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“The truth is, I spend more time in the kitchen, than the gym, and that’s how I’ve gotten the results I’ve gotten.” -J.Navallo, Orange County. See? It’s what we eat!

This truth changed my perspective. I hadn’t considered how much my intake mattered.

My eyes get wide with admiration when I see these superhuman workouts. I think it’s good to see the 50/50/50, IronCowboy story with James Lawrence. He’s a modern-day endurance hero. It motivates me to think beyond my limitations.

But during lunch time and homework and errands, I probably won’t be thinking about Ironman. I’ll most likely give in to the cinnamon swirls that are easier to eat than the salad I still need to put together.

Jonathan’s words are a reminder that a few minutes of prep and minding what I put IN will make a difference in how I feel and look. It helped me to view workouts from “pushing hard” to “pushing smart.”

I am still in a fuzzy state of routines at this point in my journey. These blog posts are one way that I stay accountable and to be real candid with myself, I’m still sorting through my excuses. I know. Unhelpful. But that is my true state and it will pass.

What is your go-to health food? Mine is spinach. Lentils. Eggs. Okay, and maybe some Cholula. Please feel free to share and include it in your comments!

Blessings,

Mahal

Done Apologizing. New Year Ahead.

Inflammation from radiation has died down. My doctor moved me out so that I only have to see him every six months, instead of every three months. I lost 13 lbs in the last year, which means I’m halfway to my goal on this Road to 124.

This journey has been a fight and an educational experience. I learned more about how much God cares about my health, not just surviving, but to reach a potential that is only possible through Christ. {See “Where God Fits Into My Fitness”}

I used to feel bad because my posts didn’t declare losing the grand 20 lbs in six months. I also don’t eat entirely healthy and I do indulge in sweets and coffee. But I’m done apologizing. {See “How My Wimpy Workout Makes Me Feel Like Superwoman”}

I learned what fitness coaches try to get their clients to understand. That losing fat and getting fit is a lifestyle change. I’m proud of myself for finally grasping that fitness 101 concept. Most of all, I’m so blessed that the Lord has patiently walked through my frustrations this year.

I also learned that making these changes was emotional. I had to face things about myself that I didn’t like, like the truth about my lack of impulse control and how I may have been “holding on” to the excess weight as  a way to protect myself or as a way of resisting letting go of certain memories. I had to face that it wasn’t about workouts and lean protein meals. This had issues that went far deeper and I casually accepted them as things that would never change. With the Lord’s guidance, He showed me that it’s simply not true.

I am thankful to you, that you’ve gone on this journey with me. I still have a few more pounds to go and I’m excited to challenge myself in new ways in 2015. I’m also looking forward to what God has for me in the next stage of life, as I enjoy my third year from recovery and my second year of focused fitness and lifestyle change.

I pray that you, too, find newness and promise in the coming year and that you are blessed with discoveries in your own health and get closer to whom God made you to be.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV)