Where in the world is Cindy (aka Well-Trained Mama)? She hasn’t been as active on her Facebook page. She’s not posting workout selfies on Instagram all that often. Has she gained 50 pounds and gone into hiding??

Thankfully, no! I’m still active and working out daily. I’ve just been a bit more introspective about my health and fitness journey recently. A few things I’ve been pondering…

How much does the scale really matter? I’ve stopped weighing myself. Here is the cycle I found myself in: I look in the mirror and think, “I’m seeing a bit more definition. I wonder if I’ve lost weight?” Step on the scale, only to find the number is the same or even up a pound of two. That feeling I had just before I stepped on the scale, of being happy with where I’m at and progress I’m making, is wiped away simply because the scale doesn’t say what I expect it to say. No more being enslaved to a number on the scale!

10,000 steps… I’ve been reading Jenna Wolfe’s book, Thinner in 30 these last few months. Normally titles like that put me off, but someone mentioned the book and it was at the library so I started reading it. I love the way she breaks out healthy habits into 30 simple changes. She actually says in the book it should take you a MINIMUM of 30 days to get through the book. She recommends focusing on each habit, going in order from the start of the book, and not moving forward until you have mastered each habit. I kinda got stuck on Change #3, which is getting your 10,000 steps in each day. I thought I was a pretty active person, but then I started tracking my steps and realized other than the 30-60 minutes I was working out each day, I had become pretty sedentary. I was walking about 5,000 steps, but her book challenged me to double that number. Now, I am walking once or twice a day with my kids and getting those steps in! And I think the fresh air and exercise has been good for all us (including our dog, Ginger, who joined our family in November)!

Am I exercising my “spiritual muscles” as much as my physical muscles? Author, speaker, mom mentor Sally Clarkson used this analogy at her Renew My Heart conference recently. I’ve spent the last few months reflecting on God’s plan for my life, for our family, for our homeschooling.

“…for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 (ESV)

I don’t want my physical appearance to become an idol in my life. I regret that it has been just that – an idol – for much of my life. When I worked out to burn off every calorie I ate, I was focused completely on myself and not at all on God or taking care of this body He has given me. When I lost weight and reached that ideal number on the scale, it was, again, all about me and sharing my success. This area of my life has been an easy area for Satan to target and use to distract me from the things that matter most. I’m a work in progress, and will be until the day God brings me home. As with anything in life, we have to be intentional. We don’t naturally just drift towards our goals. So I am working to be more intentional in exercising my spiritual muscles just as much as my physical ones. How am I doing that? I’m trying to be more diligent in my Bible study, using the She Reads Truth and HelloMornings studies as a jumping off point. I’m trying to seek God regularly through prayer, and learn what it means to abide in Him.

So now that I’ve shared what’s going on with me, how are YOU? Have you signed up to run a race? How are you challenging yourself? What would you like to achieve in the next month?


  1. Wow! So encouraging!! Thanks for being vulnerable and honest! I am going to check out that “thinner in 30” book: you’re right, one goal at a time. And I just love Sally Clarkson! Thanks for being an inspiration-still!

    • Check your library to see if you can find the book there. I’ve been tempted to buy it but haven’t yet. When Sally started talking about exercising our spiritual muscles, she was speaking my language. It was so great to get to hear her speak last weekend and you may be seeing a few more posts here with my ‘takeaways’ from the conference 🙂

  2. So thrilled about your post! Thanks for your openness about your journey. I’d like to say I’m working out daily, eating better, have a race on the calendar,but no, none of those are true. I can say that after a rough start to my year battling a UTI that I at first thought was the flu (only symptoms I had were chills, fever, and body aches), blood tests showed that I am anemic. I still have doctor’s appointments to determine what type of anemia and how to fully treat it, but the iron supplements alone have been instrumental in increasing my energy level and pulling me out of the fog I was living in. What a difference it’s made! And, on the spiritual side, I’ve completed my goal of reading through my Bible and have begun a Beth Moore Bible study on Esther. These two have helped me in my spiritual walk. Now to get that physical exercise I so need…..

    • So sorry you are anemic but it sounds like you’re headed in the right direction. I’m glad you were able to get a diagnosis and start feeling better. And way to go on reading through the Bible. I did the Chronological Bible a few years ago and would like to go back and re-read it.

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