For the past three weeks I’ve worked on location at a client’s office. I normally go to the gym early, but the daily commute necessitated a schedule change. I prefer to exercise first thing in the morning. My energy level is higher than at the end of the day, and the gym is much less crowded. But since my workout routine takes anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours, I decided to switch from morning workouts to late afternoon.
Instead of taking a break for lunch, I packed a lunch and ate at my cubicle as I worked. This allowed me to finish my work around 4:00 and head to the gym. For the first couple of weeks, I struggled to get through my workouts. The routines are always a challenge, but I usually have the energy to finish strong. Instead, it was a challenge just to finish.
I’m accustomed to eating every three hours, and turkey meatloaf muffins have become one of my favorite lunch items. Cheri makes a dozen or two at a time, and they keep well in the fridge. I usually heat two or three in the microwave and eat them with a green leafy salad.
Earlier this week, I was struggling to finish my treadmill sprints at the end of my workout, and I realized that I hadn’t eaten enough during the day. I had been taking a salad and some slices of deli turkey for lunch, and by the time I left the office, I was dragging. I decided the next morning to pack three turkey muffins to go with my salad, and was amazed at how much more energy I had at the end of the day. I was able to work better in the afternoon, and I didn’t struggle to make it through my late afternoon workout. All I needed was more fuel during the day.
Just as we need good food to sustain our energy, we also need spiritual nourishment to meet the challenges we face. Whenever I find it difficult to trust God with my circumstances, or find it challenging to resist various temptations, I often realize that I haven’t been getting enough spiritual nutrition. When I spend time reading and studying the Bible and praying and listening for God, I’m much stronger as I face those challenges.
Bible and prayer for breakfast and turkey muffins for lunch are just what I need to keep me strong throughout the day!