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11/1/11 9:13 A

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All the hardships of exercising are: Lack of time, wanting to do other things, soreness, tiredness, and I just plain don't like it! All the benefits are: Longer and healthier life, more energy, more motivation (people who exercise just have more it seems,) sense of accomplishment, weight loss, and, most importantly, more time with God. The list with the most influence on me has always been the hardships but now, seeing the list, I do feel the benefits outweigh the hardships if I can find the motivation to start. It is possible for me to embrace the benefits rather than resisting the hardship because of what Jesus says in Matthew 19:26, "With man this is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible!" (I wasn't looking at the Bible so that's what it says but may not be an exact, word-for-word quote and I caplocked the ALL myself lol.)

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10/30/11 2:48 P

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Greetings,

In regard to exercise it is more a matter of me not be mindful and aware, of me not making the proper associations between my actions (or lack thereof) and the impact on my temple and thus my relationship to God. As I become more and more mindful and aware, I donít see any hardships. I mean yeah Iím going to be soar in the beginning and yeah Iím going to have to dedicate time in my day to getting it done, but Iíve worked out long enough before to know that the excruciating part of that fades in time and the schedule becomes a habit soon enough as long as I keep going. So I have no excuses for not working out. I just didnít want to and it wasnít important enough to me to make it a priority. I KNOW the benefits outweigh the hardships. And I am going to be embracing not only the benefits but the strength of God to bring exercise back into my life as a regular fixture. I want my temple to be the best it can be from this day forward. My God deserves a comfortable, fit, and clean dwelling place!

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10/29/11 2:19 P

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Question 4 on the 'undivided heart' emoticon resonated most with me. What competes most for me..spending time here on SP with this team...then I don't get out for my exercise.
It seems important to me to comment on your blogs and pages and give out goodies and provide encouragement and some days I let that interfere with my own exercise.
Is this a 'divided heart?'? I feel 'half hearted' on both!! Here we are the end of October and I still have over 500 team goodie points to give away because I just run out of time! and they will disappear on Nov 1st. Sigh. I hate to waste anything! emoticon I work full time so that I do not have a lot of discretionary time. But do feel that my time is rarely used frivolously. Being on SP encourages me to be sure that taking care of ME gets done emoticon because I am important and worth the effort!
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10/19/11 8:06 P

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I usually find that the benefits outweigh the hardships. Most of all there are benefits to exercise, not really many hardships. Unfortunately, I think that a lot of the time I let the few hardships have more influence on me and whether or not I choose to exercise. I do think that it is possible for me to embrace the benefits rather than the hardships because through doing exercise more and more I like it a little (and I do mean little) bit more each time and realizing how I feel afterwards always makes me feel better. Just remembering that and having the experience in the situation of exercise helps me a lot to be able to embrace the benefits rather than the hardships because there are very, very few [hardships].

I did write a blog on this Chapter this morning also :) It can be found here:

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10/19/11 12:22 P

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emoticon I see several questions and no answers!!
BrendaJoyce: Still walking that dog?? emoticon I have never tried any walking tape...like VCR that you pop in & watch on TV? interesting thoughts
Amy: I have trouble motivating for strength training. I am accountable to myself and God and I track on SP...only twice a week but I can do twice a week. Right now I am using dumbbells, bands, stability ball in my own home....and amazing ly often it is 10pm Saturday that I get in the second one...I hate the strength training!

The benefits are definitely worthy...firm muscles, flexibility, stamina, clothes fit better.
I fell off my kitchen counter a couple years ago when I was in good shape...NO INJURY...
It is just so easy to make excuses and put it off "tomorrow will do" That laziness catches up with me. Sigh Glad I have accountability partners here!
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10/17/11 12:56 P

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I prayed for a husband who would motivate and encourage me to exercise - I too have begged for motivation from somewhere else, but the truth is that it has to come from inside. Jesus lives inside of us and I believe He designed it that way for a reason. So that He could be a large portions of the fuel that lights our fire of passion when it is in tune with His passions.

The world has sold us women a bill of goods that to be good we have to be skinny. I am too concerned with my spiritual growth to be distracted by petty issues such as weight and exercise. God loves me just the way I am. While the spiritual justifications also sounded good, in my heart I still wasn't settled. - Excuses seem to be my gift. I can justify almost anything most of the time. and I can certainly find distractions from the things I don't naturally want to do, like exercise, eat better, etc. I like to exercise once I'm use to it, the trick is getting use to it. I like most healthy food once I get in the habit of buying it, fixing it and eating it, the trick is creating that habit. The trick is getting started most of the time. So what's the secret to the magic trick? Maybe only God knows and it's as individual as each person He made and therefore it lays the foundation for a great relationship, if we let it. If we don't let it, it only lays a foundation for frustration.

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1. Exercise brings up mixed emotions. On one hand I think of discomfort, pain , sweat and an awful picture of what I must look like doing some of those moves. But on the other hand I remember the feeling in my muscles that assure I'm stronger and the joyful pain that says I've accomplished something.

2. I honestly can't recall anything that has ever required faith on a physical level. Maybe that is one of the reasons this has been such a hard journey this time; God is calling me to a new level.

3. I feel strong in creativity, art, counseling and encouraging. I have often tried to use these things to encourage people who are going through hard times or who are going through something new. But I have never been able to correlate how that can help me with food issues.

4. TV, church events, family events, 'tasks' (that I make up for myself.) I often feel like these are necessity and forget that some of them aren't. I often forget that I have a choice sometimes and can say no to things and/or week things our of my life at times. I think if I were more diligent at always staying conscious about the things on my "have-to" list I would be able to leave room for time with God without filling it up with other things.

5. Even though time is in my control, what would truly demand work is finding the right exercise as well as the right time that ensures I will stick with it.

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10/13/11 1:10 P

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I am so lucky that I have Duncan who needs to walk twice a day to build up his strength after surgery for skin cancer. Actually he had two surgeries that were two weeks apart and he couldn't exercise for one month. So, now I HAVE to walk him, and I don't have an excuse! LOL! I enjoy walking him and we have fun doing it. What I struggle with is strength training and wonder if anyone has any good ideas for motivation for that? I really don't like to do it and have to be gentle because of my joints (rheumatoid arthritis and OA) and muscles (fibromyalgia).

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10/12/11 5:33 P

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I have seen walking tapes by Leslie Sansone - has anyone ever used them, and are they as effecyive as walking outside?

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10/12/11 3:36 P

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For me, the benefits totally outweigh the hardship of exercise but with my broken foot and not being able to exercise like I usually do (walking, DVD's) I have gotten lazy. I know that I can always do some upper body strength work, but I just don't want to! :P I only have 1-2 more weeks of the boot and then I can start back with my walking, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to get back into it with a positive attitude.

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10/9/11 8:04 P

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I know the benefits outway the hardships, but sometimes
It is easier to make excuses than to do the exercises; but I know
That once I've done the exercises, I feel better andmy
Energy level is much higher.

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10/8/11 7:35 P

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I know walking will help me physically and emotionally; I just needto do it! I walked my dogs for about 15 minutes today - I figure it's a start.

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10/8/11 9:22 A

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Lysa says about exercise, "I've learned to embrace the benefits instead of resisting the hardship." Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper. On one side, list all the hardships of exercising; On the other side list all the benefits. Which list has more influence on you? Do you feel the benefits outweigh the hardships or vice versa? Can you imagine that it might be possible for you to embrace the benefits rather than resisting the hardship? Why or why not?

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