Saturday, May 26, 2012

Getting Started

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!


  1. Best Blessings as you continue on your journey.
    BTW, what are those things in the background of your blog?

  2. Well, indeed they are. And I guess I am too! hahaha