Saturday, March 1, 2014
The Stress Ball
It's Tuesday and my alarm goes off at 5:25 am. I pray, read my devotion and get up for a quick 20 minute morning workout. I hop in the shower, get dressed and run to put my oatmeal on the stove. I prepare lunch in the morning because I totally forgot to do it the night before. It's 6:20 and my drive to work is about 35 minutes. I have to be there at 7. I run to the car and quickly realize that it's trash day. I run back in the house, gather all of the trash and set it outside to be picked up. It's now 6:27. I make it to work at 7:02 after praying and blasting my praise music to help me make it through the morning. I made it...safe and sound. I get off work around 4, choir rehearsal is at 6:30, praise team practice is right after and the drive from my house to church is about 45 minutes to an hour in Dallas traffic. Between 4-5:30, I have to get to Genghis, make sure I remember to do my task and eat my healthy bowl. I get home at about 5:30, change and get ready for choir rehearsal and praise team practice only to realize that there's an accident on the tollway. I'm paying toll to sit in Dallas traffic?? I pray everybody involved is ok!! I make it to rehearsal and am totally at peace. Music ministry is my passion and rehearsal always lifts my spirits. I make it home around 9, try to prepare my lunch, head to bed to do it all again the next day. On the other evenings that I don't have activities, I'm able to fit in a great workout.
Does my schedule seem a little stressful? Yea...sometimes it is, but when I think about the journey to a healthy lifestyle, it's all worth it. I've learned through this competition that you will make time for what you really want to do. I'm not changing my eating habits and working out only during the 60 day Health Kwest Challenge. This is a lifetime commitment. Making the time to workout, eating at Genghis and finishing my tasks is teaching me time management. It's hard sometimes, but if I don't change now, I never will.
I believe in God and I have a spiritual life. Stress starts in the mind. When my mind starts to go left, I pray and change my focus. Keeping my focus on the bigger picture is extremely helpful. I'm not changing my life just for me. I've got to think about my future children and the rest of my seed. Many of my family members suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other illnesses. I want to prevent those diseases from entering my life the best way I can.
When I don't feel like getting up to workout, I remember my weight loss goals. When I don't feel like cooking a healthy meal and drive past dozens of unhealthy restaurants, I remember that I only get 1 chance to have a healthy body on earth. When I don't feel like driving to Genghis after singing at two church services on Sunday, I remember that I have do things even when I don't feel like it so that I can get results i've never had. When I don't feel like working on tasks, I quickly remember that I was just on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest. I have plenty of time to work on tasks! Lol! It's all in my priorities. When I think about the other contestants who are going through the same things I am, I remember that we're a team going for the biggest prize that will last a lifetime...good health.
Stress comes and stress goes. Such is life. Preparation and time management are huge keys to avoiding stress. Some things we can't control, but when we can, we have have to be responsible.
Here are a few scriptures and quotes that help me.
"Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall." Psalm 55:22
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right." Nelson Mandela
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill
"We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are." Anais Nin