13 Be exalted in your strength, LORD;
we will sing and praise your might. (Psalm 21:13)
I have the great priviledge of helping to lead worship at my church every week. Sometimes there is a temptation to see this as a chore, another duty to fulfill. However, it is a great joy to exalt God and sing his praises.
Lately, I've been rethinking my workouts. With no race in my immediate future and all the weight and inches lost, there is very real temptation to just relax and let it slide a bit. That, coupled with the fact that I have not been blogging about my exercise exploits lately and I came dangerously close to a disaster and a gradual gain back.
So far, the scale has been kind but I've been realizing that exercise is really important to me in other ways:
-it is stress relief and character building
-it gives me time to think and be alone with God
-it helps me have a sense of routine and order in my chaotic life
-I sleep better
-I have more energy and patience for my husband and children
I've also realized:
-I actually enjoy exercise, especially when I am not trying to push the intensity level too much
-even when it's not possible to go the gym, there are still opportunities to get in some physical activity and that is worthwhile as well (like watersliding with the kids the other day and going for walks)
-blogging about it seems to be motivating for me as I can then look back at my progress
So, what's my plan?
-exercise formally at least three times a week (ie. go to the gym or run or bike or swim laps)
-blog about my physical activities, including those that are not formal workouts
-aim to enjoy exercise more and not be so "results" focused for the time being
-try some strength training to switch it up a bit
-get outside as much as possible to enjoy the weather while it lasts
Posted on 7/24/2011 by RaeN81