Rest and Recovery

I’ve got a full calendar from now until the end of the year. A lot of exciting things are coming up and I feel the pressure to really be at my best. That includes my best spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and…yes, physically.

So I stepped up my workout routine somewhat to combat the pressure and ended up hurting myself. It’s not a fatal blow by any means, but I have pulled something in my hip area and it makes running and general working out very painful if not close to impossible.

Still I was determined NOT to let this injury get me down. I decided I would “push through the pain” and persevere in order to be in top shape for all the appearances and obligations I’ve got coming up. Each time I forced myself the pain intensified. I quickly became frustrated and threw my hands up in the air to God and said, “Why now God? Of all the times…why now?

Then a scripture came to mind from Matthew 11:28, about rest. And I picked up my version of The Message and read it. It said, “Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.”

I think most resources on good health and fitness would say that in order for our bodies to begin to repair itself, it needs nutrients from good foods and it needs rest. And most of us don’t consciously think about the importance of resting. It’s essential.

And sometimes I think God allows things to happen in our lives to get our attention and allow us the time to refocus on the priorities we should have and to get some rest.

The past few days have been frustrating to not be able to keep the agenda I wanted in relation to my workout routine. But the rest from working out has afforded me the time to focus on other important things. And today I am feeling better. My body is already feeling stronger. And after a day or two of rest and healing I have a feeling that I will be even better prepared to handle the crazy months that lie ahead.

About Julie Hadden

I'm Julie Hadden and for the past few years I've been on quite journey. My experience on Season 4 of "The Biggest Loser" resulted in a total transfomation in my life. What started out being about what I could "lose" turned more into what I "gained." God revealed great truths to me about the infinite WORTH we all possess in His eyes and I'm passionate about sharing what I learned through this process. View all posts by Julie Hadden

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