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I almost fell off my chair when my dear blogging friend, Barbie (My Freshly Brewed Life) mentioned something about the 31 Days hosted by The Nester. I mean, WHAT? Where did the year go?


I have participated in the 31 Day Challenge of writing on one topic for 31 days for the past two years. It has been a blessing, a challenge, and at times, a lot of fun! I have written 31 Days of Faith Life Preservers and  31 Days of Fitting in Fitness at my old Blog Home: Beneath The Surface: Breath of Faith. 

This year, I am feeling strongly about applying my coaching energy towards, 31 Days of…


Your Perfect Day (Prompt 14)

“Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”  Jesus

I have taken this prompt a number of ways in my writing before, and used this as an exercise as a planning tool when coaching others. You can write a really imaginative piece and see where it leads, exploring how your ideal day would go. Or you could allow the prompt to assist you, as a tool to help  brainstorm possibilities of having a better day with your specific goals in mind. Today we imagine our perfect day and plan away with our pen…


The Twelve Days of Fitness (Fitting in Fitness in December)

Fitting in Fitness in December. It’s kinda like bowling- upside down and backwards…but worth it in the end. You may not get all the pins down BUT you’re likely to hit a few just for the trying.

Well, here comes Santa Clause, Here comes Santa Clause, right down Santa Clause Lane… ’tis the season to be jolly and all but hold on to your chestnuts- I’m no Scrooge, and I do want you to have a wonderful holiday season, however for those of you who may be dreaming of a White Christmas, I want to remind you that during this season of merry and bright, we want to fight the good fight! The good fight of faith AND fitness. I want to propose a little challenge for you during December. It’s simple, not too hard and still leaves you plenty of time to rock around the Christmas Tree!

I propose to you the 12 Days of Fitness as a way to be sure and take some time for health and fitness (while making merry).

Here’s why?

1. The holidays can take us way off track with our eating and exercise habits so a plan in place is a reasonable solution.

2. Planning to fit in fitness will help counteract the extra calories you might per chance happen upon: those Christmas Cookies!

3. Gaining a head start on your New Years Resolution- it will be MUCH easier to fit fitness in in January if you have a head start now.

4. Incremental steps in lifestyle change usually are easier to adopt and maintain.

5. Fitting in fitness is possible in every season- keep it simple, adaptable, and realistic.

So is all you need to do is find ways to fit activity that moves you into your day, at least 12 times in December. It has to work for you. Treadmill, dog walk, jump rope, hop scotch…yoga, spin class, a jog around the neighborhood. Bowling, boot camp, ice skating, hiking, Pilates. In the gym, in your living room or basement. In your office, bedroom or backyard. Your body is made to move. This month it may be harder to squeeze in, but you can do it. Turn on the music and move…whatever works!
Aim for 12 times. 
Twelve opportunities for loving your body with movement. Nourishing your health with bending, flexing and stretching. Strengthening your body and sending your mind and heart the positive message that YOU matter, and your body deserves a bit of attention. 
Think of it as you would caring for that car you own. Check out the  maintenance manual for your car and you will be amazed at the detailed schedule. Your car requires specific maintenance and care and if you do not do what is required it always costs, down the road. Let’s not neglect our bodies, nor do we want to prioritize the caring of them to excess. But a balanced, healthy, consistent “maintenance plan”, seems reasonable, as much for bodies as cars!

So how will you fit fitness in this month?

If you want to read some really great posts on fitness, or get some ideas for fitting in fitness check out this link: 31 Days of Fitting in Fitness!

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

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 ( 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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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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