Day 40: Taking a Break
Bodybuilding takes a lot of effort, time and resources. After I finished my second competition, I came to a point where I would have to move forward growing muscle, getting leaner and competing more or I would have to take a break. Although I love being committed to a sport, I needed to ask myself what I wanted for my life. Did I want to be a professional bodybuilder or a professional writer? The answer was simple for me. My heart’s desire and God’s calling on my life has always been writing. I’ve written about the name of Jesus Christ for many years, and my purpose and design are rooted in sharing the Good News of the Cross. I am a Believer, wife, mother and writer. Lifting weights has been and will always be a hobby for me, but I’m not a bodybuilder by trade.
Of course, I still work out. I’ve been working out longer than I’ve been writing books, but it is something I do in my personal life, not professional life. I still want to lift heavy, break muscle and maintain the muscle that I’ve already achieved. But I have to make some changes in my lifestyle in order to put bodybuilding back where it belongs. First, I have to change my eating habits. I don’t need as much protein since I’m not building muscle—only maintaining. Second, I have to add a lot more cardio back into my schedule. I only lift a few days a week now, so the other days I run, use an exercise machine or work out to a video. Third, I don’t have to drink so much water. Since I’m not breaking as much muscle, I don’t need a gallon and a half of water every day to flush out the waste material.
Three simple changes helped me to change the directory of my life. Many times the best changes we make are small. If we are feeling frustrated with our lifestyle or something feels off-kilter, doing something drastic—like moving, quitting a job, getting a divorce, or even cutting our hair—may not be the answer. A tire on a car can be off only a hundredth of a degree and cause a lot of wear and tear to the car, which puts the car under massive strain. Sometimes only a slight correction will make the car run smoothly again. When God is trying to move the directory of our lives, we can seek His divine positioning. Usually, He’ll only tell us to make a few adjustments. We may be disappointed at first, but small adjustments to our daily life can make a huge impact overall. We will notice our lives run more smoothly and we are not wearing out so quickly.
“Jesus replied, ‘But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice’” (Luke 11.28 NLT).
Father, show me where my life is out of alignment. I don’t want to be exhausted at the end of the day anymore. I know that some days are more difficult than others, but I want to be aggressive about keeping the peace and joy in my everyday. I feel that something is off-kilter. I know my life could be running more smoothly. Please pinpoint my problem areas and help me to make the correct adjustments to my actions. I know it’s now about changing everything. Instead, I can make a few adjustments to my thoughts, behaviors, actions, etc., and feel a true difference in my lifestyle. I want to first of all obey your basic commandments in the Bible, but I also want to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit all day. I trust that You will gently lead me into Your best and Your rest. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Is there something off-kilter in your life?
- What minor adjustments can you make?
- Are there any behaviors in your life that need to be changed?
The best changes are the small changes!