Back to it!

After the better part of a week without strenuous exercise due to a cold, some nasty stomach pains, and a general exhaustion, I’m so pleased to say that today I am back to it!

I got out for 90min (about 7.5km) of walking with the puppy today, and then did a tough WOD (Workout of the Day) with the Deck of Cards App on my iPhone. My four moves (assigned to each suit of a deck of cards) were: Kettle Bell Goblet Squats, Kettle Bell Reverse Lunges, Leg Raises and Push Ups. I also managed to do two Jokers: one was 15 burpees (pretty sure my form sucked, but by the time I got to this card I was pretty fatigued, so I’m not complaining) and the other was 20 plank climbers (starting out in plank position on elbow and then straightening each arm before returning to elbows). It was a brutal workout, but it felt great.

I have this bad habit sometimes – I tell myself things that aren’t true. I don’t mean that I lie to myself, necessarily… Let me explain. Take the past few days and my lack of exercise, as an example. I told myself I was too tired, it would be too hard, I wouldn’t get through it and one day off wouldn’t make any difference. Now in some ways there was truth in those things…I have been very tired this week, it would be hard (though, I believe, not TOO hard) to do a workout when tired/run down, one day doesn’t make a huge difference in the long run.

At the same time I think I used these things as an excuse to not do something that is good for me. I wonder if we do that when it comes to faith. Do I use the busy-ness of a day as an excuse not to pray or to read my Bible? Do I say to myself I am too tired for this at the end of a day, and go to sleep without involving God in my day? Do I tell myself that one day off is no big deal, and then realize that it has been many days since I spent time with my Heavenly Father?

Sadly – even in the life of a ‘professional’ Christian (i.e. pastor/minister/clergy) like me – the answer to these questions is “yes, sometimes.” And yet I know that if I take the time it will be time well spent. If I just get off my butt and do it, (whether ‘it’ is a workout or spending time with God) I will be thankful I did. I will find life easier to take and have a strength that surprises me.

I guess I just want to say tonight: if you are in one of those excuse-finding periods of your life right now, take a moment. Talk to God. Tell Him what is going on with you. Pull out your Bible and read some of the words of Jesus or a favorite Psalm. Pull out your iPod and listen to a worship song and actually PRAY the words to God as you listen/sing along. Just do it. You will be glad you did.

(Oh, and if you’re in an excuse-finding time right now when it comes to exercise. Get off your butt! Do it! You will be glad you did!)

 

 

Feeling wordless

As the title says, I’m feeling wordless…so tonight is a night to post some pics of my favorite canine, Koski, who is currently beside me on the couch, leaning her head against my arm.

With her head on my legs as we settle in for a nap.

 

I woke her up from her sleep and she's giving me the LOOK. 🙂

 

My little snuggle monkey, just before posting this blog.

Rebekah’s World: Revamped!

I took a break from blogging this summer. Not because I didn’t have things to write about and news to share, but because I wasn’t entirely pleased with the format of my previous blog. I was having some trouble posting it to Facebook, and finding it awkward to share. I began researching other blog tools on the web, but didn’t quite figure out how to use them. I was frustrated and decided to take a break for a season and come back to it in the fall.

So here I am, back again. So much has happened in the past few months. The church where I serve as an Associate Minister is in a time of transition as we search for a new Lead Minister. I have lost 36 pounds to date on Weight Watchers. I have adopted a new puppy.

Life is beautiful.

If you would like to check out my former blog to read up on past posts and recipes, please click here.

It’s my intention to be back at blogging regularly now. I hope you’ll join me on the journey and enjoy reading about the world, through my eyes.

Blessings,
R.