I went to a new gym on Saturday with a friend of mine from work, and I signed up. It is only $15 a month, all access. I decided to sign up because honestly, I believe that’s the only way that I’ll be consistent, especially with strength training. I went to the chiropractor about a month ago, and he told me that to strengthen my back, I should start doing some strength and core training. Since degenerative disc disease is in my family (big time), I decided to agree with him on that. He’s the type of chiropractor that believes that I can do more to have a healthy back than what he can give me. If I’m taking care of myself, then I won’t have to see him as often. I like that about him!
Plus, it’ll help me with my running technique, which might help my foot. We’ll see on that one . He told me that I most likely have tendonitis in my foot, and that an orthotic should make it better… but an orthotic is expensive (he’s the first one to actually give a name to my foot issues… it’s pretty uncommon!).
I will be working out with my friend, which will help me tremendously as well. I need the accountability. It’s too easy for me to make excuses. I also tend to push myself harder when in the presence of a friend .
I realized, though, that I will have to be super careful with obsessing over working out and still be careful with obsessing about eating perfectly. I struggle with this, and I don’t know why. I need to give it to God each and every day so that it’s about being healthy and fit for His glory, not to just be obsessed with one more thing.
I desire moderation in this as in everything, and I’m praying that God will give me what I need to get there. I don’t want it to be about being obsessed with one more thing, but about feeling better physically so that I have more energy to serve Jesus.
It’s also easy for me to feel that there’s something wrong with me… but I know that I’m not alone in this issue of food. As I read Made to Crave again and talk with ladies on My Fitness Pal, I realize that this is an issue that many women struggle with. Much of the time, the feelings that I have about food and exercise are extreme, and that’s what Satan wants. If I’m focusing on it to an extreme (either way), then Satan is winning. If I’m making it about being a good steward of my body for God’s glory, He will give me what I need to sustain through the difficult moments.
The time in my life that I felt the best physically, mentally, and emotionally was when I was exercising regularly and eating well in moderation (eating well most of the time, but allowing myself things that may not be in my “plan” so that I don’t feel deprived). That’s where I want to be. That’s my goal.
I have now exercised there twice, and I feel that I made the right decision. I feel as though I’m free to “figure out” how to use the machines, I feel as though I’m not alone in this journey, and I feel as though I don’t stand out like a sore thumb.
I went to Costco and Sprouts on Friday, and I was able to stock up on yummy and healthy foods. I love that our refrigerator, freezer, and pantry are all stocked with healthy foods, and I stayed under my budget . I have some money left for next week to “fill in” what we will need (milk, fruits/veggies, etc). It was easy and our meals and lunches will be super simple because of what I bought. I hope to not be spending hours in the kitchen to make this all work! I think with one day of prep per week (typically Sunday or Monday), we should be set (plus the little bit of time each night that it’ll take to cook dinners).
I feel so good and free right now. I’m praying that this continues!!