Physical fitness has become a high priority in our home this year and the way we spend our time reflects this priority. It is a discipline and comes with some sacrifice, but also great rewards {like hitting my goal weight today!}.

That’s right. I’m feeling pretty strong today.

I want this kind of “fitness” in other areas of my life as well.

The two areas of I’m thinking of specifically are mental and spiritual, which I guess covers most of the rest of my life, huh?!

In the physical arena of my life, I carve out 45 minutes to an hour everyday to sweat it out so that my body is healthy and strong. I train for races to give myself goals and motivation. I stay accountable with my husband and my best friend, as well as checking in with the Living and Active Challenge.

The way I plan, and stick to this plan, shows my commitment to physical fitness.

Now it is time to do the same for my mental and spiritual well-being.

Mental: My goals in this area mainly have to do with reading to keep my mind active and sharp. The list of books I want to read is a mile long, so I really need to make a plan and commit to chip away at that list. I will be making a list of the books on my to-read list to post on here and then cross them out as I go for some accountability! The books on my list include a little of everything: fiction, non-fiction, parenting, Christianity, marriage, writing, and more!

Spiritual: The Hello Mornings Challenge and the She Reads Truth reading plans have really helped me stay consistent with my time in the Word, but I want to dive in deeper. God has laid some specific chapters and verses smack dab in front of me several times and I’m taking that as a sign that I need to study them more closely, take notes, and even take action on some of them! I’ll share more about these as I go!

I am also planning more intentional time with the people in my life who feed my mental and spiritual growth. I had some of that this weekend at dotMOM and I came away feeling like a new woman all around! God knows what and who we need, right when we need it!

With all of that said, here is my plan for the week:


  • Monday: run 4 miles
  • Tuesday: elliptical, rowing machine
  • Wednesday: run 3-4 miles {depending how my knee feels}
  • Thursday: kettlebell workout
  • Friday: exercise bike or run at my parents’ house
  • Saturday: exercise bike or run at my parents’ house
  • Sunday: elliptical, weights



In which area do you find it easiest to make a commitment? What specific goals have you, or will you, set for this week for your all around fitness?

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