Gym vs. Church : The Priority Battle
Sunday brought me a new challenge.
It was a full day. I had an early morning coffee date, church, writing work to complete, tutoring, a dinner, a birthday party, and an early Monday morning. I wanted to fit exercise in- and of all the things I could replace, church was the only one.
And I couldn’t believe it was even crossing my mind.
An internal battle started.
Church is great. It’s the one time I week that I worship with my friends, I am disconnected from all forms of communication except communication with God, and it is the most healthy part of my heart’s week.
On the other hand.
Exercise is really growing on me. I actually enjoy having it as part of my normal day. My body is responding well to it and my heart it too.
So on Sunday morning, it was hard. And I was surprised. A month ago, there wouldn’t have been a competition. [Sheesh- exercise was not even on my radar.] And now, I’m considering skipping church to go to the gym?
It took me 20+ minutes to decide. Do I go to church or is my exercise time more important? Could I go on a walk and listen to a sermon? [Because if don’t have to choose, that makes me happy. I’m a wimp. Sue me.]
I decided to go to church. My body is important to me. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to remind myself that God is first. Not Annie.
I trust God. I trust that time on Sunday is better spent focusing on Him and not on me.
It’s. Not. Always. About. Me.
That’s hard to learn [for me at least]. And hard to grasp, especially when I’m in a weight loss competition on TV that focuses on ME.
Though exercise is important, I was grateful for the chance to remind myself Who I live for.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
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Annie’s Area of Improvement:
I have finally found my groove.
Yes. It took me five weeks. I get that. And yes. I may be behind my competitors, but I’m finally in the race.
I think the key change that happened for me was looking at this whole thing DAY TO DAY. Instead of trying to fit exercise in five days out of the week, I have to fit exercise in TODAY. And I have my calories for TODAY. It has helped a lot. Like whoa.
Annie’s Big Problem of the Week:
As excited as I am to have found my groove, I’m nervous that I’m going to lose it. I don’t want this to be a phase. I want this to be my life.
So. Calm my fears, people. Tell me how you keep it up. Now that I’ve got a healthy eating vibe going on and exercise is pretty much in my everyday, how I maintain it??
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