Friday, August 14, 2015

Healthier, Fitter, Faster, Stronger!




I did it - got up at 6:00am every day this week and worked out. Usually a mile walk and 15-20 minute arm workout with weights.  While I've never enjoyed exercise, I have to say that it feels good to know that I was consistent with it this week and that I have noticed a difference in my energy level and how my clothes fit. They're looser and more comfortable.  I feel lighter.

The scale, however, is not cooperating.  It says I've gained 2 pounds this week. I am not happy about that.

Have you ever notice this same trend in your spiritual life?  You set a goal to spend time with God each morning, reading your Bible and praying. You follow through and you feel good about that. You enjoy your time with Him, but you're not seeing any visible results...in fact, your daily circumstances may seem to have gotten a bit worse.

Don't sweat it - and don't give up. Consistency will make us healthy and stronger, whether it's in the physical realm or the spiritual realm. If we just keep going, we will reap the benefits of our efforts.

How about you?  Will you be starting (or restarting) any healthy habits this week?  If so, please post a comment and me know what your goals are and I'll pray for you through out the week.

We are... STRONG IN HIM!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Did you feel it?



Well, did you feel it? The earth move, I mean. About 6:00 am this morning there was a great shaking, with the epicenter near Phoenix.

Don't worry, it wasn't an earthquake - it was just me turning over a new leaf.

Got up early, walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, then did an arm workout with weights for 15 minutes, then an aerobic workout for 30 minutes.

First time I've exercised in a long time and it felt good. (I never thought I'd hear myself utter that sentence!)  Then I went to the grocery store and stocked up on healthy food choices.

My usual pattern is to either exercise or diet, but seldom have I done the two at the same time. Goofy, huh?  This time I really want to immerse myself in this thing.  Been checking out healthy recipes, and new workout routines that I think I can do.  Been praying about it and encouraging others to hit their own restart button.

Come on, let's do this together!

Are you in?


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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Learning the Hard Way

I have to confess, God had to show me first hand how true yesterday's post is.

I stayed up way too late last night, got hungry around 11:30 and made a really dumb choice. French toast with butter and brown sugar. 3 pieces.  I'm a diabetic, I know better than this!  Had a really bad night. Restless sleep, jittery nerves and horrible dreams.  This morning my blood sugar was way up.  Duh!!

This is NOT being a good steward of the body God gave me.  I was about to start denigrating myself, when He reminded me of yesterday's post. (f you haven't read it yet, go ahead. I'll wait.) Words like stupid, dumb, idiotic were right on the tip of my tongue, but He stopped me short.

How wonderful to remember that His mercy - His compassion is new each morning.  He wasn't waiting for me to wake up so He could berate me.  Instead, He reminded me of how much He loves me. How much He understands that I am human and that messing up is a natural inclination. He reminded me that one bad choice does not separate me from Him.

I confessed, asked for forgiveness and wisdom for today's choices. No guilt, just a lesson learned.

His graciousness is not a green light for continued bad choices, but He's not holding it over me. He set me back on my feet and said, "Carry on, my daughter."

"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."  James 5:16

So, my friends, there it is. If you think I've got this thing all figured out, if you think I never fail -  think again. A while back I read a review on Amazon of my original book, More of Him Less of Me. Here's what they said...
I bought this book expecting to read about a success story. This is not my idea of success. This lady is still fat. I have lost 30 lbs, but still weigh 240. Should I write a book? No where on the web can you find before and after pictures of Jan. When I saw her head shot, I couldn't believe it. But too late, I had already spent my money. I bought the book at Amazon, but since I only paid about one cent for the book, I will not send it back, but am very disappointed with it. I think of success as losing all the weight needed to lose and not gaining it back. I understand why Gwen was against the publishing of this book. This lady can't really tell anyone anything about permanent weight loss. The title of this book should be "How I Lost a Few Pounds and Hit a Plateau" or "How I Remained Lost in the Desert". When she loses all the weight she wants to lose and keeps it off, then she should write a book. I'm looking for a book from someone who's lost all their weight and will tell the real ups and down's of weigh down and not those contrived stories on Gwen's website or the few you see on TV or in some magazines. I was also shocked to see that Gwen's husband is rather pudgy. Please don't leave comments saying how mean I am. This is my opinion.
I was pretty devastated when I read this. First of all, the book was not a "how to lose weight" book. It was a journal of my experiences with God as I went through the Weigh Down Diet.  By the time I read this review, I had gained some of the weight back and felt defeated - no, devastated.

Several times, since then, I have wanted to start up a blog again to encourage others in their weight loss and their Christian walk, but felt unqualified.  As I write blog posts, it helps me as much as it does others. No, I have not reached my optimal weight, but I don't define success that way. My idea of success is never giving up, falling down and getting back up again, trusting God to help you get there eventually.  So, up front I want you all to know that I'm right there with you.  I struggle to make the right choices, too. We're in this together and I refuse to let that keep me from encouraging others.

PS - Feel free to pray for me anytime you want!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Stop beating yourself up!

Did you blow it yesterday?  Not just with your diet, but in any area where you know you made a choice that did not honor God?  Does that bring you down? Make you feel guilty? Like you will never get it right?  Yes?  You're not alone.

In Lamentations, the writer is bemoaning (whining) about how hard His life is and how it's mostly God's fault.  He's nursing and rehearsing his "afflictions" until bitterness and gall rise up in him.  In chapter 3, verses 19 & 20, he says...
"I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me."
He says that as he remembers all his failings and his "hard luck" that his soul is downcast within him. 

Isn't that just how it goes when we focus on what's wrong with our lives and our past failures?  Even if our most recent failure is fairly minor, immediately some of us slide right into, "I'll never get this right. God must be so disappointed in me. I may as well give up."

Don't do that!

Instead, do what the writer of Lamentations does in verses 21-23...
"Yet this I call to mind
    and therefore I have hope:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness".
He reminds himself of one very important truth. That God's great love and compassion for us never fail. They are new every morning. As we come to God with our weaknesses and failures, He doesn't turn us away. He doesn't withdraw His love. Instead, He extends his compassion and forgiveness to us as we confess our sin & weakness and repent (turn away) from them.

God has a "RESTART" button that's available to us at any time, so if you blew it yesterday, today or in the past hour. You don't have to wait until tomorrow morning to get things right with Him, because his mercies and compassion were new THIS morning. Take it to Him now, and hit that restart button.

Repeat after me...

I'm not giving up-
I'm starting over!



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