Where is the Proof? Part 1

 

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Everyone is looking for it. PROOF. Whether we like it or not, what we say matters. However, what is on display through our lives is the PROOF.

As of two weeks ago, I am officially an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. (PLUG: Check out my profile page!) You will find great Meal Replacement Shakes, Supplements and the best workout plans on the market today. Success for my business, like any other business, comes as I sell Beachbody products. In the training process, this phrase was repeated, “You are PROOF that the products give results.” People will not buy from me simply because I can tell them about the products. They want to see PROOF! People want to see that I have had successful results.

I woke up to an email from Commentary Weekly last week. Here are a few sentences from the article titled: How Should Christians Address the “Big Bang Theory.”
“This new evidence strongly suggests that there was a beginning to our universe. If the universe did indeed have a beginning, by the simple logic of cause and effect, there had to be an agent – separate and apart from the effect – that caused it.”

For years, scientists have been looking and will continue to look for answers about the creation of our world and universe. Some people believe in the Big Bang Theory and some believe in the God of the Bible that spoke the world into existence. Either way, people want to know the truth. They want to see PROOF!

How does my husband know I am completely committed to him? That he has all my heart and I am unwavering in my devotion to him? I must PROVE my love. He wants to see my love. Thru acts of service, putting his needs above my own, spending time doing the things he enjoys doing, making his favorite meals and more, these actions are PROOF of my love. He needs to see PROOF that I am in this marriage as long as I have breath in my lungs.

PROOF. Evidence. Confirmation. Truth.

PROOF is not a new concept. For several reasons we all desire it. We search for it. We base major decisions on it. PROOF is how we know if we should step out of our comfort zone.

In my life, I know these things to be true:

  • I am a follower of Jesus Christ.
  • I love my husband, John Mark.
  • I am crazy about my son, Cade.
  • I love being around the church.
  • I love fitness and coaching others.

But how do people looking at my life know these statements to be true? They know because of the PROOF in my life! Where do I spend my time and energy? What do I change my schedule for? What do I get up early for? What will I go the extra mile for?

People are looking for PROOF – PROOF that you really care. PROOF that you are who you say you are.

God tells us in the Bible that He loves us. Years ago, I choose to believe Him and asked Him to come into my heart and life. He guides me every day. I want others to know God and believe in Him, but it is up to me to tell them and show them God’s love. People want PROOF. People want to see God’s love in action.

So, are you PROOF of what you claim? Are your actions EVIDENCE to want you say? Are you the REAL thing?

 

 

 

 

 

Water! Water! Water!

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For two weeks, over 50 people have committed to an online challenge called “H2O Blast!” At this point, we are halfway thru the challenge and choosing to put major efforts toward drinking water. So, the question begs to be asked “Why?” What is so great about water anyway? Why would a group of people take a two week challenge, seek support from friends and strangers, buy new water bottles, download apps on our phones that track our water intake, carry water everywhere we go and visit the restroom more times a day than ever before? Because OUR BODIES NEED WATER! According to dietitian Koelemay, “Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day.” Water is essential to your health. After reading several sources, I have compiled a list of the benefits to drinking water. I hope this list helps you continue to choose to drink and eat your water! Benefits to Drinking Water 1. Balance of Body Fluids Continuously throughout the day we are loosing fluid. Skin evaporation, breathing, urine and stool are all ways fluid is lost. This is accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes and in older adults. 2. Helps Control Calorie Intake When we choose water, we are saying “no” to choices that contain caffeine, sugar, calories and carbohydrates. Water is filling, and will take that edge off the ache of hunger. 3. Energizes Muscles Muscles are at work every time we play with our children/grandchildren, walk thru the airport and exercise. Water fuels our bodies so we can continue being active. 4. Keeps Skin Looking Good Our skin is the largest organ in our body and like all other organs functions at its highest capacity when it is fueled and hydrated. Our skin will be clear and glowing when we keep choosing water. 5. Helps Kidneys Function Well Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don’t flush it out of our bodies it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Tip: When we drink enough water, our urine will be very pale in color and when we don’t it is a strong yellow. 6. Maintains Normal Bowel Function Water is easy for the body to process. Other diet choices cause bloating, gas and back up in our system. Water is natural and not complicated by additives like carbonation and sugar. 7. Prevents Dehydration When our body gets dehydrated, we can experience head aches, fatigue, lightheaded, increased heart rate, muscle cramps, overheating and constipation. 8. Less Joint Pain Water keeps the cartilage soft and hydrated. Cartilage serves to protect bone-to-bone contact. Who doesn’t need this! Our knees, elbows, ankles, shoulders and spine are critical for everyday activities. We sit, stand, reach, lean, lift and turn our bodies without thinking about the details. It’s important that our joints can handle what we want/need to do. 9. Prevent Headaches If you have ever exercised and not had any water, you have most likely experienced this. I know I have. The lack of water causes a headache because you are dehydrated. KEEP DRINKING THAT WATER! YOUR BODY WILL LOVE YOU FOR IT!

How Long Should I Exercise?

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A common question I get regarding exercise is “how long should I exercise?” Sometimes people ask in hopes that the answer will be vague, so they can claim a “hall pass” from exercise. Other people want to know to the minute how long they should warm up, exercise and cool down. I have been in both seasons of life.

The recommendation from the American Heart Association is this,

“Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. To improve overall cardiovascular health, we suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). “

With that being said, here are some factors to consider when planning your personal workout.

If you are new to exercise, 30 minutes of something is a good place to start – walk, elliptical or bike. Remaining at a moderate pace is important. This is not a walk in the mall or leisure walk thru the park feeding the ducks. In these 30 minutes your heart rate should be elevated and remain there for the entire 30 minutes.

If you normally exercise for longer periods of time and would like to increase your endurance (length of time), I would recommend Interval Training. Interval Training strengthens your heart because of the quick increase and decrease in your heart rate over a short time period. Shortening the time allows you to focus on other parts of your workout such as speed and intensity. Examples would be

  • 1 minute jog and 1 minute walking lunges
  • 2 minutes bike sprint and 30 seconds bike climb
  • 2 minutes of bike and 30 seconds of push ups

If you are looking to challenge your strength or power, you can also change the intensity. If you normally complete the more difficult part of your workout in the beginning, put the harder part at the end. This way the easier portion is at the start when you are fresh and the more challenging part is at the end when you are tired and having to work harder.

No matter how long you workout, you want to give it your best. It is important to schedule your workouts in advance so you are sure you can complete the recommended cardiovascular exercise each week.

At the end of the day, the question is not “how long should I exercise?” Instead, the question becomes “how hard am I going to work out today for _____ amount of time?”

For me, at the end of every workout, I want to know I gave all that I had to give. There is no additional work out later. This is it! Make the most of every sweat opportunity!

Grace Needed

Days like today, I just want to crawl back in bed and start the day all over.

I was scheduled to teach at the gym at 5:45 am. I know…CRAZY.

I set two alarms and also asked my husband to set his alarm. Going to bed, I knew I was tired. I fell asleep very fast. Usually, the night before an early class, I wake up several times during the night afraid I will over sleep. I also wake up five to ten minutes just before the alarm clock rings. (My Mom tells me that I get the “early riser genes” from my Dad.)

This particular night I slept straight thru and didn’t wake up before the alarm. What makes matters worse is that with several alarm clocks set I don’t even remember turning them off. Well you can imagine the rest of the story. At 6:00 am I sat straight up in the bed realizing immediately I had OVER SLEPT!!!!!

I was so frustrated with myself. I called the gym to let them know what happened. Thankfully, another instructor was at the gym that morning. She stepped in to rescue the class. I got myself dressed and drove to the gym. With my head hanging in shame and my bag dragging the floor, I entered the class. The people who attend this class are usually very kind, but now that their class started late and their instructor was showing up 30 minutes late, well…I was ready for glaring looks and irritated attitudes.

The other instructor gladly handed me the microphone and quickly left the room. I wish she had not left so abruptly, but there was nothing else for her to do. I had to own up to my mistake and focus on giving a strong class. I will never forget the sweetness of my students that day. They were understanding and sympathetic to my busy schedule.

Driving home, I remembered that Cade wanted to take soup for lunch, but I did not own a thermos. I stopped at a few places on the way home with no luck. It was only 8:00 am, and I felt like I was striking out everywhere. I returned home with no thermos and an alternate lunch option. I was blessed a second time that morning when Cade went to school happy with lunch option #2.

This morning I was reminded of the greatness of God’s grace.

Grace that covers my mistakes. Grace that extends from Heaven straight to the soul of every man, woman and child. Grace that leads me to the heart of God. Grace that I don’t deserve, but I am freely given. Oh, what perfect LOVE.

I will be honest, after John Mark and Cade left for the morning, I proceeded to beat myself up for the all that had happened that morning. I felt like a failure. I had let down my class and my son. Although my class and Cade were forgiving, I was having a hard time forgiving myself. I was measuring my self worth by my actions.

God’s word is life giving and in situations like this, a breath from my heavenly Father is greatly needed.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved throughout faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Galations 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Christ offers us grace, so we can experience freedom. As long as I was condemning myself and walking in shame I was not living in that freedom. I was yoked to my own expectations, disappointments and allowing the actions of that morning to define me.

Christ came to give me real life that is GRACE filled, but the choice was mine to make.

It’s doesn’t matter what mistakes have been made. Our God is abundant in grace and love for everyone of us. Allow that grace to wash over you today, so you can live from a place of freedom.

Choosing to Walk

Several months ago, I met with a few ladies to talk about Blogging.  I have never considered myself a writer, but I felt the Lord wanted me to step out in this area.  So here I was receiving wisdom from others when the one who was leading decided to give the rest of us a homework assignment. The assignment was to develop a statement or phrase that tells others about ourselves.

Since that evening, I have done a lot of thinking about my journey with the Lord. Years of milestones, new adventures, disappointments and dreams have rolled across the screen of my mind. What an amazing journey it has been. A life full of roller coasters, but from the beginning the Lord simply called me to WALK. To accept Him as my Savior, to hand over the reigns of my life and be apart of His kingdom work. 

John 10 teaches us about our shepherd who is calling us to walk.

2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.

The Lord has never waited for me to make the all right choices, to be completely fearless, or to have a detailed plan.  Instead, it’s been the exact opposite.  The Lord waits for me to listen, to trust Him and to respond to His voice.  These actions are not always easy.  Over the years, I have chosen to WALK with the Lord when the day ahead looked exciting and other times when the day has looked like an uphill climb.  The one constant has been the presence of the Lord.  As I have chosen to accept His “CALL TO WALK,” He has been faithful to guide, give wisdom, hold my heart, to provide and be my refuge.  The Lord is the good shepherd and I choose to WALK with Him.