Abs, Oatmeal, & Worry

Hello, guys!

This morning Jay and I “slept in” and ended up rolling out of bed at 7:30am.  That’s the beauty of the weekend. :)

We were at the gym by 7:45, warming up and putting our heads together to come up with a workout.  We knew we wanted to work abs today, and that we wanted some good ol’ cardio, too.

Here’s what we came up with:

FITNESS
After warming up, we did one minute each of:

  • Sit-ups / Yoga Ball Crunches
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Lower Back Raises
  • Abdominal Holds
  • Side Planks (30 sec each side)
  • Weighted Partner Sit-Ups (we used 10 lb weights)
  • Kettle Ball Obliques (30 sec each side)
  • Leg Raises
  • Sit-Ups with Weight on Chest (me: 10 lbs, Jay: 20 lbs)
  • Rest

We repeated the circuit, then ended with a good, hard 30 minutes of cardio. (Jason on a spin bike, myself on the elliptical).

jay yoga ball

Phew, what a workout!  I loved working out with my husband, but I know that my abs will be feeling it tomorrow!

Food
We came home and cooked up a delicious brunch.

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Jay scrambled one egg and two egg whites with some veggies…

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…and I made myself a delicious bowl of warm oatmeal to stave off the cold weather, sprinkled with almonds and cinnamon.  (I also hard boiled a couple eggs for some protein action).

Yum!

FAITH
This morning’s Scripture reading gave me some good perspective:

Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?  -Luke 12:22-26

What’s the use of worrying over bigger things?– Ahh, what a great question.  I confess it: I’m a worrier.  I definitely feel my shoulders tense when I think about my next career move or starting a family or buying a home, etc. etc…  Most people would say it’s natural, but is it Biblical?

Jesus makes a perfectly sound point when he tells us why not to worry:  it’s useless.  Just like worrying can’t add a single second to your life, it doesn’t do much of anything else.  Except stress you out.

Which leads to his second point:  Worrying is like saying, “God, I don’t trust you.”   Since when did the Creator of the Universe, who makes everything that has life sustain life and everything that loses life have eternal life, not have the ability to provide for me?  Every animal that scurries across my backyard has enough to eat–not because it worries about where its next meal will come from, but because God feeds it.  Yet God can’t take care of me?  Pfft.

Here’s to spending less time worrying and more time trusting.  Here’s to experiencing peace in 2014, instead of stress.  Here’s to calling out worry for what it really is:  useless.

QUESTION OF THE DAY
How about you guys?  Is there anything in your life that’s not worth worrying about anymore?

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