Monday, 10 September 2012

Living and Active

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ~ Hebrews 4:12

The last few months, life has been rough.  Injury, illness, depression and feelings of failure have seemingly all plagued my reality, so much so that I have allowed myself to bury myself deep inside, only coming out when absolutely necessary.  Although I have tried, unsuccessfully, to claw my way back out a number of times, the enemy has effectively knocked me back time and time again.    Despite good intentions and the desire to get myself back into gear, I have as yet, not been able to find that drive ... I am hopeful I am at the end of this trying season.

I have decided to take part in Clare's (from peak313) Living and Active challenge over the next 5 weeks, and I would love it if you ladies would allow me to be accountable to you.  Each week I will post & link up my plans & accomplishments with the other challenge participants. I would love to get your encouragement and feedback regarding my efforts.

The challenge has three parts to it ... 

Part One : Exercise 4 days a week for the 5 weeks we are in it (25 minutes minimum each session).
** I plan to do a Jillian Michaels dvd (probably the 30 Day Shred for the first few weeks, and hopefully working towards the Extreme Shed & Shred dvd once I've gotten back into it ... both favourites, though I haven't worked out since my first bout of tonsillitis back in the beginning of June) and/or a 25-30 min session on the treadmill ... possibly supplementing/swapping this out with a workout from the Zero to 5K workout app.

Part Two: Memorise the new weekly verse/Soul Food (as well as maintaining prior weeks) and do the key challenge.

**This week's verse is Ecclesiastes 4:12 ... "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken".

Part Three: Accountability 

** Each week there is a link up... I aim to link up every week :)

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*Living and Active* are two things that really haven't described how I've been living the last few weeks.  Obviously I've been alive, but I really haven't been living ... more like surviving ... barely.  With God's support  and you're help/encouragement (please, lol, I'm gonna need it!!), I'm really hoping to get back that zest for life I used to have.  I don't like how I've been feeling of late, and I really need to pick things up if I want to accomplish anything over the next few months/years/however-long-I-have-left-on-this-earth.

I also be posting later today, my weekly list of goals (yes, I really do want to start this up again ... I've just been writing them down on a pad of paper but this last week I didn't even achieve ONE thing!!) along with my list of sewing items I need to finish off ... all of them asap!!

If I've been a regular reader of your blog the last year or so and haven't been commenting as often as I used to, please forgive me!  As I said, I've kinda hidden myself away in my tight little shell of *self pity*, but I HAVE been reading most of the posts ... I've reverted to lurking - sorry!  I will try to pick this back up again, though our internet connection is rather slow for much of the month as our plan is still really low - been trying unsuccessfully for the last year + to get Dad to increase the data usage allowance, but to no avail ... he just doesn't understand why we need more!!

I will also put up a post later in the week to update you on how my crafty progress is going ... in the last few weeks I haven't gotten much more than a few scarves done ... Better head off to the sewing machine now ... I have a mini to complete!!


Fiona said...

good luck.... will msg you later...

Jen said...

I've been thinking about doing this as well. I've been doing the 30 day shred. Only did it once last week. :( Hope to see you next Monday!

Sisbabestitches said...

Wishing you much luck, and hoping you manage to head yourself a touch further towards 'living'

Cathy (aka CrafteeCC) said...

wishing you all the best with this challenge you have set yourself ;-) Myself, I am in spring cleaning mode ;-)

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