One Foolish Choice

Last week, I finally reached a fitness goal I’d been working toward for most of the summer: I did four sets of ten pull-ups with the thinnest assistance band we have. Now that I’d met that goal, I’d be doing pull-ups with no assistance the following week. I was happy, but I had mixed feelings… Continue reading One Foolish Choice

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Chalky Hands

All winter, my daughter, Shae, and I used gloves when we worked out, to shield our hands from the icy metal dumbbells and bars we used in our unheated garage. But with the arrival of the heat and humidity of summer, we had a different problem. Though we no longer needed gloves, we couldn’t maintain… Continue reading Chalky Hands

Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Tuesday is pull-up day in the workout schedule my daughter and I follow. Without many preliminaries, my daughter and I head to the garage first thing in the morning, where she leads off, cranking out rep after rep without assistance during her first set. I, on the other hand, am not nearly so advanced. I… Continue reading Foot Holding & Burden Bearing

Don’t Think, Just Do

A favorite YouTuber recently reminded me of a philosophy she often applies to exercise: don’t think, just do! As I’m the type who tends to overthink just about everything, I need to apply this when I’m headed to do a workout or a particular exercise that I know will be tough – pull-ups or lunge… Continue reading Don’t Think, Just Do

Wearing the Cross, Bearing the Cross

My daughter, Shae, has long worn a simple, contemporary stainless steel cross necklace. It’s sort of her signature, and it exemplifies her desire to incorporate Christ into every part of her life. For about ten years, I’ve had my own cross necklace, a gift from my husband. It’s simple as well, with a slightly Celtic… Continue reading Wearing the Cross, Bearing the Cross

97 Pounds of Accountability

Every morning, my fourteen-year-old daughter and I work out together. Ever the morning person, Shae (of Teen, Meet God and Shae's Days) is nearly always ready before me, hair in a neat ponytail, tennis shoes laced, and tablet queued up with our pre-selected YouTube workout. Meanwhile, I'm generally dragging myself up the stairs to her room a… Continue reading 97 Pounds of Accountability

Fasting for Spiritual & Physical Health

As I write this, I'm fasting. I wish I could say that I'm fasting to meet a great spiritual need (although sharing that with the world would be Pharisaical and defeat the whole purpose of fasting!), but honestly, I'm not. In recent months, my husband and I began incorporating intermittent fasting into our regular diet… Continue reading Fasting for Spiritual & Physical Health

Help! I’m trying to do a pull-up and I can’t get up!

Remember that commercial in which an elderly woman who had fallen to the floor cried, "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!" Well, I can sort of relate to her these days. Not that I've fallen down recently, but I've been trying to get up, by doing a pull-up. And it seems as distant… Continue reading Help! I’m trying to do a pull-up and I can’t get up!