Tag: strength

Thankfulness vs Pridefulness

Hi all,

I’ve been thinking on this topic a little of late, so thought I’d share some thoughts with you.

I first started really thinking on this due to the 30day squat challenge I’m currently doing.  I’m on day 29, so basically finished, but I said in my insta post today that I was ‘quite proud of myself’ for having reached this point and having done EVERY day’s set amount of squats.  As I said in the post, I really did wonder if I’d give the tick that I’d done the amount for that day, when maybe I hadn’t quite done the total.

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I thought this, not out of a fear of laziness on my part, but the fact that when, on day 1, and only 50 squats were required,  I’d look forward to those big numbers of over 100 for most days, & wonder if I’d achieve that every single day.

To be where I am now, one day from the end, and having achieved every day’s amount is quite amazing to me.  I’m blown away by what my body has achieved.

As I’ve said before, I do love accountability… it drives me, keeps me focused and on track…  so these types of challenges are really great for me…. and making them public just cements my desire to achieve it.  But not so that I can hear ‘well done’ from others… but so that they can maybe see themselves doing the same, achieving similar benefits etc.

So, this is what lead me to the train of though in regards to accomplishment.. and whether being proud of your achievements is showing a lack of humility.

We know that being humble is a BIG BIG BIG part of being a follower of Christ.  In order to become a Christian, we need to be humble enough to admit we’re a sinner, die to self, love our neighbour as ourselves.. and heaven forbid (🤣) , love our enemies.    It’s hard to do those things if you are prideful.

When we think, and being right in that thought, that being prideful is a sin… then what do we do in a situation where we feel proud of an accomplishment?  I think the key is to constantly remember that we only achieve the things we do, in and through the strength of our Saviour.  Several days of this squat challenge I remember verbally thanking Jesus for giving me the strength to actually do some 200+ squats, as there have been days when I simply could not have done it on my own strength.

I particularly think of a day late last week when I had a bad head cold.  I am still amazed, looking back, that I still did the amount for that day.  Thankfully though, the absolute worst day of the head cold did happen to be a rest day in the challenge (Praise Jesus !).

Another important distinction is that having DElIGHT in your achievements is not being prideful… knowing that your work will result in further good things is something to delight in.  Delighting in the fact that your body has achieved something you doubted , or didn’t know, it could do, is also recognising the amazing God created body that you are blesssed to have.  The fine line though would be if you are delighting in others NOTICING your achievements.

“So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot,” (Ecc. 3:22).

To clarify, we need to pull that apart a little, as if we enjoy others raving about our achievements simply because we like others to think well of us, than that’s pride right there.. but if others can gain by witnessing our accomplishments, than that is furthering God’s work through us.

Another big thing .. and one that seems to be a very notable point with me, is the difference between Thankfulness and entitlement.  I’m not entitled to a strong, healthy body that allows me to achieve these things… I am THANKFUL to have a strong healthy body that can achieve these things.  Constantly finding the path that leads back to Jesus is your sure fire way to stay humble.

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD,” (Job 1:21).

Blessings peeps

Respect the temple

xox

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In a great headspace !!

As I was walking Cooper this afternoon for his normal late afternoon walk, it occurred to me, that other than the sometimes yuckiness of life….  hormonal teenage outbursts, middle aged husband emotions (😂),  continuing to grieve my Dad, the still unreconciled extended family situation, plus normal ‘life’ stuggles…  my life is in a really fantastic place.  I know that this is all because of Jesus, our ultimate peacemaker.

 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

I‘m very blessed to have pretty much always had a very strong surety when it comes to my faith.  I don’t struggle with doubt, or unbelief in any areas…  and I KNOW, beyond a shadow of doubt, that this strength in my faith is what places me in this great place in life.  If I made the mistake of looking at things logically, maybe I’d struggle to not get depressed about it.  BUT, I know that God’s plans are the BEST plans, so even when something doesn’t happen, or not happen, when I think it should….  or something doesn’t come together that I wished had…. or God pushes me down a pathway I was hesitant (understatement) to go…  I have the confidence in knowing that God’s got this !!  

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What I was most thinking about when this came to me on my walk this afternoon was my health and fitness journey.  I know I covered this in the last blog, but I’m really finding the social media outlets not only a tool of accountability, but a great encouragement.

I had to buy 3 major pieces of equipment in order to dive into this ministry that God has for me….  when the 2nd arrived a couple of days ago, I said to my husband… “This is getting real, when the 3rd package arrives, I actually have to do this.”  Like I said in the last blog.. exciting, but scary !!  🖥📸💜🏃🏽‍♀️

Another thing that had me pondering where I’m at, is the people that we’re surrounded by.  It’s a no brainer that we do our best when championed on by loved ones and friends.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.  Proverbs 27:17

I’m very blessed to have really wonderful people around me, but like most people, I also have those around me that are kinda hoping I fail….  those that think this is just a faze.. and I’ll just go back to the unhealthy weight and food choices that were my life 3+years ago.  I also have people in my life who choose to see something about me that simply isn’t me.   All I can say about that is…hey… haters gonna hate.  Move on, but pray for them like crazy.. coz happy people want the best for others… unhappy, or damaged people… do not.  So, whatever way you look at it, those that maybe don’t champion you on in your life….  or worse, outright speak negatively about you..  need our prayers more than anyone else.  

 

Back to the possibility of back tracking in fitness… even if solely for physical comfort, I’d need to stay off dairy and big amounts of meat intake…..  which is a BIG part of having a healthy body…. so even if I were to let the physical exercise go, I’d still be far healthier than I was previously.  Having said that, I kinda LOVE my walks, my workouts, my clothes (😂), so I can’t see me going away from this healthy lifestyle.

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In order to keep it real, I’m not saying I never get down… coz man, I do !  I was in a real funk a couple of days ago for an evening and a day… and I just couldn’t explain it… It was near the anniversary of my Dad going Home to the Lord, but I really didn’t think it was that.. it was different….  and low and beyond.. the dreaded monthlies arrived today… so waa laa… explanation found !!  🤔

On this front, I actually received a letter with a surgery date for my much dreaded Hysterectomy, but as it was going to clash with my daughter’s 18th b’day & party, I had to let them know I couldn’t do that date… so back onto the waitlist I go.  Heartbroken?? NOT

As it’s Easter Saturday (is that actually an offical thing?? I don’t think so.. but anyway)… so in just 17mins… it’ll be the time my Dad went Home on Easter Saturday 2017.  Last year, it was rough, as easter fell BEFORE the date of the anniversary, but his year, it’s already passed, so it seems a lot easier.  However, I”m choosing to not dwell on it, so there’s that.

In regards to my blog pages, I’ll just let you all know that I will be consolidating my two pages.  I’m halfway through blogging my Europe trip with my sister last year, so I’ll finish that off before wrapping the page up… but after that, this will be my main blog page, so as to best facilitate this new health, wellness and fitness ministry.

My entire homeschooling journey, as well as Master 14s ADHD diagnosis & journey are over on Lovely Shiloh, as well as travel blogs, preparing for and then grieving the loss of my Dad.. and general life.  Feel free to go check them out, but there’s 248 blogs over there as we go live…..  so just a bit of reading for you.  Here is the link.  😀

I’m wondering if there’s a way to make a copy of all blogs…  without literally printing them all out.. if anyone knows of a way, please tell me, as I’d love to do that.

OK..    that’s it for now.

Blessings Peeps.  xox

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Let’s keep it real

Morning all…  seeing this isn’t ‘fakeblog’, let’s get real with why sometimes, for me at least, being the healthiest version of yourself doesn’t ALWAYS turn out peachy keen.

So, two days ago, I went in for a surgery… heads up, if you’re a guy reading this and you don’t wanna read about women’s issues…. feel free to hit the red traffic light now (or the X if you are disadvantaged enough to be on a Windows system. 😂) . I went in for a Laparoscopy, where they would be looking for endometriosis, burning off of any that they find (they found none… woo hoo!!), a cervical scraping (to check for any nasties), and then an endometrial ablation.  Sounds like fun right ?

I have dealt with bad.. and when I say bad, I mean REALLY BAD, period pain my entire period having life.  High school involved 2 days off every month because of it… and well, yeah, maybe I hated school too, but that’s another story.  I got a good few years of reprieval while I had my children and breastfed them, but then went back to pretty full on pain every month.  It’s actually expanded from just the period time, to ovulation time, as well as the week leading up to my period.  Basically I had a 1wk sweet spot each month.  (All holidays planned around that one week.. lol).

I eventually, after a couple of trips to the ED, got my arse into gear and got a referral to see a specialist.  Due to my recent ED visits, I was categorised high, which meant surgery within 90days, but I actually ended up with a date only 6wks from my initial appointment.

Anyway…  fast forward to two days ago… I’m lying on a trolley, trying not to cry as I’m about to be wheeled into theatre.  I thought I was all A-OK about going in… but surprisingly not.  I asked for a pre-med to calm me down… and what d’ya know.. I was out like a light… and then that’s when the ‘fun’ started.. and where we get to the ‘keep it real’ bit.

I knew I could not have the drug Endone, as it makes me violently ill… something you do not want after abdominal surgery.. but I had forgotten that when I had some ambulance trips & ED visits with chest pain issues last year, I actually found out my body does not like ANY Opioid drugs.  It would have been handy to have mentioned that to the anaesthetist.  whoopsie.

Opioids include opiates, an older term that refers to such drugs derived from opium, including morphine itself. Other opioids are semi-synthetic and synthetic drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl; antagonist drugs such as naloxone; and endogenous peptides such as the endorphins.  They can be more commonly known as Narcotic drugs.

I went to sleep at around 2pm, being told that I’d need to stay 2hrs after waking up and then I could go home . I was thinking . home by 6pm…. at 7.30pm, I was still not responding well to the nursing staff, couldn’t keep my eyes open for more than a second…  and tbh, I felt exactly like Loki when Hulk gets to him on the rooftop in Avengers.  (Yes, I’m a huge Marvel fan.. just roll with it.)

When I spoke to the surgeon yesturday morning and she commented on my bad reaction to the drugs, she said to me “You eat healthy, don’t drink alcohol or take much medication, right?”  Well, that pretty much sums it up, yes.  It was interesting to hear her say that they barely ever see the inside of a healthy person who hasn’t abused their body with drugs and alcohol.  Funny.. I thought I was pretty darn normal.    Maybe I’ve lead a sheltered life.. ha ha

Fast forward again to now… and I don’t feel quite as bad as Loki… but not far off.  I honestly never want a GA ever again… and I joked to my husband that if I do have to, I may take up drinking a few months prior in order to prepare my body.  LOL.  Kidding, I totally won’t do that, and don’t recommend it to others.

The next ‘fun’ post surgery symptom is the shoulder and rib discomfort that follows any laparoscopic surgery.    Shoulder discomfort is common after a laparoscopy due to some residual carbon dioxide gas in the upper abdomen irritating the nerves near your diaphragm muscle. This is normal (and not dangerous) and usually settles in less than 1 week as your body reabsorbs the CO2.

LESS THAN A WEEK… are you freaking kidding me….  I’m 2days in and wanna rip my own ribs out… and give myself a shoulder dislocation … arrgghhhh !!!

OK… enough with the wingeing !!!!  While this situation is not the most fun I’ve ever had, I can recognise that having a healthy body is a great thing 99.999999 % of the time…  but maybe just not when you need to bring in the big guns.  I just need to remember to REALLY press the point if (she shudders) I ever have to have a GA again.  They did throw around the big H word if my pain continues, so let’s start praying against that one shall we.

I was beyond pleased though to have my prayer buddy with me at all times.  It’s a huge comfort to know that you don’t go anywhere alone and He’s there with you at EVERY point.   I know we just throw the words around … but it’s a legit comfort you can’t have with anything or anyone else.  I recognised that in particular when I was anxious before the surgery.. I was seeking the comfort of my husband (which don’t get me wrong, is a great comfort to seek), but once I was wheeled away from him and I could no longer seek his comfort, I was made VERY aware of the One who walked beside my trolley.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Psalms 23:4

I’m super looking forward to truly being on the flipside of this as I have some fantastic blogs coming your way over the next few weeks.  We’re going to look at the BEST way to work those abs, while protecting the rest of your body, my best smoothie picks.. and some fantastic meal prep ideas.

Blessings & Health .

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