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?…
Well 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.
Here we are at the beginning of the third week and I neglected to do my weigh-in yesterday! I was so focused on what the Lord was saying to me about balance and distractions that I didn’t realize that it was time for my weigh-in update yesterday. It happens though. Life happens, we shift our to do lists forward to the next day multiple times and sometimes we never get back to those things. Anyway, I was a little nervous getting that scale out this morning because if you have been following me since the beginning of this month you know that days 8-12 got away from me. I didn’t plan well and the scale actually reflects the fruit of those days. So here we go:
So as you can see I am up 5.2 lbs but I am still down 4.2 lbs from my original weight. Well that just tells me that I need to really put into practice the things I have been talking about over the past three days as I move into week three. I have some goals for the week that I am going to implement to help move toward my main goals.
My total daily step count goal is to reach 5000 steps for 6 of the next 7 days.
Plan my meals ahead of time and do my best to stick to the plan
Grace, grace, grace
In the past I have started this journey with great initial results and then when the results were not optimal I would abandon ship or fall into a heavy binge and well you can see where I’m going with this. This morning I have a different mindset though and during my morning talk with my accountability partner I said this: “We have to stop looking so hard at the goal and begin to enjoy the process.” I ministered to myself there and immediately wrote it down because it really is true. So I am going to enjoy the process of allowing the Lord to guide me every day in working through transforming my temple. I am the temple of the Holy Spirit and unless I am listening to Him tell me how to re-build and transform, well I may as well quit right now. It’s not about me. Grace, grace, grace. Thank You Lord for grace.
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!
Today is week 2 since I started working on taking care of myself again. In the first week, all I did was replace soda with water. I am now soda-free for 8 days! My goal for this week is to double the amount of daily water intake. Im taking this journey in baby steps. I’m starting slow, making one change at a time.
I used to think I understood the concept of taking baby steps but to be honest I didn’t really “get it“. I think my idea of baby steps meant to take a few baby steps the first week then forge ahead running like a track star. Unfortunately the end result usually meant disaster, even when I had some great progress for a short stint. No that’s not the concept of baby steps.
It takes a while for babies to get up and walk. It’s not an overnight process or a one week, one month process. It actually starts with scooting, then crawling, then walking and falling, and getting back up…repeat…walking, falling and getting back up. I never liked falling. I still don’t. I never saw falling as part of the process. Falling meant failure to me and I would sit there and be paralyzed causing me to just give up. I’ve come to realize that success does not happen to those who never fail but success comes to those who fail but keep getting back up and never quitting. “Baby steps = GIANT results” – a friend of mine has been saying this to me lately. I think it has finally sunk in. I’m sure that God has put this woman in my life for such a time as this, a time for me to get back to being serious about taking care of myself.
When I started this journey 4 years ago I made great progress but had many failures. I couldn’t get past my failures and I couldn’t embrace my progress because I set the bar so high that I couldn’t reach it. In doing that I ended up sabotaging myself and gained back most of the weight I had lost. It was a terrible cycle for me. I have finally learned that I cannot and will not get to my goal of losing all the weight I want to lose in an unrealistic amount of time. I have to give myself some grace to fail and grace to get back up. I have to celebrate the small victories because as time goes on and I continue to keep walking those victories will help move me forward.
Obviously I cannot do this alone, I need the power of the Holy Spirit to help me as I develop the fruit of self control. It is time, I know I’m ready. I see God’s hand everywhere shifting things and bringing people into my life who are on the same journey. It’s essential that I pay attention and not let this appointed time pass me by. There is real work for me to do for the Kingdom of God and I need to be prepared spiritually and physically to be able to fulfill the tasks.
I am excited to start this journey yet not so excited that I forget the journey starts one step at a time. No sprinting, no racing, no striving, no quitting…just keeping my focus on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. He will keep me walking slow and steady as I yield and surrender to His plans for me. I can’t wait to see the results, even it it takes a long time. I’m in it for the long haul, I’ve made up my mind and my decision is firm. Thank you for joining me in this journey.