Day 1 – October 1, 2015 – My Why and My Goals
The verse that has been the foundation of my why has been 1 Corinthians 6-19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB
So I went back to this verse and read it in the Message version and it has new life in it for me. I love how God gives us fresh vision from His Word! Read with me:
Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 MSG
So this is my why. I want to let people see God in and through my body. I want to honor and glorify God in and through my body.
For years I have kept this body big and unhealthy because somehow I viewed my body as a covering, a place to hide myself from others who would hurt me. Truthfully it never stopped anyone from hurting me but my mind was deceived by the lie. Today October 1, 2015 I am choosing to lay down this lie at the foot of the cross and pick up the truth that my body is a sacred place, the temple of the Holy Spirit and God wants to show Himself in and through my body.
“You know the old saying, “First you eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body!”
1 Corinthians 6:13 MSG
This verse just seals the deal for me today. The Message version just opens up this truth to me powerfully today. I am ready to take all that I’ve learned from my past failures and successes in my journey to losing weight and honoring my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit and lay it all down at the feet of Jesus this morning. I am ready to forge ahead in this journey with new eyes that see truth and new ears that hear the Holy Spirit speak to me and teach me how to take care of of His dwelling place which is my body, His temple. I am not my own, I have bought with a price and today I am committing to honoring and glorifying God with my body.
Steps I am committed to taking to achieve this are:
1. Each day I will pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in my food choices.
2. I will be transparent and accountable to the sisters that God has appointed to walk with me at this time.
3. I will support my decision with walls of grace and mercy. Should I fall into temptation and veer off the course set before me I will grab hold of grace and mercy, repent, receive forgiveness and continue moving forward. No turning back, no quitting. This is a lifetime journey not a diet.
4. I will move my body. I will begin to exercise at a slow pace even if it’s just 5 minutes a day increasing each day as I build endurance and stamina.
As far as the practical steps I will be taking as I embark on this journey, I am committing to the following for the next 31 days
1. Green Smoothies for breakfast and healthy meals for lunch and dinner.
2. No sweets – meaning no cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, etc.
3. 3 liters of water per day
4. Up to 30 minutes of exercise 6 times a week. Starting slowly at 5 minutes and increasing each day until I’m at 30 minutes which will then be the minimum daily goal.
I wasn’t going to add my weight but hey if I am going to hold myself accountable and be transparent I decided that I would absolutely share my weight. So below is my starting weight and I will post picture of my weekly weigh ins every Thursday. I have no weight goal in number as I know myself and I do not want to set myself up for a fall. I also know that a watched number always changes. It has been 7 years this month since I confessed on another blog that I realized I was a food addict. I began documenting my weight on a spreadsheet and as I look back on my sheet I discover that when I was recording my weight I saw a downward trend. When I went for weeks and months without recording my weight I saw an upward trend.
Here are my weights from every October going back to 2008:
- 10/31/08 – 409.2
- 10/14/09 – 397.8
- 10/30/10 – 388
- 10/1/11 – 336.2
- 10/1/12 – 376.2
- 10/1/13 – 354.2
- 10/3/14 – 356.6
- 10/1/15 – 374.6
I also looked at my minimum and maximum weights for the same time period and found my highest recorded weight was 415.8 and my lowest recorded weight was 300.6. Can you say yo-yo?!? I have lost and found over 100 pounds over the years but today that ends. I don’t want to continue to play this up and down game anymore. It’s time for me to truly surrender this to God and allow Him to lead and guide me.
In February 2011 I started this blog because I truly felt the Lord impressed the name Losing4Christ on me and I had 7 things that I wanted to lose for Christ:
- Damaged Emotions
- Lack of discipline
Well, to be very honest I was stuck on #1 and worked very hard at losing weight in 2011 and I lost 84.5 lbs total by the end of the year. I gained most of that weight back. As I was looking over my goals and re-writing them I realized that of the 7 goals I had I only really wanted to focus on the weight. The Lord however had other plans and as of today I have met 5 of the 7 goals. I am pretty confident that these last two goals are going to be my focus going forward not just for the next 31 days but for a lifetime. Weight and self-discipline are pretty closely tied together so I believe the time is now. No more destroying the temple that is my body because it’s not my own, it is the temple of the Holy Spirit and it has been bought with a price so I declare that today I will begin to rebuild and transform this temple.
Thank you for joining me on this journey!