In the two months (exactly!) since my wedding day, I probably can count the number of times I’ve been to the gym on my fingers.
That’s not to say I haven’t been active: My husband and I honeymooned in Seattle, so in addition to the obvious honeymoon physical activity, we walked everywhere while in the city (we even took the Seattle Lust Tour, a tamer-than-it-sounds walking tour of the city). And we hiked up a ledge twice as tall as the Space Needle in an incredible rainstorm that did the Pacific Northwest proud.
We also observed the Fourth of July like real Americans, without electricity or running water, after, it appeared, the fist of God slammed down on my family’s lake cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. That made for a lot of sawing apart and clearing fallen trees, carrying heavy buckets of water uphill from the lake to the cabin to flush the toilets and swimming out into the middle of the lake to shampoo our hair. Also, kayaking. But that was just for fun.
Still, I’m betting if I were brave enough to get on a scale, I’d find I’ve already put on the Newlywed Nine.
I have some incredible meals in Seattle, a lot of travel away from a gym (including a week-long trip to Minnesota with my nonprofit, Hope for the First Nations, and a weekend in Indiana for my brother-in-law’s wedding) and the ice cream maker off our wedding registry to thank for that, at least in part.
I also can thank the fact I spent any motivation I may have had on planning that wedding.
Enter the Faith and Fitness Challenge.
Faith and Fitness is the summer-long focus of This is the Day, a program on my local Moody Radio Chicago. According to the program’s Facebook page:
This isn’t a fad diet or a strict regime with rules and regulations. Instead, we’re giving you simple ideas to better your health—physically, spiritually and emotionally. Commit to 2-3 faith challenges and 2-3 fitness challenges, and we will send you a Faith and Fitness T shirt.
A little inspiration? AND a free T shirt? I’m in! Here’s what I’m committing to:
- Read a chapter of the Bible every day. (I want to add, “with my husband.” This is something we have been trying to do together, mostly successfully, save for those days we’re on opposite schedules. But I don’t want to start out unwittingly committing him to things.)
- Pray through a chapter of a devotional each week.
- Hit the gym at least three times a week.
- Limit myself to one small treat — caffeinated drink, chocolate, etc. — a day. (Oh, yes. One a day is limiting me. I have a for serious sweet tooth.)
- Drink more water!
Want in on Faith and Fitness? Email your commitments to This is the Day host Nancy Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on the This is the Day Facebook page. Then tune in to This is the Day from 10 to 11 a.m. weekdays on Moody Radio Chicago — at 90.1 FM in the Chicago area or online from anywhere— for some inspiration.