I started a new workout program today. I can't wait to share more about it once I've gotten through at least the first phase. But until then, think about what kind of challenges have you given yourself recently physically? Mentally? Spiritually?
I was thinking about challenges and how I came to this journey of living Paleo. I realized in a way my Daniel Fast, even though it was for spiritual reasons, was a challenge I made for myself; but it was a commitment I had made to God.
Through that Daniel Fast I discovered my health, not only spiritually but physically. When I had reintroduced meat, slowly, I was able to see how strong I was able to become. It allowed me to how much protein I needed or didn't need on a day to day basis.
Now, when I do a Daniel Fast it truly is a sacrifice, because I do love my meat!
It is possible for a Paleo to do a Daniel Fast and still stay healthy and even come out stronger for it.
I guess my point behind this, is it had me to thinking, how with a spiritual fast of any sort (a day, a week, a month, etc) (Daniel, absolute, skipped meals, etc).....they all do have a beginning and an end.
BUT....a spiritual fast is usually sought for the prayer power aspect. Yes, there are great health benefits that go along with it. After all everyone's liver and kidneys need a break from time to time from having to work so hard.
Yet, for me a fast now consists of me giving up stuff that is within my Paleo Plate. And that is a sacrifice.....cause I love meat, I love coffee, I love some nuts, I love honey, I love wine :).....but I know God will honor my sacrifice.
So, even if any of those items above are something I only have a couple times a week, by making that conscience decision to abstain from it for a period of time.....I am saying to God, "I am here, I am listening to you! I have so much to ask of you, yet I want to also listen to your will!"
I wonder if that is how St. Teresa of Avila felt?
Did she realize making personal sacrifices are actually rewarding because of the amazing moments and clarity you receive?
What motivates you to move?
What drives you to get up in the morning to exercise?
What type of exercise/movement gives you enjoyment?
Write up an exercise/movement plan today! Move in a way that motivates you!
blessings and prayers always!