Getting In Shape

Getting In Shape
I discipline my body like an athlete
training to do what it should otherwise, 
I fear that after preaching to others 
I myself might be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT


I went to the Sherk Complex and made it through Rosie’s Triple Threat fitness class {insert loud cheers of encouragement}!!!  Ok, maybe “made it through” is kind of stretching it, but I didn’t die in the class…even though I wanted to cry every time I had to bend down to put on my shoes for the next two days. Three years ago was the last time this body had any kind of real work out so, it probably wasn’t the wisest choice to pick what I’ve now learned is the toughest fitness class they host…but I did it! An Olympic athlete I may not be, but I’m on my way towards getting into shape! For years now I’ve been talking about getting in shape and now I’ve actually begun.


Getting in ShapeI posted a Facebook Live from my car right after the workout so people heard me state my goal and encouraged everyone listening to hold me accountable and now I’m asking you…yes you…as one of my readers to do the same!

In a few weeks I have a monumental birthday that is kind of freaking me out, actually rocking me to my core!  Six months ago I started saying I wanted to be Fit at Fifty but I didn’t do anything to make that ‘dream’ a reality.  Sure I talked about it but I never put any effort into achieving the goal…until today.

By getting to the gym, I took a step towards getting in shape…a move forward in reaching my goal of Fit at Fifty! Unless the work-out genie puts her arms up and blinks me into shape during the next couple weeks, I’m not going to reach my first deadline of my birthday.  Missing this target date is ok, ‘cause sometimes you have to let go of your timeline! I am going to reach my goal.  I am going to get healthy.  I have the passion of Paul in this verse to meet the challenge head on.

1 Cor 9:27


olympic ringsHealth, wholeness and happiness don’t ‘just happen’.  You have to be a serious contender to experience real change.  When I read Paul’s words to the Corinthian believers I can’t help but think how diligently the Olympic athletes we’re watching on TV these days train to attain their goal. We need to be disciplined in all areas of our lives: physically, emotionally, financially, relationally and spiritually to live the adventure God dreamed for us.

What area of life to you need to start getting in shape?  Choose today to discipline yourself.

Train to attain your goal!


Father…Thank you for giving me the power to make choices.  Help me not to just see the areas that need change in my life, but to actively work towards making lasting change. May I have the heart of Paul to live a determined, disciplined life.  I commit to taking the next step towards health, wholeness and happiness. I will stick with the journey until I reap the benefits of the goal.  In Jesus Name…Amen

Drawing From The Well - Wide

  1. 1 Corinthians 9:27 NLT
  2. 2 Corinthians 13:5
  3. Romans 8:13
  4. Luke 9:25

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  1. Lesley says

    Well done on taking the first steps towards your goal. I like what you say about not giving up on our goals but being open to change the timeframe if it’s not working out as originally planned.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      That’s actually something God’s been really speaking to me lately. I think I may share that in another post. Praying you have a blessed day!

  2. Debbie Williams says

    Loved this. Holding you accountable and so holding myself accountable. I need to do more and I am so much older than 50. Thank you for the encouragement.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks Debbie! I have worked out 1 and a half times since. The half time was a LONG walk. You can do it girl!

  3. Connie Rowland says

    I just turned forty and I can so relate to this. I’m committed to getting back into shape for my physical health, but I’m also committed to my spiritual health. Thank you for reminding me to look at all aspects of my life and make lasting changes. God bless you on your fitness journey!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks Connie! So glad you were encouraged and inspired to get back into shape in all areas. Praying you and I have the staying power of Job!


  4. Brenda says

    Happy (almost) Birthday, Sherry! Another ’68 baby. 🙂 My husband will be 50 in July. (I’m still a baby and have three years to go before I hit 50. 🙂 ) I love that you have a goal and didn’t give up on it just because you wouldn’t be able to meet the first phase of that goal. That’s the wisdom of 50. 🙂 Will pray for you and cheer you on from over here in the southern U.S. I need to get back into shape again too, and need to lose 12 pounds while I’m at it! Feeding off your positive energy vibes, today. ((xoxo))

    • Sherry Stahl says

      I am a ’68 Baby, Sherry Baby 🙂 My parents named me after that famous song. All I can say about getting is shape is that you gotta JUST START 🙂
      Much love,

  5. Misty says

    I have been exercising more as of late, and it has really helped my stress levels. I like the goal of being fit by 50!

    Visiting today from Dancing with Jesus

    • Sherry Stahl says


      I’m so glad you stopped by and that you too are getting into shape. I’ve had so many people contact me letting me know that they’ve started too.
      Be Blessed,

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