One woman's journey walking with Jesus Christ learning to live abundantly and be balanced in mind, body, soul and spirit. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?…
“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
Day 7 – 10/7/15
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.
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!
“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?
Exercise…..Over at Dictionary.com the first entry for the definition of exercise is “bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health”. Well in times past I would have opted for the mental exertion alone and prayed that somehow my body would benefit from it. Nice try, right?
Exercise….boy I never thought I would say this but I love exercise. I didn’t love it a few years ago when I could barely walk and I certainly didn’t think that moving my body when it was filled with pain could ever be a benefit for me. I had many reasons and excuses to not exercise….for instance how could I exercise when I could barely stand for 5 minutes at a time? Or how could I find time to exercise when I worked 2 jobs? Or how can I exercise when I have no motivation? The list went on and on but the reality of it was this simple truth….Exercise was not very important to me.
When something is important to us we will find the time to do it. Or if something is critical in our lives then we will find time to do whatever it is that we need to do. For example, if you have a tooth ache that is not getting better with home remedies, you will find the time to get to a dentist. If you have pain in your body that won’t go away or any other ailment for that matter you will find time to go see a doctor. If you walk in your kitchen and there is no food in the house, you will find time to go to the grocery store. I can come up with a hundred scenarios here but I think you get my point. When something becomes important to us we will make time for it.
I am on day 4 of this journey to transforming my temple and today I had the opportunity to make some excuses. Today I got up and had an extended time of prayer and worship before church. Then I went to church and afterward went to lunch with a friend. When I got home I had planned to do a whole bunch of things. I was going to do some cleaning, exercise, make my smoothie for my dinner and do some writing. I had great intentions. However, I didn’t do any of that because I came home and went to sleep. I’m not talking about a Sunday afternoon nap either. I am talking about a full night’s sleep only it was during the day.
Sleep is necessary for our lives. I have been running all week. I have been lacking in the area of sleep and my body just took over and I slept for 7 hours. I got up at 9:30 tonight and started thinking about all the things I needed to do. Immediately I started making excuses in my mind. “Oh well I slept all day so I will just start over tomorrow.” “Oh I can just have 2 smoothies tomorrow instead of making one tonight.” “I can just make today my day of rest and not exercise”
I then said to myself “NO”! I got up and went out of the house and took almost a 2 mile walk. It was slow but it was intentional. I was proud of myself. Yesterday when I was exercising I felt the invigoration in my body that I have not felt for a long time. It’s that feeling that causes me to want to exercise more. I committed to 6 days of exercise and I was only on day 3 so why would I need to take a break? I’m working on building up my stamina. I plan to make it those 6 days straight and then take a break. I love exercise. Well to be honest I don’t love the exercise itself but I love the benefit of it. I don’t have to make excuses, I need to kick those excuses to the curb every time they creep up and they will over and over again. I have to keep my commitment because it is not just to my benefit to care for my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit but it is to God’s glory.
Thank you for joining me on this journey and now I am off to get my squats,knee lifts and wall push ups done since I have finished my smoothie and my water. Tomorrow morning I am taking my calendar to my prayer closet and asking the Lord to help me get my schedule better organized so I don’t have to spend a day sleeping again because of losing sleep over the week. Until tomorrow, God bless!
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.””
John 13:34-35 ESV
I’m just going to be real with you today. I was charged and completely motivated yesterday and this morning I felt like a deflated balloon. I sent a message to one of my accountability sisters and we chatted back and forth and and she really encouraged me. This really was an example of the scripture above. She displayed love to me. It’s so refreshing when you have someone who will just shower you with love and encouragement when the enemy starts whispering lies in your ear. Then I turned around and it was like the floodgates of heaven opened up! I was receiving encouragement from everywhere. Posts from my TimeHop app, posts on Facebook, Twitter, broadcasts on Periscope, a chapter in the book I’m reading, etc. It was like God was saying “See my daughter, I have many ways to display my love to you. Don’t be discouraged and don’t be afraid, I am with you wherever you go.”
I’m so thankful for this day. It started off late, stressed, discouraged and fearful but it’s ending with peace, hope, love, joy and encouragement. Is everything perfect? Nope. Oh but it’s so refreshing to be a part of the family – the body of Christ. This is a process and a journey that takes putting one foot in front of the other. I am so glad that I have sisters to walk with me on this journey.
You ever wake up and realize that you have been doing things all wrong? It occurred to me in recent weeks that I was just focusing way too much on the wrong things. I’ve focused so much on my failures that I never really saw the successes and so I dismissed the successes and then of course I would splat. Yes splat – fall on my face and not get up. I’ve seen this pattern in my journey to health and wellness for the past 7 years. I really paid attention to it this year as I really took a hard look at myself and why I was not able to be consistent in healthy eating and exercise. Well I think I figured out the problem, I had too much healing that needed to be done on the inside before the outside of me would come into alignment. Deep inside I was afraid to lose the weight because then I would be more noticeable. I mean come on let’s face it, people are more apt to notice your weight loss efforts and say “Hey you are looking great” then when you are gaining weight. Nobody says “Hey you are looking fat today”, well at least not adults that care about you. Children on the other hand can be cruel but I digress.
Early this year I had this knowing in my gut that said this year will be a year when I get my healthy lifestyle back on track. I just knew that it was close and I could feel it. I knew that I had come to a place where significant healing was was evident in my life emotionally and spiritually and I was ready to see that spill over into the physical. So in the middle of great circumstantial stress I tried to get the ball rolling. It didn’t work. I had a lot of false starts but no significant wins. By June I was disgusted with myself and started on a downward spiral of guilt and shame. I went through a short time of depression and just a time of pressing in to God to see where He would take me next. Well He got my attention and come July I started back on the journey to getting my life in order. I started with getting my relationship with Jesus to a higher level, started working on things that I knew the Lord was calling me to do.
I started out by walking to work one day and it took me 12 minutes. I had stopped 4 times and I was so out of breath that I thought I would die and I couldn’t speak when I did get to work. It was miserable. My brother told me to do it again. So I did. I kept doing it until now I can walk to work in 8 min 13 seconds and not stop or be out of breath. That turnaround in me was in July and since then I have been taking it one day at a time. Sometimes one hour at a time. I have accountability and measurable goals every week. Some weeks are better than others but each week I celebrate my victories. Even if it’s just one victory in the whole week. My thinking is different now and that makes a huge difference. It doesn’t matter how fast or how slow I go anymore, it’s just that I keep moving forward and don’t look back.
First and foremost I want to thank everyone who has followed me on this blog. I realize that I have not posted very consistently and I want to let you all know that as of today I am recommitting myself to this blog. I know that the goals I had when I first caught the vision of Losing4Christ are still my goals today. My mindset is different than it was 3 years ago when this blog began. I used to only see my failures, today I see my successes and learn from my failures. I hope to share more encouragement as I re-commit to this site. I want to help people as I go through this journey to health and wellness walking with Jesus Christ learning to live abundantly and be balanced in mind, body, soul and spirit.
So what is my Big Announcement? Thanks for asking. I have created a new blog to separate from the health and wellness journey and share my story. It’s really scary to me but I know that I need to share my story. It is a story of my past which was filled with living in the pit of destruction and miry clay but showcases the victory I now live out day by day as Jesus has set my feet on solid ground. I invite you to the launch of this new adventure.