Faith

What MoJo & God Have In Common

MoJo is my constant companion, my gentle giant, my much loved dog. MoJo is 1/2 Bernese  Mountain Dog and 1/2 Golden Retriever but undoubtedly 100% love. 

OK, I know some of you might be thinking, “She’s gone a bit too far with this MoJo and God comment!” but stay with me while I explain myself. I believe God taught t me some lessons through MoJo that really touched me. 

I live in CO where we seldom have foggy mornings. One morning I woke up early to find a misty, foggy day. The kind of fog where your vision in partly obstructed. MoJo always wakes up with me, no matter what the time is. As always, he went outside to take care of business and after a few minutes I called him to come in. The fog cleared around him as I called out his name, he jumped around, looked at me and ran towards me with such joy. He was leaping through the air with excitement and when he got to me his whole body was wagging.

At that moment I thought, this is how God loves us. He is there waiting for us to call out to him, “God I am here and I need you”. When we call out His name, He runs to us with such joy. He doesn’t say, “clean up your act and then let’s talk”, He just runs to us. Like the Father in the story of the prodigal son, He runs to us.

Later that day God used MoJo again to teach me a lesson. Like I said earlier, MoJo is my constant companion. He wants to go everywhere I go. He’s so smart that he knows where I am heading by what I pick up and the way I am acting. When he sees me pick up my purse he stays so close to me because he knows I am going somewhere. He doesn’t care where I am going, he just wants to come with me. Whether I am going to the store, the post office, the bank….. he doesn’t care, he just doesn’t want to stay home, he wants to go with me.

Once again MoJo made me think about God. He doesn’t want to stay back while we go about our day. He wants us to ask Him to come with us wherever we go. He doesn’t want to be left in the church building or in your quiet spot in your house while you go out into the world. God wants to go with you. He wants to be with you when you have lunch with a friend, He wants to be there while you get your haircut. He definitely wants to go with you to your job, your school…… 

If you aren’t feeling much joy because of your faith, ask yourself:

  1. Have I really called out to God saying I’m here and I need you?
  2. Are you inviting God to come with you every where you go?

 

If you limit God in your life to your hour in church on Sunday you are missing out on so much joy. It’s when you invite Him to be  your constant companion and you feel His presence in all you do, that your life will begin to change. Peace when you should feel stress, strength when you should feel weak, joy when sadness should overwhelm you, purpose when it should seem meaningless - that is what God is waiting to give you. 

**If you feel you've compartmentalized your faith what can you do to allow God to direct you in all parts of your day?

Fitness

Muscle Confusion

Muscle confusion is simply the process of working your muscles in a different way than they are used to, causing them to utilize more resources (including calories) in order to do any given activity.

Let me explain it this way, when you first learn to ride a bike it takes so much energy. It seems like keeping the pedals moving, your body balanced on top of that little seat and the bike heading in the right direction is about all you can do. Once you’ve practiced it becomes more natural and doesn’t use as much energy. 

In some ways it’s similar to your workout plan. When you do something different, something your body is not used to, you use more energy. I am not talking about severe changes, it can be very subtle. 

For example, if you are a jogger and frequently run 2 miles a day in 20 minutes your body will get used to this and get in a rhythm that makes it easier (of course you are getting in better shape which makes it easier too). If you want to add muscle confusion to this routine to confuse your muscles you could:

Run shorter distances at higher rates of speed

Run longer distances at slower speeds

Stopping during your run to do strength exercises such as push-ups, squats, or lunges

Running at intervals where you run at a certain speed, then speed up, then slow down, speed up, slow down, etc.

Another way to add muscle confusion is to vary your type of exercise. Run one day, strength train the next, play tennis another day and bike ride on the 4th day.  

Another way to add confusion is to change the equipment you are using. Use an exercise band 1 day, weights another day, strictly body weight exercises  for a workout and then do exercises in a pool and use the water as your resistance. 

One last option is to change the pace and amount of weight you use. Use  a heavier weight and go a bit slower the next time you workout use a lighter weight and do the exercises a bit faster with more reps. There’s so many ways to mix things up!!

Muscle confusion has the following benefits:

1. It allows your muscles, tendons, and ligaments to be used from several different angles, rather than repetitively working them from the same angle all the time. This prevents overuse injuries, and strengthens your body to take on different lifestyle activities.

2. It keeps you from getting bored with the same routine over and over again. By incorporating muscle confusion into your workouts, you will enjoy the change of pace, and will also modify your mindset when exercising.

3. Muscle confusion cranks up your metabolism. Your metabolism - simply put - is the rate at which your body utilizes calories. By constantly confusing your body you will use more calories. Also, when you add confusion by incorporating strength training you will increase your metabolism because of your increase in muscle.

The only way that you can stop your body from adapting to your exercise program is to change up your exercise routine on a regular basis. Never give your body the chance to adapt to what you are doing. With over 45 exercise routines included in your f3 Plan you should never get bored!!

**Design a weekly exercise routine that includes muscle confusion.

Weekly Goals

Each week you will be asked to set goals. Your goals can be about faith, fitness or food (or all 3). I highly recommend that you write them down and post them on your mirror or someplace you will see them often. When setting goals make them action oriented goals, not result goals.  Stay focused on doing the next right thing and be patient with the results.

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