Category Archives: Bible for real life

Baby Lidon Par Keith is here!

I gave birth to my baby boy 2 weeks ago and am LOVING it. As a first time mom, everything is just so new and exciting. I started working out this week (upper body at home), but am waiting to do lower body for a little longer.

Diet week 1 was great! Lean and free of sugar and grease – partly because that’s all my tummy could tolerate.

Diet week 2 was clean, but I made allowances for a cookie, or some frozen yogurt or bread

Diet week 3 has kick started with a GREAT beginning.  Notice I am still keeping some extra fat in my diet.

Meal 1: 1/2 whole wheat Eng muffin with PB, 1/2 cup of black coffee

Meal 2: Protein shake, 1/4 C oatmeal with truvia

Meal 3: 3 eggs scrambled on 1 slice whole grain toast, sprinkle of cheese, 2 cups spinach salad

Meal 4: Banana with PB, 1 scoop chocolate protein “pudding”

Meal 5: 1/2 C brown rice, 3-4 oz chicken/fish/turkey, 2 cups broccoli (or other green veggie)

His name will be *Lidon **Par, for God is our righteous judge who deals with us by His righteous hand, giving and taking as He sees fit. Job 1:21; Job 2:10. And this child will be as a stone pillar [alter] in honor and remembrance of God’s mercy and goodness in our life.

*Lidon: judgment is mine

**Par: rock

The story behind the name

March 2, 2008 I begged God to let Luke live – please, Lord, let him survive this car accident and use us to be stronger together than I could ever be on my own. God heard my cry and spared Luke. Acouple years of surgeries and doctors appointments and a lifetime of ailments, but Luke has reminded me that God gives and He takes away, “shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” he says (quoting passages from Job).

Then after we were married and were ready to start a family we struggled with infertility. The doctors said I was “in a gray area” meaning that things seemed fine on charts, but I was inexplicably unable to get pregnant. We were left wondering what God has in store for us and why He was making us wait – what were we supposed to learn from this?  Remembering that God spared Luke’s life often made me feel guilty about being upset that I couldn’t get pregnant – I felt like “how dare I ask for another miracle”.  Over 2 years of waiting and hoping and being disappointed and trying to stay strong and just trust in God’s perfect timing…my heart was weary. Then just when I did not think I could handle hoping for one more moment, we found out we were pregnant.  “Thank you! Thank you!” were Luke’s first words – thank You, Lord…

We see adversity…but God has also given us many blessings.

It was important to us that our child’s name honor the God who gave him to us.  The passages that resonate in our marriage have been Job 1:21 and Job 2:10 – and we truly believe that God is a righteous God who allows us to go through adversity and blesses us as He sees fit. Praying for wisdom as we continue to seek how to honor Him with our lives and now, the raising of our child.


It was absolutely GORGEOUS outside after work, so I could NOT help myself. I HAD to get out there.  I love being out doors! I grabbed my speed rope, a set of dumbbells and my medium resistance band and opened up my garage.

Here is what I completed in 40 minutes, no rest except for quick sip of water:

Circuit 3X through:

200 rotations, speed rope (fast)

25R pushups

50R dumbbell shoulder press with squat

Circuit 3X through:

50R mid-rows with resistance cord

50R Chest press with resistance cord

25R Pushups

It was a light workout for me, but it felt great to get moving again AND gave me that extra edge I needed to say no to snacky foods that are now “permissible”.  Reminds me of 1 Corinthians 10:23, ha! “All things are permissible but not all things are profitable; All things are permissible, but not all things build up”.  How closely does the training of my body match the principles I should have in my spiritual life! I am so excited about this life after the stage because though I WILL be eating nutritionally sound and training my body, I won’t have my mind focused 100% on being stage ready.  My mind is now free as it should be to focus on my true purpose.

Do I love the stage? Ohhhh yess…

Would I love to compete again? Ohhhh you betcha!

WILL I ever compete again? …I do have the bug!! But it will be something I will carefully weigh and consider before I jump back in.

Stellar Choices

I am maxing the capacity of my schedule more than before, but I feel alive, refreshed, and even relaxed.  Funny how ironic life can be.

While planning the family reunion for my dad’s mom’s side of the family I am finalizing the last bits of our snowboarding trip and trying to find “the” suit for my competition. Yippee! 🙂 Obviously time is of the essence, BUT since my schedule has exploded I have found it EASIER to tackle my todo list!…??? I feel empowered.  Donloree, you could say I feel “fabulous”.

And really?…It all started with the 4:00am cardio and @Fit_Michelle‘s tips on preparing the night before.  Yeah…that’s right, now I’m a super hero.  If you want to be a super hero too you can follow @fit_michelle on twittah 🙂

Make it hurts till it bleeds…but don’t be an idiot

“Make it hurt till it bleeds”– Jerome’s Gym

I workout alone. On a RARE occasion I get to meet my sister or friend at the gym, but 99% of the time it’s just me. I work HARD. I smile at those who pass or will say hello to familiar faces, but I am focused. I probably won’t hear or see you while I’m in a set.

My husband and I have very opposite schedules, but last night he was going to be at the gym at the same time! Sweet!!!! I was ULTRA SUPER DUPER excited when I found out we were even working the same muscle group! WE GET TO WORKOUT SIDE-BY-SIDE?!?!?! This was going to be AWESOME.

We set out to the first exercise, deep squats. I love the squat rack. As soon as it was up for my turn, he started giving me pointers to ensure I had good form and got the most of the exercise. I always appreciate that because LUKE REALLY KNOWS HIS STUFF! (which is so hot, by the way) Then of course I was pushing HARD, really giving it my all and he was chanting things to me like “push harder!” and “go deeper, your body is strong, your mind is weak, tell yourself to push harder” O_oFaith Keith and Luke Keith - stick figures working out<br /> together yeah…after 1 set of that I snapped. Poor Luke…he didn’t know I couldn’t handle the chanting because I’m just not used to it. Not to mention my tolerance level was low because I was exerting everything I had into the exercise. 😦 He can’t read my mind!!! (although I’ve been looking for a school that offers that course)

Commence uber guilt trip. Faith Keith hearts Luke Keith I apologized to him later and he was so sweet and cool about it. He was like, “It’s ok, I learned something new about you” *Smiles fascinatingly as if he learned that I fart bubbles and glitter*

Moral of the story…know your limits and be slow to speak.

[Ephesians 4:29, James 1:19]

Great verses from the Bible to live by


//In case you were wondering, I adjusted my attitude when I realized what I did and we were able to finish our workout
together in harmony and smiles. We’re “newly weds”…we get over things fast 🙂

Let Your Yes Be Yes

“…let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No'” Matthew 5:37

I did not want to go workout yesterday. I was overloaded at work, stressed about wrapping everything up while the Company’s President is out of the country AND thinking about wanting to stock the house with “guest-ready” foods, packing, prepping for going out of town, training, subbing at the piano for church (and PRACTICING)….how will I fit it all in??  I just did not feel like going to the gym at ALL.  But I said that I would.

But I did.

And I am so happy because that really is a milestone for progress. Going when you don’t want to. Watch out world…this is a champ in the making!

I owe this workout to Michelle – who motivated me to get my arse out the door!

Super Sonic Thanksgiving Week CONTINUES ON!

Thinking Out-Loud

Problem: I want to get to work earlier so I can get a jump start on the day (before everyone starts calling or sending emails and flocking into my office)

Solution: Perhaps get to work 45 minutes earlier.  Workout during lunch.  Then I could go home straight after work instead of gym.

Problem: I need to make sure I get great sleep

Solution: If I could go home straight after work instead of gym, that would start my evening activities sooner.

Problem: I am rushing every morning

Solution: Perhaps also pack my gym bag

Problem: I get to bed late because I don’t have a routine

Solution: Write down what I need to get done, come up with a good efficient pattern, then execute!

Problem: I need more time with the hubs which usually means staying up late because our schedules are so different

Solution: Hmmm…I can never get enough of him…this may be a perpetual “problem” 🙂 Good thing we always have our weekly date night in case things get too crazy during the week!

Still working out the kinks of my priorities and my daily routine.  Trusting that the Lord will give me wisdom to make the best decisions.  Hard to keep a right focus when you’re too busy just trying to survive.

Meeting Susan Groshek

As I mentioned in my recent post, I want to strive further in my fitness – push myself to new heights.  In addition to my desires to run a marathon, I also mentioned wanting to get myself in ridiculous shape. Technical terms people.  I have been hunting the www for fitness pros in my area that are experienced with figure competition training/prep. I stumbled on a few sites and read the background story on “Susan Groshek” and so as I navigated to various sites, it stood out to me that I saw her again and again. Lo and behold! She’s in Dallas!

I contacted her via email from her site  She was fast to respond and provided a 4-page questionnaire to complete and also immediately asked when I was available to meet.  We emailed back and forth to coordinate and her quick responsiveness was reassuring that she would give me the time of day.

Then I met her…

And she couldn’t be more exactly fitted to what I had hoped for! Energetic, aggressive, and honest!  I met her at Jerome’s Gym in Richardson, TX (cool, HUGE, serious gym by the way). We spent about an hour talking – she gave me the full run down on what it takes to compete and what she does to get someone there.  I love this: “My time is limited, so I only take people that are serious.  You could be a 200lbs woman, but if you are willing and dedicated to do the work and aggressively go after it [without letting up], then I’ll take you, but if you’re not willing to do the work, then you are a waste of my time.”

Why do I want this?

I’ll give you the big picture answer – I want to reach a wide range of women, not just the “good housewife” category.  I want to live a life that is so passionate for Christ that it will inspire others to follow hard after Him.  I want to be iron to my friends, as iron sharpens iron, so also do I want to sharpen my friends countenance (pr 27:17).  I want to be someone my husband can respect. I want to be strong, independent, and fit in the midst of the crazy hardships and drama of life because our bodies are also a gift from the Lord to be used with excellent stewardship.  All this, in yet, I want my actions to be clearly pointing heavenward.  I want so much for it to be evident in my life that glorifying God is the reason behind what I do. This is what I want, but I so often fail at truly glorifying Him in my actions. My biggest problem is that I often do things in my own ability and do things that I think are awesome and so draw the attention to myself.  I am praying for wisdom to not be like this – I have a husband who helps keep my mindset in the right focus and I have a very good friend, Val, who also helps me keep my right perspective about our Purpose in life.  They humble me. I am not trying to spiritualize things here, this is really how I feel.

And I also want to do this because I want to look smokin HOT for my husband!!! 🙂

What division do I want to train for?

Definitely not body building.  I am going to check out a show this weekend and hopefully get an idea.  There are a few divisions with varying levels of fitness/bulkiness so the husband and I will check it out and approve the division I will shoot for 🙂

When do I start training?

Monday. And I can’t stinking wait.

But truly, training technically started the moment I walked out of Jerome’s Gym.  I immediately shifted gears and started thinking more strictly about my food (for those of you that know me, I already eat well, so you may wonder how I got more strict, but…there is room…I do have occasional treats. like bread, yum)


  • No distance running. She did tell me that I will have to put a hold on my marathon training till after my first show because running is so intense and will take nutrients my muscles need to grow. Bummer, but not the end of the world.  There are plenty of marathons all the time and she did say that running will be incorporated in my workouts.  Awesome.  She loves to run too, so she understands. Also awesome.
  • Cost. Major expense added here, but my husband is in full support and we will cut corners in other areas as needed. The cost will probably help me stay motivated to never let up too because I won’t want to waste it. Ha! I’m such a stereotypical Asian!
  • My time will now be even more limited. I will have to pray for wisdom as I adjust my lifestyle while not slacking in the important areas.
  • Some people won’t understand. Some people may even give me a hard time about being too absorbed with fitness.  I will have to be thick skinned and constantly remind myself that not everyone will understand and that’s OK.  What matters is that I follow the Lord’s leading that this is a go (but which also includes stopping in my training if I feel that it is no longer something God wants me to do) and also my husband’s opinion/view of me.  Luke and I love fitness.  God, each other, family, fitness.  The top 4 most important things to us. 🙂 the world may be against us, but we love what we love! Right, babe?! 🙂


Susan Groshek related sites

Fitron Profile

Featured on Fittron

Susan Groshek Official Website

21-Day-Recovery-Project: Day 1

“OK” I told myself, “today will be a new day”.

Had a great quiet time this morning in James 1:2-7. “Count it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing…” All of you fit-mongers understand that the inability to train is a huge source of frustration (dare I say depression). I am determined to believe what I know – and that is that this is a time for me to learn and to iron out some wrinkles.

I nearly completed the Echo painting that my mom had asked for to put in they’re new house in the Philippines. Those tiny flowers take forever! The only reason I was unable to complete it, was my sister skyped me, then my dad google-videoed me, then my mom called me through magic jack so I would go to my computer and do a web chat…3 hours later…time for baked salmon with a hint of lemon dressed with Buerre Sauce Bechamel for the Lukester.

Iso abs 100S/10secondR
Iso squats 8S/30secondR no rest between reps

Meal 1: Power Protein Shake (Banana, peanut butter, chocolate protein)
Meal 2: 1/4 cup Cottage cheese and 4 strawberries Forfeited, was still way too full from Meal
Meal 3: Onion Soup / soupe a l’oignon
Meal 4: Avocado; whole grain bread with peanut butter NOTE: this is not well balanced, I recommend replacing the PB (fats) with a boiled egg (protein)
Meal 5: 1/3 C Yogurt with 1 heaping Tbs pulverized almonds and 1/2 apple, sliced
Meal 6: Fish soup and cabbage

I am dressed for the day! Not shlubby, as would depict a bum who is depressed about not getting to run. ^_^

Workin on it,

Broken tailbone got me down and pouty, so I started the 21 day streak of getting over the despair. #injuryrecovery at its finest!
Days since injury: 20

A Little Piece of "Real"

I miss running. I’ve been taking one day at a time – and taking each thing of the day one at a time. Breakfast, then pack Luke’s lunch, then work, then lunch, then….etc. But nearly every day I get hit with the overwhelming despair…I can’t use my legs.

It’s gorgeous outside! Since we live on the 3rd floor, I can’t even leave our apartment to go sit by the pool or even hit the fitness center or coffee station. If only the elevator was not such a great distance I might be able to make it if I took it slow.

I am trying my utmost best to keep a great attitude and usually am successful. That is, until I realize I had it in a compartment-ed box that falls down on top of me.

By the end of week 2 I really thought I had kicked this psychological frustration, but it keeps coming back. Running was just such a huge part of my day. Now I have hours of dead time. GET OVER IT, FAITH!!!

I NEED to get out of this rut!!

I am making a list of 25 things that I will do for the next 21 days, maybe the deadline will keep me from the debilitating moping. I refuse to be victimized by an injury!

  1. Finish Echo painting for mom
  2. Start creepy-circus painting
  3. Tune and learn one solo piece on the cello
  4. Put London scrapbook together for Mother’s day gift (hmm…need to get a scrapbook and lignon free tape)
  5. Make a list of supplies for brother’s graduation table
  6. Contact church youth to make sure on schedule for Youth Sunday
  7. Brainstorm how to finish the “green” painting for Phil. house
  8. Sort pictures for wedding album project
  9. Work towards pull-up goal of…10… (that’s reasonable right? in 21 days?)
  10. Write a letter to each missionary we are supporting
  11. Our taxes & come up with a new system to track expenses so that 2011 taxes will be cake
  12. [Daily] Study Psalm 63
  13. Make real crepes
  14. Write an email to my mom in her native tongue [Ilonggo]
  15. Go through closet for items we don’t wear –send to the Philippines
  16. Build something out of wood
  17. Make paper
  18. [Daily] Learn and use one vocab word that I have never used before
  19. Make new pillow cases (ours are on the fritz)
  20. Not be shlubby even though I’m just at home
  21. Plant an herb garden
  22. Learn a tango piece on the piano
  23. Read “A Severe Mercy” by Sheldon Vanauken (been trying to get to it since last fall)
  24. [Daily] Isometric exercise
  25. [Body allowing] Grill out!

To my readers…I am committed to end the moping sob story and instead finding a way to be active and healthy no matter how long it will take to recover from this injury.


Even with all the birthday parties and the sugar that comes with the celebrations, I have managed to keep a focus. I have hit the 3 mile mark every day with the exception of my rest day. Even last night! Yesterday I left my house at 8:30 to practice on the church piano (I was filling in for the pianist); after church I went to my parent’s house for a birthday celebration for my dad; after lunch I took a couple of my younger cousins and one of our family friends out for some hangout time; after bringing them back I helped with the after-party clean up – DISHES!! Then I perused through my parent’s luggage to find one I could use for our trip this Thursday. I finally got home around at 8:50. Without letting my brain think about it, I donned my running shoes and went down to our super awesome apartment fitness center. I put in that 3 miles and patted my self on the back for a run well done. I made excellent time. I am looking forward to tonight’s run.

Feeling a little overwhelmed trying to wrap my mind around all that needs to be done before I leave the country (at work and home) *sigh*, but God is in control, I just need to trust that. [prov 3:5-6]

%d bloggers like this: