Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Running Late - But Not Out of Time!

Do you ever wake up with absolutely no motivation to get out of bed?
Yeah. That's how I felt today. My bed was much too comfortable, and I was a bit too tired - a combination which can be dangerous. Usually, I get up ready for my workout and a productive morning. Of course I don't roll out of bed and begin to exercise immediately, but I do try to workout as soon as possible. I like the energy an early morning workout gives me. Exercising in the morning is my coffee replacement - well... that and chai tea. ;)

Anyway, this morning I had no desire to workout. Last night I had planned on doing a workout from my favorite blog:, but I honestly just felt like I couldn't workout. It's not that my body was tired from an intense workout yesterday, I just... I just couldn't. Perhaps it was because I woke up a bit later than usual and I needed to get other things accomplished. It probably had a lot to do with the ferocious wind and biting cold outside. Either way, I opted out of the early morning workout, and instead fixed myself one of my favorite breakfasts... chai tea and peanut butter apple slices!

It was so amazingly delicious. Into a little dish I put my large, sliced, Gala apple; a  heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, and 3 tbsp. of raisins. After I took the picture, I decided to sprinkle the peanut butter with a teaspoon of ground flaxseed, and some cinnamon. That made it 10x better. The chai tea was the perfect complement to this simple breakfast, and I very much enjoyed it.

Anyway, as the day continued on, I tried to decide when I would workout, and what would I do - after all, it is Workout Wednesday. Although I had originally planned to to the Outdoor Running Circuit Workout, it seemed as if the day had escaped me.

Finally, at around 4:00 P.M., I decided I would go and just do it.

Well, let's just say that didn't happen. Instead, I drove to the library and then to RaceTrac to get a free hot cocoa.  By the time I had that hot chocolate in hand, I had pretty much given up on getting a workout in today. But then, I took a sip or too and thought... "is it worth it?"

So...I didn't drink that hot cocoa! I came home and I did the Outdoor Running Circuit Workout. It was late, it was dark, and it was cold; but by the grace of God, I did that exercise, and I loved every minute of it. :)

It was a beautiful night run - regardless of the cold -  and I was so grateful that the Lord allowed me to get in my exercise today. He is so faithful. I just want to encourage you to never give up, and to trust in God always. Even when the circumstances aren't always the most desirable, He is with you every single moment of the day, and with God on your side, you are an overcomer.

I am so happy I got to do an awesome exercise today. All glory to God for blessing me with such a great workout. I hope this reminds you that it is never too late. Sure, I was running late, but I wasn't out of time. Every day we have choices to make. I could have stayed home and exercised, but I chose to go get hot cocoa. Thankfully, our great God still blessed me with a terrific workout. And as for that cocoa... it's still sitting on the counter.

I was able to go and run, and sweat, and feel energized. For some, maybe that doesn't sound too wonderful, but for me, it was just what I needed, and I was blessed to do it.

I loved Julie's workout, and so I am sharing it with you tonight. I'm sorry this wasn't up earlier; otherwise you could have done it this morning. Oh well, if you've already done your exercise, you can always do this in the morning.

Well, I hope you had a fabulous workout today, and may you have a blessed week!
Please comment below and let me know how you liked this workout, and also, if you have ever had any similar challenges. I would love to hear your stories of overcoming and making wise choices!

Lots of Love,
Mariah :)

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