Living Healthy – Two Weeks Later

So two weeks ago, I wrote about how after listening to a message at church, I was convicted of the need to take better care of my body.  I gave myself a 40 day challenge to begin a journey towards a more healthy lifestyle, giving up Coke, chocolate, sweet treats (ice cream, candy, etc), and junk food. I made the commitment to start eating more healthy, and exercising by jogging daily (you can read that whole story HERE). 

saladI’m happy to report that I have been eating healthier every day. Instead of drinking Coke, I have chosen orange juice, and to be honest, I’m not even missing the soda pop at all! (For the sake of being wholly transparent, I must confess that while on a road trip to a youth conference – Generation Unleashed – in Portland, Oregon this past weekend, I did cheat once and have a Coke, but it really didn’t taste as good as I remember it!). For snacks, instead of eating a bag of chips, I have chosen to eat apples or other fruit.

And I’m feeling so much better because of these changes! If you can believe it, I even had a salad for lunch one day, made by my wonderful wife, Liza.

However, on that first night of jogging, I pushed myself too far and really overdid it, and messed up my knee really good. I kept running for the rest of the week (which I probably shouldn’t have done), but by Friday, I was in so much pain I couldn’t run anymore. It’s been a week now since then and I’m still in pain, so I plan on going to my doctor this week to check it out. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it goes, and when I get back to running again.

In the meantime, allow me to share with you the advice I got from WebMD.com:

While you get better, you need to take it easy on your knee. That doesn’t mean you have to give up exercise. Just try something new that won’t hurt your joint. If you’re a jogger, swim laps in a pool instead. Whatever you do, don’t rush things. If you try to get back to your workouts before you’re healed, you could damage the joint for good.

So who knows, maybe I will give swimming a try!

 

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About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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2 Responses to Living Healthy – Two Weeks Later

  1. Congrats on your successes. Mr.P and I are doing the Whole 30 program. When anyone asks what that is I just say, eating the way God intended. Also when we go off plan we call it a treat instead of a cheat. (No one is perfect.) AND… I’m just across the Columbia River from Portland. Hope your trip was enjoyable.

  2. Peter Brooke says:

    Here’s an excerpt re: a biblical view of the physical body from an excellent book called “God in my Everything”, which highlights and explains the “time-tested spiritual practice” of the ‘rule of life’ which can be used to bring us into a closer relationship with God, who is as much the Creator of our physical bodies (which gives them great worth) as He is the Creator of our emotional and spiritual beings.

    From Chapter 10 (“Eat, Sleep, Swim”)

    1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
    “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

    “… the care of our bodies through regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating constitutes a foundational part of our rule, or trellis, that supports our life with God. The body, mind and spirit are interconnected. This means that physical practices are also spiritual practices. When we attend to the basic needs of our bodies, we will likely find ourselves more attentive to God and more available to people. Conversely, if we neglect our bodies, we will find out that they will eventually scream out for our attention. As Desert Father John Cassian once observed, “If we don’t give the body what it needs, it will demand everything.”

    By becoming a flesh-and-blood human being in the person of Jesus Christ (best expressed in John 1:14), God demonstrates that He values and honors the human body. If the human body were inherently evil (which ancient Greek dualistic thinking proposed), God never would have clothed Himself in one. So God’s decision to take on a body – the Christian doctrine of incarnation – is the highest affirmation of our physical bodies. God blessed our physical bodies, declaring at creation that what He had made was ‘very good’. Moreover, the living God can actually indwell our bodies by His Spirit. According to the apostle Paul, if we belong to Christ, our bodies house the Holy Spirit (see Scripture above): …Here we not only see how greatly God honors our bodies, but we also learn that our bodies are not our own — they are on loan to us. … if we’ve been given new life in Christ, our bodily ‘house’ is no longer our own but belongs to God – who has been breathtakingly generous with us, giving us His only Son so that we can become His sons and daughters. In light of God’s mercy to us, we respond by honoring the ‘house’ that God has given to us and entrusted to our care.”
    Excerpt taken from “God in My Everything” by Ken Shigematsu (pgs. 124-125)

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