New Week

I am learning to embrace the fact that week I am better that week before. Just thinking about what life was like a few short weeks ago. I can see the progress. I’m happy and yes extremely thankful. While I have set an ultimate goal and am really looking forward to the day it’s a reality, I must say I am enjoying the journey. Some days are better than others. Some days are easier than others. But each day teaches a special lesson. So thank God for a new day and a new week. 

Join deh conga line!

So I didn’t make it to the gym today, but it’s not really my fault. Work and 4yr old soccer got in the way. Sometimes I would just like a second, or third me to get it all done. I would like the gym me to do the gym and keep the aches and pains. I would like the mom me to be just that a mom. And then I want me, me to just relax, travel, sip coconut water on the beach and never, ever return to reality. Wishful thinking, huh!

I am glad that I actually do have a second me. His name is Jesus! I can lean on Him, and I can do everything through Him. #RBL2015

Proverbs 3:5-6

5Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Walking and running and shin splints, Oh my!

So, you may have guessed it, I’m not on the yellow brick road and a bit frustrated with shin splints. I am not sure what causes them, but I have been told you just have to run through them and that hasn’t worked for me yet! I have had days where I can get on the treadmill and go hard without an issue and others when I am pushed to the edge and ready to get off the treadmill, and to think we will end this challenge with a 5k, Lord help me!

I have done a 3 minute walk, 2 minute run interval without issue only to follow that up with splints while doing a brisk walk a day later. I was excited when I did my first prescribed 5k training interval consisting of a 5 minute warm up at a 3.0 incline, followed by a 2 minute walk, 1 minute run throughout a 30 minute session without any pain at all. Well I got to the Y today with that same excitement thinking that I may have just been pushing myself too hard before and low and behold there they were again, making me feel as if my shins were going to explode on me right then and there on the treadmill. I can almost hear them screaming at me saying “What do think you are doing pounding on us with that much weight? Well here then, take that!”

If any of you have any advice I could sure use some. Going to get online and see what I can find in hopes of finding a remedy. Don’t get me wrong, this is not going to deter me in the slightest, I’m still going strong and will through and beyond the end of this challenge. After all, I have come to the realization that this is more than just a challenge, it is a life style change and I’m all in!

Feeling Down.

I was feeling good then BAM! woke up this am and my neck is back to square one.  Not sure what is going on.  But it is starting to discourage me after a WHOLE week off at the Y.  I miss my teammates. But not giving up on eating good and trying to stay on track.    I just hope they are giving it there all!

I ask for other Team Mates to check on your Team Mates because I have personally noticed people missing and needing a PUSH.  

Please say a prayer that God will heal my neck.  We all know ONLY GOD can preform miracles.  As I lay my head down I ask God to wrap me in his arms and heal this awful pain in my neck.  

Psalm 136:4 To him who alone does great wonders: for his mercy endures for ever.


My week didn’t start off as I had planned…

I had planned to be in Canada for work this week, but yesterday I flew to Philadelphia for the 1st leg of my journey and got stuck.  Long story short – I got to GSP yesterday at 5:00 am morning and made it back to GSP at midnight last night.  It turns out due to weather and rebooking issues that they couldn’t get me to my destination until late on Tuesday so it was decided the best bet was to return home.

This blog really has nothing to do with weight loss because airports aren’t known for their diet fare.  (Although I must say I did do much better than I would have 6 weeks ago.)  This blog is more to note how I have changed mentally and spiritually over the last 6 weeks.  I tend to be a control freak and stress out when things don’t go as planned.  Therefore, yesterday could have been a complete nightmare.  Philadelphia ended up cancelling about 100 flights yesterday so you can only imagine how many angry and frustrated people were stuck yesterday and unfortunately some of them probably still are.  I prayed A LOT yesterday for God to give me patience and tolerance because there were a lot of people much worse off than I was (especially those with toddlers).  I won’t say that I didn’t get frustrated at times and it is possible that I was almost in tears, but I know that I got through the day with Christ who strengthens me.  I have been saying that verse a lot since Rob first mentioned on January 20th.  I have generally used it thus far in my weight loss journey to push through workouts and be strong to avoid food cravings.  However, this verse is perfect for all aspects of life and I am glad that I had been chanting it for 6 weeks so I had that to fall back on yesterday.  That is definitely what got my through a 21 hour day of standing in lines, staying on hold on the phone, and just being among a group of frustrated people.

Thanks RBL2015 for kicking off this journey which is taking me a lot of places that I didn’t anticipate.

I am so sore!!!!

So, the past several weeks have been interesting!  I have seen noticeable changes in the way my clothes fit.  Also, I have notice considerable changes in my energy and just the way I feel overall.  My joints do not hurt at all… and I am thankful!

God has been so good during this time.  He has taken so many thoughts and food addictions away from me and I can honestly say that my progress to this point has all been for Him and about Him because without Him I would not be where I am today!

I enjoy being healthy for my family!  I enjoy being healthy for my students!  I enjoy being healthy in general!  I am not to my goal… but with God’s help I can do anything!  Where does my strength come from?  It comes from the Lord!  321 lbs start weight… 280 currently!

In Christ,

Brad Finley

Great Week

Short and sweet,  what was starting to show potential as the worst week so far really started to rally in the late innings.   It finished strong,  we finished strong.

We had an amazing bootcamp Saturday and enjoyed every minute of it.  Great job Team Verdae! Cheers for Lou!

Well shortest blog to date.

God Bless

Feeling Blessed!

God is so good to me.  Many of you know I have been going through a difficult time lately with some personal family problems, finances and looking for a job.  God has really blessed me by placing me in the RBL Journey to Health.  I do not think for a minute that this happened by mistake.  I believe God puts people in our lives for a reason and He has proven this is me by placing people from His Radio as well as my mentors, trainer, team mates and staff at the Eastside Y in my life.  I just want to say “thank you” to all of you for your prayers and words of encouragement the past five weeks.  I know my strength comes from God but He uses people to remind me.  I would like to ask you to continue to keep my husband Richard in your prayers.  I know that many of the people reading this blog believe in the power of prayer and I believe that with God all things are possible.  Thank you my friends!  Have a BLESSED WEEK!   Go Eastside Y Team!