It has certainly been awhile since I held myself accountable with Weigh In Wednesday.
Last year I came ridiculously close to hitting my goal of 130 lbs. I mean, CLOSE. I got all the way to 133. It was an incredible feeling.
Then I hurt my back again.
Followed by getting the plague (some flu/cold bug that wouldn’t leave for weeks).
Followed by Christmas (there. is. so. much. chocolate. here.)
Excuses piled on top of excuses and one week turned into a month. A whole month of not exercising, not drinking enough water, and not making healthy food choices.
Needless to say, I KNOW I have gained back weight. How much? More than I probably want to know. I can tell because I can feel it when I squeeze into my jeans. YIKES! Squeezing is not my *happy place*.
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. ~1 Peter 1:16
My New Year’s resolution is not to lose weight.
It’s not to write a novel.
These are dreams of mine, things that I would love to see happen.
My New Year’s resolution is something I feel running deeper than those things.
It’s something that provides the fuel to succeeding at those things.
My New Year’s resolution is to live a redeemed life.
Because I have been redeemed by the only one who can offer redemption.
And I love Him.
Part of that, is honoring Him – my Father God, my Savior Christ, the Holy Spirit – with my body.
When I trash my body with unhealthy food and drink, I don’t believe I am honoring the Lord with the body He gave me.
Furthermore, when I look in the mirror and hate how I look, or compare myself to others, or call myself things like “ugly”, (even if it’s just inside my own head), I do not believe I am honoring the Lord with the body He gave me.
I’ve gotten so much better at not doing a lot of the things I was doing. December 25th marked the 4th straight month of not having a cigarette. I was thinking about it today, and it’s pretty awesome.
I’ve battled that battle now for 13 years.
I got excited about reaching 4 months. I mean, hey, IT IS EXCITING NEWS!!!!
I know I still have more to do.
More to submit to Him.
More to ask for His strength to overcome.
I’ve been reading about the Whole30 after reading a bit about it at The Health Wish. It intrigues me. At first, my thoughts were “I dunno, giving up food groups for 30 days, I’m not sure how realistic that is.” However, the more I look into it, and research it, and price check things for making that type of commitment, the more intrigued by it I am.
I definitely was not ready to start it on Jan 1st. Right now, I’m thinking I do want to go for it. Give it a try. I’m considering trying after MLK day. Just because, if I’m going to do this, I want to be successful at it. For me, that means planning out meals and grocery lists and budgets in advance.
Either way, what I do know is that today I exercised. I went for a snow shoe hike with my husband. It was WONDERFUL. My body LOVED it. Being outside in creation was WONDERFUL. Watching the sun lower with gold and pink rays across the snow covered blueberry field and pond was a wonderful backdrop to working muscles and raising a heartbeat that’s been far too dormant for too long.
My goals this week are simple.
Continue to research the Whole30 in anticipation of taking the challenge.
Drink 8 cups of water a day.
Exercise at least 4 times this week.
Go Snow Shoeing with my husband again. Maybe – every day – HA!
Just because, it was FANTASTIC! A wonderful way to make winter seem less cold and boring. ^_^
Get up next Wednesday morning and step on the scale and own whatever it says.
Weigh In Wednesday.
I’m back for a New Year.
Let’s do this thing.
How are you doing with your health journey?
In Love & Faith,