Building Endurance

It was a long and cold winter, and I am so glad that we are now enjoying warmer weather. During the winter months I went to the gym to work out and run because it was too cold to run in my neighborhood. At the gym I started taking two classes, a “Body Pump” class and “Spin” class.

In the “Body Pump” class you lift weights and do all kinds of stretches, lunges, squats, chest presses, and push-ups, all while lifting weights. When I first started the class, I used only the bar and no weights. Now I am up to about 30 pounds. It may not seem like a lot of weight, but when you lift the weight 100 times or more, it adds up!

In the “Spin” class, you ride a stationary bike for about 45 minutes. This class is also intense. While riding the bike, you have to adjust the pressure of the pedal to simulate going up hills, pedaling very fast, or hovering. When I first started the class, I could only pedal about 5 minutes without getting winded, and I certainly didn’t adjust the pedal. Now, I can adjust the pressure of the pedal, and pedal very fast. Of course, I sweat like a pig, but it’s worth it.

I didn’t realize the strength that I had built up until over this weekend, I ran outside for the first time in months. The streets around my neighborhood are kind of hilly. As I run toward Charlestown Road I run downhill. However, when I am coming back up, there is a point where I have to run back uphill. This area was always tough for me and most times I would have to walk up the hill. Saturday morning I went out running and when I got to the hill, I just ran right up the hill. It took me a minute to realize that I had just run up the hill AND kept running without stopping. It was then that I knew my hard work at the gym had paid off. I started smiling at really began to run and sing along with Wayne Brady (don’t judge me…his CD is really good..ha).

I want to encourage you today that if you have a goal in mind or something that you’re trying to accomplish; to stick with it. You may not see the results immediately, but slowly you will begin to see positive changes. One of my favorite quotes is “A thousand mile journey begins with one step”.

If there is something that you have been putting off, I want to encourage you today, to go ahead start. Don’t wait! Time waits for no one. A better life is out there for you…reach out and grab it! Make a move today…you’ll be glad you did!

Question – What is something that you have been doing, that has made a positive difference in your life?

We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul–not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, – (Colossians 1:11)The Message

I love you to life!


  • Kesha Gonnigan says:

    I am what some would call an introvert. I like to keep to myself and rarely share my dreams or testimony with anyone. Well praise God I’m coming out! I noticed that evertime I share my testimony with someone they are going through the same things I went through. I was also surprised by how receptive they were to hearing about Gods love for them. I would sometimes take it a step further and ask them what their dreams are. Again, I was surprised how many people haven’t really thought of what they are most passionate about or knew it but was not headed in that direction for whatever reason. Some people would say “No one has ever asked me that before.” When I open up and share my story I not only overcome my own struggle but encourage someone else as well. God is so awesome!

  • Cara says:

    Something I have been doing that has made a positive difference in my life??

    Hmmm… as the mother of 4 children, of varying ages, it seems I’ve always been fussing at some child at some point in time. About the time I stopped fussing at the oldest, the next one was in cue. About the time I stopped fussing at him, my daughter was in cue. Right down to my last one.
    I heard TD Jakes preach recently, ‘speak to the Rock and give the people the water.’ I understood that with my kids I’ve primarily been speaking to them instead of speaking to the Rock about them. And I probably wasn’t giving them much water. (Sure wish I had learned this lesson much earlier in life!!)

    So here recently, I’ve been speaking a lot more to the Rock and not so much to my kids (or others) and just giving them water. Positive difference? This has made things much more peaceful within myself but also between ALL the people in my life, not just my kids. And the longer I’ve been doing it, the easier it has become. I don’t have to bite my tongue or chew on the inside of my lip. Speaking to the Rock is the first option now, not fussing at anyone. And sometimes it’s just so much better to speak to the Rock than speaking to people anyway!! LOL

  • Erica Waller says:

    The thing that I have been doing that is making a positive difference in my life is pressing my way through my masters degree program. Oh my how I have been tempted to take a zero on an assignment because I was to tired to do it and oh how I was tempted to quit for the summer or quit all together BUT God has put in me the strength to endure to press toward the mark of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus! There was times I just wanted to be “normal” like my hubby and just come home sit and watch tv…lol!! Thank you Lord for the prayer of that was prayed for me long ago in Colossians 1:11! Thanks Pastor Ruth! 🙂

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