I have been diligently working on getting into shape since my cardiologist encouraged me to start working out and come back to see him in 3 months. My follow up appointment is Wednesday and I hope that my progress is enough for him to release me from his care. I have been working out almost every day, except for those times when I got a little too ambitious and had to sit out for a week due to pain. I keep telling myself that it has taken me years to get into this shape and probably will take me years to get out of it.
I have been making progress, sometimes slowly but progress. When I started this adventure, I was unable to keep pace with Bob when we walked, so he would make me lead and then match my pace—no matter how slow it was. Now I can lead the walk and he can walk at his normal pace. This in itself is a great improvement.
For a few years due to hip and foot problems I was only able to walk short distances and then I would have to stop to rest and hope the pain would subside enough to continue. This is no longer the case. I know that my foot surgery helped a lot with this and then my new exercise program has really given me the extra strength that I need. Just this week I was able to complete a 20 minute video workout and then a 20 minute workout on our exercise bicycle.
Thanks to my daughter I have a fitbit that helps me track most of my exercise. I was a little surprised that it recorded some working chores as exercise. My favorite type of exercise is the kind that I can see results from i.e. mowing the lawn. To me it is a great aerobic exercise and the lawn looks good when I am finished. One day I was able to get over 70 minutes of exercise by cutting the bushes in front of the house—I had to carry all the branches that I cut around to the back of the house in order to put them on a pile. I got my steps in and a lot of good movement that day.
As a Christian I believe that exercising our faith should also show results. Pushing a lawnmower around your yard until all the grass is cut down to size provides exercise for our body it is also beneficial to the lawn and the look of your neighborhood. In somewhat the same way keeping yourself filled with God’s word and prayer provides exercise for your spirit and the benefits of the fruit of the Spirit for those around you.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Take a challenge this week with me to spend more time in prayer and God’s Word so we can watch the fruit of the Spirit bless the people around us. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.