Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24
This summer I decided to do things I've never done.
It was trying. It was long. It was hard.
|Myself, Mom and Sister (Cheri) all finished Irongirl 2013!|
I can honestly say, even with some days crying through the training, God can empower you to do anything you put your heart in!
|Cheri and I about to dive in!|
So I took on the challenge, my half marathon in the Spring and Irongirl this past weekend. And with the inspiration of my parents. I couldn't help but be encouraged to go the extra mile.
Honestly, I wanted to continue to expand our family but my body couldn't keep up. I knew if we were to continue to have healthy children I would need to do something about my health. A part from the added weight of my pregnancies, I developed bone issues, with both my teeth and internally. If you remember I wasn't able to walk last summer because I broke my ankle. I was desperate for a radical change.
|BIG KISS from my #1 cheerleader after finishing the race!|
It's been quite the journey of getting healthy and allowing the Lord to show me how its worship to treat our bodies the best we can by living well - eating well - moving well.
|Before my journey|
I am blessed!
Things that helped me make the plunge:
1. Make a goal
Mine was Irongirl but maybe yours is a 5K or losing a certain amount of weight, etc.
2. Get loved ones on board.
I couldn't have done it without my husband's encouragement and agreement during the process.
3. Just start!
Even if you can't run a mile, just start in 5 minute intervals. There's no shame in starting small.
4. Manage your time.
Mark your calendar or even get a training regiment online.
5. Worship while you work.
Unless you count it as a spiritual journey as much as a physical one you'll never reap the full benefits. And the longevity of it is a lifestyle, not an instance fix for weight-loss or anything similar in nature. The point is not to "look" a certain way but to bring glory to God through your physical body. If thats the motivation you WILL accomplish what you're going after.
I encourage you, if you seem stuck set yourself a goal. It was I needed. I was so tired. I had my children so close together and they were so young. I thought I didn't have the time, and I lacked the self-confidence. BUT GOD, it gave me strength where I know I didn't have it. And with joyful tears I'm proud to be an Irongirl! (smiles)
For His glory,
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