I have not been hard on myself lately in terms of diet and exercise. There are perks to this…more sleep, more time, less stress, etc. There are also downfalls…slight weight gain (though not too bad), less routine, less commitment, worse shape. Most noted though is that since I used to wake up at dawn to work out, that was also when I would do my quiet time, devos, etc. Those have been shortened lately, and while I continue to focus upward and spend time in the Word, I am not doing nearly what I could be…or should be. Not entirely directly related…I feel guilty when I pig out…not just because I feel gross, but I feel like a glutton. I do believe that it is sinful to overeat and/or not take care of your body (your temple) in the manner in which we are called.
Hence, I am coming back to my blog to keep me accountable in improving my time with my Savior, who deserves every millisecond of my life, as well as improving my diet/exercise (which as I said, is not terrible, but could use a little kick). I am going to keep it simple. I find it amusing that there are so many diets and eating plans that claim to be different, but truly are the same…or awfully similar. Diet = a way of eating. Diet does not = starving yourself. Most diets ask for 80% or more effort. Most diets encourage protein and veggies to fill up your plate. The biggest difference in many diets are the issues or grains and dairy, but if you are following whichever diet you choose at 80%, then putting 20% of dairy or grains in your day or week is not big deal. I digress…I did say I would keep it simple.
Each day I will come on and put up a verse, a scripture, a question or a brief commentary of something I have read in the Bible or from a devotional book or a study book. Each day I will eat no more than 1500 calories…aiming for heavy proteins, veggies, water and green tea. Each day I will do a minimum of 45 minutes of exercise. Sundays will be my day off of workouts and calorie counting. Anyone who would like to come along on this journey with me, just reply to my daily posts and we can get better together! 🙂 I am convicted to be better for Jesus (not that anything good is of me, it is all of Him) but I want to commit to being better for Him, for my family and for me.
Let those that are at peace with you be many, but let your advisers be one in a thousand.
I feel slightly guilty or vain ( not sure of the wording) dedicating so much thought to the weekly updates. Please know I KNOW there are far more important things in the world…pretty much anything. BUT…being healthy is a good thing and so I will continue to post the updates.
I am still avoiding the scale because my clothes are still tight. blah!
However, I have gone to 1 dr, gotten my first round of bloodwork underway and have appts for the next dr and bloodwork lined up, so hopefully answers will come soon. I also know for 100% certainty some food which cause me to swell up, have allergic reactions or both.
Now that those things are under way a bit, the testing and feeling sick stage is over, though I am heavier, I have a better plan. And part of that plan is to get back on track with normal and healthy eating, consistent eating, consistent workouts.
As of tomorrow I am putting myself on Cassey Ho’s 90 day meal plan. I will only stay on it as long as I need to get to my goal. I am also going to do 3 of her mini workouts a day along with elliptical and weight training. This is not as time consuming as one may think. Just requires early rising. Most importantly I am making my goal of devotion/Bible/quiet time to happen before I exercise…start the day right.
I have made a couple modifications to her meals to avoid foods I know I react to. I will be staying in the 1200-1300 calorie range. I will be eating primarily veggies and protein with some fruits mixed in. One day a week I will allow myself a cheat item (not an entire meal). I really want to get my body back AND get my healthy eating habits back.
Otherwise things here are going well. We had a few years of people around us falling apart and the past few weeks we have gotten some great news and prayer answers! 🙂
We are beginning to read the Narnia Chronicles to our kids…a little every night starting with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, of course. We are all enjoying it.
No complaints, but summer is soon, so gotta get in shape! 🙂
New International Version (NIV)
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Luke 1:14 – “And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at His birth.”
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Although we do not know when the Lord is coming back for us, we have no time to lose. The world is getting worse before our eyes. What is good is seen as evil and what is evil is seen as good. Everyone is too afraid to stand up for what is right in case they may offend someone. We may not know the time, but each day is closer to THE day, so now is the time to pray for the lost. Pray for hearts to be changed. Spread the word of Christ. Let the whole world hear.
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.