Summer is in full swing and I'm loving this warm weather. I'm so energized by the sun, it makes my heart happy!! Since I last wrote I have been working hard on getting back into shape and feeling like myself. I found the most amazing gal that comes to my home Monday's & Friday's so I can go do Boot Camp classes at the YMCA. My work schedule wouldn't allow me to do those classes, so I feel so blessed that I can. There is nothing better then feeling toned and more firm, especially after carrying two beautiful boys! I have been running, too, and it feels so good to have a base down. Running four miles is no longer torturous. My goal by the end of the summer is to run around Lake Le Homme Dieu which is around 10 miles. I used to think that running was the ultimate workout and that my body responded best to it, but I'm now a firm believer in cardio and circuit training. It's amazing how my lungs and heart have stayed in running shape while doing the classes. I run about 3-4x/week and do classes 2x.
At the beginning of the month I ran in the "Go Commando" race which is a 5K obstacle course. The race was held in Stillwater and was SO fun!! A group of us gals ran the race together, I plan on making this an annual event. This Sunday, Josh & I and a group of friends will be running the Warrior Dash which is another 5K Obstacle Course. We are running this in honor of Erika, Josh's sister, who is battling Leukemia--and winning! We had t-shirts made and will be sporting those the day of the event!
I also love how exercise is a common denominator in Josh & I's relationship. We are VERY competitive with each other, which helps us to push each other to the next level. Since I have been able to work out more then Josh, I have been having faster mile splits then him. I love that every time he goes for a run, he's trying to get faster and faster (to beat me). He may not admit to this, but I can see it in his eyes. I'm also looking forward to doing CrossFit with Josh once Sam & Erika come home.
Working out, this Spring, has kept me sane through all of the extra stresses and worries that have come up this past year. 2012 has definitely not been my most favorite year, life has felt really heavy. Thankfully, exercise has been my outlet for when I'm sad, mad, frustrated, worried, etc. Running not only is a stress reliever for me, but it's also my time with the Lord. It's time for me to be reminded that HE is in control of everything and that HE is my source for everything. It has also been a time of repentance and getting my heart right with the Lord. I get caught up in the beauty around me and forgot about "life" for a few moments.
I want to encourage all of you to take control of your health, and do something healthy for you and your family. Our bodies are God's temple and he wants us to use them for his glory. He doesn't want us to become lazy and stagnant. Over and under eating (which, I have been guilty of both) is not honoring to our bodies. Keep moving and you will find that you will have more energy! Set goals for yourself, write it on paper and then tell someone about them. I would love to hear about your fitness stories and what are some of your favorite workouts and classes! Keep feeling the burn!