(Days 3-5) Thankful for A New Day

I missed posting days 3 and 4 because I got really sick. I had a terrible stomach bug that incapacitated me for more than 35 hours. So I basically slept 2 days away because I could do nothing more. Nonetheless I am thankful for that sleep as I feel much better this morning. I happened to open up a productivity app on my phone that I was using a year ago and I read one of my goals which was to write down foods that hurt me. I am thankful that I found that because I am going to implement that again to my daily routine. I cannot afford to have stomach issues take me out for two days again.

As much as I wanted to leave my post at the last paragraph and move on to some good news, I just cannot move on. You see I’m sure that my stomach virus was the direct result of my own doing. I know that I cannot eat certain things and yet my flesh tends to win over when I’m not really thinking through what I’m doing. So this two day experience has exposed the fact that I’m eating mindlessly and it’s hurting me. This picture kind of sums up what I see in myself right about now.

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While I felt that the Lord convicted me that my stomach virus was the direct result of my own doing, my nurse friend advised me that I could not have caused my own fever and hot and cold flashes. Okay, point taken but I still know that I have been engaging in mindless eating which is gluttony.

Proverbs 23:20-21 ESV says, “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” I don’t drink but to be associated with a drunkard as someone who is engaging in gluttony causes me to sit up and take notice. It’s not something new to me. I have battled with being a food addict for a very long time. I was able to kick every other bad habit but this food thing is literally the hardest. I mean think about it, no one needs to smoke, drink or do drugs but we have to eat for survival. So to me being a food addict is way harder than kicking any other habit.

The good new is that I don’t have to remain in this condition and I have already taken this to the Lord in prayer and repentance. I am thankful for His forgiveness and grace. I don’t have to be bound by the addiction to food because John 8:36 says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” I will keep pressing into the Lord to help me walk away from this mindless eating. I will make strides in working my goals and lean into the Lord Jesus as my foundation as I build my temple.

Now for the good news of the day. I am down 2.8 lbs since last week and I am truly thankful for this. Maybe it is from being sick two days and maybe not, I don’t know for sure but my goal is not to find those 2.8 lbs again. I will press on in the journey, no turning back!

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Thanks for walking with me on this journey!

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(Day 1) November Goals and 30 Days of Being Thankful

I thoroughly enjoyed writing for the past month and it has shown me that I have the ability to keep up my blog on a daily basis. I may not write every single day for the rest of my life but for the next 30 days I am going to incorporate my November goals with 30 days of being thankful. I believe that not only will it help motivate me to continue to achieve my goals but it will also help me have a great attitude.

First I just want to outline my goals for the month of November, some are a continuation and some are new:

  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. No Fast Food and limit desserts/sweets to twice a week (choosing healthier options when available)
  5. 4 liters of water per day
  6. 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week
  7. 3-5 servings of vegetables a day and 2-3 servings of fruit a day

photo-1443527216320-7e744084f5a7What am I thankful for on day 1?

I am thankful for the relationship I have with Jesus Christ. The more I get to know His character and understand the vastness of His sacrifice for me on the cross of Calvary, the more I love Him and want to serve and please Him in every area of my life. My journey to better health is not just something I want to do for me, my desire is be holy as God is holy and I want to glorify God with and through my body.

What are you thankful for today?

(Day 31) Recap, Wrap Up and What’s Next

recapThis has been an amazing month of blogging for me. I am excited to have made it to the finish line. I completed a total of 25 posts in the month of October and I am really proud of myself. I have quite a few takeaways that I want to share but first let me recap the purpose of my “31 Days of Transforming My Temple” blog series. At the beginning of this series I said that “This 31 day challenge will set the course for the rest of my life.” My goal was to begin a journey to transforming my temple which is my body. My desire is to walk with Jesus learning to become balanced in body, mind, soul and spirit. So let’s recap my original goals:

The following were the steps I committed to taking:

  1. Each day I will pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide me in my food choices. – Need to work on this
  2. I will be transparent and accountable to the sisters that God has appointed to walk with me at this time. – Done!
  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.- Done and ongoing!
  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. – Need to work on this

I also committed to the following for the 31 days of October:

  1. Green Smoothies for breakfast and healthy meals for lunch and dinner. – Quit on day 2 or 3 
  2. No sweets – meaning no cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, etc. – Nailed it! Yesss!
  3. 3 liters of water per day – Nailed it! Yesss!
  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. – Need to work on this one

Now here are the small victories that I shared on day 19:

  1. It has been over two months since I drank soda and I now drink upwards of 3-4 liters of water a day.
  2. It has been 19 days since I have eaten any type of desserts or sweets. Now 31 days!
  3. I have been transparent with my accountability partner for 19 days. Now 31 days!
  4. I released 4 pounds that I don’t plan on getting back Woo Hoo

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My weight loss for the month was 4.2 lbs. I went from 374.6 to 370.4. I weigh in on Thursdays so I did not weigh myself today so I will settle for the loss of 4.2 lbs as being the final for the month. I don’t want this to be about a number on a scale because that is what contributed to my downfalls in the past. Yes I will watch the number but I will not make any goals now or in the future on how much weight I want to lose in a specific time frame. Many people would disagree with that but I know myself and I would rather focus on bringing the spiritual into the physical as I follow Jesus and walk with Him on this transformation journey.

Takeaways related to the writing challenge with write31days:

  1. I can write every day! Or at least almost every day.
  2. I can be bold and courageous to share transparently the things I am learning in this transformation journey.
  3. I can only be victorious by focusing on Jesus and letting Him lead the way.
  4. I love the blogging community.

So what’s next?

Well the “31 Days of Transforming My Temple” blog series has now come to an end. But the transformation journey continues. I will be writing about this journey as the Lord leads. I can’t say that it will be every day at this point but I know that if I am learning how to live balanced in mind, body, soul and spirit by bridging the gap between the spiritual and the physical, then I know that others will be encouraged as well. I believe the Lord gives us revelation to share with others. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to be on a journey with like-minded people who are moving towards the same goals. I have met some really great people along the way and I look forward to meeting new friends as time passes.

It has been an absolute pleasure to have you along with me on this 31 day journey. Before you leave I just want to bless you with these words from Numbers 6:24-26:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’

(Day 30) Off My Square

Yesterday was a pretty non productive day for me. Wednesday I was on fire, my eating was going well, I got my exercise done, my spirit was ablaze for revival and I was part of a powerful prayer meeting. I had victories to rejoice in with my scale and non scale victories and then something just crashed into my day and it was all downhill from there. This morning as I shared with my accountability partner how my day went, she helped me pinpoint where my downfall started. Yesterday I tried to encourage someone close to me and basically got a stop sign in my face (not literally😊). It hurt me though and I took on this person’s emotional baggage and got weighed down for the rest of the day.

The story of Elijah in the book of 1 Kings came to me and he had a powerful showdown against the prophets of Baal and then Jezebel send word that she was going to kill him. Let’s read what happened, shall we?

“Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” I Kings 19:2-4 NKJV

Now I realize that Elijah’s response was a little more severe than mine as he told the Lord to take his life. But here’s what connected with my experience. It says:

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree.”

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That pretty much sums up my day yesterday. I had a day’s journey into the wilderness and I sat down and stared into space or stared at my phone quite a bit. There’s no broom tree in my house but if there was I would have been sitting under it. Haha!

How many of us do this? We have a great day of managing our time and working on our goals and then something happens. It can be a stressful phone call, a scathing text message, a devastating event, an argument with your spouse or children, a burnt piece of toast or stepping on a Lego. Something throws you off your “square”. (Which means “out of my usual routine; doing things I wouldn’t normally do.” – Source: urbandictionary.com) That’s basically what happened to me.

So if you follow Elijah’s story you find the Lord sending an angel to care for him and provide food and then after that the Lord gives him revelation by being found in the still small voice. Just go read the 1 Kings chapter 19 and get the whole story. It’s a really good story. Anyway, my still small voice was in many revelations that I had yesterday but I couldn’t receive them until I talked it through today with my accountability partner.

God is in the small details of our lives and constantly teaching us lessons but we have to really be intentional to bend our ears to hear the still small voice. God loves us so much. More than I think we realize. As for all those little things that cause us to be distracted from our goals, we just need to take them to Jesus and keep moving forward. Thank you Lord for revelation during this transformation journey.

Thank you for stopping by today!

(Day 27) Fitbit Goal Met

IMG_1404Well I did it! I got my 5000 steps in today. I took a nap after work again but I was not going to let one more day pass without working on my exercise commitment. I only have today right? So today is the day to meet my goal. How do I feel about this? I feel great! I think this has motivated me to get back into making sure I am doing this every day. I hope it will give me energy like my accountability partner said because I am just so fatigued every day. It’s frustrating!

So now my next goal is to take my schedule to the Lord in the morning. This is how I am going to have to start every day. I need guidance from the Lord. My ideas are not as successful when I just go forward without including the Lord in my plans. In John 15:5 Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Quite frankly I don’t want to do anything apart from Jesus. He is my everything. My desire is to walk out this journey with Jesus not by myself. I can’t do it alone. I appreciate my accountability partner but we both agree that even with each other we are nothing without Jesus leading the way.

Who is leading your life today?

Thanks for stopping by!

(Day 26) Disappointed But Not For Long

Galatians 3:3 NIV says “Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” That’s the scripture that came to mind as I was beating myself up for not following through on my commitment to exercise. My day literally consisted of waking up late, working, sleeping, working and then sleeping again. I got nothing else done at all. My accountability partner suggested that my fatigue could be improved if I move my body! Go figure, that’s what I wanted to do but I allowed my fatigue to get the best of me. I didn’t take my schedule to the Lord in the morning and the rest of my day was lost. That’s where I failed and I am so glad that I learned that lesson quickly.

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Today is the only day that we are promised. We are never promised tomorrow in scripture. We must make the best of today. That is what I intend to do today. I will take my schedule to the Lord and ask Him to help me plan my day. I am pretty confident that my day will look much better because I have done this before. It lasted 3 days. I did not get back to it and yet the Lord had me working on planning and balance for a while this month. Somewhere along the journey I said “I got this Lord” and everything went the wrong direction. Well thank God for grace. I have repented and I am ready to move forward again. This is a lifetime journey and there will always be bumps in the road but the Lord is gracious and steers me back when I get off track. Hallelujah!

(Days 23 & 24) Temptations Galore!

Sorry I didn’t post yesterday but I have been away at a training and there was just no time to get my blog done. Now that I am back home, I just have to share my win over the past couple days. I am really proud of myself. I set up some goals on Day 1 and while I have not followed every single one, I have actually been doing very good with not eating sweets and that is huge for me! Since I am pretty picky about the kinds of sweets I like anyway it really has been easy for me over the past 24 days. So at the training there was coffee cake and candy on the table along with apples and grapes that were set out for breakfast. It was a no-brainer, the grapes were my choice. But then it happened, my first real temptation, a Panera Toffee Nut Cookie! 440 calories of deliciousness! I mean look at this beauty of a cookie:

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My local Panera has not had this cookie available the last few times I have been there so when I saw this cookie on the table when lunch was served, my mouth just watered. I said “sure, my favorite cookie is here and I can’t eat it!” So I grabbed a tuna sandwich along with some salad and went to my seat. Let me tell you, my mind was trying to find a way to convince me to break my 31 days and eat that cookie. “It’s a favorite for me, I haven’t had one in so long, I can just eat it today and then get back on track tomorrow.” My friend suggested that I take it home and throw it in the freezer and have it after my 31 days have passed. That’s exactly what I have done. It’s in the freezer behind a bag of vegetables so I won’t see it when I go into the freezer. I doubt that it will bother me anyway because I made up my mind that I can wait for it.

I’m being consistent with two things in my life right now and that’s huge for me. I drink my water every day and I’m sticking to my commitment to not eat desserts for 31 days. It’s an encouragement and motivation to see that I can actually stick to these things. If I can do these small changes over time and continue to add changes to my life, there’s no telling how much success I will see in this journey. I just praise God for these small victories in my life.

Thank you for stopping by today.