Summer is almost over! Sorry, not sorry. I am ready to get back to my life rhythms and routines. It’s been a summer for the Heath family. I attended a convention in New Orleans in June, celebrated three birthdays, hosted all the family at Edisto for Independence Day, attended Speak Up Conference, spent a week of teaching at Sandy Cove family camp and participated in the FP4H Virtual Summit. Whew! It’s been amazing, but a bit interruptive. Super, productive, delightful summer, but some things did kinda fall away:
- Tracking my food – some weeks I tracked three out of seven days, other weeks one out of seven and some weeks well … I am sure you can relate.
- Exercise – traveling so much my regular exercise routine was interrupted. I did manage to stay active with other activities, but really, for me, it’s not quite the same as five days of consistent cardio and strength training.
I have enjoyed this interruption. An interrupted life is normal. It is the surprises and unpredictable things in life that keep it interesting. We don’t live life in between the interruptions, the interruptions are our life. We can remain healthy in spite of the interruptions. It may feel like you have lost wellness ground over the summer, but do not despair. God will help you get “back at it” even through the interruptions, distractions, and frustrations.
If you’ve lost holy health ground over the summer, know that it’s never too late to get right back on track. It starts with a simple decision – today is the day.
Whatever your “back at it” may be, exercise, tracking your food, having a consistent quiet time, here’s the way back:
- Do it one time
- Do it again
- Do it again
There is mighty power in that little word “again” because consistency brings success. And we keep it going remembering the encouragement found in Philippians 3:16-21, MSG:
Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross.
But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites. But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him.
With God’s help and each other, we are BACK AT IT! Check out our FP4H Healthier Happens Together Fitness Challenge.
Vicki Heath is a certified fitness instructor for the American Council on Exercise, and a certified life coach. Vicki is author of the books My First Place , Don’t Quit Get Fit and Wellness Journey of a Lifetime . Vicki is passionate about Christ and has a desire to help others understand the value of caring for their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit.