Stresses and Coping Mechanisms

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Stresses and Coping Mechanisms

“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks” Proverbs 31:17

As is typical in my life, there are quite a few loose ends that need to be tied up, what with the house, my remaining “get it done while my husband is gone” projects, and so on and so forth. So with all that on my plate plus the “stress” (positive stress, I’d like to specify) of preparing for my husband’s return and getting back into the swing of his daily “wake up at 4 am” routine had me a little bit tightly strung. What I’ve found is that physical activity helps this a lot.

When I was in high school, I was always doing some kind of athletic something, whether it be track, volleyball, or basketball. As I crept ever closer to my high school graduation, I realized my true passion lied in music, so I took some of my focus off sports and placed it on performance. Well, I’m proud to say that over the past 3 or 4 weeks, I have gotten back in touch with my athletic side. And I’m proud to say that I can squat over 150 lbs (comfortably, I mean, If I wanted He-man legs, I’d do more, but I’m just toning here…) and I am building my mileage back up after taking quite a bit of time off from running due to knee injuries (adding a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement helped too)

What I’ve realized in all of my time spent getting in touch with my somewhat masculine side is that God definitely meant for us to be active beings. I mean, think about all of the intricate bits and pieces and parts that have to work together harmoniously even for something as simple as walking?! It’s profound! We take so much for granted as we sit on the couch eating potato chips that we fail to accept the gift of motion God has given those of us with able bodies! God is present in every aspect of our lives and I see him in nature when I go on trail runs, I see him in the beauty and wonder of creation in me, and I see him in the intricate design that so seamlessly ties us all together, in mind, body and spirit. Praise God!

That being said, I’ve found that physical exercise is a wonderful stress coping mechanism and I’d like to share with you my work out plan, for motivational purposes 🙂

Monday: Aerobic workout/ yoga

Asics womens GT2140- I bought these shoes a couple of months ago and just really started breaking them in and I LOVE them 🙂

Tuesday: 3 10 minute miles/ weight training lower body

Wednesday: 1 mile warm up/ weight training upper body/ 2 miles

Thursday: 4-6 miles (long, slow distance run)

Friday: 1 mile run (8 minutes was my goal this week)/ weight training core/ 1 mile cool down

Saturday: Yoga/ 2 miles

Sunday: Rest/recover

So far, this plan of action has been helping to get me back in shape but also keep in mind that properly fueling your body before and after exercise is just as important as working out itself. I eat a lot of high protein/ low-fat foods, such as fish, and chicken, and I limit my carb intake (this is my biggest food struggle, because I love, love, LOVE pastas, cookies, breads, etc.) and I always, always ALWAYS stay hydrated. I’ve actually noticed that on a typical day, I’ll drink up to 96 oz. of water! (that’s 3 32 oz. bottles) Not to mention the days I really break a sweat. 😉 I hope this helps motivate your fitness goals, as well as keeps me accountable to mine!

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