back on the wagon

Okay, so, I have a confession. I used to exercise regularly with a mixture of cardio and strength. I’ve been off and on with the cardio lately, but I still get in some activity – taking walks and playing with my nanny kids. However, it has been months, I repeat, MONTHS since I have done any type of strength routine! I let it slip  through the cracks and now my abs are as flabby as ever. I decided that there is no time like the present and I am jumping back on the wagon with my strength workouts. I am going to attempt to do some type of exercise each day, but if I miss a day, I’ll just pick up the next day.  Even if it is only a few crunches and a plank, it will be better than nothing. I’ve picked out a nice little handful of exercises (mostly ab)  to start me off.

  • Crunches
  • Scissor Kicks
  • Bicycle
  • Plank
  • Wall sit
  • Leg Raises
  • Jack Knife Sit-ups

I’ll either do the whole list or pick out a few. Whatever seems to work out best. I’ll also be adding to the list when I find new exercises.

My goal is to eventually reach around 100 or 250 reps, depending on the exercise. Right now, I’m only doing about 15-20 reps. Very low number, I know, but I have a LOT of room for improvement!

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 As I said in my Friday post, I strive to make small changes and go with flow. I’m sure that it won’t go perfectly everyday, but like I said,  some exercise is a lot better than none. I’ll try to give you and update when I’ve done this for a couple of weeks. Now, I’m off to exercise!

…w…a…i…t…

I hate waiting.

Well, that’s not exactly true. Sometimes, I don’t mind waiting; i.e. in the grocery store  when I’m not in a hurry or in traffic when there is a good song on the radio. However, my patience wears thin in a record amount of time when I have to wait in less  than ideal conditions.

When I have to wait for someone to hurry up when I think that I’ll be late or when I have a headache and I’m just done. That’s when I really hate waiting. When I feel like I’ve been waiting for too long already. When I pray and ask God for help or to resolve a situation and He seems to take forever in His reply. When all I can about is that I’ve been waiting; that’s when things get really sticky. I don’t understand why God couldn’t just make something happen already! It always seems to me that there are a million reasons why God should answer now. But, that is not how God works. He has His own timing and His own agenda. He knows what is best for me and how long I should wait.

I think that the moments in life where we get stuck waiting are some of the most missed opportunities for growth and ,dare I say it, enjoyment. It’s in those moments of hardship and trial, that God can show us that He is all we need. He could help us learn how to live our lives in our less than ideal situation. He could bring us to a place in our lives where we really appreciate the value of life. Often, we don’t even want to see that as an option. We stubbornly persist in our complaining and therefore spoil the happiness and miss out on the peace that God wants to give us. If you run into a trial in life and you can’t ever see past it, you will miss out on all the life that happens while you focus on only one thing: your trial. Similarly, If you are always waiting for the next big thing and saying “I’ll really be living when I … graduate high school, graduate college, get a real job, buy a house, get married, have kids, pay of my  loans…” and the list goes on, you’ll never enjoy the life that is right before you and you will die having never really lived.

I deal with waiting everyday. I know how hard it is to feel like you will never move on from a hard spot in life. I know how it’s so easy to say “I’ll be able to live my life when this is over”, but the reality is that “this” may never be over or it could take years. I’ve come to the conclusion that, although it is extremely difficult at times, the best option is to try to live your life despite your trials and enjoy the good things. God will help you to live in your trial and maybe, someday He will show you why He allowed it in your life. So, my goal is to enjoy the good in each an every moment and ask God to help me to see past the difficult and to help me to live in my trial and not sit around waiting for life to begin!

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