Successes” stories you may ever read…
teacher/turned stay-at-home-mom of two energetic little boys. Wife of the most
kind-hearted, hilarious sports medicine physician you’ll ever meet.
personal trainer – and now blogger at Everyday Faith and Fitness …
who strives to live a simple, somewhat eco-friendly life while loving God and
had an eating disorder or exercise obsession; and I’ll never compete in a
bikini/bodybuilding competition. But I
still think there’s a bit of a “success story” here to share.
take care of the one thing that God gave to them – and only them – their bodies.
riding bikes, climbing trees, and playing sports (including volleyball,
basketball, softball, track, and even cheerleading). My identity was certainly
as an athlete.
different time or a different place, or if I was just blessed to have parents
who supported my desire to be active, and never once gave me cause to critique
or even consider the look or shape of my body.
running and I had never lifted weights. During college, I overcame my
trepidation of the weight room, witnessed my first road races
(and realized I didn’t
hate running after all), and worked at a summer camp for kids and
adults with special needs that ultimately changed my life.
realize how confused even young girls are regarding health, fitness, and body
image. I wanted them to see the dangers of “dieting” and learn to love their
bodies by always treating them well. I started a group called FINS (Fitness, Image,
Nutrition, and Self-Esteem), where we’d meet at lunch once a month for
conversation and also take frequent afterschool field trips highlighting
various fitness experiences around the community (yoga, boot camp, dance,
stay-at-home mom, which I L-O-V-E! (but totally admit is H-A-R-D!) During this
time, I realized I could combine my passion for fitness and my desire to help
others into roles at the gym, but still be home with my baby for most of the
yoga, Pilates-based class), CXWorx (the Les Mills 30-minute core class), and Body
& Soul (a total body workout set to Christian music). Plus, I also became
an ACE-certified personal trainer. Nothing is more gratifying than helping
others achieve their health and fitness goals.
simple, real-life sort of way, I get to help people see that – in the same vein
as Kara here – your WELLNESS can (and should be) your WITNESS.
out there, but I think seeing health from an eternal perspective helps so much!
all figured out. I struggle too – for instance, I eat an inappropriate amount
of chocolate chips (like a handful almost everyday!) But I think finding a
balance, deeply rooted in the love of Jesus is key.
much to let you stay that way. “
fitness challenge on my blog. There’ll be a weekly at-home workout (intense
but modifiable to any level) including a printable chart and video demos,
nutrition tips, a weekly Scripture devotional, and online accountability
through a private Facebook group.
exercising three times per week. (If you already have a different workout plan,
that’s great! You don’t have to use the one I post). For every time you meet
the goal of exercising three times per week, you’ll be entered into the drawing
for a $100 cash prize. Cost to enter is $10. Plus, the more people that
enter, the more prizes I’ll give away, so feel free to share with your friends!
(Registrations closes Friday, Sept 19).
counted in significant pounds lost. But I do feel that having a peace about how
God fearfully and wonderfully created our bodies, as well as having a simple
respect for maintaining these temples, is indeed a success story that many
people are seeking to find.
How fun does her fitness challenge sound?!?!
Thanks for sharing with us, Dawn!