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LEVEL 10!!!….

get fit nowWhat’s all the hype? What is “Level 10”? Herbalifers talk about it a lot these days. Ton’s of people are reaching their “Level 10” results. I’ve been striving for my “Level 10” but my idea of what exactly my Level 10 is has changed on my journey to reach it.

I was an active kid and teenager. I grew up in the country and there wasn’t a slew of things to keep busy inside the house like there is now. There was no internet, no ipods, cell phones, or video games. We didn’t even get cable where I lived so all the excitement was outside. Riding bikes, running around, skateboards on the little bit of concrete near our house, running, walking.. moving.

Of course, the older we get and the more responsibilities we find ourselves with, the harder it can be to stay active. Now the priorities switch to family, work, house, yard, and just taking the time to eat healthy can seem like a burden. That’s reason # 1 why I love my Herbalife. It’s easy. #2, it tastes pretty amazing! #3, it takes all the work out of trying to figure out if something is healthy or not. The experts at Herbalife have that covered for me. #4, it’s helping me see my personal Level 10 without needing to find hours to spend in the gym.

I say that my Level 10 has changed. Does that mean that I just got lazy and don’t want to work for it anymore? No.. actually, I realized how crazy busy my life can be, and the thought of adding anything else to it right now just isn’t going to happen. But despite all of that, I feel better than I’ve felt in longer than I can remember. That’s a Level 1o result right there!  I. Feel. Great!!!

fit nowAm I a size 2? no..

6? no..

Do I have to keep a day planner just to keep track of multiple doctor visits? NO!

Do I take any medication for chronic diseases? no.

Am I healthy? YES  🙂

Someone asked me recently if Herbalife has any side effects… uhh YEAH it does!  Feeling GREAT is the most common one. Losing weight, getting fit and healthy from the inside out. Side effects lol… you mean like the ones listed on the inserts to all the medications that most people take? no, no side effects like that.

Side effects… I’ll take my Herbalife side effects any day over the most common ones listed on most medications:  nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, itching, and muscle aches and pains. And don’t forget my favorite medication side effects: seizures, stroke, death. Seriously?  why are we willing to take medication that has those risks?

side effectsI’m in charge of my health. I’m in charge of how I feel.  Do I ask my doctor before I start an exercise program? No. Do I ask him before I start eating healthy? No. When did that even become necessary? Do you ask you doctor before you eat fast food? I didn’t think so.. then who is your doctor to tell you that Herbalife isn’t good for you? It’s time to take back your health and be in charge of YOU!

So, what is my Level 10?  Feeling good and enjoying life. Feeling really good actually. Feeling better than I did when I was 25 and having energy to enjoy living. My level 10? The smile that I get when someone honestly thinks that my daughter and I are sisters!

Do you have to be lean and ripped to be a Level 10? No.. you just have to feel your best and be happy with your results! You may be at your Level 10 and not even realize it.

Stop.the best

Feel good.

Enjoy life.

Enjoy your Level 10!

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Week 1, Day 2.. I think?

Week 1, Day 2.. because that one day doesn’t count.

So, I took a few days off. I’m sure I beat myself up more than anyone else could. Things happened. It was cold. My legs were sore. I went to my parents for the weekend. I couldn’t find the jacket and gloves that I wanted to wear yesterday so it just didn’t happen. That’s the one that bites me more than all the other excuses of the other days. Just because I couldn’t find the jacket and gloves that I wanted, I couldn’t walk/jog… because of course I couldn’t have worn a different jacket and gloves, right? I was an excuse waiting to happen.

Anyway, enough with the excuses. I’m just glad to get them out of the way at the beginning of this new experience. No more excuses. It’s about how bad I want to get fit, and I want to get fit bad. It’s not an obsession. It’s just my time. Time to ditch my shell and challenge myself. Push myself, and be more than I thought I could be. God keeps showing me that I can be so much more than I ever thought!

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Week 1, day 1 again…

I know.. yesterday was Week 1, Day 1. I decided to look at the ratings for some other C25k apps, since I had a user error with the one I used yesterday. I just thought if I’m really going to do this then I might need to make sure that I have an app that I can work with, or at least one that is easy enough for me! The new app talks to me instead of just beeping at me. It tells me more stats, like how far I’m going and how fast and a bunch of other stuff if I really want to know.

So, day 1.. again. Of course it was the same as yesterday. Warm up for 5 minutes, jog for 60 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, repeat, repeat, repeat for 8 reps and cool down again. I did notice a difference in today’s jogging/walking. The time didn’t seem as long to me. It was like as soon as I started jogging good then it was time to walk already, and the same when I was walking. So, either the timer is faster than the other app – not likely lol. Or… maybe, the 1000 miles I just finished walking has me in decent shape to start this training.

Don’t get me wrong.. I was still a hot, sweaty mess when I finished and it was a chilly 60 degrees out there so my huffing and puffings made me look like I was in my own personal fog. But I did it. Again.

I think that I couldn’t have started at a better time. No real reason, except that this is my time.

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Week 1, day 1

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(Thursday, October 4)

So, I downloaded a Couch to 5k app and yesterday was my day 1.

I thought it would be harder? I don’t know what I thought but it wasn’t so bad. There’s a 5 minute warm up, then run/jog for 60 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, repeat jog, walk, jog, walk for 8 sets and then cool down for 5 minutes.

Somewhere in the middle, maybe when the trash truck was going by, I must have missed the beep to change from jogging to walking or the other and when I ended up my sets, I was actually jogging for 90 seconds and walking for 60.

I guess I can do this… and if I can, you can… one day at a time 🙂

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Be the hero!

I’ve been winding up in places lately and kind of wondering how exactly I got there.. physically and sometimes just mentally. Apparently, it’s a God thing because I’m right where I should be, right when I should be.

This week, I was standing in line at CVS to pick up a prescription for a patient that had no way to get it and she needed it desperately. She didn’t live too far from me so I immediately volunteered to bring it to her after I got off work… how did that happen? It’s like I just wound up there and don’t even remember offering to do it.

That happened a few months ago. I was exhausted, it had be a crazy week or month. It was LifeGroup night and we were cancelling because of illness I think and then suddenly my fingers were flying over the keyboard to offer anyone that wanted to come was still more than welcome to come. It was like I didn’t even have control of my fingers but they were on a mission!

Even now… as I’m typing out a blog post, I’m not sure where it’s coming from because I was so relieved to be finishing my 1000 miles so I wouldn’t be on a schedule to blog anymore. It’s a little stressful knowing that I had to come up with a blog every week. Now that I don’t have to do one, apparently I have things to say.

My latest out of body/mind decision: I decided that I want to run. I LOVE watching people run and have envied them because I told myself that I can’t. I broke my leg several years ago and had to have an 8″ metal plate screwed to the bone with 6 screws to hold it together and then just for good measure they put a big “pin” thing through the bone just above my knee. I’m not sure what the purpose of the pin is, except to maybe let me know when a storm is coming by hurting really bad in that spot.

Anyway.. ever since then, and feeling pretty blessed that I didn’t lose a leg or have to live out the rest of my life in a wheelchair. I was just happy to be able to walk. I couldn’t run. That’s what I told myself. For years.

Then after spending many many miles walking with Jesus and getting to know myself a little better, I started thinking… “who am I to tell myself that I can’t run?” I didn’t think that I could walk 1000 miles in a year, and I did it with a little time left over even. So, why can’t I run? Beats me! That’s when I downloaded an app to teach me to go from my couch to 5k. Today was week 1, day 1. I messed up doing what I was supposed to be doing but I actually ended up jogging for the times that I was supposed to be walking. It was jog 60 seconds, walk 90.. I got switched and was jogging 90 and walking 60 seconds. That’s kind of huge for someone who has told herself for the last 18 years that she couldn’t run…

I’m kind of shocked that I believed myself since I’m always feeling that I should try harder to prove someone wrong when they say that I can’t do something for whatever reason. But, I bought right into it when I told myself that I couldn’t do something. That was pretty rude of me!

So, I’m at this place in my life when it’s time to try new things. It’s time to step out of the box and be different, be daring, and be present in my life. I’m going to keep training to run this 5k, and maybe even do The Crucible run thing that is like a 5k obstacle course, similar to something that would be at a military boot camp. I’m going to keep pushing myself and get into the shape that I want to be in. I’m going to take care of this temple that God has entrusted me with, so that I can do what ever He calls me to do. I’m going to be the Hero of my story instead of the damsel in distress.

Do you want to be your hero? Let’s do this!

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20 seconds

Pam’s Journey ~ Day: 285

Miles walked: 761

Miles remaining: 239

Days remaining: 81

20 seconds. Courage. Bravery…  If you go to LifeChurch or watch online, you know what I’m talking about. 20 seconds of courage. 20 seconds of insane bravery to do something that could change your life forever. What would my 20 seconds be? 

To be honest, I’m not ready for my 20 seconds yet. 

Sorry, sue me.. I’m just not ready. I am working on it, but I’m not quite there. Yet. 

If you don’t go to LifeChurch or watch online, then you don’t have a clue what I’m rambling on about. But, the super cool thing is that you can probably still catch this weeks service online. Click it, see what time the next experience starts and don’t miss it! It will help this make much more sense if you watch it. 

So, the reason I’m not ready for my 20 seconds of courage is because I’m still doing the work

…“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you… ~ 1 Chronicles 28:20

I’ve been working on some of those Chazown spokes that I talked about awhile back. Specifically, the health stuff. This walk has been a huge help in that area. I was in terrible shape. My main form of physical activity was mowing my yard and a lot of times, it kicked my butt. I know what you’re thinking, so what did I do for physical activity when the yard didn’t need mowed? Not much!

When we started this walk, every mile was a struggle. The miles have gotten much easier. I remember huffing and puffing to finish a mile in the beginning and thinking that I might even have to call my daughter to come pick me up because I wasn’t sure I would make it home. I didn’t know how I would do it.. but mile after mile, it just got easier. Maybe because I kept doing the work.  😉 

Yes, I’m making progress on my health goals. I’ve started being much more diligent with my nutrition. I’m taking extra time off the couch and adding more on my nutrition and fitness routine. I’m getting there.. but I’m not getting there from the couch, or the computer. I’m putting in the work. I want to change and it’s my time. I know that if I want to encourage others with their health, nutrition, and fitness, then I need to be an example and do it myself.

Many times, we want to change something but we’re not willing to do the work. Yeah, that’s me to a T. I’ve been wanting to get fit for ummmm, well, probably 15+ years now, because my daughter is 15 and I know that I never got back into good shape after having her. I just wasn’t ready to do the work, and obviously it doesn’t happen all by itself. 

If I’m not willing to “do the work”, nothing will change. I won’t build stronger relationships. I won’t move ahead at work. I won’t get out of the debt storm that so many of us are in. And my Health? Obviously, I won’t make changes in your health unless I do something about it. Yep, it was time for me to do the work. It’s not easy and no one said it was going to be, but it will be worth it. Some days it’s hard, and it has been very painful but it will all be worth it in the end. 

 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. ~ 1 Peter 4:12-13

I’m amazed every day when I see things happen to people who are doing the work. Changing their lives. Making good choices. Taking control of their future and making it better, with God. Yes, with God. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – If God’s not in it, then it’s already failed. The best part is, whatever you need to change is ridiculously easier with His help. There is no way that I could be at over 750 miles if I wasn’t doing it with God.  Seriously.

The message this week at church was literally all over me from start to finish. (I hope you clicked above and watched it if you didn’t see it already!) It was encouraging, inspiring, and dead on for this place that I’m at in my life. Change.. lots of change, and some of it is slightly scary change. I’m good with “the same”, and I’m content with simple things, so this change that’s coming about is ruffling my feathers like crazy. 

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19

The first time I let this verse stir something in me was about 2 years ago. It hit me again on Sunday. New things are ready to happen. God is behind it and leading me to it. He’s been behind it the entire time, just waiting for me to get up off the couch and make the decision to do the work. 

I’m still walking. Still doing the work. This walk is preparing me for so much more. I never would have dreamed of the things that are coming about. But, until this walk is over – the first 1000, that is – I’m just not ready for those 20 seconds of insanity.. I mean bravery!

And for the record… I am NOT buying a Zoo!

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The first 1000

Pam’s Journey: Day 105

Miles walked: 282

Miles remaining: 718

Days remaining: 261

The first mile of my daily walk is the hardest part of my walk. It’s 6:00 AM, I’m tired, It’s cold, I’m achey, and it’s like that part of a conversation where you don’t know who’s turn it is to talk so it’s kinda quiet. After the first couple of blocks I’m starting to loosen up, wake up, still working on warming up and then the mind flood opens… what shall we talk about today?

Me: Lord, I know I’ve brought several things to you in prayer every day but since I haven’t seen/heard an answer yet, let’s go over my list again. 😉 (like I really need to remind Him)

God: In my time.. you may not like the answers but I will answer them in My time. 

Me: soooo…. now that we’ve covered that again and we have 2.7 miles to go, how about we talk about the walk. I love our walks. It’s like walking with my oldest and dearest friend who knows every single thing about me (and still loves me beyond comprehension!). I can’t hide anything and nothing is off limits…  I was thinking that since I’ve been walking these walks every day for over 3 months that I might be noticing a little more of a physical change by now.

God: In my time.. you may not like the results but I will change you in My time. 

Don’t get me wrong here, this walk is NOT about exercise and I have been so blessed with such an amazing relationship since starting this 1000 miles.. but I’m human and we know that when you do aerobic activity consistently, then usually you start seeing the scales move. We started this walk to develop a closer relationship with Jesus. To walk with Him. To be with Him. It’s the most simple thing and here I went and let my human brain start cluttering it up!

I committed this walk to God, and come hell or high water or as my momma used to say “weather permits and the creeks don’t rise”, I will keep my commitment and finish what I’ve started. I didn’t commit to joining a fitness program. I didn’t expect to get anything out of it, I expected to give myself to it. It’s kind of like a physical tithe to God. I’m giving Him 1000 miles of me. So for me to start humanizing this and think that I should be seeing something because I’m giving something is pretty selfish. Again, I’m human.

This walk is changing me from the inside out. It’s reshaping me… just maybe not my belly, hips, and thighs as fast as I would like, but it’s a change that I could have never done by myself. When I first started this walk, I remember asking God to reshape me however He wants me.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. ~ Psalm 139:14

The first 1000.. my physical tithe (or offering) to God. When I think about it like that it makes me realize that I may not see any physical changes and I shouldn’t expect to. I’m giving the first 1000 to Him. This walk is so precious and sweet that I know 100% that I won’t be able to stop walking after I reach my goal of 1000 miles. So, I’m assuming and am perfectly content to think that I might not see any lbs drop until I’ve given Him what I’ve promised. Another way to look at it is that I must attempt to walk approximately 3 miles per day to stay on track of my 1000 in 365 days. That does give me some extra miles which are part of the plan in case there are some days that I can’t walk due to weather or illness or zombie apocalypse, etc. So, if I want to include some daily exercise in my routine then it must be above and beyond that 3 miles. My normal routes give me about 3.3 miles per day.. so every 3 days, I’m getting in about 1 mile of exercise. That would just about add up to the super slight difference I’m seeing in my  physical appearance… I might just be on to something here!

I know this may sound a little crazy but it’s funny that the human laws of exercise are not applying themselves to the almost 300 miles I’ve walked in just over 3 months. So, I don’t know how else to explain it except to keep walking and see what He has in store for me. I’m so excited to give Him the first 1000 and absolutely can not wait to see what mile 1001 looks like for me!

Me: Sooo… me again 🙂   Just wondering if I’m catching on to your plan. 

God: My precious stubborn child… it’s not about the walk. It’s about the journey. Just Keep Walking.

Have you started your walk yet?

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ~ Luke 6:38

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