RACE: Cayuga 50 mile trail race July 21st 2018

Cayuga 50 was a very important and meaningful race to me. It was the 3rd anniversary of my brain surgery and I am very thankfully healed, whole, and living my life fully. It was not always that way. Brain surgery for me was extremely painful and difficult to recover from. I didn’t share as much about it as I was going through it because it helped me to stay positive and focus on the good. At the time it was horrible. I wasn’t allowed to do anything, not even sleep laying down, not allowed to open a door!, not allowed to tilt my head to pull up my pants or anything, there were many, many things I wasn’t allowed to do, but thank God Almighty I am doing all those things and more now.

I just did the the most difficult race of my life and feel amazing. I know, deep down in my soul that I could have and would have finished if I didn’t get lost. I completed 32 miles of the 50 mile race. It is a disappointment and a huge success all in one. The amazing thing is that I had zero soreness, zero stiffness, zero effects from the race. My body felt like it didn’t run at all, and it still feels that way a week later. I was not prepared for any of this. I prepared for this to hurt, my first 50 mile technical trail race. Instead, I ran it cautiously, just made the cutoffs by minutes each aid station, and subsequently got lost on my way to the next aid station. It was a marked course, but this particular part of the trail was for different miles of the race, I took the wrong one, they didn’t mark exactly what mile, only marked with a pink flag, no directions. I know it’s my responsibility to know the course, I accept that. But it still is a disappointment. I had never been there before and it was all new to me. Plus the fact that it was marked, made it seem like the way to go, but it wasn’t for that mile in the race.

This race has been the most meaningful, important race to date for me. This race marks so many important milestones for me. I have come so very far, in really a very short time. I wasn’t allowed to start doing anything after my brain surgery until several months later. But when I was allowed, it was a long, hard road back to normal, let alone above average fitness, like now. Most 50 something year old women like myself do not do the things I do, they can’t. I could not always do these things either. Even before brain surgery, most of my life, I was not able to do these things. But I worked up to them. But it was after brain surgery that was the most challenging. After brain surgery I struggled tremendously. For instance, I have a Total Gym home fitness equipment, when I was allowed to start doing things several months after my brain surgery, I was only able to do level 1, and only 3 different exercises, and I was horrible at it, I kept falling off the Total Gym machine on level 1, level 1 is flat and very close to the ground, maybe two inches approximately. I felt pathetic but I didn’t share that with anyone, I focused on the awesome news that I was once again able to do the Total Gym, I didn’t mention how very difficult, I didn’t mention I fell off, I focused on how happy I was to be able to do it, do it no matter how it was being done. I strongly believe that when you focus on thankfulness and the good in everything, that your thoughts manifest your reality in time. Now, 3 years later, I am at level 10! Huge! …to me, how very far I have been able to come. I feel so very blessed and thankful.  It has been very hard work, it has been very hard consistent work.  I need to make sure you know that these things do not happen without consistent hard effort, day after day after day, month after month, year after year.  Work it, consistently, over time, so God can do His part.  God always provides, but you must believe for it to work. Amen.  Thank you Jesus.

Be careful what you think, it matters.

I believed with all my heart that I would complete this race. I never expected the possibility of getting lost. I knew it was my responsibility to know the course. I reviewed the course thoroughly even though I’d never been there, I reviewed the course directions. I felt good during and after the race and continue to feel good, it’s something I’ve never felt before, so I know I could have pushed more, now I know this. But at the time, I went with the plan to take my time since it was my first at this terrain and distance. I completed 37 miles of a 50 mile carriage road trail race in 2016, 2 years earlier. I felt like I could have completed the whole 50 miles back then, but got violently ill after ingesting a later recalled fueling product.

This race had no issues. My fuel, hydration, the way my body felt, everything was great. Everything came together for the first time. I can’t wait to try again, and next time with more experience, confidence and less of the unknowns, although they’ll always be the unknowns in every race, it’s a great feeling to have progressed and to have come this far. I have come farther than I ever could have imagined. I know if anyone ever asked if I would ever do anything like this, I would think they were crazy, years back before I started my fitness journey in 2010 and lost 100 pounds on my own. I feel so very blessed. I am amazed. I am elated. I can’t wait for more. I have a strong feeling this is just the beginning ❤

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Adventures Running on the Beach

We decided, spur of the moment on Saturday morning, to go run on the beach.  It was the very best decision!  We had a fabulous time! We made this decision based on the fact that running on trails in May presents some issues we rather avoid if possible. Running in May on the trails is great in some ways, but there are two things that rather be avoided.  One is a nuisance and the other can be deadly. Gnats come out this time of year and can be a constant nusiance by trying to get into your mouth, your ears, your eyes, and your hair. The other thing to avoid is potentially deadly.  May is tom turkey hunting season.  Hunters are allowed to hunt for tom turkeys every day in May (this in New York, other states may vary) from a half hour before dawn until noon.  However, it is very important that if you are out on trails,no matter what time, even state parks or anywhere in the woods, to be very careful.  Hunters are not suppossed to be within 500 feet of trails, but there have been more fatalities from turkey hunters accidentally shooting and killing a person instead of a turkey than any other hunting season.  They warn that you should not wear red, white, blue or black because these are all colors found in a tom turkey and you could be accidentally mistaken and killed.  We have not given up completely on running trails in May, but we sure were glad to find an alternative, esp. one so much fun!

It sure was lovely running along the shore at the ocean.  There were no bugs and no turkey hunters.  Plus we found adventures we had no idea that we would find.  We ran along shores we had never been to before. Plus it was longest beach run for me, ever, in my life, which was an amazing feeling!  It was truly spectacular in every way.  I cannot wait to run again.  We kept running all day, never knowing what lies ahead.  We had the beach to ourselves (except a fisherman or two here and there) and spotted something in the distance as we ran happily along the shore as the waves crashed into the sand.  We had no idea what it was from far away, but had fun trying to figure it out from a distance.  As we got closer we saw it moving a bit and now couldn’t wait to  to find out what it was.  Much to our surprise it was a seal.  He was so cute as he seemingly was lying there relaxing in the sand.  He would move as if to stretch happily relaxing and taking it easy as if like a person may do.  It was really cool sight to see. I am so glad I got to take a picture.  It was so very beautiful running along the ocean shore and we ran and ran until we surprisingly came to the end where there was a beautiful rock boulders formed a walkway out into the ocean several feet, perhaps 100.  The sight, the sounds, the smells of the ocean are always so wonderful to me.  They rejuvanate my soul and fill me with such a sense of well being even though I felt really good beforehand, the ocean always has that effect on me.  The ocean makes me feel like me only better.  It was the best feeling having the ocean to ourselves, for the most part, esp. earlier in the morning.  As the day went on, more people started to come but since it was still too cold for a usual beach day, not many people came to the beach.  It was, however, perfect to run on the beach, we weren’t cold at all as we ran along the beach.  We did start the day wearing light long sleeves tops over lighter no sleeve tops, but quickly took them off after about 2 miles.  We cannot wait to go back for more beach running.  It is so much fun to try to out run the waves and challenging.  Explore your world and enjoy it every way you can think of to feel fit forever.  #feelfitforever

Race Report: TrapRock 50k Trail Race

21.75 trail miles done at the Traprock 50k Trail Race yesterday  😊 I feel absolutely amazing that I completed 2 of the 3 loops, my 1st loop I felt like a rock star! I felt amazing running yesterday’s 1st loop on the Traprock 50k Trail Race! I felt like a kid. It felt almost effortless,  I held back knowing I had 3 loops to complete.  My 2 week taper was really hard but worked beautifully because I felt energized and ready for the race. I opted for the early start and glad I did since it was a hot sunny day and my most challenging adventure yet in combined distance and difficult terrain. The early starters were mostly women and we headed out towards the start of the race which is a long steep uphill. I am pretty fast walking uphill and passed everyone quickly and easily,  making sure not to over exert myself, and I maintained the lead, so far ahead as time a couple miles passed, I couldn’t even see or hear them anymore. I was all alone, leading the way, the 1st runner on the course, a glorious feeling ❤

And what I always say is, 1st one on the trail gets all the spider webs, and I did😊 I was having such a blast in my 1st loop! I never expected what would happen on my 2nd loop.

Even though the 2nd loop started well, it quickly turned bad, due to my right knee all of a sudden hurting and making me walk the 2nd loop. It was horrible.  I went from smiling and thoroughly enjoying myself to forcing myself to do the 2nd loop barely being able to walk at times. I was certain that feelings come and go and that I could just ride it out with peace and patience and optimism.  I was determined to feel better and finish the race, but then it got even worse, so I decided best to be happy I just completed the hardest technical trail race and the longest distance I’d ever done, combined. I did run 37 miles trail, 2 years ago, but it was nothing like this, it was all carriage trails. No carriage trails on this course, lots of rocks, roots, single track and some mud and water logged trails, all while constantly going up and down very steep uphills and downhills. It’s a fabulous course! It’s so much fun! I definitely will be back! I am also really happy I was able to do all this considering I just started getting back in shape after my car accident when I had 2 solid months off, with no exercise at all. God is good. It’s all God. Thanks for a wonderful fun day that makes me feel strong, capable and very happy, despite not finishing the entire 31 miles, I still feel like a winner. 

The race course was beautiful and challenging and yet fun and runnable, it was everything.  It was also very well marked, perhaps better than any race course I’ve ever been on, which was great espescially since I am not from the area and had never been there, except for a couple of weeks before the race when I tried to find the way of the course according to the directions on the race website, the directions are pretty good on the website, but because there are so many different trails on the course that cross, you can easily miss a turn in the blink of an eye, which is what I did during my training run a couple of weeks before the race, so I never really ran the whole course until race day.  It is a fun mountain to run. Although only the fastest runners actually ran the steep long uphills, most everyone else walked those. The rocks and roots and constant steep uphills and downhills mixed with some very runnable trail, although rocky and rooty, that are also beautiful, with different conditions from rock slab, to many scattered pointy rocks to pine needles and some muddy and water logged trails for a great mix,  make this a course I will be be back to.  Everything about this race was great.  The volunteers, the course, the course markings, the mountain, and the runners racing were all awesome.  Such a fantastic time from start to finish.I highly recommend it.

I did race a course back on Labor Day weekend in 2016 that was a much more challenging elevation and terrain up in VT at Jay Peak, called the Jay Peak trail Challenge, but it was a shorter distance at only a 25k trail race but had 5,260 elevation gain.  Traprock 50k Trail Race is longer at 50k, but my elevation gain was much lower in comparison.  I completed 2 of the 3 loops yesterday at the TrapRock 50k, meaning I completed 21.75 of the roughly 31 miles (likely more than 31 since I never started the 3rd loop and my Garmin says I ran 21.75 miles with 2,583 elevation gain.)  Half of 2,583 is 1291.5, meaning that each loop is 1291.5 for a total elevation gain for 3 loops to complete the full 50k would be 3874.5 for twice the distance of the Jay Peak 25k Trail Race coming in at 5260 elevation gain.  Jay Peak does offer the 50k trail race the same day, which would be 2 loops of the one I did for the 25k.  Therefore, to be able to compare the two races more fully I would say that the 50K Jay Peak would have 10,520 elevation gain, compared to the TrapRock 50k having only 3,874.50 elevation gain, significantly lower.  Yet the Traprock 50k course is definietly challenging in that when you are going up and down hill it is steep and there are continuous hills throughout the course.  Yet as steep as the TrapRock 50k course hills are, the Jay Peak 50k hills are much steeper to the point that your feet are flexed to the max and you need to markedly lean forward the entire way up just not to fall backwards down an extremely and seemingly never ending, at times, mountain uphills.  I never once felt like I could possibly fall backwards on the Traprock 50k course, yet everyone I spoke with at the JayPeak ourse said that they absolutely had the same feeling, how could you not, it was mostly on black diamond ski trails, without the snow to slikde down on, in Vermont.  I absolutely loved and highly recommend both of these races.

Here is the elevation profile of Traprock 50k Trail Race

Here is the elevation profile of Jay Peak 25k Trail Challenge  (2 of these for the 50k challenge)

Me at the start of the Traprock 50k Trail Race feeling very excited and happy and blessed to be there and be able to take on this challenge

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Never Compare Yourself to Anyone 

It is so very important to never compare yourself to anyone, but we are many times naturally prone to do just the opposite.  Society sets us up for this disappointment,  but we have the power to not live this way. It is also important to be careful when we compare ourselves to ourselves. I strongly believe that comparing ourselves to ourselves is very important in self growth, accomplishments, evaluation,  analysis,  motivation, and reality checks. But we must be careful not to allow ourselves to get too caught up in not being able to do what we used to.  For me, I have not really had this issue yet because I am a fairly new athlete,  having only started my fitness journey in 2010 and losing 100 pounds, I was not a lifelong athlete like many who now battle thoughts of never being able to do what you used to.  I know not all lifelong athletes struggle with this, but some do. I believe we all need to be kind to ourselves and use self comparison as a very useful tool and motivator, instead of any potential source of misery or feeling of failure. Remember,  failure is good. Failure is necessary for growth.  It’s all how you look at it. Change your perspective to feel fit forever. I love the book, ‘The Confident Woman ‘ by Joyce Meyer. I highly recommend it,  even if you are not religious.  Every single page is chuck full of excellent tips and reminders to live your best life. #feelfitforever 

4 Days of Snowshoe Bushwacking Adventures, in a row, was a 1st for me ❤

This past week has been a wonderful surprise and challenging all in one. We snowshoed bushwacked 4 days in a row to start the week off. I never snowshoed 4 days in a row before, and it was fabulous.  But to add to it, I never wore such big snowshoes,  36 inches, and I wore them all 4 days.  Plus, we went on some of the most challenging and steepest mountains, which added to the challenge and the thrill. It was excellent cross training too, by the way. Our adventures were a surprise because as luck would have it,  we were without power for a week, but you don’t know until each day unfolds if power will be restored,  so it was an unexpected treat to stay with Kevin, who had power, and get to snowshoe every day. On the 5th day,  I ran as part of my training,  and it went well.  The next day I found out I’d sprained my wrist.  It had been throbbing since Tuesday night, on and off, so I just used the ‘wait and see’ approach.  But Thursday morning brought swelling,  more pain, and limited use, resulting in a trip to my doctor. I planned 2 nice long runs for the weekend, and had every reason to believe it would be great, but it was the worst training runs I’ve ever had in my life.  Excellent training to train through days like that, within reason. I love running. I love it and look forward to it.  But I never expected both days would be so challenging. Although, there were some other things contributing to these challenging runs. I ate frozen peas after they sat in my freezer for a week of no power, they tasted good, but apparently were not, I found out during the run.  Still, I now think part of it was that it was just the big every day challenging week I had. I am happy with all I accomplished.  I now realize this morning,  that even though I fell short of the miles I planned on running this weekend,  I still ran more total miles this week than any other week this year.  Change your perspective to feel fit forever and be kind to yourself always.  Keep your head up,  you’re doing great.  Rome was not built in a day and neither is your machine.  

Lorraine’s Best Snowshoeing Bushwacking Adventure Ever!

We had the very best time snowshoe bushwacking this past weekend!  It was unlike any other snowshoe bushwacking adventure I had ever done before.  I am fairly new to this kind of snowshoeing, it is more like mountaineering and you need to use your poles and claws of the snowshoes to help you climb up steep hills and rocks.  I love it!  It is an amazing feeling to be able to do this and exhilarating, thrilling, and can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing.  Kevin has been doing this kind of thing for several decades, he knows everything about the mountains and snowshoeing and how to do it safely, he has been a huge help. Kevin kept telling me that day and since then, that it was the best snowshoeing he had EVER done in his LIFE!  Wow! It really was the most wonderful experience and truly magical in every way.  The place, the conditions, everything was absolutely perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed every drop of that glorious adventure.  Kevin brought up an excellent point when he said, ‘what is snowshoeing anyway?’  Meaning that snowshoeing is different things to different people, and it is even different each time someone snowshoes, because of the condition of the snow, the type of snowshoe used, the terrain, the weather, and the ability of the person on that particular day.  We both felt fantastic as the day started off and felt excited about our day ahead.  We believed it would be great and that we would likely have the mountain to ourselves, especially since Kevin had to shovel out the unplowed parking lot at the beginning of the trail.  That and it was also a very cold day, which keeps many people away, but we never seem to get cold probably because we keep moving and if anything get hot as we go along and always wear layers for that reason.  We did not find anyone on the mountain, except for the animals that live there, and we did not see any human tracks.  We had the mountain to ourselves and that in itself is always a wonderful feeling.  The snow was perfect.  There was a minimum of 2 feet of snow with more in certain places due to wind, elevation, and terrain.  The texture of the snow was absolutley perfect.  It felt like we were walking on air!  It was my 2nd day of wearing extra large snowshoes and they felt like they were made for me special.  I wore 36 inch by 10 inch snowshoes, a size that no other woman has ever worn as far as Kevin knows, and he says that most men do not wear such large snowshoes either.  But it is important to wear the right size snowshoes for the conditions so that you minimize sinking in the snow and have a much more enjoyable experience.  Snowshoes were meant to stay on top of the snow and sink down only a couple of inches, ideally.  We had so much fun going through the many various different wooded areas to the top of the mountain.  It is so much fun to bushwack your way through and under and around all these closely grown trees.  It is such a treat to see all this beauty that most people never get to see and even though there is a part of me that would like to take more pictures as all this beauty unfolds as I go up the mountain, mostly I am just enjoying without technology and making memories that will last a lifetime.  #feelfitforever

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Training Needs to Be Specific

Training needs to be specific to the event, such as if you are training for a road race or a trail race, your training needs will be different.  In trail running we use different muscles than in road running.  We need to run trails to train for a trail race because the muscles we use on the trail, as we go over rocks, roots, and streams, cause us to use our tiny little-used muscles, such as the piriformis muscle in our hips.  These tiny muscles used in trail running will not be activated on a treadmill or road running.  If training exclusively on a treadmill for a road marathon, you can have success, but if you train exclusively on a treadmill for a trail race, you’ll likely not be able to go very far, maybe 5 miles or less, until you feel those tiny muscles, that you haven’t worked, screaming and not letting you go on.  You’re legs will get tired and you won’t be able to go on.  You can mix treadmill and trail training, for a trail race, but you have to get out on the trails to train the necessary muscles.  I know I LOVE and prefer trail running, but as we likely all lead busy lives and especially during these winter months, it may not always be possible to get out on the trails as much as we’d like.  I am confident when you know what you need to do for success, you are much more likely to do it.  When something is your passion, it is on your mind always, and you will find a way to get it done.  It doesn’t mean it has to be perfect or exactly what you had planned, but I am confident it will be better and much more productive training than if you did not have all the tools of knowledge necessary to reach your goal.  Learn as much as you can to feel fit forever.

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3 Day Adventure

What an awesome 3 days of adventures! As if there could possibly be any other kind of adventures! This girl loves adventure!  I am new to hiking in the Catskills and love these absolutely beautiful mountains.  I have now completed 8 of the 35 peaks in the Catskills.  That means that there are 35 peaks that are 3500 feet or more in the Catskills, although there are many other mountains that are not as high. We have also enjoyed climbing these very much, they are all beautiful and different, yet similar in ways.  The goal is to finish all 35 peaks.  Some peaks we have bushwacked, and others have been on trail, but bushwacking is my favorite.  I started my quest to do the 35 peaks this year, 2018, and am loving these adventures.  They have been like nothing I have ever done before.  There have been every kind of mixed weather and trail conditions imagineable and even some unexpected, as can happen in the mountains.  I love it!  It adds to the adventure.  I have also enjoyed hiking bushwacking in the dark, which is a lot of fun!  It is so freeing, peaceful, yet a feeling of great adventure and magical.  I love how these mountains make me feel like a kid, loving everything about all of it.  Many of these beautiful mountains feel like magical kingdoms you would see in a movie, yet here they are in my real life adventures.  It is an amazing feeling.  I love the challenge of bushwacking up technical terrain to see beauty that not many people can not see.  It is especially evident in the winter, with snow on the ground, if there has been anyone before us, we would be able to see their tracks, yet there are no tracks many places we hike, and to me, this is perfect happiness.  Do what you love to feel fit forever.  #feelfitforever

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Snowshoeing Bushwacking Adventures

We had the best time snowshoeing bushwacking yesterday, even though the conditions were challenging, it made it even better!  I love adventure! Yesterday certainly was a grand adventure!  It started out with everything beautifully coated in snow, the trees and roads to get there were completely covered in snow. It sure was gorgeous and exciting.  We even saw snow rollers, which are nature made snowballs.  They are beautiful and were all over the place for about the first mile in the woods when we started out on our adventure.  It got even better with the most beautiful winter wonderland snow covered picture like beauty as we got deeper into the woods.  We surely felt like we were in heaven with smile covered faces and joy in our adventure loving like minded hearts.  But then as we made our ascent up the steep mountain, in our snowshoes, through about 2 feet of snow in spots, it started to snow.  The snow was so very pretty and it added to the magic of the adventure.  But then the snow stopped, and instead it started to rain. It was rain from the snow on the trees melting down onto us from the slightly higher than freezing temps at the time.  Either that, or perhaps it started to rain instead of snow, or both.  We got completley soaked, our heads, hair, faces, all our clothing, everything was soaking wet.  My face, hair, and eyebrows were dripping with water. We were moving very nicely which kept us feeling good, but we knew if we stopped or slowed down, we may succumb to hypothermia due to the wetness. The conditions made the snow ball up on the snowshoes, making it not be able to grip with the claws of the snowshoes like it’s supposed to. My snowshoes stayed pretty clear, most of the time, because I duct taped them beforehand.  It was an amazing feeling to be dripping with wetness from getting soaked unexpectedly in the winter. It felt baddass.  It definitely added to the sense of adventure.  It was my 1st time using such a large snowshoe, 29 1/2″ x 10 1/2″, and they did not disappoint.  I fell instantly in love with them and it felt like they were made specifically for me.  I was told I did very well and that most women are not able to comfortably wear such large snowshoes and that I took them instantly and very naturally.  It sure felt great. Even though the snow conditions were far from ideal for snowshoeing, I was even told that they were the worst conditions for snowshoeing, I did not have a problem with the conditions with my snowshoes. I love my new snowshoes I got as a Christmas present,  I didn’t get to try them until now and cannot wait for our next adventure. The beauty continued as we snowshoed bushwacked up the mountain. Everything was completely covered in snow and some of the trail we broke was steep & potentially dangerous rocks we needed to climb up, that were completely covered with snow, and hard to manuever at spots. It was so much fun!  It was an amazing feeling to be able to do this hike, especially under these conditions.  It was very empowering and soul satisfying.  As we neared the top of the mountain, the peak, the most beautiful evergreen forrest emerged.  We found the canister and signed in, took a quick picture, and headed back down so as to not stand around too long soaking wet in the near freezing temperature.  It was actually several degrees above freezing, but with heavy cloud cover which always makes it feel colder when it is not sunny.  I cannot stop thinking about our grand adventure and will enjoy these wonderful memories for a long time to come.  Live your best life as often as possible and do what you love to feel fit forever.

 

 

My ‘Theme Song’ and How to Stay Strong

I LOVE music! I love most kinds of music and I have certain songs that are favorites. These songs seem to remain favorites no matter how long because they still do that ‘special something’ for me.  All of my favorite songs are from very different types of music, and I love the diversity and variety.  One of my all time favorite songs is ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’, by McFadden & Whitehead.  I have many times sung this song to the top of my lungs as I told people who were with me as I was singing, that I feel like this is my ‘theme song’ and that it feels like my life.  I feel like the words in the song relate to my life because I have been through so much, for so long, and they have been extreme situations that most people would never have to go through.

Here are some of the verses to the song: “There’s been so many things that’s held us down, But now it looks like things are finally comin’ around” and “But we won’t let nothin’ hold us back, We’re putting our selves together, We’re polishing up our act! If you felt we’ve been held down before, I know you’ll refuse to be held down anymore! Don’t you let nothing, nothing, Stand in your way! I want ya’ll to listen, listen, To every word I say, every word I say! Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now!” I LOVE these words!

And here is another verse that brings another very important thing to remember: “I know you know someone that has a negative vibe, And if you’re trying to make it they only push you aside, They really don’t have, no where to go, Ask them where they’re going, they don’t know, But we won’t let nothin’ hold us back, We’re gonna put ourselves together, We’re gonna polish up our act! And if you’ve ever been held down before,I know you’ll refuse to be held down anymore! Don’t you let nothing, nothing, Stand in your way!”

This is a very important verse to remember because there will always be people in your life who are negative or toxic to you and it is important to limit yourself from these people and focus on your own goals and positivity and happiness.  Don’t let them drag you down with them.  Don’t let them take your joy away.  Be the example of sunshine and light they need and hopefully this can help them or others.  Be strong and be true to yourself.

The Bible verse Mark 12:30-31 says ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and will all your strength.  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

I completely agree with and live my life this way.  To live your life loving your neighbor the way you love yourself and God loves you, means that you absolutely have a pure heart and good intentions, always, for everyone.  It does not mean that if someone has done something evil, scary, or wrong to you that you should go and be their best friend, no you should not be their friend at all, but it does mean that you can pray for them and wish the best for them, but from a safe distance.

You need to utilize common sense for all things in life, yet sadly common sense is not common.  Remember God loves you so much, you are His child, He made you perfect, He made each of us perfect and loves us all the same.  He gave us life to enjoy it and to continually learn and grow in our lives and in our faith. Live this way, as God wants us to, and you will feel fit forever.  #feelfitforever #feelingfitforever

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