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Like most people who jumped on the Peloton bandwagon, I LOVE the bike that goes no where. It has helped me maintain fitness through the winters in rainy western Washington, a pandemic and homeschooling! All without leaving my house! With all of the modalities available on one platform (strength, stretching, yoga, shadowboxing, cardio, walking and… Continue reading Community

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Snapshot Story

In this daily post prompt, we are asked to grab a photo album and write a story about the first picture we see of ourselves. In my photo album on my computer, this is the first photo I saw. Taken on the balcony of the Hale Koa hotel in Honolulu, we were so excited to… Continue reading Snapshot Story

Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

Fitness as a Vehicle

I love working out. Okay, maybe that's an over-statement. I love the way I feel after I workout. I love the way I can keep up with my kids, I like the strength, and the energy that being fit and pursuing fitness affords. I am clear-headed and more me when I run and workout consistently.… Continue reading Fitness as a Vehicle

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Facing fears and finding me the fifth: Part two, how I lost 70 pounds

Love this post by my niece over at Hangin’ by a Thread! She nails the essentials of lasting change!

Hangin' by a Thread

(This Part two of the blog-version of a presentation I recently gave. Part one can be found here http://melissafaithbodin.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/facing-fears-and-finding-me-the-fifth-owning-your-story-and-believing-your-worth/)

As I wrote in Part One, accepting myself as is and believing I was worthy of happiness and healthiness was essential to losing (and keeping off) 70 plus pounds. Obviously though, it takes more than believing in one’s self (even though it’s a necessity) to effect life-long, positive change. Throughout my healing journey, I have had to make some choices that have required me to change how I looked at my life and my health. For starters, I took the word “diet” out of my vocabulary. I encourage you to do the same.

no-diet

Instead of ever saying I was going on a diet, I chose to say that I was opting for healthy changes and then I slowly integrated those changes into my lifestyle. For example, I added more fruits and…

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Faith and Personal Growth · Health and Fitness

To The Beginner

It sucks starting something new. Having hope is scary. I know, you've had hope before and then it didn't work. You see those skinny chicks and wonder how it would be to live like that. You think, "I'd be happy in my life, if only I looked like that." Staying the same just isn't an… Continue reading To The Beginner

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Changing the Subject

I am only about 2 pages into "Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight" and I'm hooked. The book is written by Linda Bacon, PhD (You can check out her website here). Here's the paragraph that had me reaching for the computer immediately: "Many of us have a disturbing preoccupation with food and an… Continue reading Changing the Subject

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Inspiration

I've been told that things I've done or written about have been inspirational. This has been said to me numerous times. It has me thinking about what I've done that's really all that exceptional. I always think to myself when I hear this is, "Well, if I can do it, so can anyone!" Perhaps because… Continue reading Inspiration

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Old vs. New

It has been a crazy couple of weeks getting settled and unpacked!! Went for an icy bike ride with the kiddos today and am gearing up for working out in the morning bootcamp style with my mom and sister! Over the past week or so I've noticed some astonishing differences being back in my hometown… Continue reading Old vs. New

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Last Day

Not really even sure how I feel at this point..... I'm very excited to be with family and see old friends and check out our new place and all the fun that comes with moving, but my heart is breaking just a bit today as it is our last on Oahu. In a few hours… Continue reading Last Day

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Random Thoughts…

I'm feeling so blessed to have the opportunity to live in so many wonderful places and so grateful for the AMAZING people I have met along the way. I remember thinking not too long ago that I felt like this last year has been especially great and I was wishing I hadn't "wasted" so much… Continue reading Random Thoughts…