Friday, August 26, 2011

Open Letter to Amber

Amber is on a cruise with her husband this week. I wrote her this email last night, and decided that it was too important not to share. Transformation is becoming tangible. 

I am sitting on the floor of my living room in front of our box fan, cooling off. As I write this I have no idea where you are (I mean, a hurricane is sort of bearing down on the Bahamas right now so I would hope and pray you are not there!) and I have no idea when you'll get this.

Let me start off by saying that I have missed you so much this week. For so many reasons. I've wanted to call you up so many times this week and it makes me sad that I can't. But there must be a reason for that because this forces me to write down what is taking place in my body. I want to record these things and never forget how this feels.

My friend and co-worker, Carnisha, started a blog this week called and let me tell you, it is AWESOME! She is on a journey to lose over 70lbs, and has lost over 35 of it in the last year or so. Amazing. I am so proud of her. This blog is chronicling her quest to lose the rest of the weight by January of 2012. She has inspired me. Tuesday she texted me saying that she was thinking about doing 2 workouts that day and I told her, "Go for it! You're a machine." She credited me that night (on twitter) with being responsible for motivating her. As a result, I was motivated and downloaded the "Couch to 5k" app on my phone. This is a 9 week program that eases you into it through walking/jogging intervals. They are 20-30 minute workouts 3 times a week. SO doable. It was 10pm when I downloaded the app but I was determined to start that night.

The first week starts with 60 second spurts of running alternating 90 seconds of walking. I got to the last cycle of running (with Jordan walking/race-walking nearby) and told Jordan, "I can't do it. This last one. I can't do it." My back was seizing with muscle cramps from lack of proper oxygen. My legs were shaking. I thought I was done. But Jordan looked back at me and gently encouraged, "You can do it Bekah. It's 60 seconds. Just push through it." So... I took those words to heart... and, I did it! It took every bit of willpower in me. I pushed out the last 60 seconds with the last chorus of "God is Enough" in my ears (thank you Bebo for introducing me to Lecrae). It was precisely what I needed in that moment. I was elated when I finished. It felt amazing.

And you know what? I just did it again. I hit that "wall" on the second to last circuit. I didn't think I could finish. I was doubling over from the cramps in my back. But I pushed through, with my muscles literally trembling. And the last one was easier. When I was finished I just left my headphones in and started praying and praising God out loud, thanking Him for the strength that he has given me to do this. Thanking Him that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and my body was built to do this. I have been the stubborn one all these years. I have been the one who has refused to make my body do what it was created to. The strength was there all the time, I just had to reach out and grasp it. I can do this, through Christ who strengthens me. This realization literally made me dance in the street. I might have lifted my hands in worship. I might have turned a circle or two. I might have concluded that by taking off in a sprint to the end of the road, simply because I can. I am 22 years old and I have been given a body that is capable of running, because of HIM. And I love Him, Amber. I am in love with the Person who created the veins running through my body taking blood, oxygen and nutrients to every inch of me. I love the One who created the organs that cause me to sweat, crafted my lungs to breathe, shaped my muscles to move. I love that He created chemicals in my brain to release after exercise, giving me this unbelievable, overjoyed feeling and emotion. Everything inside of me points to the wonder of who He is.

I hope you're having a wonderful and relaxing week and that your vacation hasn't been rudely interrupted because of the storm. I miss you, and I love you, and I look forward to sitting down to talk with you when you return.

Bekah Hope

Have you ever experienced this when exercising? Do you have any advice for me as I embark on this new adventure?


  1. I love this, Bekah! Go you!!! This is a great achievement and I'm sure it'll only get easier as you keep pushing on!

  2. BEKAH! I am so happy for you!! This is incredibly inspiring. I purposed this summer to lose weight...and I did...then I moved back to school. All of the sudden, it is harder to get up and go to the gym every day and to push through the pain. However, this is new motivation. I love you so much, I miss you dearly and I want to see you. I am INCREDIBLY happy for you and I am praying for you. I love you. Rach.

  3. Your love for Jesus shines. What a blessing to read this as I'm sitting in my work out clothes (pre-work out) on the computer. Guess I should push play on the dvd. Keep up the great and inspiring posts about your journey.

  4. If breathing is a problem, go for a pack of breathe-right strips. Opening up your nasal passages will do you well. If you're congested throw some dayquil or something anti-allergenic in there.

  5. I love this and I'm so glad you wrote it. It is beautifully written and truly inspiring. To me it reads as a love letter to God. And there is no one more worthy of a love letter than He is! And good luck to you with the 5k! October, right?

  6. This is awesome and inspiring! Congratulations on your commitment, I hope it all goes well and that you can start feeling the fruits of your hard work soon, and that you have fun with the 5K!

    PS - thanks so much for visiting my blog! You are so NOT a freak (or if you are, so am I, haha!). Rock on, back at you!