My favorite time of year is spring. Relief from the winter comes and the kids get to go outside more. I don’t have episodes of claustrophobia inside my winter coat. I’ve always hated wearing winter coats. Oh and the mess of hats and teeny tiny gloves. In spring, windows can open, seeds can be planted and it’s like all things are being made new again.
I am blessed to have been made new in Jesus. I am forgiven and have the Holy Spirit with me. That being said, I have parts of my life that I would like to re-grow and to find the passion I once had for them because I know those parts of my life was good for me.
As I mentioned in my last post, the family planned on getting a YMCA membership to provide us with more active things to do. With that, I have a very accessible place to exercise that isn’t my own living room. Back when I was a kid, I was always on the heavy side. At the age of 19, I really buckled down and got myself moving and eating better. I lost 85 lbs over the course of a year and a half. It was wonderful. I felt so good and I was so proud of that accomplishment. As the years went on, and the children were born and I was having anxiety issues, I lost that passion to take care of myself. I’m by no means blaming my children. They are at the top of the many important reasons why I need to get that passion back. It is coming back in bits and pieces. I don’t really have a difficult time with eating healthy. I like most healthy foods and how I feel when I eat them. I just gotta get myself moving again.
Several months ago, I decided that I was going to lower the amount of carbs and gluten products I was consuming. I wasn’t following any specific diet, just cutting out bread and my beloved crackers. As I write this, I am laid up on the couch with barely enough energy to do my dishes. You see, last night, I fell off the wagon and landed on a big old pile of white cheddar snack crackers. Right before bed, no less. So, am I regretting that decision today? Big time! Things that I used to regularly put in my body are now not very liked by my body. My body immediately says, “Oh, no, girl…you didn’t just go there, did you?”
Lowering the amount of carbs I take in has given me more energy and has helped decrease my anxiety. At this point, it has not helped me to lose much weight, but again, I need to get back into the exercise. If I did it back then, I can do it again. It may happen slower in a 30-something’s mom bod than it did in the 19-year-old body…but it can happen. It will happen and I dare not think otherwise. God wants us to take care of our bodies that he gave us for this life. He wants us to make the most of what we have here on earth and be thankful for what we have. I am going to be thankful for this body, even if I don’t think it’s the best right now. What it will become and the process of getting it there, will be a testimony to my appreciation and care for what God has given me.
I would love to hear some of your favorite ways to stay active and be healthy. When I do exercise at home, I love to do the lower impact videos on BodyFit By Amy’s YouTube channel. My ten-year old daughter likes to do them with me. Here’s to getting back to healthy and being ready for whatever God has in store for me to do.