I find that there is definitely a link between spiritual and physical health. I offer my workouts to God and it makes a difference. It makes me want to do better, train harder because I want to please God with my actions. One of my daily goals is to hold a plank for 60 seconds and I always seem to get tired 40 seconds in. That's when I usually start praying the Our Father and I'm miraculously able to hold on til the end.
I'm sorry about the miscarriage, hope you're coping well. God be with you!
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If you tell God no because He won't explain the reason He wants you to do something, you are actually hindering His blessing. But when you say yes to Him, all of heaven opens to pour out His goodness and reward your obedience. What matters more than material blessings are the things He is teaching us in our spirit. Charles Stanley
current weight: 224.0
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I think you are absolutely right to connect growing spiritual health with also growing physical health. Certainly I see the same connection in my life. Seeking growth in either involves a commitment to regular serious efforts. In both, devoting lots of time is not as important as being faithful to regular, daily effort. I start my day with the daily Mass readings, then at least 2 chapters of the Bible - I am reading it through again, and listening to Saint of the Day to hear a story of Our Lord's successes in another period of church history. I find that sets the tone for my day, and makes my housework go faster and more efficiently. Then I go to exercise, for about an hour now, half cardio, half strength. But when I started, 10 minutes was all I could do. The exercise boosts my metabolism, relieves any stress, and helps me deal with the rest of my day. First things first works!
"Mountains DO move...One stone at a time." ~Rick Beneteau Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach With exercise, doing some is always better than doing none. - Spark article MAKE THE BEST FOOD CHOICES YOU CAN TODAY - and then, try it again tomorrow!- Dr. John La Puma, M.D.
current weight: 243.5
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WELCOME ABOARD!!! So sorry about the miscarriage. To have that happen while your husband is away, is even harder....but don't turn to food to fill your misery, it is EMPTY of any comfort....and leads to more weight problems.
You will be fine, and you WILL reach your goals!!!!
MY NEW saying: (borrowed from Delila)
"If you want to do something, you'll find a way, if you don't, you'll find an excuse."
current weight: 147.4
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I don't really have a story like yours but i'm really impressed by your dedication to read the bible daily. The fact that the discipline spills out in other areas of your life is really awesome! Glory be to God!
My favorite conversations with God are always during my daily runs. I feel him healing my inner soul while my body is growing stronger. I see my husbands spiritual character grow as he is faced with the physical challenges of his job.
There is a lot of things that have been adding stress in my life and as a result I have gained 30 pounds in the last year. Most recently I had a miscarriage while my husband was away on a military training.
I decided it was time to draw a proverbial line in the sand. I committed to reading the bible daily. Since then I have been able to commit to a healthy diet and weight loss program as well as keep kitchen clean. It hasn't come all at once but I feel like God is teaching me how to be faithful to the little things and is slowly expanding the healing in my life both spiritually and physically. I have so far to go.
I would love to hear more stories of how taking on a physical health commitment has leaked into your spiritual health or vs-a-versa
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