Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wellness Wednesday #32

Wow, I just made it under the wire! I was getting ready to shut the computer down and remembered that today is indeed Wednesday. It has been a frustrating day with a long to d0 list - and none of it got accomplished! I woke to blocked sinuses, wheezing and coughing from all the smoke from the fires. We do not have any in our immediate area but looking at the fire map, they are in a ring around our city. The sky looks horrible and today my lungs decided they were not going to take it anymore! Yuck! Pray for the firefighters who are fighting 800 or more fires through out California, the people who are losing homes and possessions and for our poor kids and staff who are trying to put on a sports camp VBS this week with air quality in the "Unhealthy" range!

So, this morning I was really disappointed to not walk. But I wasn't willing to push my lungs over the edge and go full blown. By the end of the day today my body felt like a spring that had been coiled too long - I'm actually MISSING exercise! I think that is definite progress! :o) My weight was the same at 315# and hopefully will remain there but I must confess we made homemade ice cream from a custard type recipe and it was so yummy, but HIGH calorie! I didn't pig out but it tasted so decadent, I could just picture it applying itself directly to my belly! LOL But since I am not dieting, I am not going to beat myself up over it because realistically I will face these types of ups and downs for the rest of my life.

Lynette encouraged me to share a story though, where God helped me in a tangible way to "just say no" to donuts! I had a stressful morning at church when A threw a fit - the kind where you want the earth to open up and swallow you because your kid is making such a spectacle of themselves. Anyway, as I was chatting with Susan near the bagel and donut table, I was thinking that "just one donut wouldn't hurt" and I knew that the only reason I wanted one was because I was stressed and it is one of my weaknesses as far as comfort food goes. My brain knew that they really don't taste all that great, but my emotions wanted one. Just as I was almost ready to give in, a HUGE fly landed on top of the donuts! Ick! So, my medical background kicked in and said, "Gross! Flies carry germs - I'm not touching that!" And then I laughed. "Okay God! I get the message! I don't need a donut to feel good! Thanks for the vivid reminder." So I triumphed over the donuts last Sunday.

As I mentioned, my body is enjoying the exercise now! I actually miss it and if I wasn't so tired would probably walk now, but will wait until the morning since it's 10PM. But I wanted to add before closing that we are doing one more thing to contribute to our wellness, since wellness to be is a whole bundle of different things, including spiritual. Hubby and I have started The Bible in 90 Days after hearing about it from Susan, whom I linked to above. At the women's retreat she mentioned how it was interesting to read through it in a short period of time because you actually see more connections and different things that you miss when you read through slowly or bit by bit. She spoke about it more on her blog and I shared with Hubby and he thought it would be good.

I have read my Bible through many times but never in such a short time period. We thought it would be a good way to stay connected while we are apart for 3 weeks. We will be reading the same thing and can discuss it at night when we talk. Today was the third day and I have been reading it aloud to Hubby. It is 12 pages a day and by the end of the 3rd day we have read 40 chapters.

Is anyone else doing this? Do any of you incorporate your faith into your workouts or your wellness routines? If you do, I'd love to know how.

Hope this all makes sense... my eyes are heavy and ready to close!


Wool Winder said...

I'll have to check out the 90 day Bible.

Theresa said...

Trust me, as I'm feeling like my lungs are bursting I think of this:
"But they that wait upon the LORD
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as EAGLES
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint"
Sometimes I just want to say, "Lord, it's time. I'm walking and I feel like fainting!"
I've been working out almost every day now. No weight loss, but I am losing inches!

Paula said...

Oh I have to check out that 90 day bible too!

I hope you get to feeling better soon!