I appreciate Karla and Janet so much for the daily communications and I can’t thank them enough for all they have done to support us over the last 24 weeks. As for our Summer 2011 class…..ahhhh….the last twelve weeks have been quite the roller coaster on this ride we know as LIFE. The journey has been bitter sweet and filled with as many joys as pains.
I felt the need to list a few of the Joys and Pains I’ve heard, experienced and seen over the last 3 months
· that slight breeze right in the middle of work out when you want to give up but you don’t
· how calming TWO minutes of peace can be
· Car accidents
· falls with injuries
· Armed robbery attempts
· stomach viruses
· new jobs
· new daycares or preschools
· 60+ days of 100 degree temperatures
· Heart attacks
· New beginnings
· New dress sizes
· Meal planning
· Sugar Detox
BUT what an AWESOME GOD we serve who gives us the strength to get up when we simply want to give up, who continues to bless us beyond what we could EVER imagine. It has been a blessing to me to watch my peers and the progress each of them have made as well. I remember clearly the first workout and which exercise or activity each of us struggled or battled with. It’s wonderful to be able to look around during our class at week 11 and confidently say that NONE of us have those same battles and we’ve overcome our fears and are well on our way to permanent changes in our lives. These changes will undeniably help make us each become better women, friends, sisters, mothers, wives, co-workers and MOST importantly Christians. Each mommySTRONG has meant something different for me and this session was no different…..the distractions were numerous and finally MY husband and I are on the same page. We are partnering to make meals and ensure each of us have time carved out to exercise our bodies…..our children are able to witness both parents seeking to live long, healthy, active lives.
I’ve already plotted my plan out for post mommySTRONG….i’ve decided that I enjoy the group level activities and there are 2 classes I really like at LA fitness that of course don’t come close to mommySTRONG but they will do J. The other 4 days will be cardio on my own and the kids have helped a lot in this area. During lunches and snacks at work, I am always prepared and don’t attend as many birthday lunches or happy hours as I used to…..just being more selective. The changes have been gradual but that’s what works for ME. The most important take away I pray each lady has is that “YOU must do what works for you”, you can’t walk in someone else’s shoes and share their results…..we work out as a group but our continued success is totally up to each of us. I will continue to pray for this group of ladies and their progress, never get too busy to remember YOURSELF….it took me many years to figure it out but I GET it now. I just want to share a prayer that I often say at work that has been changed slightly for the purpose intended here but when I get weary I read it out loud and my hope is that is helpful to someone else as well
Father wherever we may go let us bring Your presence with us.
We speak Your peace, Your grace, and Your perfect order into each of our lives. .
We acknowledge Your Lordship over all that will be spoken, thought, decided and accomplished in the years to come.
Lord Jesus, we thank You for the gifts You have deposited in each of us.
We do not take them lightly, but commit to using them responsibly and well.
Give us each a fresh supply of strength and knowledge; on which to draw as we continue our separate journeys
Anoint our creativity, our ideas, our energy so that even our smallest tasks may bring You honor.
When we are confused, guide us. When we are weary, energize us.
Lord, when we are burned out, infuse us with the light of Your Holy Spirit.
May the workouts that we do and the way we do them, bring hope, life, and courage to all that we come in contact with.
And Oh Lord, even in this day’s most stressful moment, may we rest in You.
In the mighty Name that is above all Names,
In the Matchless Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus we Pray, AMEN AMEN AMEN