Day 13 – This has been a really good day. I didn’t have to get up early, brewed some fresh, hot tea, took time to dig into my morning bible study and journaling, and headed out @ 7:30 for breakfast with some of the guys from church.

Not being overbooked today, I had a chance to get a head start on my new fitness class that begins tomorrow evening at TCALF; it’s part of the IFIT strategy. The new BODY BASIC class is all about stepping. It’s gonna be good.

After some study time and a nice afternoon nap, I headed over to the gym for a long, slow workout.  I spent a full hour pacing myself to do something I haven’t been able to do in a while.  I warmed up with 15 minutes on the elliptical and moved over to the crunch bench. 1,000 crunches ( 2 sets of 500) was a goal I set for myself when I started two weeks ago.  I met that goal today and it felt good.

What does that mean? Not much, really. 1,000 is a lot, no doubt.  But it’s not as much about how many as it is about reaching short term goals to enjoy long term success. I won’t do 1,000 crunches at one time every week.  But that will open the door for more doable goals, better fitness and, ultimately, a stronger me.

I’m not competing with anyone but myself. I’m not comparing myself to anyone. I’m not trying to make a big point about being in good shape (although I AM trying to get in good shape). I’m just trying to improve my fitness and overall, general health so  the testimony of my body–which is the temple of God–matches the testimony of my mouth. It’s really hard to talk about taking care of others if I don’t take care of myself.

So, as I approach another Sunday morning and another opportunity to preach the Word, if you are reading this missive, please pray for my physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. I want to be strong inside and out for the glory of God.

May the Lord give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 [ESV]

Published by tsideqah

Retired pastor, husband for 48 years, granddad to 4 amazing kids

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