Cobaris

Florida native and lover of life. Saved by Him. Passionate about service and helping others.

Continuing the Fitness Journey

If you had not already please check my first post Spiritual and Physical Fitness to read about my fitness plans and reasons.

Getting Ready For the Change

There was an old treadmill collecting dust in my attic for what seems like years now. A few days ago I decided to dust it off and start using it daily. So far it’s been challenging but worth it. I already can feel a change in my energy level by just running 20 minutes a day!

I’m doing beginner interval workouts to get ready for outdoor running here in Florida. It’s hot and the sun can be brutal in the summer but it’s worth getting outside and enjoying God’s wonders. For upper body and strength I’m doing pushups and pull ups. Little by little I’m able to increase my reps although I must admit I’m a bit embarrassed by what I can’t do. Let’s just say I’m better at the running. With time I’m sure this will improve.

My main goal isn’t to lose weight, I’m not overweight, but instead to get in shape and make sure my body is in tip top shape. Up until this point I was what you would consider “skinny fat”. It’s time to throw out that label for good.

Jogging Outdoors

My first adventure this weekend was the Dunnellon Trail in Florida. I was doing some service there with my Church this Sunday and decided it was a great chance to check out the local trails in that area.

The hike had a great path for bikers and hikers. I decided to jog the 2.5 mile trail in one shot. It was very exciting and I loved being outside amongst the trees and fresh air. But running outdoors doesn’t come without it’s challenges. Changes in elevations, obstacles in the way and the need for greater concentration all are things to consider before starting.

For my first time jogging outside I also found myself ill prepared. My treadmill running shoes became a bit uncomfortable and it led me to believe I may need to purchase a pair of hiking shoes in the future that are better suited for outdoor ground.

As for hydration, holding a water bottle while moving can be an inconvenience. So I decided to purchase a backpacking with a hydration pack for future outdoor runs. The one I chose was the Camelbak H.A.W.G. if anyone is interested that I found in this list of cheaper GoRuck alternatives. Yes, I was going to purchase a GoRuck backpack but decided to go with the Camelbak instead because of the included water reserve.

Ok enough about my shopping splurges. Although it’s fun to pick up new gear that’s not what this fitness journey is about.

Eating Better Is A Journey In of Itself

So I’ve gotten more active and it was time to simultaneously be proactive about my eating habits. I have cut out soda and sugary beverages from my diet to continue. But the fast food seems to be an issue still. I’m still working on that. One obstacle seems to be eating while away from home. At work, packing a lunch is still a new concept that I have yet to employ. So when my stomach starts growling at noon I’m usually off to the nearest restaurant for a quick bite to eat. This leads to some poor food choices. I hope to improve on this in the near future as I come up with a easier system on packing a lunch in the morning. As I’m writing this now I’m noticing that this is the weakest link in my fitness journey.

Setting A Sleep Schedule Has Really Made A Difference

I’ve also been working on my rest. This is actually the easiest part for me believe it or not. Setting a time at night where I can relax and read a book or do some Bible study before bed has really helped me relax and get ready for sleep. Before I consciously did this I would go to sleep at any hour I pleased depending on what I was doing that night. Setting a strict schedule of “relaxing time” and “bed time” has made a big difference in how I feel the next day. Coupled with exercise in the morning I am starting to feel a big difference in my overall mood and energy levels in only a few days.

Community: General Elections In Florida

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This post may seem a little out of left field considering my other topics. But it does have to do with leadership and how we involve ourselves in leadership in real ways. How involved are we in our elected leadership? It wasn’t after this last Presidential election that I really began to pay attention to our own local communities and how impactful our voices can really be.

The Importance of State Elections and Good Leadership

My first experience in politics was voting for the 2012 Presidential election. It was my first time registering to vote and the primary motivation was to vote for our next POTUS. Something that hadn’t occurred to me was the other names and positions on the ballot, many of them local to my state and community.

But it wasn’t until 2016 where I started to take politics on a local level much more seriously. Florida recently had a General Election in which I payed close attention to. My state district, District 45 offered some exceptional Democratic candidates for State Representatives during the Florida Democratize Party State Primary.

My interested in local politics stemmed from believing that these politicians have a direct impact on our everyday lives. They fight for us in Washington and are more likely to serve our needs and best interests as a local community. This idea was lost on me years ago and didn’t hit home until recently.

Unlike the Presidential election that is held every four years, state general elections are held every two. This allows local communities to cast their vote for their state representatives and other statewide offices. These key positions have a massive impact on our taxes, state budget, education and social programs and it us up to the local community to pay attention and more importantly go out and vote for these important public service positions.

Many young people do not pay attention to politics until it’s time for the Presidential elections. The advice I have? Don’t stop there. Get informed and involved in your local and state political landscape. Make sure you are registered to vote when it’s time. And make your voice be heard! This is a great opportunity for the community to become active in addressing pressing local issues that are specific to their communities needs.

A Good Place to Start

Register to vote

Registering to vote should be your first step. In Florida, you must be 18 to vote but can register as early as 17 if you have a valid driver’s license. Voter registration forms can be downloaded online or attained at the DMV free of charge. Voter registration cutoffs are usually 29 days before the election, so make you are registered and ready to go!

Get Informed

Stay in the know of when the next elections are coming up and more importantly who is running.  Stay on top of information by checking local news sources for announcements of who will be running for office in the next election.

Get Involved

Both the Democratic and Republican parties in Florida have their own websites and outreach programs. Although it’s not necessary to commit time to either party, by reaching out you will meet like minded people who can educate you on some of the issues.

Best Churches for Newcomers in Central Florida

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I have a confession to make: I’m a bit of a Church hopper. I do have a main Church that attend for weekly worship but I often “church hop” with friends in different towns and areas around Florida. There is something appealing about visiting different congregations and meeting other Christians in worship. I love to socialize and learn. Visiting new places of worship gives me the opportunity to do both.

Growing up as a Christian in Florida has allowed me to have a strong faith experience. For newcomers in Orange County I thought it would be an excellent idea to give you a list of my favorite churches in the area and some honest thoughts. With such diversity here there really is something for everyone. Every one of these churches has made me feel welcome, allowed me to maximize my time in worship and have created environments of learning and love.

These are non-denominational places of worship that are very inclusive. Anyone who is new to the faith or just wants to try Church for the first time will find amazing experiences at these Churches.

Impact Church of Central Florida

http://fcc-orlando.com

The Impact Church of Central Florida gets serious about worship. The pastor is fantastic and do an excellent job at delivering high impact messages that you can take with me in daily life. The level of worship at their services is inspiring and uplifting. Their message is very Biblical based, which I love. They infuse the Word of God in all of their lessons and sermons and give actionable applications to how to live a life of Faith, Love and Community. This Church is for doers and I just love that. If you are looking for a community of Christians who put Christ first in everything they do than I highly recommend the Impact Church of Central Florida.

Christ Church of Orlando

http://www.christchurchorl.org/

The Christ Church of Orlando has been my primary home base for years now and I couldn’t recommend it enough! The people are very warm and the delivery of the Word of God is exciting, invigorating and will leave you ready to take on the world. I can’t stress how loving this community is. The emphasis on that love is what keeps me coming back.  The Church is always moving and always engaged. The host many service and community activities throughout the year to bring people together through service and worship.

Summit Church

http://www.summitconnect.org

Summit Church fosters a loving and caring community of faith. You won’t be disappointed with their services as it’s very inclusive. The Summit Church is rooted in community building and you can see this with their community service project that they hosts throughout the year. This allows members to participate in service for a variety of causes that are positive for the local community as well as the soul. People looking for a warm environment of worship will not be disappointed.

For Children and students there are a variety of age-appropriate ministries that will impact the soul. I especially love their Children’s Base Camp where children learn the Word of God in a fun and engaging environment.

City of Life Church

http://www.col.tv/

Unlike the other Churches on this page, the City of Life Church is located in Kissimmee, Florida. Whenever I’m in the area to visit family I love to pop in for service here. This is such a fun Church and the congregation is very warm and welcoming. Out of all of the Churches on this page this one feels the least “religious”. I say this because although the main focus is in spreading the Holy Spirit, the service revolves around making the Word of God relatable. Newcomers to the Faith should stop by for a Sunday service to see what I mean. You won’t be disappointed!

Spiritual and Physical Fitness

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Getting off course

After yours of spiritual neglect, I’ve spent the passed few years really focuses myself on Church and spiritual awakening.

Between work, church and service I’ve felt that my physical fitness and health has been set aside. It really doesn’t take much for someone to get off course. Handling priorities, managing time and finances takes up a lot of our energy. Sometimes this leaves little time or energy to take care of our bodies. Who has time to work out? This has been my headspace for many years and I’m ready to make a big change.

There is one simple reason why we should care about our bodies and make an effort to keep it healthy and strong: because God values it.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. – Psalm 139:13-14

God’s love for us is evident in the wonder of His creation. From formation to death we are wonderfully made in His image. But today it’s easier than ever to ignore our bodies and neglect our health. We allow ourselves become our non-optimal selves and many of us are ok with that. Many, if not most people, ignore fitness and health. I know myself, I have focused so much attention on my spiritual path that I completely neglected my physical side. Fast food, lack of exercise and overall procrastination has gotten me where I am today: Out of shape.

Our Bodies Are Temples

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

This is where I am today and like I’ve stated earlier I’m ready to make a big change. My plan for increasing my physical fitness and overall health goes as follow. I’ve decided to share this on Cobaris Campaign to help anyone else who may also be ready to make that change.

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1. Exercise

Hold the gym membership please. No need for an expensive gym membership when I can exercise at home and outdoors for free. This is what I am most excited about. Setting 20 minutes a day to do some basic cardio at home before I begin my day. Weekends will be excluded for hikes and bike rides. Hiking is a newfound activity of mine that I actually really enjoy. It allows for exercise while enjoying God’s creations outdoors. I really enjoy the fresh air and nature. There is something incredibly relaxing about it. I plan on taking on trail running in the future as well. Here in the Central Florida area there are tons of trails, nooks and crannies that are perfect for trail running.

My body is a temple and God deserves to live in the best body I can give Him. Getting fit through exercise is a part of that journey.

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2. Nutrition

I may not smoke or drink alcohol but I do have a weakness for sugary and fast food. It’s time to be honest about my eating habits and make a change for the better. By reassessing my eating habits and asking if this nourishment is good enough for “God’s temple” is the first step. Cutting out soda, fast food and pre-made meals in replacement for home made meals and water is a good start.

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3. Rest

This area in my life is very overlooked. When I was a teenager I would often stay up all night doing school work or hanging out with friends. Now that I’m older I’m beginning to realize what a toll a lack of good rest is doing to my body and my health. My body needs rest. Setting a healthy sleep schedule that allows my body to recharge has to become a more of a priority.

I plan on writing up some updates of this journey. Again, this is just the beginning of a new groundwork that will only benefit me physically, mentally and spiritually for years to come. It will be in addition to my current routine of work, church and service and not a replacement.

How well do we know God?

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Being wrong is a curious thing. I’m the type of person who likes to be right about things. I like knowledge and I like to know what to look for in my everyday life. I like to think that I have a good understanding of people, politics and current my faith.

But this passed week as I read the Gospel I started to wonder what we lose when we think we already know everything. What could we be missing out on? What about knowing others? What could we be missing when we think we know others? The people around us? Our closest family and friends?

More importantly let’s turn this on to ourselves for a moment. How well do we know ourselves? It may be possible we are missing out on who we truly are and what we are capable of. Extend this thought, when we think we know everything how well do we really know God?

Maybe we don’t know as much as we think we do.

And I did not know Him and did not recognize Him; but it is in order that He should be made manifest and be revealed to Israel (be brought out where we can see Him) that I came baptizing in water. – John 1:31

Let’s turn to John the Baptist in the Gospel. When he spoke of being able to identify Jesus as the messiah he said he did know know. Think about this for a minute. This is a man who has baptized many people in Jordon. Jesus was only one of possibly hundreds of Baptisms. But Jesus was the Messiah and it was his willingness to admit his unknowing that he was able to recognize it. If John the Baptist thought he already knew God then he may have missed seeing who Jesus truly was.  It was his willingness to admit that he did not know that allowed him to recognize Jesus as Lord.

We can adapt this into our own lives. How much do we really know? And are our preconceived notions getting in the way of knowing God? Being open to God takes patients and a willingness to admit we may be wrong about some things. There may be more to see than what you look for. Sometimes our vision are so limited to seeing what we think we know Jesus and may miss out on an incredible journey set before us. A subtle truth. One that may not always be so obvious.

So today I set some side aside to pray. I want to set aside my pride enough to see that there is a whole lot I still don’t know. I want to be humble in that respect. May Jesus show me that there is more to see that what we look for. More love. More kindness. More forgiveness.

A Short Introduction

Florida House Sunset

Hello world. My name is Kelvin Cobaris. Cobaris Campaign is a website dedicated to my ideas, thoughts and interests. It’s a way to share myself with you and take you along my journey.

Faith.

As a Christian I take my faith very seriously and hope to share some faith-based thoughts here on this website. From favorite churches to faith-based activities here in Orange County, Florida.

Life.

Life throws a lot at you and I hope to capture here on Cobaris Campaign. You’ll see what I’m up to and hopefully I can share some of my favorite things. I have a few different hobbies such as fitness, the outdoors and enjoying what Florida has to offer.

Leadership.

I hope to establish a reputation of leadership here in my community. You’ll see into my journey into life. As a recent college graduate I’m currently seeking to find myself and role in my local community.

So I hope you join me! This is my first website so please be patient. I love to meet new people so please feel free to contact me here. Or visit my about page to learn more about this Florida native.