Wednesday, July 11, 2018

For the Rest of My Life

  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
  • You knit me together in my mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13)
  • My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and I am not my own. I was bought with a price and therefore, I will honor God with my body. (1 Cor 6:19)
  • I will offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, for this is my true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)
  • So, whether I eat or drink, or whatever I do, I will do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  • Physical training is of some value, but godliness is far more valuable, therefore, while I care for my body, I will care for my spirit more and practice godliness above all else. (1 Timothy 4:8)

Lord, thank you for leading me to the realization that my body is not my own. You made it, it belongs to you and it is on loan to me. Forgive me for all the years I did not take care of this body you have loaned to me.

I promise, here and now, that for the rest of my life I will take care of it to the best of my ability. I will not go on diets to undo the damage I have done, but I will eat right from this day forward and I will exercise so that my body is strong and healthy. I will walk in your sunshine and bathe in your waters. I will breathe deeply and feel your breath in my lungs. I will train my heart to love you and all those you have created. I will train my spirit to hear what your Spirit is speaking to me. I will train my mouth to desire what you have provided for food and turn from foods that are not healthy. I will train my lips to praise you and to say no to foods that are unhealthy temptations.

I ask your forgiveness for the parts of my body that are damaged due to my neglect and indulgence and I will be bold enough to ask that you repair that damage as I care for my body. I know you can heal.

As I move in the direction of appreciation and thanksgiving for the body that you have provided for me, as I move in the direction of caring for this body, I ask that you enable me, that you give me resolve and your strength. That you lead me, that you keep me from too much focus and obsession, but let this body-care be a natural, habitual part of my life. Change my heart and my tastes so that they desire and crave that which is good for me and dislike that which is not good for me. Let your wind be at my back, pushing me forward and your voice before me, calling me onward. Let me walk in the paths of godliness, loving you, serving you and loving others. FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!  Amen


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Monday, July 9, 2018

Way too Early for Maintenance Mode

I've lost about 10 pounds and I've maintained that weight loss for the past couple of months. The only problem is that I have more weight to lose. So it occurred to me that I had slipped into maintenance mode way too early.

I've been frustrated at teetering back and forth with the same 2 or 3 pounds for months. That wouldn't be bad if I was at my goal weight, but I'm no where near it yet. Moaning and groaning about being plateaued, stuck, unable to drop any more weight has become my norm (much to my weight loss partner's chagrin).

This morning it occurred to me that the reason I haven't dropped any more weight is because I've been eating just what it takes to maintain my current weight. I haven't been willing to give up or even cut back on the things that I really enjoy, so of course my weight loss stalled. I'm in maintenance and if I want to weigh less, I have to make some more modification in the way I eat. I don't typically overeat, but I do eat things that are not conducive to weight loss, so things are going to have to change.

I'm already working out 4 days a week for at least an hour each day, so I could up that a bit, but the real breakthrough will come when I want it bad enough to give up my unhealthy food choices and make better ones. I think I'm at that point, now.

Maintenance mode, you've got to go!

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What I Want and More of It

If I want to be thin, I can't eat whatever I want whenever I want and as much as I want. It doesn't work that way.

Eating whatever I want (mostly junk - high calorie/high carbs/fried/sweet), whenever I want and as much as I want will make me terribly unhealthy and fat. I will have heartburn most of the time. It will make me an undisciplined person in other areas because I am not feeling well, I don't know how to say no to myself, I answer to my feelings & cravings instead of my good (God-given) sense. I will feel guilty - and rightly so, because God wants me to care for this body he prepared for me to live in while here on Earth.

Moderation in all things. Set healthy, sensible boundaries and live within them. Eat within them. This is intelligent. This is healthy. This is right.

Father, help me to eat sensibly today. Wise food choices and wise portions. Help me to remember the negative consequences of self-indulgence. Give me an abhorrence for undisciplined, unbridled eating. Amen


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

One Pound a Week UPDATE

If you were one of the few that read my previous post One Pound A Week, you might be wondering how I'm doing. (At least I'm pretending that someone out there is interested.)

My weight loss goal was to lose one pound a week until I hit my perfect weight (whatever that is). I started on July 23, 2017. Here we are, April 25, 2018. By my calculations, it's been 39 weeks, so I should have lost 39 pounds, right? Well, that hasn't quite happened!

I started at 170, joined the gym and have been faithfully working out 3-4 times a week since last August. I lost 14 pounds. I tend to lose weight VERY SLOWLY, which tends to AGGRAVATE me a LOT!

Unfortunately, when I get aggravated/frustrated/really ticked off, I want to eat...and I did. So, now I'm up 5 pounds from my lowest weight. Arrrgggghhh!

Today, I'm hitting the reset button. Back to the gym (I only went 2 days last week) and back to eating healthy. (No more Oreos!)

I may not have lost 39 pounds, but I'm losing and that's good. At one time, I weighed 205 pounds, so I'm going in the right direction, just at a turtle's pace.

If anyone is reading this - THANK YOU! And if you want to join me on my journey, let me know.

Leave a comment and I'll get back to you.


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Sunday, July 23, 2017

One Pound a Week!

Somewhere in the middle of our Pastor's sermon today, he threw this in "It's easy to lose 50 pounds."

My head jerked up from the notes I was taking. What? Easy to lose 50 pounds? Is he kidding?

Then he said, "All you have to do is lose one pound a week and in a year, you've lost 50 pounds."

One pound! One pound - that shouldn't be so hard. I can lose one pound a week. I quickly realized that one of the things that trips me up is thinking of the big chunk of weight I should lose and being overwhelmed by that number, but losing one pound a week? That makes it seem so much more attainable.

Just eat a little less, eat a little healthier and move a little more. I can do that!

So - this is Week One. My goal is to lose one pound by next Sunday

But wait - there's more!

If I'm going to lose one pound of me, I need to gain something - More of Him, Less of Me, right? So what if I commit to memorize one scripture a week to replace that one pound of weight loss. That's a well rounded goal.

What do you think? Can you lose one pound a week and memorize one verse? Are you with me?

If so, leave a comment below to let me know and I'll be praying for you.

Let's do this!

This week's verse: "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13


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