“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Part of this learning thing I have going on is accepting that everything I have is God’s first. It is not mine. I need to treat everything I have as though it belongs to God. My first lesson in that was learning that my children were not mine. God lent them to me and trusted me to take care of them. When I figured that one out it changed the way I looked at parenting in a very positive direction. At times, I felt overwhelmed with knowing the responsibility that came along with it, but also came to realization of the fact that these beautiful children that were entrusted to my care were God’s children first and He loves them.
Now, I am learning how I belong to God. I have a responsibility to take care of myself. So with that in mind at the end of November last year I started exercising again for the first time in six months. (I tried to start 6 months prior but an injury put it on hold). One thing I knew was I had to modify the way I looked at the time I spent exercising. In the past I would workout for an hour in the morning then an hour or so in the evenings. That is alot of time for working out and not a lot for much else. So in November for 7 weeks I worked out 5 times a week for at least 20 minutes. Then when I went to the doctor and learned that I had only lost 2 lbs I was devastated. For me it has always been a battle with that scale. I have read all of the don’t let the number determine your success. But I can’t help it. So with that news of just a 2 lbs loss, I gave up. I said nope, not going to do it. Then God has been speaking to me. Reminding me that I need to take care of myself. I need to do everything in moderation and that means exercising. So this week I am back on the exercise wagon. I am aiming for moderation and balance. So 20 minutes a day at least 5 times a week. That seems pretty doable to me.
What do you do to help with exercising in moderation?
Spent some time reminiscing yesterday. Thinking about the busy summer of 2012. The summer I spent doing beachbody workouts, running, biking with my husband. I had energy for days it seems. Well how could I not. I had shed alot of weight and was eating well and moving constantly! I had so much energy and loved trying new things. Beachbody offers so many different workouts it was nice to have a variety. I got even smaller than that picture on the left after two weeks doing Insanity, I went from a size 14 to a 10. Now that is insane!!
I look forward to weathering those storms I talked about yesterday with exercise. Exercise is such a stress reducer. By exercising and eating clean I will be taking control of my life again. God has given me one body, I need to care for that body as a gift.
While I am sad to see the after picture knowing I am far from that I am excited to reach for those goals again. Three weeks ago I had started running again, then about two weeks ago I ordered Cize. I loved doing Cize. Lots of dancing and lots of sweat. But I had been nursing plantar fascitis for a good ten weeks or so and found that I wasn’t quite ready yet. Went to the doctor on Monday and confirmed I am not ready yet.
My daughter, Ashlee and I decided to take control of our lives. She is such a huge inspiration to me. She has such a positive attitude and is ready to change her life. I can’t wait til this mother/ daughter rock this world with Beachbody. Oh wait, we don’t have to wait. We can rock this world now!
But I am here to tell you as soon as the doctor gives me to go ahead I am going for it. I am going for more energy, lots of workouts, clean eating and a happier self. I am taking this week completely off in hopes of my heals healing and check with the doctor on Monday to see if I am able to go to the pool and do water exercise. I was very excited when the Doctor mentioned running on a treadmill under water!! A lot less impact on my poor feet/heels and I could burn major calories. Oh I can’t wait to try it! Picture taken from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2015785/Aqua-jogging-promises-workout-strain-better-results-dived-.html