Welcome…. I’m really enjoying these week in review posts. I’m thankful Meg gives us the opportunity to look back at the wins, the lessons, the sweet parts, the hard parts, and the fun parts of the week. The whole week I think I was learning . . . that . . . the world . . . doesn’t rest on my shoulders. Whew… It’s amazing how I forget that God has the world in His hands, and I start running around, being anxious, letting all the problems weigh me down and not remember that He already knows. He knows how it will work out, and He will provide. And I’ve seen God provide in so many circumstances this whole week long.
This week has included a LOT of fooodddd and oddly, more rest, and more eating, less JOINT pounding movement, and more low impact, easy on my body movement. I did do some running, but I haven’t done long distance running for about a year now. And I’m not sure I’ll ever be a long distance runner again. Why?
My body is sooo sensitive to an increase in High Intensity Exercise.
I’ve been reading scores of articles on the internet about hypothalamic amenorrhea. And I’ve realized one thing.
Exercise is stress on the body, even if it doesn’t feel stressful, and it can be even harder on your body when your life is BUSSyyy…
Here’s how it went down.
1. Last year I really made an effort of being more mindful of whether or not I was doing too much high impact exercise. And I’m so thankful that by God’s grace it paid off! I got my period back for 3-4 months consistently.
2. But… now I kind of wandered back to 6 workouts, not more than 1 hour usually, but I was doing 3 HIIT (style) workouts and 3 runs (about 2-3.5 miles each). When I’m tempted to compare myself it doesn’t seem like much especially when I used to run A LOT. I trained for marathons and half marathons, but…. I readily confess i Did not have my period.
3. And that’s not good.
I want to glorify my Heavenly Father with taking my body and using it well. I don’t want to continue to live in this state of comparing my exercise routine to others and wishing that I could still be that long distance runner again.
Maybe I won’t be that long distance runner again, but that is OK. Because I want to be healthy. I want to be mentally and spiritually and emotionally thriving.
My prayer. even though I do feel discouraged about it right now is that Jesus can heal me! We were reading Luke 8:43-48 and the amazingness of how Jesus healed this woman by her touching His garment. I know that Jesus does not HAVE to heal us, but that any healing is a FREE gift from Him, that He has so much compassion on those who come to Him, hurting, broken, and shattered.
‘ And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.’ (Luke 8:43-48)
I’m hurting and shattered by the things I’ve done to confuse my body, but I know JESUS can do miracles.
Now the rest of the week?
I realized my body can handle a lot of food even when I’m not exercising for 3 or 4 hours, and in a way I wonder if my body is making up for all the years that i didn’t eat enough.
I guess we’ll just go with that and review the week in eats.
One of the newest Perfect Bars from Sunday – These make the PERFECT (get it? :D) snack after church.
The BEST MAPLE DONUT EVERRR. – I love trying out new donut shops, and it was sooo worth it getting the donuts from shops that you don’t usually frequent. For a long time I was used to the typical Krispy Kreme or Safeway Donut, but these are like the next level up.
When you just aren’t quite feeling fruit, you do a simple bowl of yogurt + chocolate + peanut butter – I’m just PRAISING God for the amazing state of ‘happy’ my digestive system has been in the past few weeks. It’s blowing me away how much my digestive system has been happy, and even if there’s a bad day I still want to praise Him, because I’m so much farther than I ever thought I would be.
Banana Bread + Nut Butter + Yogurt + Raisins is the bomb y’all! – And I realized this week that I probably consumed 5-10 cups of Siggi’s Yogurt, because it was on sale. O_O
And after a LONGGG day on Thursday – We had MEXICAN food. I’m thankful for the way my mind reacts to eating out now, because i don’t feel like I have to eat it all because I’ve been restricting all day. But I don’t feel like I don’t want to eat anything; THANKFUL for restaurant victories!
Last but not least I want to shout-out four special women in my life.
Their names are Abs, Bek, Beth, and Mom. These women are SOO precious to me. They serve without complaint. They love without reserve. They are truthful with me, loyal, kind, and always reminding me of what Jesus can do and what Jesus is doing and what Jesus has done.
I’m celebrating these women after the wonderful ‘International Women’s Day’ where i saw so many sweet women lifting one another up on social media. It was ENCOURAGEMENT day not comparison, and I’m thinking we should continue that trend, right?
Runners: I need your help. I would like to continue to do my 3 short runs, because I was getting my period last year with 3 short runs, so what should I do about the other 3 workouts? Keep them low impact?
Were you ever a long distance runner? Did you ever have to cut an exercise out or cut it way down to help your body heal?
Who else has a yogurt consumption that is a bit crazy?
Have you ever been afraid of going out to eat? What’s your favorite restaurant?