Updated: May 5
I am excited to have completed the 19 CHALLENGE!
I tallied up the exercises I did over the course of my 19 Day Challenge:
361 Jumping Jacks
361 Push Ups
19 Miles of Running/Some Walking ;)
I know these numbers are not overwhelming, but a mantra I have been repeating over and over is "the little things add up."
There is so much value in doing positive things consistently over time. This principle can be applied to many different things in our life from exercises to finances and most importantly spiritual disciplines.
And something to keep in mind is that just like doing positive things consistently produces positive results, the reverse is true and doing negative things consistently produces an abundance of negative outcomes.
SOME OBSERVATIONS/LEARNING POINTS FROM MY CHALLENGE
Nutrition Note: I did not have any coffee or soda for 19 days and focused on drinking more water which may have been the biggest success. My sugar intake, because of not having sweetened coffee, was way down, and this definitely made me feel much better. With the amount of exercise I have been doing consistently I should be losing more weight so I know I need to focus more on my diet. I really have no excuse when it comes to my diet because I am very blessed to have a wife and a mother-in-love that cook the most amazing, healthy food, but I tend to eat too many snacks so this is something I will be improving on!
Spiritual Note: I personally love to pray at different points throughout day, and I have learned through this challenge is that I need to improve is spending larger amounts of time in specific intentional prayer. I am always thinking about this one quote from Martin Luther, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”
Spiritual Note: I was able to meditate on God's word in Psalm 19 over the last 19 days and was blessed to learn more about the glory of God. My favorite verse from the chapter was: "The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes."
Family Note: It was great to see how intentional healthy disciplines naturally bleed over into my wife and kids habits, and if you have never seen a 2 or a 4 year old do a sit-up it is one of the cutest things ever!
I feel like the guy in Avatar giving his daily report (https://www.tribute.ca/trailers/avatar-clip-video-log/12780/), but basically wanted to write this more for myself and as an encouragement to anyone who may be seeking to be more disciplined to stick with it and remember that the little things add up!
I look forward to continuing to improve many of my daily habits and staying consistent with my spiritual disciplines, Swahili language learning, nutrition, and exercise as the Lord leads, and I will end this blog with another quote from a legend of the faith.
"I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." - The Apostle Paul