Why Fitness Will Never Define Me

It is safe to say that cycling has become my favorite thing. During Saturday’s ride, I was completely in love with every second. Im super thankful that I’m healthy enough to ride  and that I live in the perfect place to do it. Exercising has become a huge part of my life. Its  the first thing I do when I wake up and it’s something i think about during all of my free time. I love feeling healthy and fit, and I can run on the adrenaline from a good ride for hours afterwards.

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But what if that was all taken away from me?

Despite how much I love exercising, I’m thankful that it doesn’t define me. I am a cyclist, but I am first and foremost a sinner saved by grace. A Christian.

The best part about that is knowing that it will never require a skill on my part. I am a cyclist because of what I do, but I am a Christian because of what I can’t do. God didn’t save me because of my “skills,” He saved me so I could simply be His.

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I’m sharing this because I think it’s a good reminder for all of us with earthly goals. We are always enough, regardless of our accomplishments. Yes, we need to be responsible about our health and mindful of what we do to our bodies, but we are not worth any less if we don’t deadlift 200 lbs, or need to skip a workout. That’s why its important to know what defines you, and it’s also important to not compare yourself to others.

But that can go both ways. You are not worth more than anyone who runs less than you or who eats more cookies than you. Lets not major on the minors.

The point is that cycling and health are beautiful things. They are meant to be enjoyed, but are they really the most important thing?

I am by no means a deep guru of wisdom, but I think I have needed to set my priorities straight lately. My life is much more enjoyable when I’m on the right track, so I thought I’d share this with you.

I hope your day is a great one!

So tell me… do you agree?

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September Highlights

One could probably say that September was my first month of “legit” blogging, even though I started in July. It was a really exciting month and there was much to talk about! With that said, here were some of my favorite events of this past month, as well as some blogging highlights.

Biggest Accomplishment:

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Finishing my first sprint triathlon!

Biggest Blogging Accomplishment:

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These Paleo Pumpkin Pie Muffins. You have no idea how many times they’ve been repinned on Pinterest…

Personal Fav Recipe:

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These Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites. I’m eating 5-6 right now…

Biggest Thing that went on that apparently I missed:

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Breaking Bad Finale.. I just watched the first episode yesterday….

Favorite Workout on le Blog

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Try it if you haven’t! Remember I did it with a run followed by spin class.

Fav workout not on my blog: this Yoga Flow that I did last Sunday.

Fav Gift: These Lululemon Speed Tights. They’re super warm and ideal for running.

Fav Thing I read: This Bean Bytes post on TheLeanGreenBean.com. Every Monday Lindsay rounds up a bunch of great blog posts from the previous week – appropriately titled “Bean Bytes.” For some reason I really enjoyed this particular weeks links. Thanks, Lindsay!

Fav New blog I found: Deliciously Ella. My Aunt introduced me to it a few weeks ago. I love the clean design of the blog and the recipes all look delicious! Plus she clearly knows what she’s talking about.

And thats a wrap! I’m curious to see what will show up on October’s top list!

Fall Bucket List

Fall is pretty awesome. I don’t know if it’s my favorite time of year, but it’s pretty high in the rankings. Actually I don’t know if I have a favorite time of year. I better get on that in case I decide to join eHarmony and they ask tacky questions like that. Because a similar love of weather is the root of compatibility. Duh.

In completely other news, I’m kind of hating lists. Probably because mine usually consist of STAT homework, study guides, and such. But a bucket list for fall 2013? I could live with that. And like it. And not want to rip my hair out when I look at it.

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Disclaimer: This isn’t a specifically healthy list. I mean it’s not unhealthy but it’s not healthy either…. I don’t know what that means. Balance, peeps. It’s all about balance. 

Be this for Halloween. Absolutely. I can not even begin to tell you how absolutely I am being this. Genius:funny-roller-coaster-costume

Next, have a child and make them be this for Halloween. I’m going to need to borrow someones child. It’s of utmost importance.

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Make this pumpkin:

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Bring this on Thanksgiving and watch the jaws drop:

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Pick apples and eat 1-2 each day minimum. This is my FAVORITE part of fall. Probably because I’m good at it. And the apples are good at it. Being delicious, that is:

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Make pumpkin pancakes like these:

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And later that same day, make a big pot of this Butternut Squash Chili:

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just let that sink in….