? Is it time for you to come alongside someone else along their health journey?
Listen….This may be the longest amount of time some of you have exercised. Others of you have never memorized scripture before so the fact that you did 3 is awesome. Each of us have our own things that we can be happy about and you know what? Celebrate those accomplishments! If you haven’t done this yet, take a chance to applaud what you’ve done! If you did it with a group of ladies, go out to dinner together. If you did it with yourself, purchase a cute workout top. It is ok to be happy with the accomplishments over the past 5 weeks. But remember this—thank your Heavenly Father. He is the source of everything good in our lives! He alone gives us the strength and perseverance to keep these wondrous bodies going! Never forget that in the midst of your hard work!
Here are some suggestions I have for you to act…again! This should not be the end of your journey, but just the beginning!
1.) Start a new challenge!
Make up your own rules. Choose your own verses. Give yourself a new goal and deadline. Add some new friends. Come up with a fun name and if you do this, be sure to share it with us! The Facebook accountability group we had for the challenge is doing just this so if you are interested in continuing on, be sure to join the group!
2.) Find a new Bible Study or book to keep you focused on the spiritual aspect of the challenge.
3.) Give yourself a “theme” to focus on for the next 5 weeks.
Then find books, podcasts and more to help you out! (i.e. self-control, marriage, the life of David etc)
4.) Start a “healthy living” focused book club.
Meet once a week, or twice a month. Talk about your physical challenges and review the book.My suggestions? Try “Reshaping it all” by Candace Cameron Bure, “Made to Crave” by Lysa Terkherst, or “Every Body Matters” by Gary Thomas.
5.) Start (or keep) a facebook group to keep the accountability…or…
6.) Join an already made online group
7.) Take a break!
That’s right. If you’ve been going strong for all 5 weeks, then it’s ok to take a break for up to a week. Get refreshed and refocused and start again!
And now what you’ve been waiting for! The 3 grand prize winners! Remember to stop by the websites of our amazing donor. I have a feeling you’ll get some great Christmas gift ideas….either for yourself or a friend/family member! Here are the prizes again!
- Essential Oil Bracelet from Blooms & Linen
- “On The Go” workout DVD from Michelle Dozois
- “Balancing It All” book from Candace Cameron Bure
- $25 gift card to REFIT Rev
- Love>Fear Trucker Hat from Revelation Wellness
- Tank from Cross Training Couture (specific item detailed later)
- One Month Meal Plan from Dashing Dish
- Bottle of Lavender Essential Oil from Young Living
Congrats to our winners! I will be sure to email you.
Ann W. (Omaha)
Ashley O. (Conway)
Diane P. (MN)
The final thing is a favor! For those of you who ordered the Living + Active Training Guide, would you mind leaving an Amazon review?
Thank you for joining me over these 5 weeks! My prayer is that you’ll stick around and be encouraged by the awesome community here! You all an answer to prayer and a blessing to me and for that, I am forever grateful!