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God at Work

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God at Work

Once again, I am floored by God’s perfect timing, and moved to tears by His awesome power.

So about the change I was feeling the need to make yesterday… I kept hearing God’s voice, but I wasn’t sure what it was saying. I kept making tiny changes to my whole day- breakfast, dinner, my clothing, the way I brushed my teeth, the foot I put a sock on first, and any other quirky little thing you could imagine.

Usually, I do my 2-3 mile run in the evenings, when it’s cooler, the sun is just setting, and it’s slightly less humid… Well, I was being told to change something. So I went online and found a running club in the area, and I decided to meet up with them to run 3 miles this morning… at 5:00am! I am not in the habit of being a morning person, so it took 2 alarms to get me out of bed. I haven’t been putting in much mileage recently either, but I got dressed, inhaled some yogurt, grabbed my water bottle and run tracker and headed off to meet the group.

It was a good run. I kept up with the leader of the group through the first mile and change, but then sort of started to get wheezy, what with the rain, humidity, and my mild case of asthma… So one of the other runners, Jan kept me company. It was just the two of us, until we met back up with the leader, Amila, around the 3 mile mark. We had talked about how we ended up down here in the area, and the subject came up that Amila was a military spouse as well. The more we talked, I started to piece things together until I realized that our husbands were not only in the same unit, they were working together at that very minute!

WOW! something as small as altering the time I go running opened up a door for a new friend with so much in common, and I never would have met her otherwise! Praise God for speaking to me in a way I could understand and using a common ground, like running, to connect me with someone who will understand exactly what I’m going through when we don’t have our husbands to lean on for comfort and support. God was telling me to move, literally! He told me to get up and go run, and embrace what would come of it! I can’t wait to see what else He has in store.

If that’s not proof that God is living and active, I’m not sure what is.

Me at a track meet in high school… I ran distance so I had a lot of spare time between events.

Adjustment Period

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So after having gone lax in my daily workouts this past inspired 6 weeks of cardio and strength training have really shaken me up a bit. I found that in the first couple weeks, I was feeling super tired after a workout. I typically wake up before 8 am but I was sleeping till almost 10! Not only that, but in addition to the boost in exercise, I also revamped my diet, cutting out lots of sugar and unnecessary calories, and upping my vegetable and lean protein intake. I started cooking with more natural metabolism boosters as well, such as cayenne pepper, lots of garlic (my favorite) and drinking green tea with ginseng. The results were impressive. The key is not to give up, because you will begin to notice changes in your body and mood, but you won’t get the full effect if you give up too soon. Here are some of the awkward changes I noticed in the first couple weeks of my workout/diet:

1.) Changes in sleep- my body needed more rest to help my muscles recover

2.) Changes in water intake- I was constantly thirsty; my body needed water to rehydrate and flush my muscles of lactic acid

3.) Changes in skin- the first couple weeks, I noticed my skin got more oily; I assure you this is natural, as my body was trying to rid itself of toxins and get used to the various hormones and nutrients it was experiencing. It evens out later.

4.) Changes in regularity- For the sake of tact, let’s just say my change in activity level affected EVERY aspect of my health.

5.) Changes in cycle- (ladies, this is mostly for you) When you become more active, again, it affects EVERY aspect of your health. This like everything else balances out later.

6.) Changes in mood- I felt generally better about myself; the boost of endorphins from working out improved my mood and kept me from missing my husband too much. Plus, knowing that I was doing something good for my body made me feel more confident.

Like I said these changes are awkward at first, and they may freak you out if you go from “couch potato” to “athlete” in a short amount of time. But let me share with you what I gained in the process:

1.) More restful sleep- I was legitimately fatigued at the end of the day, and I found myself getting more restful sleep each night, waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day.

2.) In drinking up to 128 oz of water each day, I was in the bathroom a lot at first, but now, my body uses the water. My kidneys are flushed, and my skin looks a lot more healthy, and isn’t its typical over-dry, or to the other extreme, oily looking- just healthy.

3.) Like I mentioned earlier, my skin was crazy for the first couple weeks, but as your body detoxified, you skin clears up and starts to look more healthy than before. YAY!

4.) Again, for the sake of tact, being active gets EVERYTHING moving the way it should.

5.) All of your bodily functions become more regular; the extra intake of water helps a lot- after all, your body needs it for most of your bodily processes/functions.

6.) I feel fantastic. I’ve lost 10 pounds of body fat, and I’ve gained quite a bit of muscle. I’m a lean, mean, running machine. Physical fitness is SO beneficial. I strongly encourage you to engage in a regular routine, if you do not already

After all, we’re only given this one body, and seeing as it serves as a temple for the Holy Spirit, I feel we should care for it to the best of our ability.

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!