Move It, Sister!

23 Feb

Pam said she saw a sign in a health club that read:

“I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing.

If I HAD any loose-fitting clothing, I wouldn’t have signed up in the first place!” *

Woman with Exercise BallPam wrote in Fantastic After 40!, “I have always had a love/hate relationship with working out. In my youth I was a gymnast, dancer, and cheerleader. One semester while I was on the college diving team, I took five PE classes at the same time plus taught gymnastics each afternoon. I even rode my bike to work many days!

“Then I married my husband, got pregnant, and was put on bed rest for the last six weeks o my pregnancy. I was then rewarded with a six-week postpartum recovery from a C-section. Through all that I gained 70 pounds of  ‘baby fat.’ Armed with optimism under all that postpartum tummy, I went to my first aerobics class. I thought to myself, I’m an athlete. No problem.

“Problem! The next day I couldn’t even get out of bed! The seeds of an ‘exercise is hard work’ attitude were planted that day ~ and I have been recovering from my bad attitude ever since….

“Thin people do active stuff for fun! So, if I remember exercise is fun, I get motivated. It’s all in the way you look at it!”

I (Dawn) have watched Pam over the past few years, and I am so proud of her. She has not only added fun activities into her life that have helped her become a healthy woman ~ and lose weight in the process ~ she encourages women all the time to get moving and have fun. She advocates thinking thin, and orders her priorities so she can include exercise and create time to take care of herself.

In Fantastic After 40! Pam offers some practical advice: Four simple steps to getting active, and some great options for exercise that I hadn’t thought of before. [Get the book! No room to share it all here.]

I’d like to say that I have walked (run, kayaked, anything) alongside her, but that wouldn’t be honest. It’s still a struggle for me. I live at my computer with my job, my hobby, and other necessary tasks. But I did sign up to swim at a gym, and that’s something. But I’ve found that I have to make an appointment for that ~ an appointment that is just as important as a doctor or dentist appointment ~ or I don’t go.

Part of my struggle is that I meet everyone’s needs and expectations before I care for myself. And that is not wise, Girlfriends. Not a good choice! Last year, I became deathly sick because I was stressed, tired, out of shape, and you name it! Many of you who know me personally watched my decline.

Well, I’ve had it. If I don’t take care of myself, who will? If I don’t make a plan to glorify God with my body, it won’t happen. I want my life to reflect to the world that God designed my body and I respect His creation (Psalm 139:14).

I’ve discovered that I can move to music, and it doesn’t have to be heavy-duty exercise to “count.” I can get up from my computer several times a day, and move around for even 10 minutes at a spurt, and it will help. [I work at home, so I can do this without embarrassing myself!]

As Pam says (page 82), “To be honest, most of us would be moving the right direction if we just turned on our favorite music and moved to the music the way we did in kindergarten. Sway like a tree, spin like a twirling wind chime, pose like a warrior, bow before God as through we really are capturing His majesty, and reach up and out as though we are trying to grab that brass ring.”

Now doesn’t that sound like fun? I’m in! Are you?

* Pam Farrel, Fantastic After 40! (Harvest House, 2007), p. 86.

Note: The first part of this post is an excerpt from Pam’s book, Chapter Four, “Get Moving.”

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2 Responses to “Move It, Sister!”

  1. Sharon G. February 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I’ve just started exercising myself (as in, I started yesterday) because God told me to…it’s the weirdest thing. I had to blog about it myself yesterday. I feel like your blog here is confirmation of what God was telling me yesterday. That is so cool! 🙂

  2. Dawn Wilson February 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Yeah, Sharon. Go for it … every little bit counts!

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