(Day 9) Give Thanks To The Lord

photo-1414589491349-2acf6131176ePsalm 105:1 NLT says, “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.”  I could fill pages upon pages of testimonies to what the Lord has done in my life. I am convinced that I am alive today only because of His mercy and grace. I’ve done nothing to deserve it and I will forever give Him thanks.

Today has been another day of fatigue for me but I am working on getting back on track with my goals. It is going to take hard work and consistency for me to be successful. I already see one success that I haven’t really paid attention to and that is the fact that I am not giving up. I am not beating myself up for not following through on my goals which is huge for me. I used to be awful to myself. It really doesn’t help nor is it any kind of motivator. Proverbs 24:16a NLT says, “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.”  I may trip or I may fall but I will get back up and keep walking in this journey. I just give thanks to the Lord for teaching me every step of the way.

What are you giving thanks to the Lord for today?

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(Day 2) Being Thankful

Today started like a typical Monday. I read my Bible, prayed and then had a conversation with my accountability partner. Shortly thereafter I got some news that caused an initial panic in me but quickly turned around as I had already been prepared with my morning Bible reading.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7 ESV

stress-391657_1280I was talking to my daughter when I got the news and relayed it to my daughter who said, “What are you going to do?”. My response was quick as I shouted, “Thank You Jesus”, then proceeded to read the above verse to her. I share this with you today because for me this is something to be thankful for as I am not always so calm when it comes to stressful situations. My daughter noticed the difference in me right away. I noticed it right away as well. The Lord has been teaching me so much this year so if this was a test, I think I may have passed it. Although the true test will be in maintaining my peace and trust in the Lord.

Another thing to be thankful for is that I managed to follow the majority of my goals today. I ate 3 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit and drank my 4 liters of water. While I did not do any exercise today, I am perfectly content with that as I will use today as a rest day. I also ate something sweet today so I will be sure not to eat any desserts or sweets again until next week.

Overall today was a great day to be thankful in all things, good things, unexpected things, yes…all things. I am looking forward to seeing what tomorrow will bring. I am trusting my unknown future to my known God and I know He is in charge of it all!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7 ESV

(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 25) Quick Exercise Update

cartoonwomanwalking1-403-x-600Today has been a lazy day. It seems like every weekend I am so tired and this weekend is no exception. After church I usually go home and take a nap, a 5 hour nap. My daughter says that’s not a nap but for me it works. I tried to take a nap today but my daughter in law invited me over for dinner. It was lovely and I enjoyed seeing the family but here I am at 8:30 pm and I am ready to go to bed. I was looking at my Fitbit and I have all of 1772 steps for today. I’m sure that I would have had more but I didn’t wear it to church so I only got my steps in from the time I left my house and went to dinner with the family. I need to get with the program, I have 10 friends on Fitbit and my rank is number 10.

Monday is a great day to begin to work on goals so starting tomorrow I am going to make it a point to get at least 5000 steps for the next 5 of 7 days. To keep me accountable to this, since I’ve not been doing it for the past few weeks, I am going to post my steps here every day for the next 6 days. This will bring me to the end of this 31 day blog series. I cannot believe how fast this month has flown by. I have to consider what the next step step will be for my blog. I want to continue to post about my journey but I am not sure what my plan will be. Right now I have to get my walking done on a daily basis because exercise is so important to this journey. I have not been consistent with this and I feel sluggish so it’s time to make a change and get with the program.

Until tomorrow….

Thank you for stopping by!

(Day 22) Beginning The Fourth Week of My Journey

IMG_1330Here we are at the beginning of the fourth week of my journey and I cannot believe how fast the time is going. There are 10 days left of this blog series and I have seen progress in many ways. Truly the journey to transforming my temple is going to take much more than 31 days but I believe I am off to a great start. With that said, I must confess that my weight this week is up again. This means that the lesson I will take away from this past week is that I must stick to my goals in order to be able to see progress in the scale. But even though I am up 2.2 pounds this week, I am still down 2 pounds from the first day. So all is not lost and I will not allow this to steer me off the path. The idea is to transform my temple which is my body and that includes inside and out and can only be accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit. My mind is being transformed in the process as I spend time in the Word of God, spend time in prayer and worship, spend time being real and transparent with my accountability partner and own my actions and decisions. I may be drinking water consistently and staying away from desserts but even when you are choosing healthy foods, too much of a good thing is still too much.

My goals for this past week were:

  1. My total daily step count goal is to reach 5000 steps for 6 of the next 7 days.
  2. Plan my meals ahead of time and do my best to stick to the plan
  3. Grace, grace, grace

Goals 1-2: No progress, try again this week

Goal 3: Keep this one going

I knew this time would be different when I started and I am seeing that it truly is different. This time I am not shaken by the results on the scale. I am not beating myself up for not following my goals to the letter. I am enjoying the journey. I am learning every day. I am moving forward. As my accountability partner tells me regularly “onward and upward” and “baby steps = giant results”. I’m still in the baby steps phase and it’s okay. 1 Kings 6:38 tells us how long it took Solomon to build the temple “In the eleventh year, in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the house was finished throughout all its parts and according to all its plans. So he was seven years in building it.” It took seven years to build the temple so what makes me think I am going to transform my temple in 31 days. I believe the first step in this transformation is transforming my mind. Romans 12:2 says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Do you know what Romans 12:1 says? It says “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” So these two go together. I am off to a great start and it is only day 22. Wow! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 10 days.

Have I told you how grateful I am to have you joining me in this journey? I truly am grateful for you. Thank you for reading today’s post. Have a wonderful day!

(Day 15) Beginning The Third Week of My Journey

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:

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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.

  1. My total daily step count goal is to reach 5000 steps for 6 of the next 7 days.
  2. Plan my meals ahead of time and do my best to stick to the plan
  3. 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.

Have a great day!

(Days 8-12) Learning to Plan Well

photo1My sincerest apologies for not getting my days 8-11 written in a timely manner. I actually failed to plan well. However, I am using that lesson to help me move forward not just in this 31 day blogging challenge but in my health journey as well. As I look back on the past week I can see that it is time for me to be intentional about planning. My goodness, this is such a new area for me. I am such a spontaneous person when it comes to my personal life. I just go with the flow most of the time and find myself overwhelmed very quickly.

It is time to make a change in this area. My daughter has been asking me to work with her on meal planning so that we can have healthy meals without spending so much money. Currently we buy our own individual food and most of the time we don’t cook in the house. I don’t like the idea of meal planning because what if I don’t want the meal we planned for a certain day? I know, silly isn’t it?

Then when it comes to taking care of important errands on a weekly basis. My typically strategy is not to have one. I go and take care of things when I think of it and usually I am either right on time by the skin of my teeth or I am late. Well I believe the Lord has been nudging me to get it together for a while now. A year or so ago I took a 24 hour period and literally wrote down every single thing that I did throughout the day. It was eye-opening and propelled me to download different productivity apps on my phone and work on prioritizing my life. I think that worked for about a month.

The most interesting thing about this is that when I am at work I am much more organized. I;m sure it’s because I have to be in order to get my work tasks completed timely. The question I have asked myself this weekend is, why don’t I organize my time? Proverbs 16:3 says ” Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” I have a friend who has been talking about how she takes her schedule to her prayer closet and asks the Lord how to organize her days, weeks and months as well as her goals. Over the weekend I heard the same thing from another source and I realized that the Lord is trying to get my attention.

So this morning I took a notebook to prayer and wrote out everything I needed to get accomplished and even put some times into the plan. The Lord really helped me put it all together and I must say that I have completed just about all my tasks for the day. Now I just need to make this a habit every day. I’m confident that this will bring so much freedom to my life. I am pretty sure it will keep me from running like a crazy woman and not sleeping enough on days when I just try to do too much. When my daughter comes home tonight, I’m going to tell her that I am ready to get those meal plans in the works. To help hold me accountable to this, I am going to take you on this new journey with me. Please if you have any words of wisdom to share in how to be more organized I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

Blessings to all and thank you for taking the time to stop by today.