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After I gave birth to my son, I failed to get back into a regular exercise routine. I made a lot of excuses by noting that I had too many things I needed and wanted to get done.

I started to notice that I felt tired all the time and felt unable to fully clear my mind. But, I kept putting off the very thing that was beckoning me, because I saw it as one more thing to add to the list. And possibly, I was just too lazy. I would often blame the weather for why I couldn't exercise. I'd say, "It's too hot," or "It's too cold."

Walking has always been my first choice for exercise and I actually have always enjoyed it. So why did I dread it so much? My friends who went jogging, walking, or who worked out at the gym seemed to be full of energy which they claimed came from the exercise.

I started to pray about this issue, and asked God to give me motivation to start exercising and taking better care of my body. I woke up one morning and decided to take my son, who is now almost two, for a walk. I put our winter clothes on and put him in his baby jogger and set out for what I thought would be an exhausting mess. But what I discovered was a thrill of beauties. Because it was morning, we had the walk to ourselves with only the sounds of birds and only an occasional passing car. In the distance, were the snow covered mountains and with each breath we took in cold, crisp autumn air. 

More Energy

I found myself getting tired at first, but as I pushed myself to continue this beautiful walk, I felt as though my energy increased. When I got back home, I felt more energized than I had in a long time. I was able to get my other things done without feeling tired and behind. My mind even felt cleansed and renewed.

I decided to take my son for a walk every morning. Then, we added a walk in the evening also. What a wonderful time for my son and I to not only spend time together, but to also enjoy the God's beautful nature, and care for my body all at the same time. 

I need to be healthy, my family needs me to stay healthy and so does God. Our bodies are a temple for Him and He wants us to take care of them. I feel excited about my new walking ritual and I pray that God will continue to motivate me every day. My mind and body are at ease, knowing that I am taking this time to be healthy.

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