Friday, May 10, 2013
My biggest exercise excuse is "I don't FEEL like it." That's just the enemy who comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Exercise will help me to live a longer life which the enemy doesn't want. He'd love to kill me early to prevent me from spreading a message of hope to those still suffering. I want to be a good example of taking care of God's temple and exercise matters. I want to spread the AA message to those still suffering and reach as many alcoholics as I can. The longer I live, the more suffering alcoholics I can reach. And don't forget fellow sparkers. They need to hear that SparkPeople works.
The enemy wants to steal my joy and self-esteem and energy; all things that exercise gives me. I may not feel like exercising at the moment, but I'm always glad I did. After exercise, I'm left with a feeling of satisfaction and contentment. I feel like a success. I'm full of energy. I'm happy I got my sweat on.
The enemy wants to destroy my success. He wants to take away my muscle tone and my cardiovascular health. He wants to destroy my lung capacity. He walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He can only devour me if I let him.. I need to stay alert and vigilant.
My feelings are deceiving. They don't take into account the whole picture. When it comes to exercise, I tend to forget the feel good endorphins it produces for hours afterward. When it comes to drinking, I tend to forget the misery. It's really messed up. The lie is that exercise makes me feel bad and drinking makes me feel good. Satan is a liar and the father of lies.
It helps if I just "act as if". Act as if I WANT to exercise. I'm doing that this morning. I ate my pre-workout snack and am putting on my new workout gear. I'm suiting up and showing up. I'm recalling yesterday's feelings during and after exercise. I'm feeling how good it hurts.
So...why don't I want to exercise? Because I listen to the lie. This morning, I choose to listen to the truth as I've written here and concentrate on Jesus. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and provides freedom to the prisoners. I choose to live in freedom.