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The “Tour de Parks”

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Monument Park, Canton, OH

I am still a part of the Faithful Finish Lines fitness program. The program is built on 4 pillars –  faith, eating, exercise and mission. It emphasizes taking small steps toward your goals instead of making drastic changes at once.

We get motivational emails from Sara Borgstede, fitness plans from Jill Csillag and have online chats via Facebook. The women in this group are wonderful faith-filled, grace-filled women. This past winter took a toll on everyone in at least one of the 4 areas.

My fitness goal was the Groundhog Day Marathon that would run from 2/2 to 2/28 and take place at the mall. I was to park in the same spot, at the same time every morning, put my parka in the same locker, and walk the mall the same way every day and take a selfie in the same spot.

Groundhog Tracks - 2/2/15

Groundhog Tracks – 2/2/15

Well February in Northeast Ohio was what I was afraid it was going to be – crappy and not safe for driving. Also, I started back at my seasonal call center job and between those two happenings the Groundhog Day Marathon was grounded (pun intended).

Round 3 Fitness Goal

Round 2 has come and gone and no need for looking back and dwelling on what did not happen instead it is time to move forward. For round 3, my fitness goal is the Tour de Parks where I will walk one park in Northeast Ohio every weekend.

Ground Rules

I pick:

  • the park,
  • the day,
  • the time,
  • the camera settings

One of the things I found when I walked the mall for Round one’s fitness goal, I walked too fast. This time I am bringing my camera and taking pictures for a weekly blog post. Taking pictures will slow me down, help me enjoy being in the moment and let you walk beside me.

The Tour de Parks ends on April 25th.

North Park, Brunswick, OH

North Park, Brunswick, OH

Weekend Wisdom

The posts for this weekend will feature pictures from one of the parks I visited last year during my 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio series that ran on OgleOhio.com. (Today’s pictures are also part of the ones taken for the series, but were not featured on OgleOhio.)

See you Saturday for Weekend Wisdom and next Wednesday for the first installment of Tour de Parks.

The best picture from my weekly park walk will be featured on my photography blog OgleOhio.com.

What Faithful Finish Lines Meant To Me

(Author’s Note: Sorry for the bad spacing at the end of today’s post. WordPress and I are not getting along today.  The post looks beautiful when I go in and edit it but once I update it all the spacing between lines and paragraphs goes away.)

Sara asked me to write one more post about what the Faithful Finish Lines (online faith and fitness program) meant to me. While reviewing my participation in this fitness program, I came up with 3 words –

Acceptance, Grace, Community

Acceptance

Sara, Jill and fellow team members accepted me as I am, just like God does.

I started this faith, fitness, eating and mission program with a pulled muscle behind my left knee. Everyone understood and accepted that fact. I worked on my upper body and gently and gradually exercised the lower body, but did not push beyond what was comfortable.

Grace

I think everyone failed the weekly eating goals at least once. When we did, just like God, there was no shame, condemnation or keeping track of past failures. Our sins were washed white as snow.

On Monday of sugar week, I had a piece of turtle cheesecake with decaf coffee. Ooooppppssss! However, I cut back on sugar the rest of the week. So I made progress in reducing sugar instead of eliminating it – and progress is progress.

Every time I slipped up on the goals, I fell forward into arm’s full of grace and forgiveness.

Community

When you become a widow, some or all of your friends, family and/or your late husband’s friend’s and family will up and vanish like a fart in the wind. (Shawshank Redemption) There goes your community.

But not with this group. We knew we needed one another as we were all going through something. Community kept us going from day-to-day and week to week, whether it was participation in weekly Facebook chats, commenting on status updates in the group, or teaming up with a prayer partner. New friendships formed. We all had (and still have) each other’s back. It did not matter that I was a widow these ladies were here for me with prayers, articles and words of encouragement.

One week I had trouble printing my resume from Word (not a good thing when you are in-between jobs) and one of the women posted an article that helped me troubleshoot and fix the problem.

Final Thought

My first year of widowhood I sat around on weekends barely doing anything. I was storing up enough energy to make it through the next work week. I wished I had access to this type of community support during that time, as I needed someone to push me to move more and to help me get back into life.

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New program runs January 5th-February 21st, 2015
Sign-up Deadline: Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
I am continuing with this program.
So please join me inside the Facebook group for the next 7 weeks.
Why wouldn’t you want to join a fitness program that is full of acceptance, grace and community?
*Disclaimer: I was given free access to the Faithful Finish Lines program with the promise of blogging about my experience. I am not receiving payment of any other form and the opinions are mine alone.

Faithful Finish Lines: Michele’s Journey – Week 3 – Normal

I do not have much to say about last week which was week number 3 on this new journey.  A journey that feels normal, comfortable like a pair of broken-in shoes. It feels like I have been friends with this group of ladies for a long, long time. The bond has gotten that strong in just a few weeks.

There is no condemnation for slipping up and not exercising or eating right as we all have our moments where we slip and fall but we get back up and move forward learning what caused us to skip the afternoon glass of water and reach for a Pepsi instead.

We support, encourage and wholeheartedly cheer each other on. 

Food 

I’ve continued with the cucumber water, fruits and veggies and last week took notice of my protein intake. My favorite way of getting protein is having a slice or two of cheese from my cousin’s cheese house. My second favorite is Greek yogurt on top of my oatmeal with ground flaxseed meal. I usually top it with fruit such as a banana or blueberries.

Knee Update

My biggest accomplishment last week happened after I got my haircut at the mall. I walked 1/2 down the longest aisle off the main concourse. I was tempted to walk all the way but my goal was to stretch what my knee muscles could do and not push it too far.

Weight

I also got on the scale, which is something I do not believe in unless I am at the doctors, and was down 9 lbs from my last doctor’s visit back in September. I am not sure how much of that occurred during this program so far but I am betting at least 1/2 if not more can be attributed to Faithful Finish Lines.

Faithful Finish Lines is structured so making changes in your lifestyle is easy (at least I’ve found it easy), or maybe I’m finding it easy because God is part of this program – and that too seems normal and natural.

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

  • Thank you Sara for offering this program to those of us taking the 31 Days/5 Minute Freewrite Challenge.
  • Thank you Jill for giving us exercise tips and suggestions.
  • Thank you to my fellow group members for your prayers, friendship and fellowship during this journey.

 

*Disclaimer: I was given free access to the Faithful Finish Lines program with the promise in blogging about my experience. I am not receiving payment of any other form and the opinions are mine alone.