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Late Night Thoughts: Timeout for TLC

During my 40 Days Lighter journey, I shared my struggle with embracing self-care. 

There always seemed to be something “more important” to be done. Of course, couldn’t be further from the truth.

Last week, I missed a couple workouts, for a variety of reasons. So yesterday, during a “tough love” conversation with my coach, he asked me if I “really couldn’t find 30 minutes for myself” everyday last week. 

The truth is that no matter how busy I was, there was probably 30 minutes at some point in the day that got wasted scrolling on social media. I’m pretty sure I’ve returned home from an appointment or taking one of the kids somewhere and just sat in the car in the driveway for 30 minutes… probably scrolling on social media… again. 

The answer to my coach’s question was a wholehearted “No!”, and the acknowledgement of this truth gave me great motivation to “get it together” this week. 

So this morning, I went to the track with the baby in the stroller, and did my mile running/walking. 

And tonight, I found ten minutes to give my face a little love with this amazing SheaMoisture Hydrating Mud Mask recommended by MoxieBexie. (If you aren’t currently following her Moxie’s Me Time posts – go ahead and do it now!)

I bought the small 2.75 oz size with some ExtraBucks at CVS, just to try it out a few times before purchasing a larger size.

And now, I’m laying in bed. Yes there is still schoolwork, work work, and housework to be done in the morning, but the cumulative hour reserved over the course of the day for Andrea TLC was more than worth it!

My new favorite definition for TLC?

Time that Lifts Cares – because I’m going to sleep tonight feeling so much lighter.

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40 Days Lighter – Day 23: Build Muscle & Burn Fat

Post Workout
This is going to hurt in the morning, isn’t it…

Over the next 2 nights, I want to share with you a few key observations from my journey that I believe will encourage you as much as they have encouraged me!

As I am on this journey to healthy living, exercise has become a critical part of what I do, an integral part of my daily routine.

This in itself is almost hard to believe, because prior to only 6 weeks ago, I would easily make all kinds of excuses not to work out for weeks or months at a time! And if I did manage to get myself moving for a period of time, the trend over the last few years was to fall off right around week 4.

(We’ve passed that now – woohoo!)

I have become aware that for me to achieve my weight loss/fitness/strength goals, I need to build muscle and I need to burn fat. So I need to spend time working out, doing intense enough exercises to build up my muscles, to strengthen them, to help them work harder and faster, so that they will burn fat even when I am not actively working out, just going throughout my day. I need to build muscle and burn fat.

What is the fat? It’s the stuff that doesn’t belong – at least not in the quantities that I am storing it. I have had years of unhealthy eating. I have had a love affair with cake… cookies… brownies… honestly, I didn’t discriminate as long as it fit in the category of sweets. I loved these empty calories, which brought me great pleasure and momentary satisfaction, but if we’re looking at the facts, were doing far more harm than good to my body. They were my go to! Yet now that I am not eating them, (regularly anyway), and have committed to making healthy food choices, along with exercising, I am now attacking the fat.

I’d like to think that I am going through the same process in the rest of my life. As I’m decluttering my life, I’m trying to build muscle – I’m working on the areas of my life that need to be Strengthened, stretched and sustained to get me and my family to where we desire to be, to where God desires us to be. But I need to burn the fat – the distractions, the “stuff” that does not matter, that doesn’t build us up or help us to achieve our financial goals, our spiritual goals, our academic or professional goals, our entrepreneurial goals.

This is the unhealthy “stuff” we need to burn away – the doubts, the fears, the insecurities. We need to build our trust in God, that’s how we’re building our faith “muscles”.

**Stay tuned for part 2 entitled “Something’s Got to Intensify!”**








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40 Days Lighter – Day 15: Growing Stronger

I have finally arrived at the place where I look forward to going to the gym. And believe me, it’s been a long time coming.

I’ve tried working out at other times in my life, had two gym memberships at one point, but just couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea that there was any form of joy to be found there. I saw each trip to the fitness center as punishment – it was uncomfortable, inconvenient (a nap would have been more appealing), and reminded me just how much of a fitness failure I was.

So what changed between then and now?

Is working out still uncomfortable? 

Absolutely! I still feel the same breathlessness as I attempt to increase my speed and endurance on a treadmill or elliptical. Using weights puts pressure on my muscles and joints. Nevermind the soreness that sets in after an intense leg day, arm day or ab day!

Is it still inconvenient? 

Well…if you think getting up before 5 am to go the gym, when you have a 5 year old, 1 year old, and you are an impossible to rehabilitate night owl whose brain thinks you’re Einstein right around midnight, is inconvenient, then YES, it’s still inconvenient.

Am I still reminded of the fitness journey ahead of me, to reach a healthy weight and achieve the fitness levels/goals I have in mind?

Yes. It is still apparent that I have a long road ahead as I continue to huff and puff on the treadmill in my best attempt at a run.

What HAS CHANGED is my perspective, my attitude towards this journey. I recognize that I am a work in progress. My journey will never be finished – I’m not just working towards “an end” – I’m allowing God to use even THIS to change my life. I’m giving in to the stretching and tearing and pushing – giving in to the DISCIPLINE of it all – so that I will emerge from this season of the journey STRONGER, with more ENDURANCE, and the ability to RUN with the vision God has given me for my life.

Have you found yourself, once again, going through a process that you have attempted before, without previous success? Are you wrestling with the fact that the circumstances – the discomfort, inconvenience, and your overwhelming need to go through the process – are still the same?

Then I dare you to change your perspective. 

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”

Numbers 13:30 ESV