new beginnings

Everyone has at least one weakness.

Weakness to strength

 

Everyone has at least one weakness.  Did you know that admitting your weakness is not a sign of being weak, but an opportunity for the Lord to show His strength?

The past six weeks I have had the opportunity to teach summer school.  My students were weak in math and I was able to share my passion with them.  What an opportunity this was for me to teach them how to use their weakness and make it stronger day by day.   I have been training for a triathlon and my weakest discipline is swimming.  I shared this with my students and told them that I swim on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before class.  They ask me why I keep going because it’s a weakness.  I shared with them that is why I go.  I have to work on my weakness in order to get better.  This opened a door for me to explain that they, too, need to spend a little extra time on their weakness in order to get better.   Several of them said that math wasn’t as hard as they thought it was after all.  Woo Hoo!

When a person decides to “change their lifestyle of eating” several weaknesses rise up.  Giving up certain foods is not an easy task, however, one does not have to give it up entirely.  I am also training for a Master Women’s Natural Bodybuilding competition and I have had to make some major changes in my lifestyle of eating.   One of the hardest things for me to give up, at the beginning, was sweets.  I like ice cream–a big bowl of Eddy’s Cookie Dough.  Since the training and after the competition, I know I will measure out one serving–1/2 cup and that will be all I eat.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought, however, it didn’t happen overnight.  It took almost two months to “cut back” and learn that one serving is plenty.  Overcoming this weakness is going to show as a strength when I set foot on stage.

Every weakness you have is an opportunity for God to show HIS strength in your life.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  ~2 Corinthians 12:9~

Faithfully fit,

Coach Becky

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Positive F Words


WOO HOO!

Now that I have your attention, here are the positive F words that should never leave you:

Positve F Words

Every summer for over 25 years, my children and I have traveled to South Dakota for an amazing weekend of camping, family, fitness and FUN.  Pickerel Lake, near Grenville, South Dakota, has been the host for the annual Family Fun Days event.  It kicks off on Thursday evening with the annual horseshoe tournament and reunion of families.  Friday is the hot dog roast and more family FUN.  Saturday is “the” day for a majority of the weekend events.  At 9:00 am the day begins with a casting contest for ALL ages, men and women.  From that event on, so many families get together to form Obstacle course teams, Pongo teams, Birdie Golf, Bean Bag Toss, Great Balloon Toss, Kick the Shoe contest, Three Legged race with three people, and so much more.  The evening ends with a Pot Luck Dinner followed by a fun skit for first time campers at Family Fun Days.  Sunday morning starts off with coffee, donuts and juice followed by the morning Worship with Ne-So-Dak Camp counselors leading.  It truly is an amazing, fun-filled weekend of memory making opportunities.

Family Fitness Outreach Center has been working hard to get Suwannee County moving and would like to announce the 1st Annual Father’s Day 5K to be held on Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 am.  This will be a FREE event and I encourage EVERYONE to join us as a family for some fun and fitness! Once again, this is a FREE event and you do not have to be a runner to participate.  As a matter of fact, I challenge YOU and YOUR family to walk, wog, jog, stroll–whatever your heart desires.  For more information, email Coach Becky Skipper at coachbecky61@gmail.com or go to www.coachbeckyskipper.com.  It’s going to be a FUN, FAMILY, FITNESS event.  Hope to see new faces as well as old faces in the crowd.  🙂

Faithfully Fit,

Coach Becky

 

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Be Real

Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner.  Are you ready to make some choices, take a chance and make changes in your lifestyle?    It’s time to Be Real!

3 C's of Life

Choices:  In your physical body, you must make a choice to do what needs to be done.  When you choose to begin a fitness regimen or choose to eat healthier, sacrifices are involved.  You have to make time to workout.  You have to eliminate certain foods from your meals and snacks.  You will go through some pain and suffering as a result.  This is nothing like the pain Jesus suffered on that Friday He went to the cross.  “Since Jesus went through suffering and temptation, He knows what it is like when we suffer and are tempted, and He is able to help us.”  ~Hebrews 2:18~  You can do this with His help.  He is always there to lead, guide and direct you.  He wants you to be healthy and live a long life.  Trust Him in your choices.

Chance:  The chance you just took in choosing to  eat healthy and commit to a fitness routine, may have you confused or even doubting that you can accomplish such a feat.   You have tried this before and failed.  You don’t have the support you thought you would have.  You feel alone and abandoned.  These are the same feelings Jesus had when he was on the cross.  His disciples had abandoned him.  When you think it is over–Jesus says, “No it isn’t.”  He died so that we could live.  He sees everything you go through.  He cares about everything you go through and He grieves when you hurt or struggle.  He wants you to run to Him for support and encouragement.  He will never leave you or forsake you.  He is your biggest fan.  Take a chance and let HIM help you accomplish everything you set out to accomplish.  He will make a way, when there seems to be no way.

Changes:  The changes you make will bring you joy.  When you make the healthy changes in your lifestyle of eating, it will make you feel so much better.  When you add a regular fitness routine to your life, it will make you feel so much better.  When you change your ways and make HIM Lord of your life, it is nothing but joy.  HE loves to bring crucifixions to resurrections.  Let HIM resurrect you today.  Let HIM help you with the lifestyle changes so that you will live forever.

Choices, Chances and Changes are like the Good Friday, Saturday (doubt and confusion) and Sunday (Day of Joy and resurrection) in the life of Jesus.  You may experience many Friday’s and Saturday’s, but there is always the promise of SONday!  Woo Hoo!  This was inspired by a teaching from Rick Warren and I wanted to share how it has had an impact on my everyday life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.” ~John 3:16-17~

Faithfully Fit,

Coach Becky

 

 

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One step at a time

Sisseton SAPP 5K  collageIt was a beautiful Saturday morning.  It was a great day to begin a “change in lifestyle” journey.  Today was the day my sister, Bren, decided to begin that journey one step at a time.

8:30 am — Registration for the 2014 SAPP 5K Run/Walk

8:45 am — pre-race stretching and visiting with other participants

9:00 am — On your mark, get set, GO!!!!!  Several participants were well on their way, running.   Billi, Bren and I were walking, after all, it was a 5K Run/Walk.

9:21 am  —  There were a few walkers ahead of us.   Bren was doing GREAT!

9:35 am —  Bren told us to go on ahead, she would be fine.  Billi and I said, “No way!  We are sticking by your side.”  Woo Hoo!!  “We are more than conquerors.  We are overcomers.  We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.  The last shall be first and the first shall be last.”  It’s amazing what happens when you begin to speak positive words.

9:51 am — There are 15 minutes remaining to break Bren’s first 5K time:  1:07:01.9  You’ve got this Bren.  You CAN do it.  Then it hit her.  Moen’s hill.  That was two blocks away and in the last half mile of the 5K.  She started saying she didn’t think she could make it.  She thought about a detour and then said, “That is cheating and I’m not going to cheat.  I CAN do it.”  WOO HOO!!  Lookout Moen’s hill here we come.  One step at a time.  Three fourths of the way up the hill Bren says,  “Oh, I think I’m going to pass out.”  Billi and I look at each other.  “You’ve got this Bren.  You can do it.  Breathe in through your nose and out your mouth.”  She starts walking again.  Brief pause and she continues.  At 10:01, we were at the top.  It wasn’t easy, however, she did it!  WE did it, together!!

10:02 am — Calm delight!  Tears of JOY and VICTORY were shared as we were in the last stretch.  She was so thankful that Billi and I never left her.  She shared that she would NOT have been able to accomplish what she did without our support.  That’s what it’s all about ladies and gentlemen.  Teamwork.  There are no I’s or U’s in TEAMWORK.  Woo Hoo!!

10:16:15 am — YES!  She did it!  She set a new PR (personal record) and we were part of it!  GOAL #1–achieved

If YOU believe it, YOU can achieve it!

No matter where you are in your health and fitness journey, I want to encourage you to NEVER GIVE UP!  Stay focused.  Find a workout partner for accountability.  Set mini, short and long term goals.

Dead last is greater than DNF

One step. One day. One goal at a time! 

Faithfully fit,

Coach Becky

 

 

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It’s a great day to be alive!

It’s a great day to be alive!  Bike ride and a short jog, training for my 5th triathlon that will take place on Saturday, August 2 in Savannah, Georgia.

While on my ride, I like to head to the First Federal Sportsplex to see how many are walking the “loop.”  It was nice to see my favorite couple, Helen and Merrill Skinner (now 84 and 86 years young).  Of course, I had to take a break from my ride and “chit chat” with them.   They informed me that I wouldn’t see much of them anymore because they have purchased a home in Palm Coast and were moving sometime in July.  I asked if it was a community they were moving to and they said that their children were retiring there and they wanted to spend time with them.  WOW!!  I am speechless!  How exciting is that? An opportunity to move to an area where their CHILDREN are retiring!  What an inspirational couple.   I pray that I will be able to experience that, as well.  Way to go, Helen and Merrill!  The two of you are my HEROES!!

merrill and helen

I jumped on my bike to continue my ride.  I crossed US 51 traveling down Demetree street.  I absolutely love this path since there isn’t much traffic and I feel safe.  It is AWESOME since I ride by Nobles Greenhouse, which has amazing plants and flowers in full bloom.  I continued on my ride and headed back towards the sports complex.  I was able to stop and talk to a few more people.   Randall, walks 4 to 5 miles, 3 times a week  since his open heart surgery.    🙂  His walking partner, Coach Jackson, is working his way back up to 4 to 5 miles a day.   WOO HOO!!

I jumped back on my bike only to “bump” into Ben and Oscar, getting their fitness on.   The sports complex “loop” was busy this morning!  (insert big SMILE here).

Whatever you like to do:  walk, run, swim, bike, tennis, racquet ball, soccer, football, softball, baseball, etc–get out there and MOVE!!  Start with a small amount and work your way up to the goal you have in mind.

Remember:  You CAN do it!!  One step, one day, one goal at a time!!

One step toward your goal

Today and everyday, is a GREAT day to be alive!

Faithfully fit,

Coach Becky

 

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If Plan A fails, choose Plan B

Dinos vs Parents Plan AIt was a beautiful Monday afternoon and I was working on my game plan for the 8U soccer game that was scheduled for 6:00 pm–DINOS vs First Federal.  At 4:50 pm the phone rang.   Alden Rosner,  Athletics Supervisor with Suwannee Parks and Recreation, was calling  to inform me that our game had been cancelled.   Plans had already been confirmed to celebrate the season with a pizza party, immediately following the game.   I had to make an “executive” decision:  If Plan A fails, choose Plan B.  Hmmm, I didn’t have a Plan B at the time, however, I am a “spur of the moment” type person and can usually come up with an alternate plan.

I sent a mass text message (I have 15 players, so it was definitely a mass text) to let them know that the game had been cancelled.  Since plans had already been made for the “end of the season” party, we would have a Parents vs DINOS game.

Here are a few of the pictures from the evening:

Dinos vs Parents 2Dinos vs Parents 3Dinos vs Parents 4Josh and DadJohn Phillips, Trip and JoelDinos vs Parents Jeff waters dirty kneesDinos galoreDinos Steven and selbyDinos parent thinks it beauty pageant

As  you can see by the pictures,  “A FUN time was had by all.”  I had the privilege of “controlling” the game as referee.   The DINOS were down, 3 – 2 at half time.  After a quick “pick me up” speech, they were ready to show the parents what they were made of.  At the final whistle, DINOS – 8;  Parents – 3.  WOO HOO!!  Who let the Dino’s out, who, who, who?  Who let the Dino’s out, who, who, who?

Many memories were made and a tradition has begun.  The parents enjoyed themselves so much they want the Parents vs Kids game on the schedule.   🙂

Our heavenly Father has a plan for us as well.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosperyou and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11~ New International Version

Faithfully Fit,

Coach Becky

 

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My Fitness Pal

To journal or not to journal, that is the question?  Over the holidays, twelve pounds seemed to have made it’s way back onto my body.  I asked myself several times, “How did this happen?”  I didn’t think I had changed my eating habits that much.    I realized  I had stopped keeping a food journal.  There was no record of my daily consumption.  Big mistake!!

Falling off track over the holidays opened my eyes to the importance of keeping a food, exercise and reflections journal.  That was the  missing tool.   I remembered downloading the “My Fitness Pal” app to my phone in May of 2013, but I was  frustrated with it so I quit using it.   About two weeks ago, my children began using the app  and   showed me how to “scan” bar codes of foods that I was consuming.  WOO HOO!!  A food journal, made simple.

My Fitness Pal breaks down your daily intake by percentages.  It recommends 20% protein, 50% carbohydrates and 30% fat.  I have been following the 30%-40%-30% breakdown since 1995, so I try to keep it close to that.  Sometimes my meals are unbalanced and I “feel” the after effects of it.  Superbowl Sunday was one of those “unbalanced” days.  As you see, I was seriously UNBALANCED Sunday evening.

19% protein; 28% carbohydrates; 53% fat   UGGHHHHH!!

Nutrition for Superbowl SundayWhat’s even worse, I FEEL horrible.  I mean,  my stomach feels nauseous, is churning, cramping, and needs to get rid of the “junk.”  Instead of an alcohol hangover, I have a food hangover.  This girl is definitely “back on track” today.

Nutrition Monday 2-3-2014

                                                                                                                                                                 As Dr. Barry Sears has stated in his book, “The Zone”,    “You are only as good as your next meal.”  Newsflash:   I am not feeling good because of my last meal.   It’s all about balance.

As for me and my body, we shall continue to journal.  I love My Fitness Pal and I encourage you to download it too.   🙂

body is a temple

Faithfully Fit,

Coach Becky

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It’s a new year, 2014!

every-thoughtIt’s a new year, 2014!!  WOO HOO!!  Many NEW goals, visions, plans, etc for this year.  Time for a FRESH start…new beginning.  FRESH start for your health and fitness plan.

First and most difficult step–getting started.  Whew!  Now that we have taken the first step, they will continue one at a time.

If you have not set a goal, please make sure you have some written down.  Maybe it is to participate in your first 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, duathlon, triathlon, or committing to exercise 3 to 5 times per week, whatever you decide, write it down.  😀

You are probably wondering what the picture is all about.  I am so glad you are.  Many of you have encountered an attack on your thoughts–negative, defeated, give up, you can’t do it, you’ve tried it before and failed, and the list goes on.   You have to take those thoughts into captivity, capture them before they control you.

Weapons of our warfare 2 COR 10

When you think you can’t, TELL yourself you CAN!

When you feel like giving up and your mind agrees, DEMOLISH that stronghold!

You can do it!!  One step, one pound, one day at a time.

For example:  You have a long term goal of losing 50 pounds.  Right now, that seems unreachable.  NOT–set 10, yes 10 goals to lose 5 pounds.  If you have 75 pounds–set 15 goals to lose 5 pounds.  Write them on a 3″ x 5″ card, hang them on your mirror, tape them on the refrigerator, wherever you need to put them.  Weigh ONCE a week.  Choose what day you are going to weigh, and DO NOT weigh any more that week.  You are only allowed to weigh on your WEIGH DAY!  When you have reached your first 5 pound goal—REJOICE and tear up the card!  WOO HOO!!  Before you know it, your cards will be gone and you have accomplished, what seemed to be, that unreachable goal!  😀

2014 is going to be a GREAT year!!  Set some goals, write them down, and keep moving forward.

philippians 3-14

For the health of it,

Coach Becky

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A new thing requires changes and challenges

New Beginnings the journey has just begun

 

 

 

Monday began a new thing for me.  I began my first year teaching in the Suwannee Opportunity School.   All I can say is this:  “I think I missed it.  I don’t think this is what the LORD wants me to do.  I may have to go back to public school.”  A new thing requires changes and challenges, which I thought I was prepared for.  I seriously thought I had made a mistake and needed to go back to teaching Algebra 1 in the public school.  However, I serve a mighty God and the devotional for Tuesday morning was confirmation that I was where I am supposed to be.  Here is that devotional:

No More Same Old Same Old

by Joyce Meyer – posted August 20, 2013

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! —Isaiah 43:18, 19

In today’s scripture, God says He is doing a new thing. As you move into the future He has for you, you will encounter all kinds of new opportunities, and challenges. The days ahead will be full of new experiences, things you have never done before. You may not know how to do them, but you will learn. Everything you are doing today was new to you at one time—and look, now you can do it.

Continuing to face new challenges and develop new abilities is extremely important to your growth and maturity. As you walk with God into your future, you will hear Him say, “You have not done this before, but don’t be afraid. I’m taking you to a place you have never been before. I’m going to ask you to do something you don’t know how to do!” God has already been where He is leading you, and He has prepared the way. Step out in faith and you will experience the faithfulness of God.

We think and say, “It’s time for a change! I need something new,” and then we hesitate to embrace that new thing when it comes. If you are ready for something new and fresh, don’t be afraid to embrace it when it comes.

Don’t stay trapped in the past. Let go of what lies behind and press into the great future God has planned for you. I can promise you: God is with you. He will lead you. He will strengthen you. He will help you.

Love God Today: With God’s help, I will embrace every new thing He brings into my life.

I know that this opportunity is going to force me to rely so much more on HIM for strength, encouragement, peace, JOY, patience, endurance, perseverance and the list goes on and on.  I am being stretched farther than I have been before, but its good.  God is doing a new thing.  Where I am weak, HE is strong.  When this year is over, I know I will have grown so much deeper in love with the Lord because I have to depend on HIM.  I definitely cast my cares on HIM because I know HE cares for me.  WOO HOO!!  HIS timing is always perfect and definitely right when I needed it.

I have always liked a challenge and this is going to be a great one, giving me an opportunity to grow so much more in HIM.  Time to keep pressing forward and fulfilling the destiny that He has for me.  God is good.  Life is good.  I’m doing what I like and I like what I’m doing.  WOO HOO!!

In my fitness business, several people began a new thing, they joined the 60 day or 10-week challenge.  They have decided to make some changes in their lives.  What better way than to join a challenge group where they will have support, encouragement, fitness tips, weight loss tips, goals and a place to “vent” if needed.  Over the next 60 days, there will be many changes taking place, challenges to overcome and goals to accomplish.  It’s going to be an AMAZING journey, but well worth it.  Change is good!  Together we CAN do this!!

Ever experience God gives us, ....

Have an AWESOME day and Keep looking up!!

Coach Becky

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