Tuesday, September 21, 2010

To Goal or not to Goal... and no, I am not taking up soccer... yet.

I have set up goals for myself. I have reached them.

Tonight however, I am falling short of the goal post. I am very tired, I did not plan ahead, I let myself get too hungry and then -- WHAMMO! Blew my calorie counting out the window. I don't even want to journal it to see how far off target I went.

Yes, for all of you who think I am some super inspirational hero... I ate TOO much today.

And - I am TOO tired to feel guilty about it.

But, just for fun, I will share with you what my goals REALLY are and maybe you will feel led to pray me through them.

The sarcastic voice in my head that is NOT the voice of God says, "It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a huge network of prayer warriors and friends for Jennifer to lose weight!" Ick.

That makes me feel yucky.

But, SO WHAT!? What if it does take a whole slew of prayer warriors, intercessors, friends, and family to get me to the place God has for me to be physically?

Would we as the Body of Christ think my need was any less necessary to pray over than someone battling cancer, a drug addiction, or a bad marriage, is my weight issue and the stuff tied to it any less relevant?

I don't know.

One thing I do know, it isn't to God. And if He calls you to pray for me, I am grateful.

I have not made it this far on my own power and I won't make it to a healthy, physically fit, athletic lifestyle from here without His help. And yours too if you feel led.

No, I don't really want you reminding me I should not eat this or that, but just pray. The old Jenn is long gone but this new one feels a little out of place. Sounds strange maybe, but that is how I feel - strange.

Here are my goals for this week:

Exercise: Workout on Monday, Wednesday, Friday at the gym.  30 minutes of weights/30 minutes of cardio alternating bike/run/swim Bonus activity on weekend Set out gear the night before workouts.
Nutrition: Log food daily Hit calorie targets of 1600-1700 calories per day Eat starchy carbs in the morning and after workouts. Eat vegetable and fruit carbs in the latter part of the day: 2 fruits and 3 vegetables. Stay off processed foods; stick to brown rice. Hit protein goal daily: around 101 grams

So, there you have it, my actual goals. The exercise part will be an 8 week focus. The nutrition focus is week to week.

I hope this hasn't been TOO revealing... of course, what I have just shared compared to the pictures I posted of my triathlon is probably nothing!

Blessings and THANK YOU!


  1. I find that after eating healthy I dont want to eat crap it makes me tired and feel horrible.. That being said Im going to pray! We all have weak moments and you are no exception but you are an inspiration and a woman of faith that makes me get goose bumps... I love your relationship with God and I strive to have that because of you..... I love you Jenn and I know you will and can continue to blossom with this journey....Im not spell checking so I hope its ok..LOL

  2. Hey, if you want to do soccer, I will join you :) Seriously.

  3. You are right... prayer is not just for the flagrantly miserable! Not everyone is as welcoming to prayers from others. Kudo's to you!