So, after the eye-opening discoveries revealed in the last blog entitled "Heart Breaks" - I went through a really rough patch. My body seemed to shut down. I was tired ALL THE TIME, and I just didn't want to do anything but sleep. Then my body forced me to do just that - buy giving me a temperature of almost 102 for 2 days. I'm sure you can infer that morning work outs went out the window.
I have almost completely turned my lifestyle around 180 degrees. After 5 and half weeks, my brain and my body had had enough. I think that true rest is just as important in the exercise routine as the exercise itself. And I think that true rest is different for everyone. There is the kind of rest that your body needs everyday - Sleep. If you dont' have enough sleep, your body winds down and becomes unproductive. There is also rest for the mind and rest for the spirit. Rest for the mind, could be as simple as laying on your back gazing at the clouds, mindlessly feeding ducks at a local pond, watching a fun movie with a friend...activities that really don't take a lot of thought.
Spiritual rest is found in Matthew 11:28 where Jesus says "Come to me, you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." There is nothing like being able to just sit in the presence of Jesus and just...be. No expectations or demands, no time constraints. Just enjoying who we are in Him. All three are absolutely necessary for success.
I will admit - during my rough patch...I rebelled a little. I was frustated with myself for even having gotten to this point where such a drastic change was necessary. I couldn't understand why, when I was making such good choices, was my body doing such weird things. But I think, for me, it was a test...to see how committed I really was. The days when I was in bed with the fever - I was not committed AT ALL!!! I just wanted to sleep. But what showed the great mental change for me - was that I got back on track, picked up where I left off, and continued training.
I'm sure another time will come...when I get tired and/or sick, and don't want to work out or make good choices. I hope, however, I will be a little more ready and will go for a small walk before I collapse in bed for the remainder of the day. :)
We (you and i) can do this. Let us run with perserverance the rest marked out for us, and throw off everything that so easily keeps us down.