Running on Empty

Posted on March 10, 2011

I don’t like to exercise.  Who does?  I mean, really?  We go to these places where everyone is trying to look leaner and meaner.  We walk around like zombies trying to get through the workout so we can go home eat what we want, watch TV, be with our family/friends and then do it all over again!  It does seem a bit insane.  You know, what I mean, that version of insanity where you do the same things over and over again and expect a different result?

Well, if you are like me and find staying power with a workout routine is difficult, here are some suggestions that have transformed my workout attitude and my ability to stay disciplined.  As a busy mom and a Marriage and Family Therapist with a full-time practice, I have to discipline myself to get up before my actual day begins.  Welcome to 5:00 am.  I know this seems crazy and you are thinking there is no way I could do this too…but I’m telling you this is the best way I get to start my day.

1)  Pray the night before.

Every night before I workout the next day, I pray and ask Jesus to please get me up a couple of minutes before my alarm goes off.  I ask Him to make sure I use the rest I will receive that night to be ready for my workout the next morning.  And He does, every time!  I love how God always does what is in His will to do. 

Then, as I get out of bed, the first thing I do is thank Jesus for answering my prayers from the night before.  Sure, there are some days when I just want to sleep longer (and I do), but for the majority of the time, I’m rested and ready to go.  I love the quiet of my house as everyone is sleeping and I get to sneak out to the YMCA.

2)  Meditate on His word.  

Even though my brain is not fully awake, I get in my car and I listen to K-Love on my radio and the Lord really starts to wake me up.  I love the YMCA because as I walk in,  I get to randomly pick from a little basket of Scriptures at the check-in desk.  As I pick the Scripture of the day, I know and believe whatever I pick is divinely inspired and ordained by God just for me.  I can’t tell you how many times I have received Scripture that meets me right where I am in my daily walk with the Lord! 

I get into the workout room, grabbing my towels (believe me, I need these!) and preparing myself for the 3 miles I intend to complete, I take a deep breath, and ask God to please help me successfully complete my workout so that I can bring glory and honor to Him.   I read the Scripture, meditate on it for a minute and then the challenge begins.

3)  Memorize His word.

My quest is to fully memorize the verse by the end of my workout.    Memorizing Scripture is not an easy thing for me to do.  And I’m not talking about a whole chapter, I’m talking about one verse.  I’m not very good at it any other time in my day and sometimes the staying power in my brain is useless.  But for some reason, when I pray during my workout and ask Him to give me the ability to memorize the verse.  I do.

4)  His strength in my weakness.

At some point in my workout, there comes a point where my body is beginning to weaken and being tired is a HUGE understatement.  I am trying to stay focused and disciplined on memorizing the Scripture, but my legs are saying STOP!!!  This is the point where God and I get real busy together.  I ask Him to let the pain go from my body.  He honors that.  I ask Him to give me the strength to be successful to complete the workout.  He gives me strength.  I tell Him I want to bring glory and honor to Him when I have successfully complete the workout.  He listens, I do. 

I can honestly tell you there has NEVER been a time when my God hasn’t come through for me.  More times than not, if I’m unsuccessful in any part of my routine, it’s not because of God, but me.  My will takes over and I let go of what I had asked Him to do for me.  Jesus said, “Seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open to you.  For every one that asks will receive and he who seeks will find and to you the door shall be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8 

My prayer for you is that you can read the work God is doing through me.  And be transformed into new creations for God.  I’m so thankful I’m not perfect, just forgiven.  Selah.

Written By:  Sally Groff, MA, LMFT, RPT

Sally Groff is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist in Indianapolis, IN.   Her passion is to offer professional, outpatient care to children/teens and their families.  Her desire is to counsel individuals and families in the local area to meet their specific emotional, physical and spiritual needs.  Contact Sally Groff to discuss your situation with her.



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