We all experience pauses in our spiritual and physical routines.

We find ourselves on a spiritual pause during those  times when it seems as if God is not listening and when we are absolutely positive that He’s not speaking. For me, these spiritual pauses are not a time when I try to build my faith but fall back onto the faith that I’ve built throughout the years. I remind myself of all that God had done for me when it seems as if He’s not doing anything at all. Sometimes the best I can do during a spiritual pause is maintain.

During these spiritual pauses, I have to be a wee bit more careful in what I’m reading, watching, and seeing. I don’t need to hear others complain about how God failed them in the past. (As if God ever fails!) I need to read books that encourage me to stand firm and not quit. And I really need to be careful what I’m watching! I have to feed my spirit what it needs to maintain it’s strength (joy!).Liberty

And right now I am experiencing a pause in my physical routine. I’ll just call this pause “Liberty.”

Truth be told, I’m not interested in going to the gym, running, or working out. All I want to do is watch her sleep, hold her when she’s awake, and spend my time loving her.

We’ve all experienced pauses in our fitness routines like this, haven’t we? We need to do exactly what we do during those spiritual pauses while  our pursuit of physical fitness is on pause.

We need to maintain the fitness we have gained throughout the years. For me, that’s throwing in a bike ride and jumping on the treadmill a few times a week. It’s doing a short full-body workout once or twice a week instead of going to the gym five days a week. This is not the time to increase my workouts, lose weight, or gain strength. It’s a time to maintain what I’ve gained.

It’s also important during these times that I become a wee bit more vigilant in my diet. I try to throw in a few more salads, eat more fruit for dessert, and drink a lot more water!

If you’re going through a spiritual or physical pause, don’t quit! Just choose a maintenance plan that works for you!

the new girl

It felt like high school all over again. Once again, I was the new girl. And even though I’m almost 50 years old I was scared.

Like in high school,  I wasn’t so scared that I didn’t go.

One thing I’ve learned since high school is that very few people even notice you when you’re the new girl. Most have their own friends, their own routines, and they really could care less if you show up. That’s why I wasn’t so scared that I stayed home.

You must be wondering where I went today…. I went to a new gym. Gold’s Gym in Panama City Beach. Since I’m here for a long vacation I need to keep up my healthy routines and that includes working out at least four days a week.

I put on my brave face, laced up my tennis shoes, and walked in like I knew where I was and what I was doing. And for the most part, I did. I know how to use dumbbells, barbells, and treadmills. Then I discovered this great piece of cardio equipment that I’ve seen on the Biggest Loser. It’s steps. Not a stepper but steps! And it kicked my butt!

If I can do it scared, so can you! Don’t let your fear stop you from achieving your goals. Cuz then you’ve got two enemies instead of one —- fear and regret!

 

I just got back from visiting my folks in Seattle. It was a quick trip. I was out of town for a total of five days but that was more than enough to mess up my daily routine.

Routine is very important to me. Every morning I  want to get up early, drink a cup of coffee, write for a bit, make a green smoothie, eat at least one salad a day, and go to the gym. There was no way I could do that while traveling. Spending time with my Seattle family and showing Austin and Hannah around Seattle were more important to me than working out. Plus our schedules were off, our days were full, green smoothies cost ten dollars, and I could only make it to the gym once.

Maybe you’re like me you and find that when you’ve gotten off of your routine for a few days, then you beat yourself up for a few weeks, and then realize that it’s been months since you last worked out.
You know, it doesn’t have to be that way. I can choose to be disappointed in myself or I can celebrate the good choices that I made such as choosing to eat veggies in my omelet, having that one Subway salad, and making it to the gym that one time.

And then I can get back to my routine on Monday morning and keep moving forward.

And so can you!