Day 20 – January 29

Sarah Venhuizen   -  

Day 20 – January 29
Sarah Venhuizen

New Direction

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

I’ve heard many people joke of gaining weight and referring to it as the covid -19 (lbs.). While I don’t think I’m quite in that boat, I know I have put on a few pounds over the past year. Several years ago I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I also was hit with the reality that I was no longer able to go running, something I had really enjoyed doing.
Because I enjoyed running so much, I let my mind talk me out of finding something else to replace it. Yes, I went on walks and bike rides with my family. But I didn’t work on finding a new routine to help myself de-stress. It’s really been over the Covid at home order that I noticed it so much. I let myself make so many excuses for not working out consistently – moving into a new house, renovating it, helping kids with school from home, cooking more meals at home, wanting to sleep in, watching “just one more” episode of a favorite show I found. I’ve decided it is time to find something that works.

In the past I loved to go running alone. My husband and I have now found it’s fun to watch a show together during a workout – we have an exercise bike, weights and a treadmill. There is no excuse. And you know what?  I feel so much better to put even 15 or 20 minutes into getting my body moving! I have also started to put a short ‘yoga for beginners’ video on in the morning if I have time. My younger children love to do this with me. It turns out working out with someone is fun – and to have the accountability of someone who will ask if you’ve made time for yourself helps too!

How will you make time for yourself this new year (ie: time for daily devotionals, self- reflection or bettering yourself in some way)?