V is for variety…

running shoesI’m easily distracted and I get bored. I also get frustrated at times, and when I get frustrated I want to give up. So…as I gear up for The Proverbs 31 Made to Crave Online Bible Study, I am trying something different…variety.

Instead of vowing to run 3 miles a day, do 6 week boot camp, or even get to the gym every day…my goal is to do something physically active (enough to make me sweat) every day. I am allowing for, and even planning on, variety.

Why? Because I have shin problems and at times running makes me cry…other times I am sore from boot camp and the next day calls for a simple 30 minute jaunt on the elliptical…sometimes my day gets crazy and 50 push ups and 50 crunches may be all I can fit in…

Making an allowance for variety in my workout makes working out work for me…work for my day…and ultimately become something that I enjoy doing for my health rather than loathe due to unrealistic expectations set on a whim.

If you plan on making healthy lifestyle modifications during the Proverbs 31 Made To Crave Online Bible Study, or at any time, let me encourage you to do three things.

1. Decide on a goal

2. Evaluate that goal in light of what is possible for you at this stage of your life, and make necessary modifications (for example, it would be unrealistic for a mother of a newborn to get the to gym every day, but she could make it to the gym a few times per week and maybe get an exercise DVD for the other days)

3. Add in variety wiggle room and ask yourself how might you adjust your plans, and still continue towards your goals, when life gets crazy and plans must change.

Also, consider adding variety as part of your relationship and daily quiet time with the Lord. Sometimes you have an hour for quiet time. Other times the best you can do is say a prayer and read a verse while you take a quick potty break at home or at work! Spend time with the Lord however and whenever it’s possible!

Variety offers freedom and allows us to fit the most important things in our lives into each and every day, no matter how crazy of a day it is. Whatever your goal is for 2014, consider variety and get ready for great success!!!



  1. says

    Good post! I especially liked, ” …consider adding variety as part of your relationship and daily quiet time with the Lord…” It’s so important that we spend time with the God everyday. He wants to hear from his children, even though He knows our every need.

  2. says

    I am so looking forward to Proverbs 31 Ministries next OBS!!!! The last two (my first complete two) were amazing and both very much needed. The Made to Crave study will be no exception. I am prepping myself now with a small goal. The first goal is simply to get to the gym at least five days a week and get at least 30 minutes of cardio.. As I work five days a week (and am out at 2:30 pm), I can pretty much go after work and not have it dramatically impact my home life. Goal number two is to eat breakfast every day. From what I have read, people who eat breakfast have far more success with weight loss and maintaining. I figure these two steps will help me when the study begins, because I will have already tackled some important aspects of this new walk for me. I have also been reading Never Say Diet by Chantel Hobbs (that was my inspiration for this first start). Chantel’s book does address bringing God into the health mix, but I know I need more than just that. Made To Crave will really touch on the points I think I need. Thanks for your encouraging post. I really loved your parts of A Confident Heart. I hope that you will be involved deeply in the new study as well. 🙂

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