(Day 4) Exercise and Excuses

exercise-clip-art-pi5rqzeiBExercise…..Over at Dictionary.com the first entry for the definition of exercise is “bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health”.  Well in times past I would have opted for the mental exertion alone and prayed that somehow my body would benefit from it.  Nice try, right?

Exercise….boy I never thought I would say this but I love exercise. I didn’t love it a few years ago when I could barely walk and I certainly didn’t think that moving my body when it was filled with pain could ever be a benefit for me. I had many reasons and excuses to not exercise….for instance how could I exercise when I could barely stand for 5 minutes at a time? Or how could I find time to exercise when I worked 2 jobs? Or how can I exercise when I have no motivation? The list went on and on but the reality of it was this simple truth….Exercise was not very important to me.

When something is important to us we will find the time to do it. Or if something is critical in our lives then we will find time to do whatever it is that we need to do. For example, if you have a tooth ache that is not getting better with home remedies, you will find the time to get to a dentist.  If you have pain in your body that won’t go away or any other ailment for that matter you will find time to go see a doctor. If you walk in your kitchen and there is no food in the house, you will find time to go to the grocery store.  I can come up with a hundred scenarios here but I think you get my point. When something becomes important to us we will make time for it.

I am on day 4 of this journey to transforming my temple and today I had the opportunity to make some excuses. Today I got up and had an extended time of prayer and worship before church. Then I went to church and afterward went to lunch with a friend. When I got home I had planned to do a whole bunch of things. I was going to do some cleaning, exercise, make my smoothie for my dinner and do some writing. I had great intentions. However, I didn’t do any of that because I came home and went to sleep. I’m not talking about a Sunday afternoon nap either. I am talking about a full night’s sleep only it was during the day.

Sleep is necessary for our lives. I have been running all week. I have been lacking in the area of sleep and my body just took over and I slept for 7 hours. I got up at 9:30 tonight and started thinking about all the things I needed to do. Immediately I started making excuses in my mind. “Oh well I slept all day so I will just start over tomorrow.”  “Oh I can just have 2 smoothies tomorrow instead of making one tonight.” “I can just make today my day of rest and not exercise”

I then said to myself “NO”! I got up and went out of the house and took almost a 2 mile walk. It was slow but it was intentional. I was proud of myself. Yesterday when I was exercising I felt the invigoration in my body that I have not felt for a long time. It’s that feeling that causes me to want to exercise more. I committed to 6 days of exercise and I was only on day 3 so why would I need to take a break? I’m working on building up my stamina. I plan to make it those 6 days straight and then take a break. I love exercise. Well to be honest I don’t love the exercise itself but I love the benefit of it. I don’t have to make excuses, I need to kick those excuses to the curb every time they creep up and they will over and over again. I have to keep my commitment because it is not just to my benefit to care for my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit but it is to God’s glory.

Thank you for joining me on this journey and now I am off to get my squats,knee lifts and wall push ups done since I have finished my smoothie and my water. Tomorrow morning I am taking my calendar to my prayer closet and asking the Lord to help me get my schedule better organized so I don’t have to spend a day sleeping again because of losing sleep over the week. Until tomorrow, God bless!

One thought on “(Day 4) Exercise and Excuses

  1. Woohoo! You’re doing great to get that walk in even after making excuses in your mind. I know I’ve had to do that many times and I love the exercise itself. I don’t want to, I’m too tired, etc. So I have to ask myself “Are you really too tired to exercise?” And the answer is usually no. It is so high on my priority list that I can never be happy with myself if I don’t get something in on my exercise days. Your post is so motivating, because we all go through that! I’m happy for you that you did what you needed to do despite spending most of the day sleeping. Sometimes our bodies just really need that rest! 🙂

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