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Friday, February 4, 2011

how pushing myself physically helps me emotionally

So yesterday was a trying day to say the least! It wasn't the boys, they were miraculously good yesterday, I suppose it was God's way of helping me get through the day. But it was other things on my mind, things that are always there but I try not to dwell on, because I know I can't control it. So I let God handle it. I haven't decided if I should share this thing with the blogging world yet or not. Why?

1. I have a hard time sharing my feelings. I've learned to live in a box, and not a flimsy cardboard box but a concrete metal, encased locked from the inside kind of box. And NO ONE other than my husband is allowed in.

2. It's not just about me, it involves a lot of people. Some of which I am sure would not appreciate this thing being put on the internet, even though it irritates me that they try to hide things.

3.  Some problems can only be solved by Reading the Bible, praying, and giving them to God. I've found that sometimes talking about something just makes it worse.

Anyways I got a really good workout today because of it. I ran all the anger out until my foot went numb and my calves screamed and a few physical trainers starting gathering around me. I'm sure in attempt to catch the red faced huffing girl but I stayed on that treadmill and pushed and pushed until my foot came back to life and then I pushed some more!

For me there are lots of emotional benefits to pushing myself physically.

1. it helps me feel like I've  accomplished something, it hasn't fixed anything but at least I was able to do something. 
2. It brings things back into perspective.  My job is to take care of my boys all three of them. I can't handle everyone's problems heck I can't even handle my own, only God can do that! 
3. It gives me time to really think about the problem and see how to go about tackling it. In this case just sit back and let God handle it.
4.  It helps me focus on something else. I know I'm contradicted myself a little but two hours is a long time, you can do a lot in there. When I have a really irritating problem all I can do is think about it. It hinders everything in my life. If I can just take a step back, and think about something else, like running, I figure the problem out faster. Or in this case it helps me just stop thinking about it and give it to God!
5. It helps me get the anger out! I know this sounds crazy but when I get angry, I get ANGRY! I can try and talk about it, cry about it, scream about it, throw a fit about it. But sometimes the only and best solution is to just run or kickbox it out.
6. It helps me feel better about myself. When I finish a good workout, I feel good! Good because I've accomplished something, good because I'm doing something to be healthier, good because I'm not just sitting on the couch and moping.
7. It helps me have more energy. This one may seem weird, how does this help me emotionally? When I'm done working out I feel good, I feel balanced, and I feel energized. Those things that I haven't been able to get to, I do! More accomplishments! I love the feeling of accomplishing something! Plus, its one more thing you don't have to think about.

This is how working out helps me emotionally! How does working out help you emotionally?

Corinthians 13 
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 

I kept coming back to this passage yesterday. I need to just love those around, be undemanding, patient, kind, not irritable, keep no records of WRONG DOING, never lose faith, be hopeful, and endure through every CIRCUMSTANCE. OH .... this..... is...... HARD! It's so easy to love when someone is loving back but not so much when they don't. But I know God will help me find my way and help them find their way as well. 


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said...

I feel you on this. Exercise is my therapy.

EGB said...

Hey, have you read A Wrinkle In Time? Your bible passage reminds me of the end when Meg has to save Charles Wallace by loving him. She knows that she can't show love to the horrible thing that is controlling him, but she can love the little boy who is her dear brother. I think it's a great metaphor for finding something lovable about those who try us and those who are not acting loving toward us, etc. It's always possible to focus on what is dear, even when something awful is closer to the surface. And our love brings out theirs. If you haven't read the book, it's a great kid's story that's really meaningful for adults, too. Madeleine L'Engle was a wonderful storyteller.