To the casual observer, I am a pretty healthy person. I workout 4 to 6 times a week alternating between long cardio sessions, aerobics classes, and the occasional weight lifting session. I enjoy eating whole foods - veggies, fruits, oatmeal, lean meats. My weight is in the normal range for my height and body frame.
But, I know that I am not the healthiest that I could be. In recent weeks, I have come to realize that health goes beyond the number on the scale or the size of my jeans. Health means feeling good - both physically and mentally. Neither of which I feel right now. I find myself stressed out, restless, fatigued and all around blah feeling.
I realized that I had been relying on my own strength to life my healthy lifestyle....and that I just didn't have enough strength. So I began to pray ask the Lord to give me guidance, and that my healthy journey would be used to bring HIM glory. The next day, I found the blog at Fitness Perks. Reading the entries written by Annette (the blog author) had me in tears, as so much of her journey mirrored mine. I honestly felt as though the Lord had led me Annette's blog.
Acting on faith, I reached out to Annette at Fitness Perks for an e-mail consultation. Building off that intial e-mail, Annette and I had an hour long phone consultation yesterday. As we talked, she helped me to realize that before I can be physically healthy, I have to be mentally healthy. And I am not. There is too much negativity bouncing around in my head. She and I discussed ways to change the scripts in my head, and how I can recenter and destress myself.
Annette gave me 2 assignments: 1) Each day I am to take 20 minutes for myself and do something that I love - which for me will either be reading a book or journal ing and 2) Each morning and evening I am to list 5 things that I am thankful for, so that my focus can shift to all the good in my life.
I have also asked Annette to create a workout plan for me to follow (with a huge focus on weight training) so that I can see more physical results. I feel as though this 2 part approach is going to help me finally achieve my optimal healthy life. And I want to share my journey with all of you.
I chose to title this blog Redefining Kimberly because I see my journey as the chance to redfine how I view myself - not in the negative light but as my Heavenly Father sees me - BEAUTIFUL! As a side benefit, I hope that my workouts will "redefine" my body shape.
I hope you'll keep reading. I plan to share my gratitude lists, my workouts, the occasional receipe, and all the highs and lows that are sure to accompany this journey!