Thursday, February 14, 2013
End of Week 5: My Restoration
I am pulling up on the end of week 5 of my 2013 Physical Restoration. I am averaging 4-5 mornings in the gym each week for about an hour each workout. I am actually having a good time and enjoying myself in the gym. It is my time and my time alone. I can work as hard or as little as I choose to. I put my earphones in, turn on my praise and worship music ... every now and then a little country music to get my blood flowing on that elliptical machine...and just concentrate on the music and the workout.
I now have an app on my phone that lets me track my workouts, set exercise routines, log my stats, and all that good stuff. It has a huge database of exercises, both machines, body weight, free weights, yoga, and even exercise balls. It helps me to enter the exercises I have done each day because the app puts a little dot on the calendar that tells me I have worked out that day. I really like the app. I am not going to promote the app here today, but might at some point...who knows?
I am learning to ignore the other people in the gym, but that can be tough when you are as self conscious as I am. (Maybe sometime I will share why I am so self conscious.) I do believe if you are already fit and in shape and cut and ripped, or whatever the terminology is, then please do your workouts at a time when you can be among your own kind. Please leave the 5:00 a.m. time for those of us that are not all cute in our little workout clothes and have a little extra padding and are a little more awkward and less graceful on those medival torture devices they call exercise machines. I promise you, I believe I am the only person in the gym that sweats. And the ladies let me down on a daily basis! I usually end up in the gym with 5-6 men all lifting their heavy barbells and all that stuff. There are just some exercises and machines I will not do with all those men in the gym....
I also know that Phillipians 1:6 says:
6 - being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
So...this process of restoring my body to a physical state of a healthy dwelling place for the Holy Spirit will be ongoing. I can get into shape physically, but I will need to continue to rely on the Lord for my nutritional advice, for my training advice, and to encourage me when I begin to get discouraged. My job is to remain faithful to the commitment I have made and continue in the way the Lord is showing me to improve my health and well being both physically and spiritually.