Faith and Endurance: Running the Race

Creating Dreams. Achieving Goals. Trusting God

Biggest Loser Week 1 February 9, 2011

Filed under: Achieving Goals,Trusting God — jenniferburton @ 3:51 pm

Well…it’s been a full week since we’ve started the Biggest Loser contest. I have lost 4 pounds total. I started off with 6, but then dad’s birthday and Superbowl weekend happened. Oops. I tried to be careful, but there wasn’t many better options. I guess the up side is I still had a good time. It’s been hard to try to find a workout routine. I only worked out once last week, unfortunately, but I have worked out twice this week. Last night, Jon and I competed in Kinect Sports. We didn’t last as long as I would have liked because we were so tired and it was late, but we got something in. This afternoon I FINALLY did the Your Shape Fitness Evolved that we rented through GameFly. We wanted to give it a trial run to see how we liked it. It’s pretty good. Unfortunately my fitness test didn’t do too well…and I am wore out from it. I know I will be feeling it tomorrow. I could feel myself struggling and working hard…only come to find out I burned only 140 calories. Wow. What a disappointment. But I guess I just have to look at it as a start.

I think back and reminisce on the endurance I had built up from running last summer. I was doing so well. I could push myself and push myself. I was awesome. But now since it’s been a while, I’m having to start all over again. I wish we were able to pick up where we left off. Like hitting the pause button because life happens.

But I also need to keep reminding myself that God is in control. I need to pray for His guidance and ask Him to get me through and help me become stronger. That was one of the best things I remember about running. I would be praying and talking to God during my run and reciting Scripture to help me persevere. Instead of the “I don’t think I can make it” attitude, I was in the “God give me strength because I HAVE to do this, and I will” attitude. I need to get myself back into that mindset. I found myself thinking more positively in general and feeling great about myself when I did that. And sometimes it really felt like He was right there running alongside of me. It was the most amazing experience. It’s all about the attitude and having faith!

This week I am going to work on my attitude and my faith. I’m going to work on my prayer life…not just for working out, but other things in my life as well, including praying for my family and friends. They’re so important me and must be included. I am also working on reading Scripture more and doing a daily devotional. I am also going to try to work out at least 3 days, and try to build up to 5 days a week. So please keep me in your prayers that I stay focused. This is a start toward a better me…spiritually and physically.


It’s been a while… February 2, 2011

Filed under: Achieving Goals — jenniferburton @ 10:48 pm

Wow…it certainly has been a while since my last update! I apologize to my readers. The last few months have been absolutely crazy..between teaching, surgery, the holidays, snow days, and back to teaching, along with co-directing the musical “Hairspray”.

Yes..I finally has my ankle surgery back two days before Thanksgiving. The doctor said the bone spur was huge. He could have spent hours more shaving it off, but got it to where the impingement no longer existed. I had to take two weeks off of work. The drugs were very strong, and didn’t take too much. I made the mistake of taking them on an empty stomach…never again! I was not able to work out for 6 weeks in total. This made me a little sad, even though there was a very small part of me was saying “Yay! an excuse!”. I wanted to smack it. I had my follow-up appointment at the beginning of January. The doctor said that I could start working out on it, but not running yet. I need to build up to it. So, I thought I was going to get to start the very next week. But then snow happened. The snow days kept me home bound. I didn’t have cable, internet, nor a car because my husband needed mine to make it to work through the snow.

During this time of being inactive and not really watching what I was eating closely, I managed to gain about 12-15 pounds since Thanksgiving. Not fun. I was FINALLY able to start working out last week doing Curves with Zumba. It’s a lot of fun! Zumba has been my absolute favorite workout since I started doing it at the YMCA a few years back. I missed it!

In the midst of all this, my work decided to put together a Biggest Loser contest, and the top 3 losers will win money. I decided to join in on it. I enjoy some healthy competition (no pun intended) and it’s great motivation. Today was the weigh-in day, and the program will run until April 15th. So, starting tomorrow, I am going hard core with my food choices and working out even more to build everything back up of which I have lost over the course of time these last few months. I have 50 pounds to lose, and I HAVE to get it done this year. I am determined. I can’t wait to restart the couch to 5K. I want to run again, however, it would definitely be easier in warmer weather.

So..this is me…restarting everything..starting from scratch. I am NOT giving up! I am not going to let this surgery stop me. It was just a speed bump, and I have overcome it. So please continue to keep me in your prayers as I build up my endurance and perseverance once again, but this time without stopping (God willing). These next couple of days will be rough because I know I will be starving, and that’s a hard feeling to overcome. When you’re hungry, all you can think about is trying to eat instead of doing your job. I am praying that doesn’t happen to me and that I am able to stay focused and the hunger is not too great to bear.

Thank you again for reading, praying, and allowing me to be a part of your life. God bless!