I recently blogged about getting fit now, and looking forward to bikini season. Well, not everyone cares about looking good in a bikini or even the fact that summer brings shorts and sleeveless shirts. In fact, after chatting with my almost 70 year old mother in law (whom looks nothing close to "almost 70"), she gave me a different perspective of why she stays fit. Alice, my other mother, keeps fit by working in her garden, squatting for periods of time, sweating, pulling out them weeds, and planting. If she works in the garden for a good amount of time she really feels it. She also keeps herself fit in her home gym. She's no regular grandma or as her grand kids call her "Nanny". She sees working out as key to enjoying the quality of life! Being fit adds to the joy of being able to do the things she loves, like gardening, playing and running around with her grand kids. As we age, it gets tougher for us to do what we use to, and if we don't work our muscles and work out, we will loose in the long run. I've always heard, use it or loose it! Thank you Nanny for your perspective and input. You are an inspiration to me and to everyone who crosses your path. I love you!
Are you in shape both physically and spiritually?
Paul was stoned, dragged out of the city of Iconium and left for dead but he got up and went back to preach the Good News in that city! Being a disciple of Christ calls for total commitment.
How committed are we when it comes to living for Christ? Sometimes we give up so quickly that we don't give God a chance to prove His power. We need to be tenacious and committed to our faith. If we are easily knocked down by every trial no matter how small, then we need to reevaluate our commitment.
Being committed means dedicating yourself, even when it gets tough. How committed are you?
With summer upon us, many begin to shake in their boots about bathing suit season. Thinking about being out by the pool at a party, on vacation or even wearing shorts and summer dresses baring arms and legs. Well if this is you, you are not alone. What can we do about getting comfortable wearing less in the summer? Time to tone up and shape up! Results vary, just as commitment to fitness and eating healthy varies. Why do we wait till this time of the year to even consider hitting the gym or even putting on some running/jogging shoes? Well its pointless to even ask, the main thing here is what are we going to do from this point on?
Thinking about working out, sweating, and clean eating makes some groan in agony, but it doesn't have to be that way. Start with baby steps! take a walk in your neighborhood, get out there, put your iPad down! Turn your tv off! Get your SWEAT ON!! Power walk for 5 minutes, jog for 1 minute, sprint for 20 seconds, repeat. Mix it up! Jog to the end of one street corner, do 10-20 jumping jacks, continue, then do 10-20 squats. Get your heart rate up, get your sweat on. You can't walk in your neighborhood? Hit a local park, they are sure to have trails or maybe head to a loal school and use their track. There are no good reasons why you can't get out and burn calories.
Stop complaining about summer and bathing suits and being unfit and unhealthy and do something! Put that doughnut down, yes you, and put your comfy sneakers on. Focus, eyes on the prize. Think about all you put in your mouth and make wise choices. Remember you are in control of your actions!!
If we can make time for other things, work, checking emails, watching sports/TV we can make time to get fit. Walk with your family after dinner, do squats/lunges during commercials while watching the Spurs/or your favorite tv show. We all have distractions or reasons why we can't succeed. Don't allow these distractions to stand in the way of the new you!!!
Today is National Day of Prayer
One Voice United...
"So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ." -Romans 15:6
Lets take a moment from our busy day to Pray for our nation, our government, our schools, our children, our families, our friends, the sick, the hurt, the broken, the lost.
United we call out unto God, forgive us, guide us, lead us!
Antonio and Sonia Daniels
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