Day 3 of 40: When Your Workouts Take a Turn

Today is Day 3 of 40.

What if we did this for today?  But what if we did it for 40 days?!

{If you’ve heard my rant about this then scroll passed this to today’s account below the (*******) line}

Our goal for 40 days is to strengthen and nourish our spirit, soul and body.  Sounds so sophisticated and a little boring to me…  but what if it got kind of specific…  and…  what if it kind of worked?!!?

We create (Do you need the definition too?  Because I did!  So I looked it up for us!)

create:  (verb)  cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions

This drives me to become aware of what I am actually creating.  I’m REEEAAALLY good at creating a grumpy attitude, a negative outlook on life, an overwhelming feeling, 30 extra pounds, irrational thinking….  I am just one talented woman.  You too?  {Big sigh}

But what if we became more intentional about what we were creating each day?!

What if we did these three things each day?!

  1. Create conversations with God by talking to Him (prayer) and/or studying the Bible. 
  2. Create smiles, memories, feelings, giggles, and moments with people by taking the time to stop and be in the moment.
  3. Create fuel for our body with the foods we choose.

For my own life, I notice that I start going into a spiral of the “blues” then slowly but surely off track when I start hiding from God, from people and hiding IN my pantry….  {Anyone else do that too?!}

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Today’s Life with Jamye

Day 3 of 40.

Today’s Friday! I love Fridays! Not just because it’s the end of the week but because tomorrow morning I wake up in eagerness to spend time with Robert! He doesn’t have to work, we don’t have to go anywhere, and we can lounge around in our pjs sipping coffee for as long as our lazy selves desire. Oh wait. That was before kids.  Now we get to sit around in our pjs and attempt an uninterrupted conversation. It just makes life more….. …… more……. fun?? I mean FUN!

1. {Spirit}

My “holiness” this morning began by sitting on the sofa and opening my bible: wheel of fortune style. 

It landed on Isaiah 35. I’m 35 years old so good enough connection for me! This is what I had written in my bible at one time. I don’t know when but it sounded timely to me this morning. 

“Transformation” is what I wrote. To nail that point home in my heart I apparently drew a picture of this devotion many years ago. Eloquent, huh?!

This book of Isaiah is from the Old Testament. One of the major (big time) prophets wrote it. It foretold, prophesied, “fortune cookied” the future coming of Jesus the Messiah. 

Chapters 1-34 talked about the frustration of God with His people. THEN, in chapter 35, it shifts. A complete shift!!! It talks about TRANSFORMATION!!!!

Oh oh oh…. that’s what we want, right?! To completely strengthen and transform the current state of our spirit, soul and body to one that is getting some loveliness instead of gunkliness (yep, you can borrow that word if you’d like!) going on. 

“The burning sand will become a pool. The thirsty ground bubbling springs.” Isaiah 35:7

See that?! Sand to pool. Dryness to liquid. A shattered rock to life giving water. A life of pieces to a life of restoration.

Well, at least that’s what I’m being filled with. Am I making any sense here?  This tiny little verse filled me this morning. Softened my heart just enough to tackle the emotions, struggles and feelings that life would throw at me today. I needed that softening. That encouragement. That hope for strength. 

2. {Soul-Mind, Will, & Emotions}

I went to the gym today! Yay! Virtual high fives and fist bumps. Thank you! 

For those of you who know me well, you know I have a tendency to do life alone. Therefore, workout alone. Solo for me! 

Obviously the Lord was leading me to an emotional stretch because a few weeks ago, this friend of mine bounced her way (yes, she bounces….. effervescently bounces physically, emotionally and spiritually)…. she learned about my new adventures back at the gym and jumped in with “I’LL WORKOUT WITH YOU!!!” Ohhhh… Unmmm…. sure??!! 

To be honest, I didn’t think I knew how to workout with someone. Would she wait for me, would this be hard? Difficult? Intimidating? 

The lone ranger in me was being stretched.  Yet, she seemed to find this to be a joy to entertain the thought that the two of us could work TOGETHER! Ha! 

First workout was a few weeks ago….. felt like a blind date. Although I’d never been on one. I assume it was like that. I had my nerded out training binder & she had a fit body ready to go. 

That work out was a surprise! For a “words of affirmation” junkie, she is the best person to work out with! While barely making it through 20 bound barbell walking lunges she’s wide eyed and cheering me on! I think she might’ve even clapped for me. Ha! Her bold excitement filled me. 

Robert asked how it was and to be honest, it was inspiring! 

I like her. A lot! She’s fun, peppy, yet strong and deep. Just when I thought that our relationship was one of quarterly coffee visit with soul swapping stories, it’s now turned into a text message friend. 

I guess when you sweat with someone, your souls connect. She pushes me and I need that. I feel blessed.

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Today’s gym experience was unique. Another friend joined us at the end and for 15 minutes we obnoxiously stood in triangular formation blocking the way of all serious gym goers. But we were busy. Soul workouts going on here, right?! 

We shared stories. Unzipped hearts and fell splat with our souls. 

I won’t share all that was exchanged but it was good. Real. Honest. 

The three of us, each at our individual moments overflowed with tears.  Yes, crying in the gym (and not from the workout this time!).  This was a simple reminder that our hearts, as women, as so full. Our souls overflowed.

What once seemed like a casual passing of life as strangers has turned into a confession of mutual desire for one another’s hearts. We need each other. I need their stories. I need that strength each one shared in their weaknesses. Thank you. 

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I felt completely full yet the day wasn’t done. 

Whew. Soul sweat kind of day. This is new for me.

Watching.

Observing. 

Waiting to see who I see, and the beauty that radiates from their souls. 

It was a park afternoon. A group of moms had planned for this park visit. All moms that I knew, some new, some close and some familiar. I kind of invited myself along! (Pssst, I’m glad I did!)

Moms came and went. Sharing stories. A group of mamas sat in chaos and conversation. 

One mom warmly hosts…

Another sits with hair widely rolled and ready to relax and laugh….

I just enjoyed watching… 

(I didn’t want to offend and demand a picture so I just begged for their toes!!  They obliged to my blogging ways.  Thanks ladies!!)

One moms shares a one on one story of struggle with pregnancies, delivery and child rearing. I thought carrying an 11 pound baby deserved the right to pity. But she endured trials. What spoke to me most was her strength in the story. The tune that was played wasn’t one of complaining but of fact. She wasn’t requesting a reaction from me but simply sharing as this changes the trajectory of her future decisions. 

That was sobering. Strength in action really. That conversation allowed me to step into another’s shoes for a moment and feel what she felt. She’s strong. 

Watching moments, hearing moments, and creating inside conversations that only these mamas would recall to action. Not in a way to keep others on the outside but a way for this unique group to connect. 

They were connecting. Each bringing their colorful personality, stories, struggles and strengths. It was honestly beautiful. Kids came and went but the orchestration this afternoon played eloquently. 

One mom more candid than another… That was needed. Candid was comical. She made everyone exhale. You have friends like that? I like those. 

Watching this afternoon by unintentionally inviting myself to this park date turned out to be a blessing. 

I’m typing this up on my phone. My thumbs hurt. Does that count as a workout??! I’m thinking calories burned because I am moving fast!!! 

3. {Body}

It was a high carb day! So it was fantastic!! While I would enjoy selecting from the macronutrients “FAT” list, I enjoy the “CARBS” list so much more! 

With every high carb day we get one of the five meals as “free” except preferably not the last meal of the day.  Of course, you can skip it and save it for another high carb day. Oh the freedom and delight to be normal, right?! 

Today’s shock was my trip to Costco. It was perfect. I had the sitter (yes, I hire a sitter-two days a week for a total of 5 hours a week). I just needed the help. And she is the BEST BEST sitter ever! She brings planned crafts, switches around my laundry if I ask, assists in any way, tends to the kids, practices letters with them…. okay okay… and she’s 15!!! Homeschooled so she had the freedom to come during the day. She is our family’s sweet blessing! No, you cant have her. She’s ours! 😉 

Back to food. My trip to Costco was perfect… perfect until I realized that I could NOT have any samples!!! [hold on for a moment while I weep]…. but God obviously loves me because He set up a Starbucks coffee sample just. For. Me. {thanks!!}

The best wins for Costco trips are the following….

Guacamole cups

Hummus cups

These are the best choices of fat source on our low carb day for a nice grab and go. This is a little more than our thumb size serving BUT if we’re still seeing changes in our body then I don’t think we need to half it just yet. Just a thought for us! 

I love that so many of us are doing this together! Not perfect, but together! I’m feeling stronger by day 3. Stronger in my “yes” and “no” selection with food.

Btw-I got my first free meal today! I saved the last one. I ate two slices of pizza!!!! From Costco’s take and bake. That’s some cheesy goodness!!! I enjoyed myself. And I felt normal. That’s strength, right?! 

Off to Netflix binge with Robert.  Day 3 is in the books! 

Thanks for a great spirit, soul and body strengthening day! 

Here’s the full picture of what I ate today. 

 

Weekly Carb Cycle Tracker Blank Template

 

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