When life is busy, I love it.
Busy with friends and family, things to do, places to go.
Until I finally have a free moment to sit in the quiet, then I remember
I love that too.
The quiet of my Bible, book studies, reading blogs and then of course writing. To write, share, be creative and honest, and maybe, hopefully, somehow in someway point it all back to the goodness and glory of Christ.
I did finish my Mark Study, however, due to some back order issue my Luke study has still not arrived. I finally got a shipping confirmation yesterday so I decided to post my final Mark post on Monday and get back on track with my weekly study.
Last week my husband was on vacation. It was wonderful.
Wonderful to spend so much time together, to not have schedules and time crunches. Wonderful to spend more time with my step-daughter and her boyfriend. More time with my son. More time with family in general. And friends. We got time in with friends we don’t get to see too often. We had NCIS marathons and stayed up way too late most nights.
Which is somewhat my transition into Wednesday.
Weigh In Wednesday.
I will start by honestly saying I did not weigh in. I absolutely refused to go anywhere near the scale. Why? Because I was on vacation last week.
A vacation where I not only fell off the wagon,
I set it on fire.
Oh yes. Yes I did.
With chips and sour cream and pasta salad and pizza..oh the greasy wheat filled glutenous pizza.
Oh I ate the wheat alright.
I bloated and cramped and didn’t sleep well and I ate it anyway.
Maybe it was the lie I told myself : I deserve this, it’s vacation, I shouldn’t have to be so diligent with trying to be healthy.
Maybe it was late nights: I am too tired to even think about cooking and prepping real food.
Maybe it was just the old sinful addictive nature (cause I am a food addict) : I am going to eat what I want when I want and how I want just because I Want.
I also did not exercise. Not one single day.
I did go to a Water Park. All the stair climbing and swimming could be counted as exercise – it just wasn’t intentional on my part.
I did stick to the budget.
Financial Wellness = Success. The only success last week, however, success none the less!
Sunday I realized it was time to buy a new wagon and start again.
And pray. Specifically pray. Maybe some people are stronger or better at this healthy thing than I am, and they can succeed at it without ever praying about this area of their lives. Not me. The above is me left to my own devices. My own devices do not result in feeling great, sleeping well, or having energy.
Monday – the new wagon purchase.
It began covered in prayer, which I needed, and it was good. It has been good. It’s still going good. I am drinking my protein shakes for breakfast and lunch, once with soy milk and once with almond milk, having a healthy snack and then a Whole30 inspired dinner. Yesterday I also had ice cream. I did not have as much as I WANTED, just a single serving. It was yum.
I also started exercising again Monday, which remarkably felt FANTASTIC. I have been doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred and was up to level two followed by elliptical interval training. I was getting bored with it though. This week I decided to really change up my workout routines. Power90 strength training level 3-4 on Monday, followed by the cardio/abs 3-4 on Tuesday, with the 30DS and elliptical on Wednesday, repeat, take Sunday as my rest day.
I was very happy to see I didn’t lose my ground. I was sore Tuesday, a good sore, and had already scheduled a massage on Tuesday so I still went in and that was wonderful. Tuesday night I didn’t get the chance to finish my workout, however, I did get half of it completed and was happy to see I was able to keep up with the intensity without feeling like I was dying. Today I’m still a little sore, although I am pretty sure this is a massage sore and not a workout sore, so I’m drinking plenty of fluids and may pass on strength training altogether and just go easy on the elliptical to make sure my muscles have complete time to recover.
My husband and I have also decided we are going to do our second round of Whole30 in October. We talked about it and felt doing a Whole30 before the holiday season might help us best prepare to be healthy without going over board, and then we may do a round three in January. The reality is, we both felt at our absolute best when we did the Whole30, and so I think doing it a few times a year is not only realistic for us, it’s also a great “re-set” to keep us on a healthy eating track. We will see. In the mean time, now that the last of the pasta salad is finally gone, I am going to go back to Wheat Free living, and hopefully, reverse the ill effects the wheat has had on my digestive tract the last several days.
Also, the last two nights, between the exercise, massage, and eating better, I have had fantastic sleep. I’m hoping it’s a pattern that will continue the rest of the week.
So my Weigh In and Wellness post today? To sum it up in short: Sometimes the wagon blows up. Find a new one, get back on it, cover the journey in prayer, and start again.
Feeling like a failure and beating yourself up over what you didn’t accomplish gets you no where. Confessing where you have sinned and repenting of it, asking for His help to turn from it and for His help to overcome temptation, that is when the journey really gets started. That’s when things can really happen. More than just health. More than food and exercise. That’s when He can really start to become Lord of your Life and change things from the inside out. And that my friends, in my book, THAT IS WELLNESS.
Today I end with the following quote I came across on Twitter, it encouraged me greatly in this and other areas of my life:
@PaulTripp: Today will you preach to yourself a false Gospel of inadequacy or embrace the new identity and potential that’s yours in Jesus?
In Love & Faith,
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