Sometimes we need a little challenge to propel us forward to change or to action. Maybe you’re sitting here, middle of January, still not quite sure how to make changes or get started. (Monday I blogged about how to figure out what step to take. You might want to check that out!) I have a couple of opportunities for you to join a group that will hold you accountable and help you reach your goals. Keep reading. You can take action at the end!
I recently shared this in an email with my subscribers. (If you didn’t get it, that means you’re not on my email list. Sign up here!)
A year ago I was in a slump. I was dealing with a bum hamstring and hardly got any running in for the month of January. I was browsing the online space looking for another quick fix. I was starting to allow my mind to go to the wrong place about myself and about what would work to make me look good, run fast, etc, etc. In the middle of all of it, I started following some gals on social media who shared their faith while also talking health and fitness. I just kept gravitating towards those types of accounts. I wanted what they had. I’ve always known that my struggle with weight and body image was the thing that kept bringing me to my knees everyday asking for God’s help in that area. But I still struggled. As the lent season neared, I started thinking about giving up social media, specifically Facebook, but in the process I ended up following a gal who opened up a private Facebook group called “40 Days of Prayer and Fitness”. After messaging with her and praying about it, I felt like this was where I belonged for those 40 days. I was going to check this thing out. You see, I had never joined a community of supportive women when it came to my struggles with my weight and self-image. I just figured God and I would handle it on our own, which a lot of times just meant ME attempting to handle it on my own! It turns out that joining that group was a complete game changer for me. I had to be vulnerable. I had to admit that I wasn’t strong enough to do it on my own. But amazing things happened for me during those 40 days. My nutrition improved. I replaced bottles of supplements and various protein powders with one shake each morning that has become my healthiest meal of the day. I no longer tie my food intake with my exercise output. I gave my morning quiet time number one priority. It happens before my sweat sessions! And because saying YES to that 40 days of prayer and fitness literally changed my life, I’m paying it forward and inviting YOU to join me this upcoming lent season for 40 Days of Faith and Fitness. In my next email to my subscribers (that could be you too!), I’ll be sharing more of my experiences as a result of being in that 40 days group last year.
This 40 Days of Faith and Fitness Challenge group will give you the opportunity to grow in your faith and see how your fitness is very much a spiritual part of you.
Now, if you’re looking for something right now and something short that will just help you get off the couch and out the door, our local running group is doing a Winter Run Challenge Week that kicks off on Sunday, like THIS Sunday! There are daily training runs that you can attend. We’ve been doing a winter and summer run challenge week for several years. It seems to help everyone put those January 1st goals into action. It’s a week of accountability. It’s free and open to anyone!
So how do you sign up for these???
40 Days of Faith and Fitness: Email me, and I will give you more information. The group is free.
Winter Run Challenge Week: Email me, and I’ll get you on the Shelby Roadrunners Newsletter List. This group is free.
You can’t beat it! 2 unique (and did I mention FREE?!?!) opportunities that will get you started on a fitness journey, maybe get you back on track, or maybe just give you a completely different approach to your fitness. Whatever it is, we could all use a little shake up or a little challenge in our lives. Sign up today!
What helps get you moving toward a goal?
Have you ever participated in a challenge group? If so, what was the most beneficial part for you?