Endurance – Soldier On!

Workout Jam of the Day

“Move (Keep Walkin’)” By:Toby Mac

What Did I Eat Today

Breakfast 1 Small Gala Apple, 2 Halo Easy-Peel Oranges, 1 Cup Good Belly Probiotics Blueberry Acai Juice, Elderberry, 1000mg Vitamin C

Lunch – 1 Can Progresso Hearty Tomato Soup, 2 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (4 Slices Fit & Active 45 Calorie Per Slice Multigrain Bread, 2 Slices Happy Farms American Singles Cheese, 2 Slices Sargento Ultra Thin Provalone)

Snack – Half Package Gardein Vegan Homestyle Beefless Tips (Roughly 200 calories, high protein) w/ 2 Tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce

DinnerMom’s Cabbage Recipe (Chopped Cabbage, Organic Baby Carrots, Organic Diced Tomatoes, & Diced Onion All Sauteed in 2 Tablespoons Blue Bonnet Light Butter)

Dessert Fit & Active Wildberry Sorbet & Ice Cream Bar

Gym Journal

I would have loved to stay home today and hit the gym Saturday instead, but this weekend won’t work for me. Sundays will never work, but Saturday I’ll be preaching at the Union Gospel Mission here in town and have too much to get done. I decided I wanted to focus on endurance today. It’s a gift I believe I possess spiritually and when I work, but I lack it in my workouts. For me, one of the greatest benefits of a gym is the ability to change machines and not get stuck doing the same thing over and over like a hamster in a wheel. Variety is the spice of life!

That being said, I need to develop my endurance which requires me to struggle through hard things for longer than I would like to do them. Some translations of the Bible refer to long-suffering as a virtue, which is basically endurance in a nutshell if you ask me. I would like to think it is a result of combining two of the fruits of the Spirit – patience and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Yes, self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s just the last one on the list. Don’t forget it.

I decided to type in a full hour of anaerobic power walking on the manual setting of the treadmill (3.5mph) and see if I could finish. The point was simply to follow through and accomplish some good quality fat burn.

Fun Fact – It takes 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain, but only 20-30 repetitions with play. We are creatures of habit, built to learn best by doing. For example, I have followed through on my commitment to continue parking at the end of the lot every single time. There were days when that meant I walked past a ton of empty parking spaces, but I made a decision and I am seeing it through. What this all means is that the best way for me to increase my endurance is to – dare I say it – put myself in activities where I have to endure them to the end.

Naturally that meant I had to go to the bathroom around the 20 minute mark. I tried to hold it thinking maybe I could get by until the end. By the 25 minute mark I was getting nervous about this decision, but I wanted to keep going. When the 30 minute mark approached, I realized I had two choices – go in my pants right there or go in the toilet. I am not sorry I chose the toilet. I paused the machine, snapped a quick pic of my workout summary as the one minute pause timer started counting down, and made a b-line to the bathroom.

I made record time and hurried back to find that despite the many other open treadmills, my water bottle still in the cup holder, and the screen flashing pause, someone had taken my machine. Ugh. I chose to be gracious and just hopped on the one next to her, setting it for an additional 30 minutes as I transferred my water bottle.

At the 40 minute mark I started to feel blisters forming on the balls of my feet and my legs began to feel heavy. It occurred to me that ballerinas endure much worse, and they do it for something they love. If they can do that, I can do this. There is typically a price for dedication, and I’m willing to pay it.

The whole time I was listening through my Health & Nutrition Coaching Certification courses, trying to exercise my mind at the same time. The truth is that given my lengthy experience with this fight for health and extensive research, I already knew everything the program has taught me up to this point. However, if I am going to claim a certification by them, I will complete all their work. It offers validation that I have been on the right track.

As the end of the 60 minutes approached and I hadn’t quit, I decided to jog the last minute at the 4.5mph setting. I’m not the kind of person who reaches the goal panting, barely able to cross the finish line. I’m a warrior, and I will finish strong. And I did! So in total, when you add in the first 30 minutes, I walked 3.52 miles and burned 480 calories in my hour of endurance. I feel good about that. 🙂

My only other plan was to up my plank time by a few more seconds, so I went over to the mat with a goal of 70 seconds, and I made it to 72.5! Watching that number go up each visit makes me so very happy. My old record time was 80 seconds, so I’m very close to surpassing it! I also hit the Infrared bed again before leaving. I think I like it.

Normally I’m all about being barefoot, but let me tell you, it felt really good to throw on my regular baby blue tennies in the locker room. The memory foam insoles are like walking on a cloud, and it took pressure off the blisters. I earned that grape tootsie roll on the way out the door!

My legs may be sore from this week of pushing myself to get started after a long while away from the gym, but I’m also starting to feel more mobility. The increased strength in my muscles makes things feel easier to do in general. I have to say, it may be time consuming, but I missed this feeling. It’s a good kind of ache, an accomplished kind. Week one is done. Monday I’ll be back to start week two. Let’s do this.

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