Not Giving Up….Still Pushing

Jesus said to his disciples:  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me” (John 14:1).

I’m grateful that I survived another week of accomplishments and challenges!  In my human capacities, I started off well then fell short of getting into bad habits (I can’t seem to stay away from drive-thru restaurant french fries but I know it CAN be done LOL).

This week, I maintained my workouts at home; with a free exercise class; and taking advantage of public transit since the gas tank was low.  The workouts began with latin dance, bellydancing, and a cardio blast.  I wore my new T-shirt that you see in the picture.  I was very pleased that I was able to keep up with the cardio (LOL).

Next, I took a free Zumba class with a former instructor.  If you remember from a previous post, I had a membership at my employer’s fitness center, but the wallet was taking a serious hit.  The instructor had us working out from beginning to end for 45 minutes—no stopping.  I needed to soak in the shower instead of stand up in one (LOL). The dance classes don’t seem like a workout.  The key is to keep your abs tight and continue to breathe.  Zumba works out the total body.  I truly enjoyed the class!

It was obvious that my gas tank was getting low.  In order to save my tank, I used public transit to get to and from work.  I wish I could do this on a consistent basis, but it’s unfortunate that contractor employees are not able to benefit from transhare funds—funds given to full-time employees to encourage use of public transit. Overall, the day was beautiful, and I managed to clock in 8,491 steps total on my pedometer…YAY!

I haven’t given up on my journey to pursue and maintain a healthier lifestyle. While I was listening to a service online in Chicago and doing laundry today, I made my dinner in the crock pot:  collard greens and stewed vegetables with some herbs/spices.  It smells pretty good and I’m looking forward to eating it.  I honestly enjoy cooking at home.  At times, my schedule may not allow it, but I force myself to get some fruits and vegetables to have for lunch and dinner.  You become creative with your meals.  As a matter of fact, I knew someone who made their dressing in a crockpot.  It looked good, but I MUST stay focused.

I ask those who read this blog to continue to pray for me as I go through this journey.  When the goals are reached and maintained, I envision the results of hard work to be as beautiful as a rainbow.

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