Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Healthy Living Update

As I look back on the past few weeks, I definitely see some improvements in my quest for a healthy lifestyle. I took time to exercise 3-5 times each week, mostly 30 minute rides on the stationary bike; however, I also added back in 1-2 sessions of strength training each week. My weight has remained the same, fluctuating a pound or two each week, which leaves me at a loss of 4 pounds since the beginning of the year. I had hoped to have a little more loss than that by the end of this first quarter of the year, but I feel good that I'm getting a handle on consistent exercise and haven't gained any additional weight (which was my pattern last year!). In April, I will be focusing on continuing consistent exercise and will begin tracking my food intake to help me better see where I need to make changes in my eating habits.

This month I also took time to review all the material in the BPC Move More, Eat Well workshop that started at the beginning of this year. I had hoped this workshop would provide motivation and camaraderie on my journey of healthy living changes.

The online classroom is updated at the beginning of each month, and Cathy Zielske presents a new theme with a video message and handout. January's emphasis was on recording our individual healthy living stories and choosing one thing to focus on for the month. February's material was all about time, looking for time stealers and solutions to help us in our goals to move more and eat well. The message for March was that change is hard but we can do it. Throughout the materials, Cathy continually stresses having a positive attitude and realistic outlook as we make changes, have setbacks, and refocus throughout this process. Overall this information is interesting to read on the first of each month and serves to reinforce many of the things I've learned and read over the past couple of years.

There is an ongoing project in the classroom also - creating an album to document the journey. There are a ton of downloads to help with this process, all of which come in psd, png & pdf formats. I have not been motivated to create an album for this class as I am documenting my journey here on my blog.

So, basically, the remainder of the month is all about the message boards. I have to admit that I normally enjoy the message boards in my online classes, and I read many of the boards and subscribed to the posts for a few weeks at the beginning of the year. However, what I discovered is that there are so many participants in this class at different levels of fitness and with so many different ideas about what is healthy that I felt keeping up with the boards was a waste of time. Honestly, there's probably some good stuff there, but I do not want to wade through the posts about how one participant's doctor told her it was healthy for her to only consume 800 calories a day (Seriously!) and about how another student is so discouraged because she can't lose that last 2 ounces to reach her goal weight while another still has over 100 pounds to to her goal weight and about how someone else's biggest achievement was getting out of the bed that day while the next post is from someone who just completed a Boot Camp class and then went for a 5 mile run before 9 am! And then there are the varied and contradictory recommendations for diets and supplements and workout DVDs and music and exercise gadgets.

This is a year-long workshop, so I'll continue to peruse the materials at the beginning of each month and glean what information and motivation I can from there, but otherwise I won't be spending much time in the classroom. Obviously this just wasn't what I needed right now in my journey to a healthier lifestyle, but I would be remiss not to mention that there are over 1200 students in that class and many of them are finding it truly informative and motivational.

How are y'all doing on your healthy living goals? Are any of you in the Move More, Eat Well workshop - please let me know what you think about it so far.

7 comments:

Alison said...

Glad you're still motivated Melissa, though obviously a bit disappointed with your class. FEELING better is a great start, and I'm sure the approach of better weather will encourage you too!

Alison xx

Rebekah said...

Hey Melissa! I haven't been bothering with the discussion boards either...and I don't for many of the BPC classes...there is just such volume on there, that I can't keep up and enjoy the work I want to do for the class! I'm thoroughly enjoying Cathy's materials and video's though. Feel like it's my own little journey with her valued input along the way! I enjoy your posts and will try and get mine up sometime soon! The unblog bug has bitten me lately I guess...just haven't had motivation to blog!! But then I start missing the comments and communication with my blog friends!

Sandra said...

The favpct you've already decided not to continue with the boards but are continuing with your goals, says to me your head is in the right place, which means you're more than half way there :)

Amy said...

It is really interesting to hear about the clas, I thought that it may be a bit like that and it was a reason I haven't signed up - despite knowing that CZ's content would be fabulous.

I think Sandra's comment is spot on - good luck as you continue on this journey ... well, it's not really a journey as we never get to the end with this one, keeping fit and healthy is really something that is part of life!

Beverly said...

I am doing the class, too and am feeling the same way, Melissa. I enjoy the little start of the month from CZ but tie that into the other things I have. I have found I like a really small community and post on msg bds very little when in a class these days. You are doing great staying committed to a healthy way of life!

Cheri said...

I managed to pick up my month with "moving more" but fell on my face with the "eating healthy" part. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cathy's videos and content and am enjoying charting the journey with the page materials she supplies each month. Having her videos each month helps keep me motivated to keep trying. Especially the mid-month "pick me up" ones. But I too find the message boards overwhelming. I get that kind of support by posting the monthly pages on my blog.

Kudos to you for hanging in there!

Tammy said...

Glad to hear that you are sticking to it! Sometimes it's just enough to do it, knowing that the good choices compound eventually. I have some of the same thoughts about the class. I love to get Kathy's perspective and hear her thoughts, but I have not spent much time on the boards. It takes to much time to wade through stuff to find something that could help me. But like you, I just keep plugging away. I'm doing 30 minutes of cardio 5-6 times a week and working in some weights a couple days a week. It's enough for now.

Keep up the good work!