(Day 21) A New Shopping Experience

Tuesday evening I got together with a friend which when I think about it was a great way of celebrating my small victories. We had no set plans just a time and day when we both were available. She initially suggested that we go to a gourmet chocolate place in our town but I told her that I was in the middle of 31 days of no dessert so that wouldn’t work. Her next suggestion was that we go to Fresh Thyme. I had no idea what that was but I agreed. She picked me up and we went to this amazing Farmer’s Market Natural, Organic Grocery Store. I am used to shopping at Wal-Mart so this was a real treat for me.

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The sales in the store were great and I just loved all the ways they offered fresh, natural, healthy choices. They have fresh juices, fresh nut butters, bulk grains, oils, honey, etc. I realized that this trip to the store was an excellent way to celebrate those small victories. Spending time with a friend and not eating was just what I needed. I am pretty sure that I will be frequenting this store a lot! What a gift! I am so thankful for a friend that will come along side me to support my journey.

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(Day 20) Unexpected Motivation

My small victories that I wrote about stirred a conversation with a friend about how do I celebrate these victories. I had no idea how to celebrate. My thoughts of a celebration revolve around food. When my friend asked me how I was going to celebrate my response was “well it won’t be with desserts because I am not eating sweets for 31 days”. The reality that my view of celebration was only about food really caused me to think. I don’t know how to celebrate with anything other than food. When someone gets a promotion or graduates, we go out to eat. It’s what I know. The only other thing I could think of was sending a card but I am not going to send myself a card. That would just be weird.

motivationI asked for feedback on how to celebrate in the group I am involved in on Facebook and got some great ideas that I had not considered. Buy a shirt, take a bubble bath, give yourself permission to take a nap were among the suggestions I received. As I think back to the times when I have been on this journey before I see where I did not really celebrate my victories. I mainly focused on my failures. I was a completely black or white thinker and I was either succeeding or failing, there was no in between, there was no room for the middle ground of learning opportunities. This revelation became an unexpected motivation for me.

When I think back to the time when I lost the most weight within one year I do remember getting my hair cut and colored which was a celebration of my success. However, when I veered off my path I hit a wall and would beat myself up for days on end before ever getting back up and moving forward. It was a major hindrance to my journey. When I got to the end of that year and only lost 86 pounds instead of 100 pounds I didn’t see the 86 pounds as a success but a failure. I know, it was stinking thinking. After that time of what I viewed as defeat I gave up for a long time. I had a few attempts at getting back on track but I could not give myself grace to move forward. I felt that I had let down God. I was on a journey with Jesus, that was and is my purpose for writing this blog.

I’m so thankful that my thinking is shifting and I am allowing myself grace to keep walking even when I don’t meet every goal. I re-evaluate, I change or modify my goals when I find that I am attempting to do too much at once. I listen to my accountability partner when she gives me feedback if I begin to go on a downward trail. I allow myself to learn along the way and I am not rushing into anything. It’s not about losing weight anymore. It’s about being healthy and honoring God with my body. It took years to get to the place I am today with my weight and it may take years to get to a healthy weight. In the meantime I need to truly learn how to celebrate the victories that I am seeing in my life.

Today I have a boost of motivation that I did not anticipate and it’s wonderful. It’s allowing me to grow. I have a new-found confidence that I haven’t experienced before. I am really making changes to my life and each step of the way I am inviting the Holy Spirit to teach me and guide me. I am excited for the things to come. I am motivated to continue this journey and learn to celebrate my small victories with more than just a blog post. What a blessing! Thank You Jesus!

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(Day 19) Celebrate Small Victories

Yesterday I was stressing about this week and I am so glad that I actually wrote about it and applied the Word of God to my situation. I believe the Lord wanted me to rest and not stress so that is what I did. This morning I woke up on time, I spent time praying about my schedule. I talked to and prayed with my accountability partner. Not surprisingly the day went well. I was able to get some exercise done in the morning and by the end of the day I had accomplished much. It was the kind of day that I would like to have every day! It was a day of victory! So I think it is a good time to really look at some of my small victories and celebrate them.

  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.
  3. I have been transparent with my accountability partner for 19 days.
  4. I released 4 pounds that I don’t plan on getting back

Not bad for someone who is really learning how to transform my temple and not just go on a diet. I am proud of my accomplishments. It’s not about perfection or how quickly I can get results. It’s really learning how to rely on the Lord. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV. I am doing it this time and no matter how slow the progress may be, I will be content because this is a lifetime journey. I am reminded of a quote from Lysa Terkeurst:

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That’s what I am doing. I’m on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline for the purpose of holiness. I will take it one step at a time, one day at a time and never turn around to go back.

Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

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(Day 18) Be Still

photo-1425969195258-f23f055ef995This morning at church we had a few minutes of being still in the Presence of God. It was such a time of refreshing for me personally since my life has been so overwhelmingly busy. We live in such a fast paced society that many times we have trouble finding the time to really slow down and spend an intentional time of stillness. We read in Psalm 46 verse 10 –  “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Do you sense the heart of God beckoning you in this verse?

Today as I read this verse I am seeing Father God extending His hand toward me inviting me to sit on His lap and just listen to Him. He says, “Be still and know that I am God”. I feel a sense of protection in this verse. He is God and He will be exalted among the nations and in the earth. God is the highest level authority there is. He is in charge of it all. I take comfort in that knowledge and I rest today.

As I look at my schedule for this week, I see so much to do and yet so little time. Just thinking about it all causes me to feel heavy and burdened. How can I balance it all out to put God first and make time for exercise and healthy meals? My intentions were to prepare meals in advance this weekend and yet it was not done. Already I am feeling overwhelmed, then I read what Jesus said,  “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

Deep breaths.

I will be still. I will take Jesus’ yoke upon me and learn from Him and find rest for my soul. I cannot go into this week feeling stressed. I will not go into this week feeling stressed! Philippians 4:6-7 says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” I will take my schedule to the Lord and ask Him to help me to walk out my week with a peace that surpasses all understanding. I will be anxious for nothing and be still. I am not perfect and I don’t have to be. I just need to take it one step at a time.

(Days 16 & 17) That’s It I Surrender!

Image-1I cannot get away from the planning and balance phase of this journey. I am just not getting it. I try to do well and it works for a couple of days but then life just happens and gets in the way. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV

Last week I shared the following verse in my Days 8-12 post: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV. My intention was to learn to plan better, my days get away from me and at the end of some days I just say “what happened?”. Today was one of those days. Yesterday was another one of those days. So now I am looking at this and saying “OK God, what are you saying to me?” Then I look a few verses down from Proverbs 16:3 and read “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV

So now I am assessing my week and I see a pattern of 3 good days and 2 not so good days. The common denominator for the 3 good days is that I started me day with my planner at the place of prayer and sought the Lord to help me plan the day. Then at the end of those days I moved over anything that wasn’t accomplished to the next day. No condemnation, no guilt, no stress just grace and mercy. On the other 2 days, I woke up late, jumped into my day without my morning prayer time. I had times of prayer during those days but there was no plan for the day. The day just started and before I knew it I was in the fast lane of busyness.

That’s it, I surrender! I surrender! I can’t do this one my own. I need to depend more on Jesus! I know what my goals are, I know what my why is, I know what the plans in my heart that I want to accomplish are to get to the next level in my journey. I cannot do it alone. I have to consistently bring the Lord into my plans. Today’s verse says “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV. Last week’s verse says “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3 NIV. I thought just committing to the Lord whatever I do would cause the Lord to establish my plans and that is true. But when I look further and see that I can plan my way but the Lord will establish my steps, oh that brings a peace to my heart. So I surrender to this truth today.

Lord you know the plans and intentions of my heart. Establish my steps so that my life brings you glory. Help me to rise early and bring my schedule to you so that I truly learn to walk this journey with you depending on you every step of the way. Thank you for being patient with me as I learn each day to apply what I am learning. It’s all about you Jesus. Thank you for grace and mercy. Thank you for teaching me and training me by your Word. Amen.

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(Day 7) End of First Week Weigh In

1-corinthians-10-31-ipad-bible-lock-screen“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”. 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

When I was considering what Bible verse to share today this is the only one that makes sense to me. You see I was so excited to see my scale victory today because I knew that it was all for the glory of God. This past week I have begun a journey that I have traveled before. I began with sharing my why and my goals. Not one of my goals includes a number of pounds that I want to lose. Why? Because I know myself. I get tripped up by trying to go after the BIG PICTURE. I get caught up in reaching the number goal. I will be honest with you. I like numbers. I am a numbers girl. People who know me, know this to be true. I also like dates. I have spreadsheets on just about everything in my life and this is the organizational side of me. I think I really embraced it because of the work I do but nonetheless I am a numbers girl who loves her spreadsheets.

In the past, my spreadsheets have been helpful and a hindrance. I used to weigh myself every day and record it on my spreadsheet with all of my food and exercise for the day. I am at line 2185 on my spreadsheet as of today. However, I am not as rigid with adding my data on the spreadsheet anymore because then my focus is displaced. My focus has to stay fixed and firm and that is the fact that I have chosen to 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. My focus has to be on Jesus at all times. So that is what I have been doing this past week as I begin to walk this journey again with fresh eyes and lots of lessons behind me.

I do not feel the need to scrap the idea of weighing myself on this journey but I am only doing this once a week. I don’t feel the need to weigh myself every day. I’ve done it and it’s not a part of the journey anymore. I am learning how to pick up the things that God wants me to work on and toss the rest in the garbage and there is no junk drawer anymore for me to save those things for later. Well I have rambled long enough and now I will share with you my scale victory of all my work over the past week.

Day 1 – 10/1/2015

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Day 7 – 10/7/15

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That is a 9.4 pound loss and I just give all the glory and honor to Jesus! I spent most of my time learning and growing in His Word. I was intentional about getting some exercise in and moving my body at 2-3 minutes at a time throughout my day. I have not had any sweets and I am drinking my water. My food intake has changed from eating all day to eating meals and snacks. This is just the beginning of my journey and I will celebrate every victory by giving glory to Jesus. Without Him I can do nothing and I am so glad I finally learned that lesson and I don’t ever want to forget.

Until tomorrow….

(Day 6) Moving Forward

Today’s blog is the result of a post I made in an accountability group I am involved in on Facebook. I believe that it is good for you to read as well since I have a suspicion that if you are reading my blog today that you may be on your own journey to health and wellness. So the following is for you too!

xfv4Ek6qRre3Ud7p9row_sylwiabartyzel_unsplash_08“For the land that you are entering to take possession of it is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and irrigated it, like a garden of vegetables. But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” ‭‭Deuteronomy ‭11:10-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬

I believe we can pull application from these verses for our journey to healthy living. Some of us are literally entering new territory, our journey is beginning and we have come from places of bondage and defeat. “But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, a land that the Lord your God cares for.” Can you see what that looks like for you today?

There is a land of hills and valleys ahead which means that we will have our ups and downs, we will have our days of victory and our days of weakness but what does it say? The Lord your God cares! Oh hallelujah! Can you sense the joy in the journey?

The next verse says “The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” Oh sisters our God is watching over our journey. He is watching over the land we are entering into not just today but from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

We are set up for success! We just have to allow the Lord to guide our footsteps and keep our eyes fixed and focused on Jesus! We cannot look back to our own personal Egypt because there’s no room for us there anymore. When things get hard while moving forward push through! Push through! Why? Because we are not to go back to the land of defeat and bondage. Amen?

Amen!! Hallelujah!!