Frequently Asked Questions? (#31DaysFitinFit)

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Today I address some random questions about our 31 Days of Fitting in Fitness. Please feel free to ask me ANYTHING today in the comments section and I will be sure and answer. Be nice, though. 

Q. Why did you come up with this challenge, and how did you decide on the details?

A. Truth be told, back in Summer, I came across a “Squat Challenge” on Facebook. I invited others to join, but along the way I started to realize it went against my core beliefs and philosophy as a trainer and person, which include balance. I understood, it was a “challenge” and this is not to say anything negative about this particular person or created challenge; but it helped me realize that this was something I had some pretty serious opinions on and these thoughts needed to be integrated. The defining point came when,  while cooking chili in the kitchen and squatting my 140 squats, I felt my then 48 year old, post injury hip raise an important argument, which was- “I’m not doing this anymore!” Since I believe, listening to the body is key, I immediately stopped. I have studied enough about the body, as well as many different training regimens (even the “History of Physical Education”- a favorite college course!) to know what I think would be a good start for baseline exercise.

Q.  I looked at the challenge and thought it was too easy since I exercise daily. How can this challenge me, I’m a fit rock star?

A. My heart’s desire is for those who struggle with fitting in fitness…at all. But for those who are already exercising regularly, I say, I have often done additional “challenges” when I was in the best shape of my life. Since the program is adjustable you should have no problem, exceeding all recommended ranges. Rock on. Oh, and be sure to record all of your journey- you may even exceed your own expectations…

Q. What if I meant to start and then didn’t start on Day 1? 

A. Please. Start. Now. Right now. Like, give me Day 11. Or if you are one of those, I need to start at the beginning, give me Day 1. I don’t care what you give, give me, actually yourself, something! Just do it. Write it down. No judgement. If a 10 second plank is all you can do. Fine. If 3 push ups is a ll you got. Great. Something is better than nothing. Or if you are looking at the Be Gentle With Me Option- same deal. I gently implore you to get moving. Now… said in a calm quiet voice.


Q. I can’t perform some of the exercises, due to health constraints, what do you suggest?

Obviously a Fitness Challenge, by nature,  is not for everyone. I understand completely that some exercises and even starting a program of exercise might be contraindicated at this time for some individuals. You may also need the help of a professional before moving forward. Check with your doctor and then enlist support and guidance from a professional or based on your doctor’s input. I suggest American Council of Exercise or American College of Sports Medicine for basic information and/or a Fitness Professional. There are many good certifying organizations available for fitness professionals. But you are worth it, so take small steps, and don’t give up- you will find an appropriate fit for you!

Q. I hate your guts and think you are a bully. 

A. You are not the first one, and you are entitled to your opinion. Have you fit in fitness today, then?

Q. What can we expect in the days ahead? 

A. I seriously jumped into this challenge because it has been on my heart to share fitness thoughts and concepts for awhile. Some of the posts I will be sharing (and have shared),  are posts which I am recycling from a blog I kept for a short time, called, Fitness For The Fainthearted. However, I am updating and editing them as I go. On the other hand I whipped this little The Core and More challenge up in July as an alternative to the Squat Challenge I participated in online. Since October came and it was still sitting in my journal (untouched), it seemed dragging you all along with me was a good idea. I also asked what my readers would like most for me to focus on and it was Fitness so…in the days ahead I will be sharing a mix of motivational posts with exercise basics inter-dispersed along the way. I am hoping to squeeze in a video perhaps. It really is unplanned…I am fitting in fitness these days just like most of you. My days are full, and many demands fill my time. Please know I am not “above” being challenged to fit in fitness, on any given day myself!

PS. I am planning to keep us going after the 31 days…so please jump in and join me for a healthy and fit holiday season!

 By the way if you want to tweet your fitness activity, feel free to share with the hashtag #fitinfit. I think I have been doing that, but I am still figuring out tweeting etc. Join me and tweet, tweet your way to Fit in Fitness! Fly with me on Twitter @breathoffaith!

OK, your turn- QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, THOUGHTS? 



This post is part of the series: 

Fitting In Fitness in Fall {Fitness For The Fainthearted}

Today I am over at my other Blog and getting ready to share 
some fitness motivation, inspiration and answers to 
YOUR 
questions this coming month! 
I am getting back into my work schedule
 (and finding my own fitness groove again- slowly!) 
and looking forward to writing more over there- 
so I hope you will join me, visit, follow and 
give me your best fitness related questions 
and I will be sure to give you my best answers. 
Last night I updated with this post inviting readers to please
 e-mail me exercise related questions, challenges and conundrums:
Join me for today’s post:
Either way-
Thanks, and hope to see you over there!

Spiritually Stretched {5 Minute Friday}

Stretching. My mind goes to both the literal and the physical.
 I consider how God uses everything to teach us. Wastes nothing. 
This past year I have been stretched. 
My faith has been stretched. 
My expectations and preconceived ideas about faith and have also been stretched.
 But here is the thing. 
When a muscle is stretched, it is with the goal to maintain flexibility. 
To keep the muscles pliable, lengthened. 
Healthy.
 I can’t help but think of the spiritual applications of stretching as well. 
The fact is muscles have limitations from a physiological and kinesiological perspective. 
There is a safe and healthy range of motion based on the design 
of the bones, tendons, joints, and ligaments. 
Basic, yet unique and varied for each individual. 
So God also allows us to be stretched. 
It is always with the purpose of bringing health & flexibility to our faith lives. 
As we are stretched by trials of adversity we grow in grace, 
stretched beyond what we may have believed possible. 
But made healthier, spiritually by the experience.

To join in or visit and read more 5 minute Friday entries
Click on the link below!

Five Minute Friday

At Which Point God Shows Up For Coffee {Connect}

Well Friends, as you know Friday is the day I write for five minutes for 5 Minute Friday over at Lisa-Jo’s place and I want to invite you there if you have not already ventured on over! I love these prompts and even the five minute limit. Lord knows, I need limits! Well before I start I want to just link last weeks post because this week our writing prompt is Connect, and my friends there is a divine connection related to my last 5 minute Friday post (in case you have the urge to know more, or want a retake: it’s HERE).
I am sitting across the table ordering coffee.
Hopeful.
The third “connection” with possibility.
Listening for the catch. Waiting for the confirmation.
Leery, yet hopeful.
He looks back at me, this partner of the person I first interviewed with last week.
I am pleased with the manners, communication and consideration displayed.
But, hesitant.
The breakfast meeting goes long.
He orders toast, I can’t even think of food.
I just want confirmation.
Then the question. Availability.
Only not available one day when I volunteer at my daughter’s school.
He leans in.
Do you mind if I ask what you do there?
I sheepishly (shame on me) confess
Meet with a group of Moms and lead prayer.
At which point God reveals our true connect.
In Him.
To our amazement and joy.
Deal sealed.

Five Minute Friday

Martin’s Monday

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have to say that I love Martin Luther King Day. First of all, he is one of the few men in whose presence I wish I could have been. That I would have loved to hear with my own ears, seen with my two eyes and stood seeing, in his vision. That I would run to see and stand in the masses yelling, “YES!” One who inspires, challenges. Dignifies. One who saw light and truth and transformed humanity with his own understanding. So today is a special Monday and I will not ignore this great man in my Miscellany Monday post today! My daughter actually won an award in her 5th grade Speech Meet as she recited His famous words. Every single one from that famous speech. It saddens me I was not there to see it. Yeah, that job I no longer even have cost me that opportunity. Won’t happen again. Trust me. Here are some of my favorite quotes by him.
I pulled these from The Quotations Page.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.


Well I do have an interview scheduled tomorrow. Prayers welcome. However, it seems, my Inner Writer and Inner “Lazy” Child are having an affair to remember. They have kicked my Inner Personal Trainer to the curb and she appears to be down for the count. Hopefully they will all pull themselves together and cooperate for the interview tomorrow. Perhaps I should consider employment as a Librarian, as my friend Susie has considered, and retire from torturing the hopelessly, unmotivated masses. I am slowly moving into that terrain, myself, Egad!


A wonderfully contemplative week. Rain and puddles helped.
I will be sharing some of my reflections this week.
Some of you have already read about one rainy day with my daughter
this week!
My girl has re-discovered the joys of Play-Doh. Hooray!
I am thoroughly enjoying this little Library find!
Wonderful. I may have to read The Prince of Tides. Maybe. 

A place I used to frequent,back in the day.
Revisited, with a dear friend made my week sweet!
Literally.
rue de l’espoir =  How you say? Delicious. 
Friends make life sweeter, indeed.

 Life is Short!
 Enjoy your friends as you enjoy dessert!
Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

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