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Spring into Shape Challenge

Monday, May 02, 2011

I've not been able to exercise very much these past two weeks. I think I've exercised both Mondays and that's it. My stomach has not been well.

Today is another Monday and I'm feeling much better. It took a bit of prodding from my better self on my lazy self to get myself out the door and onto my road bike, but I did it!! I finally was able get out the door when I convinced myself that I could ride for at least 10 minutes. I got on that bike and rode for 1/2 hour! Hurray! And then I came home to strength exercises on my Total Gym. It felt very good to get moving again.

The Official Spring into Shape Challenge was another motivating factor. "Come on, Ellen, you signed up for this Challenge, it's time to make good on your promise to yourself!"

It's easy to think, "Ah, to heck with it; I'm not seeing any results." Perhaps I don't see what I'm not looking for... From lying on my back, I can now sit up without bending my knees and my feet barely rise up. I couldn't do that two months ago!

Rehabbing my knee has been an eye-opening experience. At times it seemed I was making no progress and I wondered if what I was doing would actually lead to a recuperated knee. So, I decided to focus on what I needed to do each day and expect that all the days together would lead to an improved knee. I decided to not worry about the future of my knee any more. Today I have almost full range of motion with some discomfort and very little pain.

I now plan to have the same focus with my health. Today and today and today I will do what will lead to long-term health and vitality. I will not worry about my future health. I will live healthy today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this year and then continue to do so. I choose to live healthy and I expect that by doing so I will be healthy.

In Mark 12:30 Jesus says, "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and will all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." Last year I journeyed through a debilitating bout of depression. I learned to love the Lord my God with my mind and thoughts. I learned to focus my heart and soul on him. My current journey of knee surgery and rehabilitation is causing me to also love the Lord my God with all of my strength and body as well. He doesn't just want you heart and soul, He wants you mind and strength as well.
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  • GRITS46
    Ellen, congrats on the progress on the knee! Sorry you've been unwell in your tummy, but glad to hearing things are improving. I can only focus on today -- one day at a time is my mantra. Yesterday's gone and tomorrow's not here, so why worry about either?

    Thanks for that beautiful Scripture verse that reminds how the Lord wants us to strengthen ourselves for him. Inspiring!

    2451 days ago
    Inspirational! You can do it!! :)
    2453 days ago
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