Exercise, Habits, Health Struggles, Healthy Eating

Tuesday’s Fitness Check-in…. a bit late

Good afternoon everyone. I am a bit late with my Tuesday’s Fitness Check-in.  I have been a bit off track with my blog lately.  I have been working on a new daily routine at home.  And it has made getting to the blog a bit difficult at times.

But I am pleased to say it has enabled me to get my exercise in on a more regular basis. In the past 8 days I have gotten some form of intentional exercise on 5 of those days!  WIN WIN!!!

I have also been more intentional with my eating habits.  And I am seeing results.  I am down a total of 3lbs.  

That isn’t very much considering the time that I have been working on this journey.  But to me that is not the issue.  The issue for me is endurance and sustainability.  I want this to be a permanent change in my life.  I can see that there are specific areas of my life that need to change in order for that to happen.

This week over at PEAK 313.  Clare posted a graphic that had a quote from Candace Cameron Bure.  Head here to take a look at it.  The idea is that our attitude is a huge element in our weight loss and health journey.  Are we looking at life with a sense of entitlement or are we looking at life with a sense of contentment and gratitude.

I thought more about it this quote this week than I have when I have seen the quote before.  My attitude is often, “I just had a tough day so I deserve to eat this _____________________”

I never really associated that type of feeling with a sense of entitlement before.  But that is exactly what it is.  I have to admit I felt a bit ashamed of myself.  I have talked so often about how much I have the entitlement attitude, and here I find it in myself and so blatantly too!

This principles applies to many areas of my life and it often impacts how I respond to my husband and how I respond to my kids.  I do not usually consider that I am receiving a gift when I get something.  It could be anything, a cup of tea, a moment to walk alone, a moment to visit with a friend.  It could even be something like the idea that doing laundry for my husband or my kids.

I can do their laundry because they are here.  If they were not here I wouldn’t have to do their laundry.

I would rather have the laundry to do and to have my precious family with me than not.

I have been considering my food choices the same way.  Am I thankful that I have this lunch. Or am I inwardly complaining because I don’t have a specific type of food?

I want to respond with gratitude primarily. I want to be a positive influence on my own heart and the hearts of those around me.

I am ashamed to say I usually am a complainer.

I gripe because I don’t have this or that.

I gripe because something isn’t just the way I want it.

I want to be responding out of gratitude and contentment instead.   I want my heart to change.  And I can see as I have really worked through this idea this week that it does grow contentment with what I have right in front of me, and to see the special things as gifts as well as the mundane things.

 

So there you have my weekly check-in. How are you doing? Are you working at loosing weight or just trying to maintain your current health?  Tell me about it. And as always if you need more advice or tips for exercise head over to Peak313 and see what she is up to this week.

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1 thought on “Tuesday’s Fitness Check-in…. a bit late

  1. Hmmm. As often happens, God seems to prompt both of our hearts in similar areas at the same time. 🙂 Being thankful and practicing gratitude are themes that God has been reminding me of over the last few months. And just within the past couple of days I have felt my perspective shifting more towards having the attitude of doing the things I do to taking care of myself vs. just wanting to look a certain way. And I do the same thing with food, justifying how I ‘deserve’ the ‘treat’. But like you said, keeping on keeping on this journey.

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