The last time I worked out there regularly was in 2009, my last year as a teacher. I'd go directly after work a few afternoons a week, go on an evening when Steve attended men's Bible study, and go on Saturday morning while he puttered around in the yards. Added to the running I would do in the mornings with my 6th grade students, and walking on alternate days with the gym workouts, I was in pretty decent shape! But the Apostle Paul said this about dropping pride in his former religious prominence in favor of knowing Christ in Philippians 3:13-14,
...forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
So, after four years of joblessness and disability (Steve's) and retirement for care giving (mine); sorrow, stress, and ultimately Steve's death in January of this year, I now see the need to "reach forward" in several areas of my life. The kids have moved in, and we're beginning to make good headway with repairs to the property. Also, thanks be to God, my Mary Kay business is flourishing. Now my physical body needs repair! Praise the Lord I am not taking any prescription medications at age 61.Thanks to using natural supplements rather than drugs, I only have occasional twinges with my arthritis. And the physical work around here does have strengthening benefits.
Even if I don't tire easily despite long hours, and have tons of energy, and no bad medical tests, it's time to drop the weight! And the the snacks need to go, sadly. Below is just a portion of our Easter candy selection--delectable, but deadly!!
So that's where the gym comes in. Now I have to peruse the daily class schedule and find a time and activity I can stick with!