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How a Spin Class Changed the Way I Worship [Guest Post]

How a Spin Class Changed the Way I Worship [Guest Post]

This week I’m guest posting over at the Hoboken Grace blog as a part of the Direction Series. Exercise class isn’t usually a place where I meet God. I used to be one of those people who saw exercise as an instrument of torture, or a means to an end for maintaining weight. I had no natural athletic abilities, so I figured why bother trying to push my body to do something it doesn’t want to do? But slowly, as I’ve given new forms of exercise a try, I’ve begun to discover the benefits athletes seemed to be raving about all long. ... Read More »

Learning to Love My Broken Body

Learning to Love My Broken Body

I had been putting it off for months. At the beginning of the year, I resolved that in 2015, I would give yoga a try. To deal with the challenges of infertility, I had begun to do what any investigator at heart does: I researched. Running had been my main exercise of choice over the past few years, but running by itself no longer felt right, or like it was enough. Add to that the arguments I read about how running raises your cortisol levels to “fight or flight” mode, signaling to your body that you are in danger, and ... Read More »

Shifting Seasons and Giving Myself Permission

Shifting Seasons and Giving Myself Permission

I have felt my heart shifting for a while now. As a single person and for most of my married life, I have stacked fun experiences and friendships and travel on top of each other so tightly that I left little to no room to rest. After graduating from college having studied the craft I loved and holding a degree in Journalism, I rarely wrote for myself, using up all my words in verbal processing with others and leaving no space for quiet contemplation. In my most recent years, I lived at the break-neck pace of New York City, simultaneously loving and ... Read More »

On Losing Those Last Ten Pounds

Every January, we make resolutions to get healthier. Well, January has come and gone. How are we doing with those resolutions, folks? While looking back at the goals I set in 2014, I was surprised to find that while I was still active last year, I did not cover nearly as ground than the year the before. I finally tried spinning classes (and loved them), so that accounts for some of it, but according to my Map My Run data, I completed about 30 workouts less. It was kind of disappointing to see those numbers go down, but I have still managed ... Read More »

How to Fight for Your Fit

Over the past two years I’ve received messages from readers asking, “How did you lose the weight?” I shared the start of my weight-loss journey with you, but since weight loss hasn’t been a focus on the blog, I haven’t formally checked in much along the way. At this point, I have lost 16 pounds in total, about 2 dress sizes, and am feeling back to “normal” and confident in my own skin. My ultimate goal is to lose 10 more to get back to my pre-Hoboken weight but I’m no longer being aggressive about it. As I am sure you well ... Read More »

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