In All Things Give Thanks
What is the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning? Maybe it’s what am I going to wear today? What is today’s workout going to be? What should I make for breakfast? Or how many more times can I hit the snooze button and still make it to work on time? Once you get past the grogginess and get started with your day, do you think about how many more minutes until lunch? How am I going to get all of this work done? When can I sit down and relax?
The more you think about your daily activities and commitments, the easier it is to get overwhelmed by the workload. Even if you are working for your boss or taking care of your family, you can still sometimes fall into a self-focused mindset. When you begin to dwell on how overworked or stressed out you are, commitments become chores and plans become burdens. But, if you adopt an attitude of gratitude, that can all change.
Instead of worrying about all you have to do, wake up with an attitude that sees commitments as blessings. You can thank the Lord that you have a job to get up for and a body that is able to exercise. How often do we take those things for granted, when they are truly blessings from God that he chose to give to you! During the day, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed, thank Him for all of the people in your life that you’ve made plans with. Thank Him for your family and for giving you the responsibility of providing and caring for them. Thank Him for the work He has done in your life through your relationship with Christ.
One of our favorite verses to meditate on is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing, and in all things give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” When you remember that it is God’s will for us to be thankful and rejoicing in all circumstances, it is easier to find something to rejoice about, no matter the situation.
Aside from the physical benefits of exercising, one of the best things about a good workout is the feeling of pride and accomplishment when it’s over. However, it can be discouraging to put in so much effort and not see a change in the way your body looks, feels, or functions. It may seem like you should stay even longer at the gym, but did you know that the solution could actually be to spend a little more time in the kitchen?
We all know that eating healthy is good, but did you know that it is just important as getting exercise when it comes to maintaining or improving physical fitness? It is easy to forget how crucial good eating habits are to a healthy life. Oftentimes, even though we know something is not good for us, we fall into the habit of eating what is most convenient. Grabbing a breakfast taco or a pastry on the way to work is quicker than preparing breakfast. The vending machine right down the hall is full of quick snacks. And at the end of a long day, the drive thru sounds more appealing than going home and cooking a meal.
The key to fighting these bad habits is to have healthy snacks on hand for when temptations set in. It doesn’t take much, just a little prep work. It can even be a fun activity for the whole family to join in on! Here are a few tips:
1.) Start early - Sunday evenings are a great time to meal prep. By getting it done early, you are able to go into the week fully prepared. Prepare and organize lunches for the first few days of the week. It will save you time on those chaotic Monday mornings and you’ll save money by not having to eat out.
2.) Make leftovers your friend - When preparing dinner, double the recipe so that you will have another night’s worth of food with minimal extra prep time. The drive thru is less tempting when you know you have a home cooked meal waiting at home!
3.) Make it a family affair- Let the kids help with the cooking! Assign small tasks like washing fruit or other manageable tasks. It will be a great way to spend time as a family, and in the end, you will have worked together to create something you can all enjoy! They will be proud of their efforts and will look forward to working on the next meal, plus, cooking is a valuable skill to pick up at any age. Don’t forget to talk about why it is important to make healthy choices!
In addition to preparing bigger meals ahead of time, think about healthy snacks you can take on the go. Remember that it is great to indulge every now and then, but the key is to enjoy treats in moderation. Finally, don’t overthink it; enjoy the healthy recipes you find, have fun preparing a meal with your family, and don’t get upset if you slip up every now and then!
Faith & Fitness
So you’ve decided to start a strict workout routine. Congratulations! You have started on the path to improving your body and your life in one of the best ways possible. But as many can attest, the hardest part of a workout regimen isn’t the workouts, it’s sticking to your daily routines and going full out at all times. So what is the key to staying motivated? Well, just as it is important to remain faithful to your routine, you can find your strength in your spiritual faith.
Just as your faith is unwavering and a part of who you are, make your workouts a fact of your life. You wouldn’t miss out on doing something like setting time to go shopping or brushing your hair every morning. With enough persistence, working out can become just as fun as that shopping trip you planned, and also less expensive!
Working out is made easier and more routine if you designate a time and place to really focus on you and your workouts! Similar to going to church to get in touch with your spirituality and exercise your faith, pick a spot in your house and designate it as your “me space” to really get into your workouts. Of course, if you can afford to spend the money and time to hit up the gym, by all means do so! However, don’t use not having a membership as an excuse to "forget" a workout! There is always a time and a place for you to get that workout in!
Make your workouts personal. Your spiritual faith is one of the most personal aspects that make you, you! So bring that same level of personalization into your workout. Take what pre-orchestrated workouts you can find on the internet or in workout videos and customize them to your level of experience! If you have more experience with hitting the gym and you have the techniques down, bump out your workouts or mix and match various exercises. If you are new to the workout scene and still getting your feet square underneath you (literally and figuratively) try a couple of different workouts and test your limits! Just remember to keep pushing a little harder every time to see the results you want.
Our last tip for you is to find a buddy you can enjoy your workouts with. It is proven that working out with a partner is the biggest motivator for people just starting to workout. This is a wonderful thing you can put into practice in various ways! One of the most rewarding things in life is finding a friend to share your faith with. Someone who can relate to you on a personal level who shares similar ideals. Find this kind of connection in your workout buddies as well! Get fit with someone who is looking to share in your workouts and get the same fitness results If you are both aiming to improve your overall health and lead happier, healthier lives, then you are off to a great start!
Faith and fitness may seem like two entirely different entities, but in practice, they aren’t all that different! Give these faith and fitness tips a try and let us know how your improvements are going! We love to hear about your growing strength in body and soul! Happy training!
It’s the end of the week and maybe you’re feeling the pressure of a long week pushing you a little harder than usual. Its okay, we all go through it! You know that feeling when everything just seems to be too much? After all, there is only so much a single human can do! Even with the help of our partners or community, sometimes feeling overwhelmed creeps up on us like a dense early morning fog. But like the fog, this feeling is only temporary! Here’s some perspective…
Another week has passed and with it another week of personal struggles and blessings. The end of the week is when we can step back and renew our minds for a restful few days with family.
We are all healthy in body and spirit and for that we remain thankful. Regardless of the things we may have encountered in our lives this week that have tested us and pushed us, we are here at the weekend even stronger and more fulfilled then we were the week before.
It is in this state of renewal that we evaluate what lifestyle modifications we can make for next week! I want to be more active, I want to be more present, or I want to be more productive. Make the coming week the time you make all that happen!
What provides happiness is the joy in knowing we hold the power to make our lives exactly what we want! Taking the utmost care of our bodies gives us the key to unlock all sorts of doors in life. It houses our thoughts, feelings, and soul, so I take this time to remind you, your body is worth taking care of! Even if you have a few moments to spare, use them to refine and improve yourself. It is well worth it!
In the next week, we remind ourselves to stay humble. We remind ourselves that there are things in life that are out of our control, and that’s okay! By remaining strong in our faith and leaving the inevitable in the hands of the Lord, we are comforted by the knowledge that being servants of Christ leads to a beautiful life. Faith is not knowing that God can, it is knowing that God will. Surrender those grips on the uncontrollable and find peace in your faith. It will help on the days when things can get a bit too much.
These are just a few thoughts that get us through our days. We remain thankful for our families, our friends, our communities and our health. Remain grounded in faith and never give up! As weekends wrap up and a new week begins, go out there and show the world a stronger and renewed you!
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