Faith/Fitness Challenge Week 2: What’d Ya Say?

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Have we ever really listened to what we say to ourselves?  Do we treat ourselves with respect? Maybe we should ask ourselves, “What’d ya say?”

What’d ya say?

A dear family friend once told me, “It’s okay to talk to yourself. It’s even okay to answer yourself. But when you say to yourself, ‘What’d ya say?’ that’s when you know you’re in trouble!”

As funny as that is, I believe we need to ask ourselves, “What’d ya say?”

This week, I realized I’d been telling myself things which weren’t true. I thought I could never jog again, because of my back. Not true. I just had to make some adjustments.

However, I did have a glitch this week. My family and I went on a day trip, and my back almost went out on me. This usually means a disc is ready to rupture. I immediately thought, “I’m not going to be able to exercise. Why did I believe I could do this? I was stupid to believe it.” I stopped and asked myself, “What’d ya say?”

Suddenly, I thought of Philippians 4:13 (Amp), “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me…”  I know what it’s like to be in the boat of doing things in your own strength (see Mark 6:45-52). It doesn’t work out for me any better than it did for the disciples. On my own, I haven’t been able to do it. But, I’m not on my own. I knew He called me to this challenge at this time.

I talked to Him about my concerns. He reminded me that my value is not in what I can do, but in Who created me –He is my strength and my motivation. So, I cast aside those ugly thoughts toward myself and focused on Him.

The next morning, my back was still pretty sore, but I got in the pool and started walking…and jogging. My back was still sore all day, and was terribly sore the next morning. I talked to Him and gained the confidence to exercise again. This time, the pain disappeared and I’ve been fine ever since.

Another thought was that I wouldn’t like eating healthier foods, and if I did eat them, I would be hungry all the time. Not true. I really like the whole foods I’ve been eating. Fruits and vegetables are more filling than I realized, so I’m nowhere near as hungry as I thought I’d be.

Faith/Fitness Challenge Week 2

Currently, I jog ¾ of a mile and walk ¾ of a mile in my pool each day. During the first week, I gained two pounds and then lost it. This week, I lost another two pounds.


Hannah’s doing great with the challenge too. She is jogging ¼ mile and walking ½ mile each day. This week, she lost 2 ½ pounds! She said she never thought she’d be able to do this either.

This challenge has given us a greater appreciation of God, new respect for ourselves, and more peace of mind and heart.

I would love to hear from you!