A New Challenge: Fit2B Challenged

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I’ve been using Fit2B Studio consistently for almost a year. I’ve reviewed Fit2B Beginning and Fit2B Advancing. I’ve highlighted the Relaxation Pathway, Tummy Safe Path to Great Abs and the Pathway to Amazing Arms. I’ve created my own schedule and combined Fit2B with Couch to 5K training. But I haven’t tackled Fit2B Challenged, until now.

The Layout

There are currently 12 Fit2B Challenged combos. I’m planned to tackle a four week program: three combos, 2 days a week walking (light cardio or weights would also work), a stretching stretching/relaxation day, and a rest day. I’ll probably take a bit of a break between Christmas and New Years, but I wanted to finish the year out strong fitness-wise.

Do You Feel Ready?

Fit2B Challenged is aptly named. In fact, just looking at it, it feels more like Fit2B Insane (which not coincidentally is the title of a couple of the workouts).

These combos are tough, pretty much a full hour or more of movement. This used to be my regular goal. Now it feels totally unattainable. A whole hour of exercise, that would mean doing it before my kids get up and in spite of the gathering darkness, they are getting up earlier and earlier these days.

Take It a Bit at a Time

Now, let it be said that you don’t have to do these in one sitting if you don’t have the time or are not yet physically fit enough. It still counts. Your body still acknowledges the increased effort even if you can’t do it all at once. When I had gestational diabetes I needed to exercise as much as possible to help maintain my blood sugar. But I didn’t have the energy to exercise for more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time. So I would try to do some exercise after every meal. I often got 40-60 minutes, just not all at once.

However, sometimes a challenge is worth the battle especially at a time when healthy eating and exercise tend to take a hiatus. So maybe you can’t exercise every day, but can you manage three times a week? I’ll be endeavoring to stick to my five days a week goal, but at a minimum I need to accomplish my three challenging combos each week.

Come back to check out my first attempts at these difficult combinations. Will you join me in the challenge?

I’ll be taking a week off from posting about Fit2B next week, but we’ll pick up again the first week in December as we tackle Fit2B Challenged!



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The Thing We Have In Common–Imperfection: 31 Days to Clean


What a perfect topic in honor of my long hiatus from this series. I had hoped to finish this series by the end of the year, but I know that just isn’t going to happen. Because there is far too much that I need to do that doesn’t involve cleaning my home. However, the holidays are all about hospitality and togetherness. So I feel this series is still very valid, otherwise I’d be waiting until after the New Year when we all suddenly want to make our lives perfect by making totally unrealistic resolutions.

I once heard someone say that bloggers are part of the problem. We make life look so perfect. Well, I don’t think I’m often accused of that. But maybe it’s because I tend to lean in the other extreme. I can be brutally honest at times, so much so that we get phone calls at our house from concerned relatives. Really, I’m fine. I’m just trying to be real. Because anyone who is currently parenting children knows it can be rough. We all have our own strengths. For some ladies this is a clean home. Their houses always seem to look so put together. That’s not me. There are always toy trains on the floor. (These are more ubiquitous than Legos at our house), and typically plates in the sink and on the kitchen table. Baskets of laundry, sometimes both clean and dirty, can be found in the living room, kitchen and upstairs hallway. Even if I’ve just cleaned the bathroom, it won’t look or smell that way after no less than 15 minutes because that’s just how life with kids is. I honestly believe it takes me longer to clean the bathroom than it actually stays clean.

But I digress, this is a series to encourage us to clean. The point is, none of us is perfect and demanding perfect of ourselves is both unfair and unrealistic.

Mary Challenge

What are some areas of your life that you’ve been striving for perfection, perhaps due to comparison?  Pray about these areas and ask God to replace any lies with truth. The truth is, I am a homeschooling mom with two kids, ages 2 and 5. We live in a small, half a double. These are not excuses, they are facts. Because we are home a lot, my house gets messy. My children can pick up after themselves somewhat, but are too young to help share the full burden. This is my life right now. I am a good mom and a good wife, the condition of my kitchen floor is not a reflection of my worth as a human being. My house will never be clean and perfectly put together for as long as I have children living in my home. That’s OK. I’m trying to learn to embrace the imperfection and love the children anyway.

Martha Challenge

Clean and Organize electronics, shine the wood furniture.

This is a great challenge. But, if it causes you more stress than it produces peace, feel free not to do it. Because you need to do what gives you strength. If having that DVD shelf more organized makes you feel like your world is just a little more together, than more power to you. But if you really don’t care how it looks and it doesn’t bother you, then don’t invest energy in something that doesn’t provide you with any positive benefit.

As we approach a time of year when it’s really easy to become obsessed with glossy, magazine pictures of perfectly organized and decorated holiday homes, let’s remember that none of us really has that. But having people in your home, whether loving family or dear friends is worth any mess it produces. Experience matters more than image. Be hospitable, even if you don’t feel like your house is up to it, make sure your heart is.


31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way

Why Clean?: 31 Days to Clean

Created to Give Life: 31 Days to Clean

10 Ways to Give Life to Your Home: 31 Days to Clean

A Place to Put Your Feet Up: 31 Days to Clean

Priorities: 30 Days to Clean

The 6 List: 31 Days to Clean

The Curse – What We’re Up Against: 31 Days to Clean

Overcoming the Curse: 31 Days to Clean

Confronting Laziness: 31 Days to Clean

Feeling Overwhelmed: 31 Days to Clean

Limitations: 31 Days to Clean


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Request a Do-Over: Mindset for Moms


Ha! (Sorry, that’s the first thing that came to mind.) I wish for a do-over often. I need to verbalize that to my kids more. When I yell for something that doesn’t deserve it. When I see the look of shock and hurt on my daughter’s face when I totally lose it over something trivial. When my son looks blankly at me when I request he pick up his own mess and throws a fit. Followed by me doing the same.

I think the best part about this is that we teach our kids that it’s Ok to admit you are wrong. Humility is such a difficult thing to grasp, especially in our culture that promotes self.  I’ve always been a little bit afraid of admitting to my kids that I’m wrong. I thought it might make them feel insecure to think that mommy didn’t have it all together. But now I’m not so sure. I need to model humility and repentance for them or how will they ever learn?

I also need to give them the opportunity for do-overs, but with a good attitude. When I have to repeat myself I often get irritable. It feels like no one bothers to listen to me unless I’m yelling, which I hate. (Both the not listening and the yelling.) I can often be heard telling my kids to adjust their attitudes or tone and try again.


“Let’s try that again. Say ‘Please, Mommy, may I have more milk?’”

One of the hardest things about having little ones at home, (or older ones as well if you homeschool) is the constant presence of each other. As an introvert I find myself drained and often irritable because just being with them twenty four hours a day starts to wear me down. But being together this much also means that we have to deal with conflict, we can’t just avoid it. I have to work on being more patient and understanding. My kids have their own issues as well. It’s all part of the painful but necessary process of making us more like Jesus. Or at least it can be if we let it.

Mindset for Moms From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 days

How Do You Want to Change? Mindset for Moms

Talk Less: Mindset for Moms

Remember the Promise of the Seasons: Mindset for Moms

Want What You Have: Mindset for Moms

Fake It: Mindset For Moms

What Are You Expecting?: Mindset For Moms

Don’t Expect Kindness From Your Kids: Mindset for Moms

Learn to Think Like Your Child: Mindset For Moms

Move! Mindset for Moms

It’s OK to be Down: Mindset for Moms

Get a Grasp on Gratitude: Mindset For Moms

Find the Emotional Rest You Need: Mindset for Moms

What Are You Putting In Your Mind? : Mindset for Moms

Write it Down: Mindset for Moms

Let It Go: Mindset for Moms

Do Only 6 Things Today: Mindset for Moms

Discover Your Mission

Tell Your Kids What You Want


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Still Here: Five Minute Friday


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The sounds of choking and gasping send us barreling up the stairs into his room. I deadlift his heavy body from the crib, limp from sleep yet racked with coughs. I listen for spasmodic inhales and brace myself for gags and vomits. But once he’s in my arms his breathing becomes less labored and he hangs his head over my shoulder. My husband grabs the vapor rub and we gentle massage the little one’s chest before laying him back down. He goes without complaint.

“It’s Ok, Mommy and Daddy are here. You can go to sleep.”

My husband has been sick for more than week, and the coughing never seems to stop. Now it seems our little boy has picked up the chorus. As we get ready for bed, I wonder if it will be another restless night for us both.  It’s the time of year when sickness becomes yet another stressor. Special family activities and other holiday plans loom, both exciting and stressful. I’m hoping this last round of illness will be the last until January.

I so desperately want to be at peace. To rest and enjoy this beautiful time of year. To let the spirit of gratitude carry me from Thanksgiving all the way to the beginning of a new year. That Christmas would be a time of togetherness, to remember that Jesus was sent so we could be in relationships with God again, as we were in the garden. A time of peace, rest, reunion.

But already the tendrils of busyness and anxiety are creeping in. Do we have enough money saved for holiday travel? How will the kids behave? As my mind swirls with these thoughts I can feel another voice speaking.

“I’m still here.”

Even in all that is going on, he’s still there. I can lay my cares on him. The one who chose humanity, both to love and to join. Casting aside the luxuries of heaven in exchange for the frail and decaying trappings of this world. Because we were worth saving. I am worth his time, even in my worries and silly concerns. For both the daily things and the life changing, he is there.


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Fit2B Running Week 8: 5K Here We Come


Hey, you did it! You made it to the final week. If you haven’t already, this is the week where you’ll finally run 5k without stopping. But even if you don’t, that’s OK. Don’t lose sight of all that you’ve accomplished. Some of you weren’t runners before, some of you still aren’t. But you wouldn’t be reading these posts if you weren’t serious about taking new fitness challenges. Congratulations, you’re making your body stronger and fitter. As Kelly Dean always says, we’re not made for exercise we’re made for life. That’s the goal of all of this, to be stronger so we can handle whatever we need to in our everyday lives.

Day 1

Running Day

Tummy Safe Transitions

Run 20 min, Walk 5 min, Run 15 min


Day 2

Kelly Dean Total Body Toning


Day 3

Running Day

Bethany’s Wall Workout

Run 10 min, Walk 3 min, Run 20 min


Day 4

Peaceful Blend


Day 5

Running Day

Totally Transverse II

Run 5K non-stop (approximately 30-50 minutes depending on your speed).


Day 6

Stretching Day

PMS Routine


Day 7

Rest and Celebrate!




OK, so if you aren’t actually scheduled for a 5K, then just try for your longest run to date just to see if you can do it. That’s 3.2 miles which is a big step for someone who hadn’t been a runner before. When I finished my 5K I usually take a break from running for a while. In the past it’s been six months or more before I tried running again. (Part of that had to do with the really rough winter we had last year). But I’m not sure what I’ll do this time. Part of me is relieved that I’m not “in training” any more. But part of me wants to keep doing it, just for the experience. Just for fun. It sounds crazy, I know, running for fun. But it’s worth a try anyway.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this challenge and I hope you’ll continue with Fit2B. If you haven’t already become a member, I’ll (rather self-servingly) point out that you can use my coupon code below to get 30% off an annual membership at Fit2B. This a major savings, and it gets you set up for a great 2015 fitness-wise. Just do it now, and then enjoy the benefits for a whole year. I’ll definitely be renewing again. I couldn’t have achieved my running goals or hoped to continue running without the foundation of Fit2B.


Fit2B Running: Fit2B Studio Meets Couch to 5K

 Fit2B Running: Week 1

Fit2B Running: Week 2 

Fit2B Running: Week 3

Fit2B Running: Week 4

Fit2B Running: Week 5

Fit2B Running: Week 6

Fit2B Running: Week 7


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