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Operation Fortitude Fitness (Month #7)

Goodbye, July… Hello August. (Already?!?)

As the store shelves fill (and are emptied) with school supplies, I am embarking on a new month of Operation Fortitude Fitness.

For those of you just joining us, check out last month’s post or my beginning of 2012 post to get caught up.

In summary, July was… super busy. I was disconnected for a week for a much needed vacation, then SheSpeaks and my sweet Mother-In-Love visited for a week. All of those things were huge blessings… But apparently, I can’t do it all.

That being said, July wasn’t my most successful month for MY goals– but God has some remarkable breakthroughs in other areas of my life (perhaps focusing on His goals?)

So let’s get this party started.

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness.  In short, my goal for 2012 is to log at least 98 miles per month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I need to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 848.5 miles Jan-June and “arrived” in my hometown of Colony, Kansas.

RESULT: GOAL sorta met…   July in the workout department was a little bit lame sauce. Fortunately, the Lord gives me grace cards. 🙂 (Thanks for that, Jesus.) Since being gone/busy for about three entire weeks this month, I am glad I found time to work out at all. I was able to log 75 miles and have arrived in Carbondale, KS. As far as strength training– not so much.

But great news… Today starts a new month. Please excuse me while I hit the reset button on my workout sched. AND GO.

SMART Change #2: Spend significant time Lord’s presence by using my Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: ON GOING God really moved in this area again this month. I have still been spending time lots of time with Him, but my prayer life really grew. I have been chatting with Him, seeking Him and I can feel my trust growing significantly. So legit!

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: COMPLETED!! And on going.  I completed this goal last month, but am so addicted to seeking God’s gifts, glory and goodness that I have continued. I am now at currently at #1210 and still going strong. (Side note: my favorite gift this month– Seeing twin baby fawns hanging out in the trees on my way home last Sunday night. Awesome.)

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Honestly… Didn’t do much with this one this month. SIGH. Going to play my grace card and hit the reset button for August. 🙂

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING  This one was huge– July, although super busy, was also a month of much needed rest between vacation with my sweet husband and hanging out with my mother-in-love. I have let myself SLOW DOWN with the rush of my To Do list, allowed myself to take a nap every now and then (and I am NOT a good napper) as well as read some Christian fiction books that feed my heart but don’t exhaust my brain. This was a huge blessing this month.

I’ve learned an important lesson this month– sometimes we have to put our plans on hold (no matter how wonderful/noble they are) and let God do His thang. While I wasn’t completely successful with reaching my monthly SMART goals this go round, I still say this month was anything but a failure. (If you have been following my blog for more than 30 seconds, you have probably witnessed the great ways that God is moving in our life!)

Today challenge: Are your plans getting in the way of God’s plans? What do you need to put on hold or lay aside to let God work? In what areas of your life do YOU need a grace card every now and then? Your thoughts and comments are always so encouraging– don’t be shy, share below!!

Thanks to every single one of you for your cheers and prayers. It’s a new month– and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me.

Now if you will excuse me, I have a date with the treadmill.

Working for Jesus,
SGK

“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4

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Operation “Fortitude” Fitness (Month #6)

I don’t know about you all… but I’m a little sweaty.

Ok, not sweaty at this very moment as I type, but I was sweaty earlier. (I showered. You are welcome.) This operation fortitude fitness business is sweaty work. Plus, it’s now July in Georgia.

Yikes. Can someone hand me a towel?

Anywho, June was a good month for my “Smart Changes” for 2012. (Click here to read the original post to get caught up to speed.)

Back in January, you were “voluntold” to be my accountability partner. (Much easier to stick to goals long term if when I don’t achieve them I have to write in my blog “Uh, yeah, it was too hard/sweaty/I quit.)  So as promised here is my monthly check-in.

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness.  In short, my goal for 2012 is to log at least 98 miles per month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I need to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 682.5 miles Jan-May and “arrived” in Springfield, Missouri.

RESULT: GOAL MET…   June was LEGIT. There was A LOT going on this department. So for your sake, I am going to bullet point this bad boy:

  • I ran my 3rd 5K. And it was great. Set a personal record. Got sweaty. Didn’t die. Receive a great God message in the process. (Read the whole story here.)
  • We fasted for the month of June, eating only 7 foods. My energy level was awesome considering the lack of sugar and caffeine in my life. (Read about THAT here.)
  • I logged 166 miles and “arrived” in my hometown of Colony, Kansas!! YEAH!!! ALMOST THERE! (And way ahead of schedule.) PS: Hi Mom and Dad!
  • Did much better with strength training. I am working on my sit up/push up abilities and also started ruck marching. (Fancy army name for walking around with a heavy pack on your back.) My total strength reps for the month was 2900. Can you say sore muscles?
In short: Good month. America!

SMART Change #2: Spend significant time Lord’s presence by using my Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: ON GOING Coupled with our fast, I have really developed a hunger for God’s word. I’ve spent more time reading the Bible than probably ever before. Also, there have been some great prayers answered on my app as I took some time to follow up with people. Finally, God REALLY broke through in some areas in my life (but that’s tomorrow’s blog!)

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: COMPLETED!!  Whoot! Throw some confetti, crank up the tunes! This is the first goal on my “smart change” list I have officially completed. Granted, some of my goals are ongoing lifestyle changes, but I made it to 1000 gifts this month.

Oh and by completed, I mean I am continuing past 1000. I am currently at #1031. And no end in sight. Boomshakalaka!

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Did much better on this goal for the month of June. I have been working on it more– but memorizing a book of the Bible takes A LOT of time. (Why didn’t I realize that before?) 1 John is great and it has been awesome how I am able to recall pieces and parts of it when needed in discussions. However, it is still challenging. I have dubbed it the “Book of semi-confusion prepositions.”

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING  Um yeah, definitely experienced some breakthroughs here too… But again– I don’t to give it all away just yet… Let’s just say that my heart is more peaceful than it has ever been before due to my daily submission to Him and the fact that I am actually DOING it not just saying it. Also, I am learning to chill out a bit– and figuring out that hurrying is really overrated.

Thanks to all of you who have been praying for me in 2012. It’s been a big year so far and I am excited for all that He will continue to do with myself, our family and this remarkable ministry. I would love to hear how 2012 is shaping up for you (Scale of 1-10)… leave a comment below!

Running to the Finish Line,
SGK

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.” ~Philippians 3:15 (MSG)

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Operation Fortitude Fitness (Month #5)

Is it seriously June? Last I checked, June is month #6 in our calendar, which if my stellar math skills prove correct means we are nearly halfway done with 2012… seems like just 5 minutes ago we were ringing in the New Year.

I guess time flies when you are living for Jesus.

But a new month means another monthly reflection of my Smart Goals for 2012. So let’s hop to it!

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness.  In short, my goal for 2012 is to log at least 98 miles per month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I need to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 551 miles Jan-April and “arrived” in Thayer, Missouri.

RESULT: GOAL MET…  Sorta. May was a good month for working out. I started training for another 5K, which surprisingly kept my average mileage about the same but boosted intensity significantly. (It’s officially sweat season in Georgia, just for everyone’s info.) I still have about 3 weeks until my next 5K race, so I am excited to see where this training leads. (I have continued to break some personal records in this area… Praise you Jesus! I might become a “runner” after all.)

So this month, I logged 131.5 miles, mostly running on foot and at a higher intensity on stationary bike and elliptical. This brings my grand total to 682.5 miles since January. I have “arrived” just on the outskirts of Springfield, Missouri. Yeehaw! (Springfield is a great town. If I didn’t have to stick to a schedule, I might have to hang out there for a few days 🙂 )

Oh, and as far as the “sorta” part of this goal? Yeah, totally didn’t do much with strength training reps in May. Really gotta get back on that.

SMART Change #2: Spend significant time Lord’s presence by using my Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: ON GOING I really lived and loved this goal in May. God’s Spirit is truly working in my life and I am watching prayers answered daily. (PS: I just received a new big kid parallel NIV/MSG study bible. I already LOVE it!) Oh, and in addition to this goal: In case you missed it, I attended the Blackaby Spiritual Leadership Coaching Conference. Talk about experiencing God in a whole new way!

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: ON GOING  This month, I am at #941… an increase of  105 gifts from last month! I am relatively confident that I will “complete” this goal by reaching 1000 in June. But I shan’t be stopping. This is a wonderful scavenger hunt for God’s love!

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Yeah, kinda fell short on this one– Didn’t make a lot of progress as far as memorizing new stuff this month, still hovering around the 1 John 4 area… But those first 3 chapters have created some new revelations and are really starting to sink in!

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING God is working. I keep asking to help Him to submit. It’s awesome. (I could write an entire post on this one alone. But I will spare you the details. For now.)

So yes, we are nearly halfway through 2012. Has God put any surprises in your path on your way to accomplishing your goals? How has he modified your walk with Him? I always dig your feedback– comment below.

Now if you will excuse me– a 4 mile training run is calling my name.

Marching onward,
SGK

“So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.” –Philippians 3:15-16 (MSG)
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Thirst No More (Factor of 7)

Ever been thirsty?

I don’t mean a smidge thirsty like “Yeah, I could use a drink (of water.)” I mean, “Holy cow, I am so thirsty my throat feels like the Sahara desert.”

We’ve probably all been there. At least a little bit. (I experience this phenomenon anytime I do a long run without a Camelbak water pack strapped on myself. Or when I talk too much. Either way.)

When you get that thirsty, soda pop (oh, I mean Coke for my southern readers) won’t suffice. Water. H2o. That’s the remedy.

Jesus is the living water… So my beloved husband and I tried to sprinkle around some Jesus water through our latest “Factor of 7.”

On Sunday after church, Brandon and I set out on a mission for Jesus– not only to give literal water to those who might be thirsty, but  to plant (and water!) a little seed of Jesus love. We were going on a walk of epic proportions.

Unlike our previous Factor of 7 experiences, this one was a little different. Instead of taking $107, God called us to get a little creative. (And get fit, apparently.) Here’s what we did: We bought two cases of water (that’s 48 bottles.) We loaded up Brandon’s army assault pack and set out to walk, hand out FREE bottles of water  and pray… for SEVEN miles.

As usual… God blessed our journey.

This Factor of 7 experience was by far the most challenging to date. Not only was it physically challenging to haul full (and cold) bottles of water around for seven miles walking in the Georgia heat (See: sweet sunburns and sore muscles), but it was also the most spiritually challenging. I was concerned about God’s logistics.

When you are walking on paved trails, you really don’t encounter many other folks on foot in the middle of the day. Bikers are on a mission (and usually already equipped with water) and runners are also in their zone, not wanting to stop or carry a water bottle for any distance. (Hey, I totally feel them– it’s hard enough for ME to keep my feet moving on a run without worrying about where the next trash can is.)

About three miles in, we had only given away 5 bottles of water from our first 24 pack that was in Brandon’s bag. I was starting to panic. “God, did you really tell us to do this? Or am I making this up? I know that One is Enough, but I just need some affirmation that this is from you.” 

Right after I finished my prayer (and as a drop of sweat dripped into my eye) I looked to the left of the trail. We had walked into a lower income section of town and there was a run down hotel… With several people sitting outside in the heat, listening to music on a Sunday afternoon.

I asked Brandon if we should venture off the trail and hand out water… His answer, of course was yes… So we branched off our path… and became ridiculously blessed.

The folks sitting there were so excited to receive what we were offering. We passed out water and took down prayer requests. Just as I thought my heart couldn’t experience any more joy, we turned around. Behind us, a single file line of children had formed… ready to receive their free bottle of water.

We passed out all but three of our remaining bottles in under a minute. Each child was incredibly grateful– some of them so much so, they came back asking for another bottle for a sibling or parent. We told each child that Jesus loves them. Their smiles about melted my heart.

Whew… 7.17 miles is a long way to walk on a Sunday– but so worth it.

Brandon and started the trek back to the car to refill our depleted supplies. After restocking, we finished out our final mile. In total, we walked for 2 hours and 30 minutes for 7.17 miles. We took down 22 different prayer requests and gave out over 34 bottles of water.

Our bodies were sweaty. My hair was fuzzy. Our skin was sunburnt pink. But our hearts were full.

And 34 people were less thirsty (for water AND Jesus) than when we started.

Here’s to being thirsty no more,
SGK

“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” –John 4:13-14

PS: Have you ever given anyone a drink of “Jesus water?” How did it go? Leave a comment below to share you experience! 🙂

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Operation Fortitude Fitness (Month #4)

Is it just me, or does it seem a little bit crazy that 2012 is already 1/3 of the way completed?!? Apparently time not only flies when you are having fun, but also when you run a personal ministry. (Fortunately, for me, those two are one and the same for me… most days 🙂

April was legit. 7 Days Time Ministry continues to reach new levels (insert happy dance here!) and I feel like I’m kinda sorta getting back on track for my Getting Smart with 2012 goals. (Click here to read the full story from January.)

As promised, I will now update you on my personal progress for my 2012 goals… I know this might not be the most entertaining post on the planet, but let me tell you what, folks– if you want a great way to stay accountable, blog your journey and stick with it. There have been SEVERAL days over the last couple of months that I didn’t want to follow through on ANY of these goals. However, because YOU (yes, you!) are my accountability partner, I have pressed forward.

So without further ado… I give you… (hey that rhymed!) my April results for Operation Fortitude Fitness. (AMERICA!)

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness.  In short, my goal for 2012 is to log 98 miles per month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I need to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 423 miles Jan-March and “arrived” in Turrell, Arkansas.

RESULT: GOAL MET…  Again and FINALLY! The month of March and first three weeks or so of April I was really struggling. I mean, I was doing stuff, but without much enthusiasm. Or sweat. But praise 9 pound 3 ounce Baby Jesus, my exercise mojo appeared to be on its way back in at the latter part of last week. YES! On Friday of last week, I tied my personal best for distance traveled, logging 14 total miles. (8.3 on foot, 5.7 on the bike.)  I guess my body has finally recovered (ish) from the physical stress of our miscarriage. Yesterday, I started (and dominated!) my new re-training plan to run a 5K. I signed up for one in Americus, GA on June 23. My goal: Get my time under 30 minutes. I know I have a long way to go (my best “race” time so far is 36:30) but this will only be my 3rd 5K. Pray for me 🙂

So, back to my “original” goals. I was able to log 2,975 reps in April! (Goal met!) I also logged 128 miles this month (551 total for 2012) and have “arrived” in Thayer, Missouri! YES! “Feels” great to be back in the Midwest. (I know. I am a nerd.)

Crossing the Missouri border! YES!

SMART Change #2: Spend at least one hour per day in the Lord’s presence by using my new Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: GOAL MET (ok, kind of modified.) Here’s the thing, peeps. The first two months of this goal were INCREDIBLE. March was kind meh. Then April continued to get “routine” instead of relationship-seeking. When God called me away on my sabbatical, He spoke volumes to me. Turns out I was becoming legalistic in this goal. Instead of seeking to spend quality time with Him, my tick-tock hour was a “to do list” thing for me. So, I am still DEFINITELY doing quiet time every day and praying from my iPad prayer list app. However, I don’t look at the clock anymore. I make sure I am not rushing through it, but I am letting GOD decide how much time He wants me to chill with Him. Most days, it is still around 45 minutes to an hour, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter. The time I spend with Him each day is once again back to the quality of Jan/Feb, not the legalistic “check it off the list so I can move on” mode of March.

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: ON GOING  This month, I am at #839… an increase of  155 gifts from last month! (And a majority of those have come in the last 10 days.) God is awesome and I am well on track to reaching 1000. (But I doubt I stop there– this LIST is a gift in itself!)

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING I’m feeling pretty legit about this one for the month of April. I have stumbled my way to 1 John 4… It’s far from perfect and it isn’t completely ingrained in my brain, but I think by October, this will be doable in a “I-don’t-have-to-peek-at-what-comes-next” kind of way. YAY!

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING Did you read my sabbatical post? Yeah. Making HUGE strides on this one by letting HIM do the hard work and me simply be the hands and feet. My soul is recharged and I am loving it!

Moral of the month: Allow yourself some flexibility. Sometimes (ok, almost always) God is going to have some hidden lessons along the way, especially when it comes to your own personal goals and plans. Make sure you aren’t blazing through life so fast that you miss those lessons! What God taught you so far in 2012? Have you achieved any of your goals? How have you witnessed God moving in 2012 for you?  I would love your input. Leave a comment here.

Thanks for coming along… You all are AWESOME lifetrippin-cheerleading buddies!

One step at a time,
SGK

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” –Philippians 3:13-14 (MSG) 

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Operation: Fortitude Fitness (Month #3)

Oh dearest readers… March was certainly “a month” for the Knobloch family. I have always hear that it was supposed to come in like a lion, out like a lamb (or visa versa.)

But for me, it kind of felt like the whole month was one big ol’ roaring lion. Baring it’s teeth. In my grill. Chasing me down the street.

However… It didn’t catch me! The Lamb seemed to save me. (Jesus = Lamb. Get it? Look at me go with my play on words. Whew.)

We are kicking off a new month (and that’s no April fool’s joke) so it is time to start fresh. But in the meantime, here is my accountability update from my “Smart” changes for 2012. (Read the Original Post here.)

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness.  In short, my goal for 2012 is to log 98 miles per month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, Georgia to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I needed to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 306 miles Jan-Feb and “arrived” in Wallerville, Mississippi.

RESULT: GOAL MET… Sorta. I fell short on reps this month with only 2,100. But even with being exhausted from pregnancy and the subsequent miscarriage recovery, I did manage to still log 117 miles. Granted, most of these were walking or on the stationary bike. But I am extending some grace to myself this month (a task harder for me to do than running 5k!) and chalking March up to one of my most challenging, emotionally draining months of my 26 years on this earth.  I am now Turrell, Arkansas and have traveled 423 miles in 3 months. Gonna count that as a win!  America!

SMART Change #2: Spend at least one hour per day in the Lord’s presence by using my new Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: GOAL MET!!   Honestly folks, this goal was even harder to achieve than the above physical challenge. Not only did I have company staying with us for about 12 days this month which kind of squiggled up my schedule a bit, but losing the baby didn’t help at all. I was physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted for several days… And if I am being perfectly honest (which I always try to do in my posts) I was pretty ticked off at the Lord for a few days and really didn’t WANT to meet with Him, let alone talk to Him and spend precious quiet time together.

But I did… Many days during my quiet time, I read Jesus Calling, then cried and cried at the feet of Jesus from my red recliner rocking chair. He always had something to say to me and my quiet time is helping immensely in the healing process. Plus… I still pray every day for the folks in my iPad prayer app. It helps me keep a larger perspective of God’s plan and helps me to be commune with Him.

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: ON GOING  I am downright shocked at the progress I made on this one, dear readers. I guess Jesus really has a hold on me. It was one of the toughest months of my life… and at last update, I was at #571…  I am now at #684. For all of you non-math folks out there (like me) that is 113 new things to be thankful for added to my list in one month. In the midst of crisis and heartbreak. Talk about digging the gifts out of the crevices and finding the blessing in the “ugly beautiful!” Praise Jesus 🙂

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Uh, yeah… bout that. I made it to 1 John 3:3 (three whopping verses farther than last month) the things kind of bottomed out. Memorizing was put on a hold this month… No excuses, but considering that the day after I miscarried it took a hot minute to remember how to make a sandwich, I’m gonna play the self-grace card on this one too.

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING This was the most drastically improved of all the goals this month. God FORCED me physically to slow down… as in, I barely did anything for three days after our loss except cry, text and hug on my husband. In my mandatory slow down time (which is still in progress, BTW) I have been able to listen to and submit to God on the deepest level thus far in my life.  As much as I wish that God’s plan for March 2012 was different, I can’t help but feel His generous blessings flowing over us in our experience of ruthlessly eliminating hurry and submission. After all… “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.” (Matt. 5:3 MSG) 

So today’s moral of the story: Goals are awesome. They really are. Everyone should have some. But sometimes, we need grace more than goals. Have you been in that position before? I would love to hear you recount of grace vs. goals– leave a comment here.

Thanks for all of the support, love and prayers you all have been sending our way last month. While our bodies and emotions have been tired, our faith has never been stronger and more energized. What an interesting fitness blessing, huh?

“Marching” onward,
SGK

“…We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” –Romans 5:3-4

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Operation: Fortitude Fitness Month #2

Greetings once again, beloved followers. It is officially March, and according to the weather reports, it looks like it came in like a Lion for areas in my home state of Kansas with tornados and whatnot. So before I get on with my update, let’s remember to pray for  Harveyville and Pittsburg, KS as well as the other towns impacted by Lion-like weather (Branson, MO and various towns in Illinois.)

Today’s post is pretty simple. It is an update of my 2012 “Smart Goal Changes” to my life. Great accountability factor if I have to “report” back to my several loyal followers. (Might I recommend you read my first post from January so you are caught up to speed.)

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness. February was Month #2. In short, my goal was to log 98 miles per the month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to “travel” from Fort Benning, GA to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I needed to do 2,500 various reps per month. As of last update, I had logged 160.5 miles in January and made it to Forestdale, AL.

RESULT: GOAL MET!! I did 2,500 reps this month and logged 145.5 miles. This is still well above my goal (YAY!) and a little less than last month due to the physical/mental exhaustion induced by the discovery of my pregnancy, as well as chaos associated with Pre-ranger and Ranger School. I am near Wallerville, Mississippi and it brings my total miles traveled to approximately 306 in two months. AMERICA!

SMART Change #2: Spend at least one hour per day in the Lord’s presence by using my new Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.

RESULT: GOAL MET!! I have continued with this goal and found heart refreshment and success. Jesus Calling rocks my world, and I have continued to keep up my iPad prayer request list. Since January 1st, I have logged 124 different prayers and 45 of them have been answered. (In January He answered 27 prayers and added 18 more in February.) WOW.

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.

RESULT: ON GOING  At last update, I was at #422… In the month of February, I added 149 gifts to my list, bringing my total to #571. Loving this.

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.

RESULT: ON GOING Out of all my goals, this is the one I have struggled with the most this month. I kind of got a little stuck on 1 John 2:18-1 John 3… It was a lot of prepositions and whatnot, but I did make progress from last month. Excited to start fresh this month!

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.

RESULT: ON GOING Funny how God works. This was a goal that is hard to measure, but now with this Baby Knobloch in the picture, I have slowed down, talked to God WAY more than ever before and taken more naps in the last three weeks than in my entire post-college adult life combined. God is a sneaky awesome dude!

I hope that February was a legit month for you and that March is shaping up well… Please let me know how I can pray for you and thanks so much for playing along on this journey!

One Step at a Time,
SGK

“God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.” –Exodus 33:14

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Operation: Fortitude Fitness Update (Month #1)

Happy February Folks!!

Hopefully this post finds you still moving strong towards your “Getting SMART with 2012” goals… We are heading into month #2 and I’m hopeful that you are still hanging on to your goals and have not already fallen off track like a 6-year-old trying to use their dog to pull their Red Rider Wagon.

Anywho… As promised, I am checking back in with you, updating all of you wonderful and faithful readers on my personal progress. I don’t write these things to say “LOOK AT MEEEEEE!” but rather I am using this blog as my accountability partner. It would be pretty awkward to repost each month and say “Yeah, I didn’t do anything productive with the last 30 days.”

It’s been a good month… (To view the original “goal” post, click here. Get it? Goalpost? It’s almost the Superbowl? Ok, I’m done.) Here we go:

SMART Change #1: Operation Fort-itude Fitness. This was obviously month number one. In short, my goal was to log 98 miles per the month via biking, swimming, running, elliptical etc to begin my “travels” from Fort Benning, GA to Fort Riley, Kansas. Also, in order to stay on track with my strength training, I needed to do 2,500 various reps per month.

RESULT: GOAL MET!!  I started out slow on this one since the first week of January was super busy for my ministry… but the last three weeks I have really picked it up. I logged 160.5 miles!! (62.5 miles over goal) This puts me at Forestdale, Alabama on my route! (For all of you non-southern readers, that is on the northwest side of Birmingham. Glad I made it through traffic in one piece.)  As for reps, I completed 2,811. Oh… and I added a new 5K time improvement running plan to keep my running accountable. Totally thrilled with meeting this goal!

I made it from point A to point B… Very encouraging!
Next Stop: Mississippi!


SMART Change #2: 
Spend at least one hour per day in the Lord’s presence by using my new Jesus Calling Devotional and studying the accompanying Scripture. I will also continue to keep a prayer request list in a notebook and/or iPad.
RESULT: GOAL MET!! I’ve been faithful to this goal… and man oh MAN has it been amazing!! God has done a HUGE work on my heart so far and I have fallen head over heels deeper in love with Jesus. (Side note: Stay tuned in the next couple of weeks for some new, big, and exciting ministry changes coming!) Oh, and can I mention that He has already answered 27 prayers just in this month?

SMART Change #3: Complete my 1000 Gift List (inspired by Ann Voskamp’s book) by the end of 2012.
RESULT: ON GOING  I’m not at 1000 yet, but since  my first post, I have doubled the number of gifts on my list. As of today, I am at #422. I’m swimming in a sea of gratitude. Amazing.

SMART Change #4:   Memorize a book of the Bible, starting with 1 John.
RESULT: ON GOING  Honestly, I am really excited and pleased how this goal is going. Out of all of them, I thought this would be the most challenging. Yes, it has been challenging as the NIV84 format of 1 John is what I have now deemed the book of “excessive pronouns and prepositions.” I have learned a ton and made it all the way to 1 John 2:18. Very pleased with my progress.

SMART Change #5: Ruthlessly Eliminate Hurry and submit to God DAILY in all areas of my life.
RESULT: ON GOING  Again, it’s kind of hard to measure this goal… It’s probably something I am going to have to focus on the for the rest of my life. BUT… The extra time in prayer and reliance on Him has been evident that there is work being done in my heart.

How is 2012 shaping up for you? I would love to hear about your progress.Oh, and thanks so much for the support and kind words. But remember, I really didn’t have much to do with this list… “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Stay SMART,
SGK

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” –Philippians 4:12-14 (MSG)
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