Thrive90 – Last Day

Today’s the day – the last day of my Thrive90 program! I finished up today with a round of HIIT Jumping Jacks. Who would have thought such a simple exercise could be so powerful? I certainly didn’t!

I know I have a long way to go – I wasn’t anywhere near fit or skinny when I started this program! So I know my results are not going to be those super dramatic ones you see where people seem to go from obese to skinny in just a few months. This is real life: no weight-loss drugs, no photoshopping the before and after photos; just me, a better diet, and Fit Marriage’s Thrive90. The great thing is that with just those things, I got results – real results.

I’ll be back with those results in a few days!

Word on Fire – The Catholicism Project

The other night I had the opportunity to preview Episode One of Catholicism. Catholicism is a ten part documentary created and hosted by Father Robert Barron of Word On Fire.  The website’s description:

Soon you can discover the rich heritage of the Catholic Church in an epic media experience. Word on Fire Catholic Ministries offers a vision of the Catholic Faith, which has never before been seen. This vision seeks to explore, through a global journey, the living culture of the Catholic Church. From the lands of the Bible, to the great shrines of Europe, to the shores and heartland of America, to the mysteries of Asia, to the rich landscapes of Latin America, to the beating heart of Africa – and beyond, witness the passion and glory of the faith that claims over a billion of the earth’s people as its own.

If the first episode is any indication, this is going to be one great series! Fr. Barron narrates on location from Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more. Through this series, we visit places central to our faith; places most of us would like to see, but may never get the chance. Fr. Barron takes us to the birthplace of Jesus, the site of the Crucifixion, and the site of the Resurrection.

Fr. Barron takes the Gospels and makes them come alive; while walking in the path of Jesus. He uses his extensive knowledge of Scripture and helps us understand what it was like over 2000 years ago. He brings Jesus to life and makes it very personal.

One of the things that stood out to me was his description of both Jesus and His angels being warriors. Jesus came to fight; but perhaps not in the way the Israelites, or us, think about fighting.

I mentioned before that this series was filmed on location. Over the course of all ten episodes, Fr. Barron will take us to the following places:

  • Chicago
  • Kentucky
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Mexico
  • Ireland
  • Florence
  • Spain
  • Lourdes
  • Rome
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • France
  • Poland
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • Kolkata, India
  • Philippines

The Catholicism Project will dispel myths and take you on a journey of our Christian faith that you will never forget. The Catholicism Project, while Catholic, is for everyone. It is for Catholics who want to learn more about their faith, Catholics who have left the church, all Christians, and even those of other faiths. Fr. Barron has comments on his site, testimonials of his work,  from people of other faiths who are learning what the Catholic church is really all about. There is one from a Mormon who is considering what he has to say; and one from a former atheist (who ironically found Fr. Barron while searching for Bob Dylan!). I encourage everyone to give the Catholicism Project a chance. It will be available on TV and on DVD.

Here’s a list of the titles of the ten episodes:

  1. Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man
  2. Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus
  3. The Ineffable Mystery of God: That Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought
  4. Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God
  5. To the Ends of the Earth: Peter, Paul, and the Missionary Adventure
  6. A Body Both suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
  7. Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist
  8. A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints
  9. The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
  10. World Without End: The Last Things

So, check out Fr. Barron’s Catholicism Project at Word on Fire. It will be well worth your while. It isn’t just about one religion – it’s about Jesus, His reason for His humanity on earth, His teachings, His reasons for dying, His reasons for the Resurrection, and what He wants us to do with it.

 

*** Coming Soon ***

I have some new changes happening; and I’m really excited about them! I am working “behind the scenes” on a new site! It’s going to have a new name and a new design; but everything I have here will be moved over to the new site as soon as it’s ready.

It all started when I received an email from Amy Bayliss about a new service she and her business partner, Lisa Boyd, were launching.

It’s called DIY Ministry.

At DIY Ministry, Amy and Lisa teach others how to take their blogs/websites to the next level. I haven’t done everything yet, but I have learned a lot in a short period of time. So go check it out and see what you think; and stay tuned as I create a new home on the web!

Thrive90 and Frasier

I just finished Thrive90’s Phase III Strength Circuit workout; and I’ve been wanting to post about this for two weeks now, but for some reason it always slipped my mind. So now I’m going to do it immediately after the workout – sweat and all!

I am just finishing up week 11 of 12, but on week 9 I started Phase III. The routines for each type of workout change with each phase. Also with each routine change comes a music change. I have pretty much enjoyed the music with each video as it’s subtle and not over-powering. However, the music for this workout caught my attention…

(I apologize, in advance, to those who don’t watch these types of shows, as I know they don’t portray morality very well, if at all. I am not promoting the show, just making an observation) Have you ever watched the sitcom Frasier? There was one episode where Daphne talks about the Brits being on the cutting edge of things. To illustrate, she starts singing a popular song. The only lyrics we hear are, “… flesh is burning, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh…” These then get repeated. Then, throughout the episode, we hear various characters humming the song. You know, like when you get something stuck in your head?

Anyway, to draw these two unseemingly similar things together: that’s what the background music of the Strength Circuit video sounded like! I have laughed through parts of this workout each of the three times I’ve done it!

For anyone who’s curious, here’s a link to a (very bad quality) clip from this episode:

So, I have one more video tomorrow (HIIT Burpees) and then one more week until I have completed Fit Marriage’s Thrive90 program. I am looking forward to that final fit test, weigh-in, and photos. You know I’ll be back to share those results!

By the way Tony D, we have the same curtains!

Thanks for all your continued support!

Thrive90 – Proof

It’s been a few days since I posted – very busy week! But I wanted to pop in and say that I have had a major success (to me) in my Thrive90 journey. I was able to go out and get a new pair of jeans – One. Size. Smaller. Yay! I know that one of my goals was to be able to dress in more skirts and dresses, but since I’m still losing I don’t want to replace my wardrobe just yet.

I still don’t like to exercise; and I’m not sure that will ever change. But I do like that I am getting results from Fit Marriage’s program. I like Thrive90’s variety in both its routines and its phases. I like that it’s a full body workout almost every time. I like that each workout is 30 minutes or less. That being said, it’s time to go workout for the day – today it’s Strength Circuit!

Have a great day!

Thrive90 – Phase Two Done!

As promised, I am back with my results from Phase II of Thrive90. As I mentioned in this post, I spent most of Phase II with a sprained ankle. Therefore I was not expecting big results; I said I would be content to maintain what I had accomplished in Phase I. After completing my fit test and doing all the measurements, I found that some things were maintained, but there were some improvements. Yay! Even injured, I still made progress!

Without further adieu…

  • I lost a half a pound (not much change, but Tony said that could be due to me increasing muscle, which weighs more than fat);
  • I took another half inch off my waist;
  • I lost an additional inch from my hips;
  • My thighs are another half inch smaller;
  • My arms shrunk by a half inch as well!

So Tony’s idea that I may not have lost much weight in the numbers due to muscle gain seems plausible to me since I continued to lose inches. In fact, if I  add them all up from the beginning, I have removed 6.25 inches from my body! While it’s gone from different places, it sure does add up; and it will never be allowed to return.

My fit test showed improvements as well. Though I can still only do one non-modified push up, I can now do two additional sit ups. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but for someone who couldn’t do any at the beginning of this journey, it’s a marked improvement. My flexibility has improved enough that I can now extend my hands about 6.5″ past my feet. I suspect that when there’s less around the middle, I will be able to do even better at this. I’ve never had difficulties in this area. My Wall Squat improved from 10 seconds to 15 seconds; and my static plank went from 40 to 50 seconds.

I am thrilled to see these little changes! But I have to admit that I wish I hadn’t sprained my ankle; perhaps my results would have been better. I was hoping I’d be further along than I am. So, I will just have to do better in Phase III.

And so I press on…

* As usual, all opinions of Thrive90 are my own. I am the one completing the program and the results are 100% mine.