Faith and Fitness with Marsha Apsley

Honoring Your Body and the One Who Created It

I know you’re here because faith and fitness are important to you.  I believe you’re ready to do fitness differently.  If you’re like me, faith and family are important to you but you also want to live a fit and healthy life without it becoming a bigger priority than it should in your life.

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Hi!  I’m Marsha!  I’m so glad you’re taking the time to get to know me a little better.   

I’m a Christian wife and mom.  I’m a runner and cyclist.  Just call me a cardio junkie.  I have over 50 half marathon finishes recorded and over a dozen full marathons.  I have put thousands of miles on my bike including more than half dozen centuries.  I have a Master’s Degree in Counseling.  I’m a certified group instructor with Fitour.  I’ve let the noise of society drown out what I know to be true about my weight and my body image.  The truth is that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made“.  I now want to help women find their fit and be free from the noise.  I want women to learn how to keep their eyes on their own paper and not buy into all the lies and gimmicks.IMG_0568

Some of my backstory:

I’ve struggled with weight and body image since I was a young girl. I remember following the Weight Watchers diet plan when I was in elementary.  I was eating lettuce with salt on it and cans of tuna. I’ve cried WAY too many tears over a number on a scale. And looking back, there has never been a time in my life when I was overweight. Sure, there’s always a few pounds to lose or places to tighten up.  But, I’ve never been obese or considered “heavy” by anyone’s standards.  It was just a complex that began way too early, and one I’ve struggled with forever.  In college I toyed with binging and purging both with exercise and with laxatives. I’ve done all kinds of diets, pills, etc.

Having been a Christ follower most of my life (I accepted Him and was baptized when I was 9), I have given Him this struggle, taken it back, given it to Him, taken it back, and so on! It’s the one thing that I know draws me to Him on a daily basis, because I can’t do this alone. The struggle has always been more in my head than in my physical body. I’ve always been an avid exerciser, (over 50 half marathons anyone??).  I eat most of the right things, but it never seems good enough.

Do you know the feeling?  Like you’re doing the right things but it’s just not working?

How I learned to combine faith and fitness:

When I turned 40, I read “Made to Crave”, and in it the story of the Israelites is highlighted, and God told Moses “you have circled this mountain long enough, now turn north.” So at 40 I turned north!  This is not about a big transformation in my waistline but more importantly in my mind to be free to fully live the life Christ has for me.

I realized that my foundation of faith could be part of my fitness routine.  Actually it had to be part of it.

Now I’m sharing what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about faith and fitness.  I’m coaching and counseling other women to a fit and healthy lifestyle, both physically and spiritually.  I’m learning to appreciate the unique ME and the unique needs of MY body.  Now I can help other women learn what makes them unique and how they respond to exercise and nutrition and find the right plan for them.

Together we can live a fit life built on a firm foundation of faith.

It’s about finding YOUR “fit” and being “free” to live it!

Check out my coaching services or  feel free to email me at marsha@marshaapsley.com so we can decide what program is best for you!

Be sure to check out my free resources and come over to my Faith and Fitness Facebook group.  It’s a safe place to find encouragement and support on your faith and fitness journey.

 

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