Failed, But Not a Failure!

On August 23rd, 2018 I started the 100 Day Walking Challenge with my Girltrek sisters. This challenge was to walk at least 30 minutes per day for 100 straight days. I had completed this challenge in the past, so it was a no brainer to accept the challenge and push myself to stay off the sofa and move more. Initially this was an easy challenge as I was preparing for the “Stress Protest” in Colorado and needed to increase my endurance to ensure I could participate in the various hikes available in Estes Park, CO.

This challenge forced me outdoors to walk to places I would normally drive like the post office, drug store and my mom’s house which are all are within a mile of my house. Walking in my neighborhood has allowed me to engage in conversations with my neighbors instead of the usual wave as I drive by and an occasional hello.

I had noticed earlier this year around April or May, that I would experience some significant pain in my hips and lower back when walking and even more so when at rest. I chalked it up to post workout pain (no pain – no gain) and ignored it for the most part. I continued to compete in various 5K walk/runs and the pain would intensify but again “no pain – no gain”. During my time in CO, I was able to complete an intermediate level steep hike in the Rocky Mountains which was both challenging but invigorating as well. Upon my return home, I continued to push myself to walk daily either at home or at work during my lunch hour to ensure I would be able to complete this challenge.

By day 56 of the challenge I just couldn’t push through the pain enough to walk my 30 minutes that day. I made an appointment with the doctor to try and figure out what was wrong. After all, “I am doing everything right by watching what I eat and daily exercise so why I am having increased pain?” After several x-rays and evaluations, it was determined that I have arthritis in my spine, hips and knee. My doctor referred me to an orthopedic doctor for treatment and physical therapy which is pending currently.

I feel so much better now knowing why I am experiencing such pain, after all I am 54 years young and age-related aches and pains are par for the course. I’m back at it now, walking my 30 plus minutes per day and pushing through the pain. Although I failed to complete the challenge straight through, I am not a failure. I will continue to push myself to be active everyday doing something, whether it is walking, pilates, yoga, weight training or water aerobics, the most important thing for us all is to keep moving.

One of my favorite quotes by the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. states:

“If you can’t fly, then run,

if you can’t run, then walk,

if you can’t walk, then crawl,

but by all means, keep moving

Don’t Let Fear Limit Your Dreams

Don’t Let Fear Limit Your Dreams

This past Labor Day weekend I attended GirlTrek’s annual #StressProtest in Estes Park, CO. GirlTrek is a national health movement that motivates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities through walking (www.girltrek.org). Since joining Girltrek in 2017 I have been inspired to not only participate in area walks but to also organize walks as well. We encourage women to walk at least 30 minutes per day which can be done as a group or as a solo trekker. The Stress Protest is a way to unplug getaway and fellowship with other like-minded sisters and also challenge yourself to get outside of your comfort zone and learn and do something different. I was initially apprehensive and remained on the fence for a while because I have a fear of snakes. It wasn’t until I spoke with one of my colleagues about possibly going and I revealed to her my fear of snakes. She immediately said that the ground would likely be too cold for snakes so I “probably” wouldn’t see any.

Probably?! Not sure that was good enough, I thought. But when she went on to explain how beautiful the mountains are that time of the year and the deer, elk and moose that live there were a sight to see, I decided to give it a try.

For those who know me, they know that one of my mortal fears is the fear of snakes. The entire time I was preparing for this trip, in the forefront of my mind was;

“What if I see a snake? How to react? Will I fall off the mountain if I go hiking and see a snake? Should I go hiking?”

When I think of my bucket list, hiking in the mountains was NEVER included as something I ever wanted to do because of my fear of snakes. I’m more of a beach baby, therefore my bucket list generally includes things like visit the beaches of Hawaii, Figi, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, etc. but never to hike in the wilderness where snakes live. (ugh…)

Once my trip was book we received a schedule of offerings which we were free to do as much or as little as we wanted to. There was Trap Yoga, meditation, prayer, double dutch, self-defense, African dance classes and so much more to choose from but most of all there were multiple opportunities with various levels of difficulty to hike in the Rocky Mountains. This turned out to be one of the most amazing weekends of self-care and conquering of fears. Initially I said to myself that you can’t go all the way to Colorado and not see the beauty of nature. So I initially planned to just do a beginner walk which was a flat walk around a lake.

What did I have to prove?

I said to myself, I’m here in the mountains with an elevation of 8010 feet already at our lodge so why should I do anything more? I had been praying for guidance and strength to conquer my fears and quite frankly I was scared to death to even do the beginner walk.

After much thought and prayer I decided to raise the bar a bit and tackle the intermediate hike which was described as “3.5 miles round trip with steady incline and striking views of three glacial lakes.” WOW! Who could resist a hike such as this? The steady incline was a bit scary but I have been preparing for this all year and I was confident that I could do it. The day of my hike was chaotic, the group that took the intermediate hike the day before were really challenged and some couldn’t complete it. This caused my hike leader to challenge if I would be able to make it on this particular hike. At first I was upset that she picked me to confront and due to the negative vibe I felt, I chose not to go with the group. I was actually crying because of all the emotions and anxiety I had about doing the hike but yet was willing to press on and conquer. While I was standing there filled with anger and regret for letting someone get to me like that, another hike leader asked me if I wanted to do an intermediate hike later that day to Bible Point. She explained that there were no lakes up there but striking views and bible scriptures along the route and at the top there was a mailbox where you could write your prayer requests. Look at how God works. I immediately said yes and although still scared I might see a snake, I was looking forward to this hike.

     

As we began our walk for what seemed like forever but was only the first half hour, I was out of breath and when I asked our hike leader how much farther she said we hadn’t started to climb yet and this was only the beginning. I felt bad that I was having such difficulty breathing at that altitude and decided to quit. I knew the way back and I didn’t want to hinder the others in my group from making it to the top. The amazing ladies in my group all told me NO, do not quit, they had my back. The encouraged me and lifted me up that I could not quit no matter how hard it was. They said we would take frequent breaks to drink our water and eat our snacks and no matter what we would do this together. We climbed up almost another 1000 feet to an elevation near 9000 feet. There were some steep drop offs and very rocky paths we had to travel. The views were amazing and best of all no snakes. It turns out the snakes can’t take the elevation so there are none up that high. Thank you Jesus, I said and I know He knew I would have fallen off that mountain if I saw a baby snake. LOL!

My biggest take a ways were:

  1. Don’t let your fears keep you from experiencing this beautiful earth God created.
  2. Don’t quit even when it’s difficult as I’m stronger than I think.

And in the end “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

I hope this inspires someone to not only challenge yourself physically but mentally as well. I will definitely return to the Rocky Mountains again and again and hopefully my family will join me as well.

About Rochelle

Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.

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Daniel Fast Day 1 (Ash Wednesday)

Daniel Fast Day 1 (Ash Wednesday)

Today is Ash Wednesday and the first day of the Daniel Fast. The challenge for me today is that I am traveling for business and oftentimes at these conferences there are limited vegetarian options but that is where planning for success comes in to play. Instead of eating the conference breakfast items such as bagels, Danish, eggs, bacon, etc., I will opt to eat at the hotel restaurant and have steel oats and decaf coffee today. Yes, I said decaf folks and those of you who know me know that I start my day with “regular” coffee. I spent the last week detoxing from the caffeine by drinking “half caffeine” and ultimately decaf. If any of you are regular coffee drinkers you know that if you stop cold turkey you will have massive headaches from the withdrawal.  Lunch and Dinner will be much easier to navigate as they generally have tasty vegetarian options available at these mealtimes.

Other ways I plan for success is by changing my food shopping habits and not purchasing items that will lead to temptation such as potato chips, Doritos, etc. And most importantly I have my daily devotions and journal on hand to begin my time of prayer and fasting.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes I have used during the fast that are good and easy to make. The challenge for me is to ensure that I get in enough protein to meet my nutritional goals. As many of you know, I had weight loss surgery in 2016 and must get in 60-80 grams of protein daily. So with that in mind the first recipe I would like to share with you was shared with me by one of my colleagues about four years ago. Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup is one of my favorites that I enjoy even when not on the fast. It is easy to make and has very few ingredients, cauliflower, almond milk, mushrooms, onions and seasonings. You can find it via this link https://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2013/01/grain-free-vegan-cream-of-mushroom-soup/

I generally double this recipe and add one scoop of Unflavored Unjury Protein Powder per serving (21grams per scoop) to this recipe.

I would love to hear from you all, please share what you plan to sacrifice during this Lenten Season and please pray for me as I will pray for you.

About Rochelle

Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.

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Daniel Fast for Lent

Daniel Fast for Lent

We are fast approaching what we Christians call the “Lenten Season”. Lent is a 40 day season of fasting and praying that last from Ash Wednesday to Easter and excludes Sundays. During this time, Christians attempt to replicate Jesus’ sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. My church does the Daniel Fast which is eating a vegan diet and daily devotionals with prayer. If followed carefully, at the end of the fast you will find that your blood pressure has improved, if you are diabetic (type II), your blood sugar numbers will improve, and most will also lose a few pounds as well. But more importantly you will have a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

For the past few years, my husband and I have done the Daniel Fast and have experienced such growth in the five key areas of our lives; Mind, Body, Spirit, Finances and Relationships. Throughout the year we continue to have “meatless” days to consecrate ourselves in prayer before God.

Over the Lenten Season I will post some of my favorite vegetarian/vegan recipes and would love for you all to share yours as well. Let’s touch and agree to all pray for our country, our local communities and school districts. Be blessed!

About Rochelle

Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.

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Create Your Best Life in the New Year!

Around the start of the year, making vision boards becomes quite popular. A vision board is a tool used to help with manifesting positive things into your life. It is also a great way to set and achieve goals. It consists of a board or construction paper that has words and images that represent places you want to travel to, career goals, relationship goals, and more. Place the vision board in a place where you will see it every day. Take a few moments reflecting on the items on your vision board. Focus on the feelings that those words and images bring up. This is an important piece of the puzzle…visualization. Olympic athletes use visualizations all the time…and with good reason. In many cases, the brain doesn’t know the difference between you actually performing an action versus you visualizing one. Many of the same areas in the brain light up.  Because of this, mental practices are almost as important as physical ones. It can be a major component in drawing in new positive life experiences and shifts.

You can make a vision board in a variety of ways. It can be as simple as grabbing a board, canvas, or large roll of paper and placing cut-outs from magazines on it. You can also place inspiration words or sayings and postcards from places you want to visit.  Another fun way to create a vision board is via Pinterest. Simply create a new board, and search images and links that you want to add.  There are also free vision board apps for iOS and Android. These apps allow you to select and upload images from your phone. You can also set a timer twice a day that reminds you to view your vision board. Your board then shows up as a slideshow on your phone!

Vision boards are a great exercise that allows you to visualize and meditate on your goals and desires so that you can create your best life. Give it a shot!

About Rochelle

Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.

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New Year, New Beginnings

New Year, New Beginnings

The new year is a is a season of new beginnings. Many people find themselves wanting to make significant life changes, but do not know where to begin. Don’t worry, I’ve been there too! I want to share with you something that helped me on my spiritually-guided wellness and career journey. One thing that really resonated with me when I joined my church, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, was when we were encouraged to take a Spiritual Gifts Test. This test is about 100 questions to determine your top three gifts and the best ways to use them. This was helpful in choosing where to serve in ministry but also in my career as well. You can find the test here: https://spiritualgiftstest.com/spiritual-gifts/
Starting from a place of self-reflection can guide your steps towards a balanced life!

About Rochelle

Rochelle Redding, M.S. is a wife, mother of four, and the owner and operator of Rochelle Redding Coaching and Consulting Services (RRCCS). RRCCS is a spiritually-based coaching service dedicated to helping women be their best selves and achieve wellness in all aspects of their life. Learn about life coaching services with Rochelle by clicking here.

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Finding Power and Purpose takes the reader on a dynamic journey from darkness, depression, and life-threatening health, to one of healing, self-love and alignment with God’s will.

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