Sharpening My Aim

How is a child like an arrow?

Sounds like a riddle from Alice’s Mad Hatter. If you had asked me a few weeks ago I probably wouldn’t have had an answer. How can a child be like an arrow? The thing about arrows, if you want them to hit the mark you have to aim them true.

It’s the same with children.

If you want your child to hit the mark, if you want that little baby to grow up into a strong Christian who loves the Lord and shines His mercy and love to the world, you have to aim that child true.

Kind of makes this whole parent gig extremely weighty. It’s up to you to aim your child towards God, hope, and salvation.

This really isn’t a popular path either.

This is a path that’s filled with trials, ridicule, scorn, and rejection. Christianity may still be the majority when it comes to religious representation, but that’s not taking into account the abundance of denominations and their theological differences. It doesn’t take into account the churches that have fallen away from the Bible and are teaching messages itchy ears want to hear instead of the truth. When you start weeding away all that’s represented by the majority you discover that following God’s Word as the only authority becomes quite the little minority.

It’s a small target to aim for, over the long distance of time.

This verse came up in two different studies, which really highlighted its importance for me. That, and I’ve been thinking about Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.”


Seek the Lord while you can find Him.

This verse implies there will come a time when you won’t be able to find the Lord. When it’s too late and He’s no longer near. It really highlights the importance that we can’t wait until we aren’t so busy. We can’t put off seeking God when it fits into our schedule, and we can’t put off teaching our children about God until we think they are ready.

It’s not easy, aiming an arrow true. Thankfully God promises to give me strength and wisdom when I ask.

I finished both Bible studies! Momstrong this morning and the sample of Grit&Grace this evening. I’ll be starting something new tomorrow! Spending time in God’s word has really helped a lot. I have a lot more learning and growing to do, but I’m excited for it.



Still Around and Working Out!

Hey! Long time no see!

I know, I know, that’s my fault. The semester picked up and I’ve been traveling, or hosting traveling guests. It’s been busy! I promise, I have not forgotten you and I will get right back to blogging very soon.

I now have SO much stuff to share! Namon and I even got a GoPro, so our videos will hopefully be better. 

I’m checking in to update a bit about my person workout journey. Feel free to write and let me know about yours! If you give me permission, I can even celebrate you here with a post!

I am in week 3, of month 3, of P90X3! I can’t believe I have actually stuck with it this long! I’m seeing SO many gains from sticking with a regular workout routine, it’s been amazing!  For example, when I do The Challenge now, which is all push-ups and pull-ups, I end up doing over 90 push-ups throughout the routine!?!  I never thought I’d be able to do that many!

Today was Agility X and Ab Ripper X3.  I am slowly but surely finding more and more definition around my abs. I don’t have a six pack yet, but now having one doesn’t seem so impossible.  Even better, I can see so much improvement in how I did with Agility X now vs my first week with the program.  

We are going to do the elite block, so I have one more month with X3.  At the end I will take my 120 day photo and show before and after.

I’m hooked. Even after I finish P90X3, I’m going to have to have a daily routine. It’s been wonderful to have so much more energy and strength. Not to mention, my resting heart rate is now consistently at a healthy range. I went from a resting rate of 90 to 67!  This, for me, is the biggest gain ever. 

Maybe I’ll even have abs by the time I’m done! If not, I still have some pretty awesome arms!

… you just get stronger.

We’ve all heard that saying, “It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger.”  I always assumed that at some point exercise would at least FEEL easier. I’m learning that “easy” is not the point of exercise.

Today was nothing new, Eccentric Lower and Ab Ripper X3, and it felt just as hard and I was just as tired and just as sweaty as ever. 

However, I finally noticed something. I noticed that I wasn’t as sloppy with the motions. Instead of stumbling and falling and tapping my toes to the ground, which I did do a little bit mostly, mostly I was going through the movements smoothly. I was squatting lower, reaching further, and tapping less. 

Even with the pistol squats which I abhor!

During Ab Ripper, I was keeping up, holding my positions, finishing every rep. I didn’t collapse halfway through a move. I did every rep. I didn’t pause. I didn’t skip. I hung in there until the end.

When did I start doing this? Somehow this happened while I was too distracted looking for a hint of abs!

Nothing got easier. It doesn’t really even FEEL easier, but I have definitely gotten stronger.

Hang in there everyone! Happy weekend! 

And Floridians, stay safe! You are in my prayers. Already donating to Team Rubicon so they can help with relief.  I’ll write a post about them if anyone is interested. It is important to know who you are donating to and how your money is being used. I want all of mine to go to those in need! Stay safe everyone!

No Shame in Modifying 

This morning, I felt about as weak as this kitten! We jumped back into the main workouts after a very lazy recovery week where we didn’t workout for four days.

I did three recovery workouts, but it was not enough to prepare me for Block 3 of P90X3!

We did Decelerator, which is not very well named because this workout packs a serious punch. I thought when you decelerate you slow things down, but this workout really intensifies everything and the moves are much, much, MUCH more complicated.

I had to modify everything.

Not just modify, but modify what the modifier was doing.

There is no shame in modifying, y’all. 

Modifying doesn’t mean I’m not pushing myself. I am. So are you! Modifying means that this is a move, or an entire workout routine, that I am currently struggling with. 

The struggle itself is the workout.

I won’t always have to modify for Decelerator. As my muscles build and my coordination improves, I’ll be able to do more and more. I just have to stay focused and not feel defeated that I have to modify.

Hang in there everyone! You will be surprised how quickly you grow! Just look at Yuki! She was even smaller than Mjulnir when we got her, and now she is a strong and fierce cat!

Getting Back on the Horse

Well I’m back!

Namon and I had a family thing in Indiana, and once there I really didn’t have much time for posting… or exercise. 😣

I was totally off the wagon, and ate some deliciously awful things for me! Fries, burgers, and in my special case some amazing full gluten bread that ruined two full days for me and still has my gut twisted up. 

Bread, why won’t you let me love you?

When you fall off the workout wagon it is extra hard to climb back on. You know that it is gonna hurt, and you’ve tasted the sweet life of Netflix and pizza. This is when you need to grit your teeth and push yourself.

The day after we got home I went right back to P90X3.

Thankfully the four days I missed were recovery days, so mostly stretching and light cardio.

Yesterday was Isometrics (which felt so impossible when the week before it felt easy) and today was Dynamics which went better.

At least, once you started a habit, getting back into it doesn’t take as long as it did when you first began.

It was wonderful to see family and pick up Mjulnir, the newest fur baby, but it was also good to get back to my routine.

Hang in there folks! And know that you can always get back on the wagon after a fall. It happens to all of us!

Here is Mjulnir, after his first vet visit, poor baby!

He’s Home!

Working out is so much more fun when he is here to do it with me! ❤️

Today was the Incinerator! I’ve been calling it the burninator so much that Namon went right passed the workout looking for B instead of I!

Namon is finally noticing his own gains. I was SO happy this morning and he caught a glimpse of his back muscles and could see all the payoff of his hard work.

He still refuses to take any photos until after 120 days, but it is always nice to know you are making progress.

So glad it is Friday! Even though I know I’ll be grading over the weekend. I hop you all have fun plans for the weekend!

I’m planning on spending some time with my Love! I miss him when he’s gone! ❤️

One of those days

Guess what I’m having!

I forgot to set my alarm, so I got a late start to my day. Normally this isn’t that big of a deal when Namon is out of town, but today I was planning to make a crockpot meal to celebrate his return.

I love the crockpot because usually it is very easy.

This meal was not. At least, not when you are fighting the clock because it needs six hours to cook and today was a long workout day!

Eccentric Lower, and Ab Ripper X3. 

I didn’t even shower, I just started to prep in my workout clothes!

I made a HUGE mess in the kitchen! It is pretty much covered in grease, I will have to mop, and I made a ton of dishes. I even broke a tablespoon while trying to get my honey out of the jar. This had better be the best meal ever.

We all have those days, guys! All of us! I’m gonna do my best to shake this off, clean my kitchen, and turn this day around.

If the meal turns out I will glad share my video (I look so over everything in the video, but hey!) and post the recipe.

Good luck out there! I’m gonna shower!

Let’s Not Say “Can’t”

I love my yoga days! Even though I still fall over sometimes when I try it.

I’ve been doing X3 Yoga since the start of the program, and I still stumble. I’m getting better! I can actually stand in Warrior 3 for awhile. I can’t quite look up in Half Cresent from there, but I also am not falling as often.

I still can’t do Crow.

No. Wait. Let’s not say can’t.

Can’t is admitting defeat, and I am not defeated, I’m just struggling.

Two months ago I was struggling with Warrior 3, and what did I say just a moment ago? Now I can.

We all struggle somewhere. Struggles just mean we are learning. We should never give up over struggles. Instead, we have to keep trying. Keep struggling. Until we are strong enough to overcome.

I struggle with many things, both fitness related and not. However, I’m going to try my best to stay positive. As cheesy as it sounds, I only fail if I stop trying.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Improvements Happen a Little at a Time

And then all at once, especially if you aren’t paying attention.

Today was so-all-the-squats day, otherwise know as Triometrics in the P90X3 world. Now, I have been so focused on abs, which was my first ever goal, and arms because I realized that a small child could beat me at arm wrestling, that I totally haven’t noticed what has been going on with my legs at all.

They are getting kinda ripped. 

After 30 minutes of doing the most ridiculous squats I have ever done (Hell’s Chair and Jack Squats are my two least favorite), my muscles were so pumped it felt like I was gonna hulk out of my leggings!

I’ve heard the term “pumped” but this was really the first time I actually felt pumped. 

Oddly enough, not the biggest fan. Pumped isn’t like a runner’s high were you feel invincible. Instead it really is more like the Hulk where you are looking at your legs going, what in the world?!? Whose legs are these? 

I’ve been watching the numbers on the scale bounce back and forth five pounds, and it has shown me the scale just can’t be trusted. Realizing you worked so hard you pumped up your quads, that can be trusted.

Hang in there, everyone. Take photos, take measurements, ignore the scale, and you will find yourself suddenly surprised some day by the results of all your hard work!

When You Haven’t Had Your Coffee!

To preface this, Namon and I were up late, so getting up this morning was not easy and I was only two sips into my coffee.

Anyway! I wanted to take a photo to show Namon how ripped he is getting because he never sees it, but to get his attention to look up I made the noise I make to get Yuki’s attention. Yuki, our cat.

That look on his face is the what the F look! 🤣🤣🤣

Today was Incinerator! My little collection of weights includes 3lbs, 5lbs, 10lbs and 15lbs. I should have probably grabbed an 8lb set instead of 15s! I can’t do 15lbs yet, and 5lbs has gotten too easy, but some times to do a full set of ten reps I need something a little lighter than a 10.  

My arms are exhausted! I also have to do some push-ups later… 😳 so right now I’m drinking plenty of Recover and reading through Facebook feeds. 
Namon showed me the photo from my back on day one. I’ve come a long way. Keep in mind, sometimes we can’t see all the progress we’ve made, but others can.

It FRIDAY, y’all!!! We made it!