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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31 Days of Fitting in Fitness

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When Your Heart Is Not In It (Faith and Fitness)

Today is Saturday, my friends. 
We are 12 days into our month long journey of Fitting Fitness into our everyday lives. 
I wonder how you are doing with your journey?
I will share how I am doing with mine, in the hope of offering a bit of encouragement. 
I ponder these days- the days past, when exercise was a priority in my life. I gleaned many lessons, and a bit of wisdom back then, hundreds of years ago…as you may well imagine. 
But, when fitness, health and exercise are not a priority, everything changes.
There is never an ideal time to “get fit”, so to speak.
Are there better times than others? Absolutely. 
That is exactly why I decided a a bite sized bit of exercise might build activity back into my life as well as help you bring it home to yours. 
My priorities in life have changed, I recognize this reality. 
Yours may have, as well.
We have multiple things competing for our time and attention.
It becomes harder to figure what makes it into the A1 – A3 priority list. 
So, I encourage you to adhere to the plan. 
Have you heard of the story, 
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”?
Well that pretty much summed up my whole week.
“Dawn and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad WEEK”,
yup- that was it. There were tears, and trauma and too much drama.
You know, working out was the last thing on my mind. 
But I stuck to the plan…
Was it all my best efforts?
Did I stick to the plan?
Yes and No.
The Couch to 5K schedule is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I made it Tuesday, Wednesday and I have yet to squeeze in my Friday workout. But I am determined to do it. The Core and More Challenge days, thankfully, I have managed.
No records set, just swallowing back like necessary medicine.
Because, I am worth the effort. 
You are worth the effort. 
Baby steps are better than no steps and I promise, those who start off like the Jack Rabbit, so often lose steam and quit. Trust me, a Tortoise offers great wisdom, as they slowly, steadily, little by little, move forward. Not a lot of fanfare, bells and whistles. But in the end, he finishes his journey. 
He gets where he set out to go.
We will too, OK?
Yesterday, I felt so defeated in so many ways, as I battled discouragement and courted defeat. I left home for a bit to go to a favorite local place, where I like to meet my Maker for quiet ministering to…I hear Him better sometimes, in these places. The picture above I share with you and pray its beauty ministers to you. I wish you could see it for yourself…I have some friends, from my old church, a couple who used to sing from Psalm 61. The memory of their music still ministers to my heart and the wind did stir up their voices from within as the Holy Spirit whispered verses from Psalm 61 to my heart.
So fit fitness in and recognize, life happens while we are making our plans.

Our fitness level increases, improves, as we continue to challenge ourselves physically. Likewise, our faith grows and is strengthened as we face difficulties with the mind heart, and strength of Christ.
Not always easy or fun, right? 
But we can do it…
fitness and faith both require a fixed focus on the outcome, or goal.
So, have you bailed on the challenge?
Are you trying to fit fitness in?
What is working for you and what is not?
Share your success or setback- I would love to know how you are doing?

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31 Days of Fitting in Fitness

All Posts for the 31 Days of Fitting In Fitness (Landing Page)

31 Days of Fitting in Fitness: Landing – This is where you can find all the posts for the 31 days of Fitness Series once they are published!
9/29 Week 1: Details (Sunday- because we all think of the start of a new week as Sun/Mon, not Tuesday, right?)
*9/30 Monday night: Link up at The Nester’s Place
 Day 1The Road Ahead
Day 11 Frequently Asked Questions @ 31 Days of Fitting in Fitness
Day 13 Your Perfect Day (Weekend Writing Exercise)

November 3rd Sunday Check – In: Join me on Sunday to share your journey, thoughts, comments or input about the 31 Day Challenge. 
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