31 Day Challenge Ends (Fresh Start for November- Invite!)

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Congrats to all of you who have made it through 31 Days of Fitting in Fitness!
Congratulations, also, to all of my Blogging friends who have made it through the Nester’s #31Days! Thanks to the Nester for hosting this great challenge.

Our 31 Day Challenge is over today. I have been pondering our next phase from the beginning. The Holidays will be upon us in the blink of an eye, and our best intentions to fit in fitness will be squeezed out by festivities, fellowship and fun. I have so much more I want to share with you and yet, realistically, my desire for you and myself as well, is to keep it simple, straightforward and DONE, with regard to fitness. In other words, by “done” I mean that you are not thinking about fitting fitness in, not talking about it, not admiring the plans of others BUT actually to be living out small steps to building a new habit into your (our) life (lives)- or reviving an old habit that has died, as the case may be!   
So, instead of making a new plan for November, after a brief conversation (banter on Facebook) with Susie, I think that the best plan for November is to  DO the Fitting in Fitness Challenge  AGAIN! From the top, and for those of us who did it, we can do it better, for those who considered it but bailed halfway through – here is your FRESH NEW START!
There were a lot more topics in fitness I did not cover, so much more I wanted to share,  BUT maybe could do -going forward. I really felt led to write more on, motivation, inspiration and encouragement with regard to the topic. There were many thoughts, prompts, partial drafts and ideas I had that I felt, due to time constraints and other limitations, unable to share.
Also, honestly, this month has been a very difficult month, personally. The last two weeks of our challenge have been increasingly difficult and I fell short on the C25K routine in Week 4 (only squeezing in 1 of the 3 workouts). I missed 2 days in the last 2 weeks of The Core and More Challenge and did not bother to try to catch up and a couple of times I combined days. There, see. Not perfect. But, November we can try again. Which leads me directly to you…
Will you join me in November as do a Second Chance Fitting in Fitness Challenge?
Shall we join together and take on the Holidays by Fitting in Fitness, aiming for a little or a lot, adjusting as we need to make it doable, right in the middle of our, busy, bloggy, blustering, right NOWs? Something is better than nothing, and who doesn’t love a Do Over?

In December, I am considering a 12 Days of Fitness something- stay tuned for more on that one. Meantime I will be working on our January Fitness Challenge- which I thought I would originally do ast the end of October’s Challenge, but as you now know, am opting out of that plan. 

As for me, I am skipping the Optional Pre/Post Test and will just jump in fresh tomorrow with a new month of Fitting in Fitness:

 Come what may, 
come what might- 
if you are still not in, 
now is the time to make it right! 
Let’s Do it! 
Grab the Scribd Document here or e-mail (dawn.paoletett@gmail.com) me for the Fitting in Fitness Packet. 
Let me know if you have any questions and I will see you for the Sunday Post, for sharing conclusions, thoughts  from the 31 Day Journey. 
Thank you for dropping in, offering words of encouragement and for your participation (however frequent or infrequent). May God bless you with health and wellness all of the days of your life…and secure you in His grace and truth forever.



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Facing Our Fears With Faith (5 Minutes for Faith)

 Ode to October
Sweet October, how I adore thee, with orange themed decor, hot cider and more, pumpkins galore, goblins at my door, and the leaves twirling down from the trees. Sweet October, I adore thee.

Oh, October! How I abhor you, with your trick or treat and “smell my feet”, goblins and fears, increased nightmares, endless sweets and scares, such a mixed brew, of what will we do. Oh, October, I  abhor you.
Well it is the season of scary, but there’s no need to be a “Scaredy Cat”, is there?
Please join me at 5 Minutes for Faith for my Top Ten Scriptures for dealing with Fear…click here to finish reading there
 

Be Strong! Quotes to Strengthen Your Faith and Fitness

1. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. ~1 Corinthians 16:13
2. With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
 3. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. ~Psalm 27:14
4. Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
5. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. ~Philippians 4:13
6. Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~St. Francis of Assisi
7. We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.
~Eleanor Roosevelt
8. Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of those pieces. ~Judith Viorst
9. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflections. ~Thomas Paine
10. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. ~Mark 12:30
11. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher
12. Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.  ~ Margaret Thatcher
13. Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. ~Winston Churchill
14. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ~Psalm 73:26
15. Strength is not measured in muscle, but in will. ~M. Morrow
16. Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. ~Samuel Johnson
17. Take time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit. Bodily fitness has a certain value, but spiritual fitness is essential both for this present life and for the life to come. There is no doubt about this at all, and Christians should remember it. ~1 Timothy 4:7-8 (Phillips)
18. Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. ~Steve Maraboli
19. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. ~Psalm 28:7
20. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Ephesians 6:10


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A Psalm for Dark Days

The Valley of the Shadow of Death, 1866
Sir Joseph Noel Paton
You fill me,
every waking hour-
 I am yours.
 Though I stumble and falter
You stand strong.
Your right hand does hold me.
Oh, Lord, though I walk through the valley of death,
and darkness surrounds me-
You are there.
You are my ever present help in times of trouble.
I walk with eyes fixed on You.
Lord, my eyes will not 
depart from your
steady gaze,
in this current haze-
and though hell itself rises up,
to crush me-
You stand strong,
and take the blows.
You shield me.
When I think I can’t go on,
You carry me,
lay me down 
and stroke my hair
with gentle hand.
With you, I persevere.
While I sleep
You nurture my soul
and make me whole.
I am content knowing you are near 
as close as breath,
and in death 
I will not fear.
Even now
You are here.
With you I remain-
You stand strong.
* I am a fan of religious art throughout all time- and this is my favorite painting. It ministers to me beyond words. I have a very small copy I cut out from an art book many years ago. I hope someday to own my own framed print. When I wrote this poem early this morning, this image came to my mind again. 
Linking with dVerse for Open Link Night. Amen. With Smiles. 

Take Ten for Better Health Today!

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Do you have ten minutes today for better health?

Just. Ten. Minutes.
Is all it takes for you to feel healthier TODAY
is ten minutes.
Are you worth ten minutes? 

In ten minutes you could complete a mini circuit of five exercises twice.
In ten minutes you could stretch your hips, thighs, lower back, shoulders,neck, lower legs and chest. Basically your whole body!
In ten minutes you could take a brisk walk outside in your neighborhood.
In ten minutes you could go through Joseph Pilates’ first 10 exercises for the mat.
In ten minutes you could practice Deep Breathing exercises that will help you relieve stress and
feel refreshed and relaxed.You can even do this seated at your desk.
In ten minutes you could do a few rounds of Sun Salutations or of  “stretches” sequenced in a flow that is fun and feels good to you!
In ten minutes you could could do this great At Home Equipment Free Workout (my favorite kind) from ACE. OK, you might have to break this into a few ten minute segments, but you could work up to this wonderful routine!

It will take you just TEN minutes 
to make a difference in your health today.
Are you ready?
Well, what are you waiting for?

Let’s take Ten!




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