Live a Vigorous Life

Have you tried out the calorie counting app that I was bragging about a few days ago?  I love that I can eat whatever I want, and then have to deal with the consequences afterwards.  It’s a dream come true.  I’m up for tracking more mileage on my runners or my elliptical if it allows me to eat whatever I want to eat.  I think dieting is for the birds.

One day I was craving Chinese food, so I decided I was going to bow down to my craving.  I had no idea that three chicken balls, a cup of rice and an egg roll would be all my calories for my entire day, and I ate this for supper.  Needless to say, I had to hit the elliptical, weights, and more elliptical and I was still over my daily allowance by fifty calories.

This was the first day that I went over my calorie count for the day.  This really didn’t fizz me much because I was still under for my weekly allowance, but I was surprised with the support from my husband who is on this journey with me.  He was asking me what I was putting down for the pace of my elliptical time.  I explained that I only claimed “moderate” on the app, which only burned 217 calories for a half hour.

He thought that I should put “vigorous” because it records that I burned more calories and that would put me under my calorie count for my day.  As tempting as it sounded, in all honesty, I didn’t go vigorously on the elliptical.  Sure I could have recorded that I went vigorously, but I didn’t.

As my husband and I had our discussion over why not go harder for shorter period of time instead of easier for longer, and we kept using the word vigorous, it brought a verse to my head from my beloved Proverbs 31 woman.  Verse 17 says, “She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”

I’m not comparing my work-out on my elliptical to this woman setting out to work vigorously every day, but maybe my husband was right.  Maybe it is better if I focus on working harder in everything we do.  Even if it is something that we are doing just for enjoyment.  Or maybe it is something that you hate doing?  If we start each day with the attitude of this Proverbs 31 Woman maybe our lives would be more rewarding?

Do you think that this woman gets sucked into the world of Facebook, Instagram, online shopping, Netflix, or Soap Operas?  Our list of ways we can waste our time in our world today is endless.  I bet if the Proverbs 31 woman was on the elliptical she would be claiming the calories of a  “Very Vigorous” workout.

We all have things in our lives that we don’t give a vigorous effort to.  Many times you hear the saying, “You get out of life what you put into it.”  I usually think of the way we treat people when I hear this saying, but it is the truth for any part of your life.  Weight loss, productivity at work, housework, or spending time with your child, if you put your maximum effort into it, you will get maximum results.

Take a page out of this incredible woman’s book.  This is only one of the many amazing verses that describes how we can become all God has created us to be.  She sets the bar high, but we also have to start setting higher standards for ourselves.  If you are participating in something and it isn’t making you a better person, make a different choice.  Focus on becoming the best we can be.  Attack life vigorously and see what a change it will make in your life today!

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