Amazingly Enough – I Am Grateful

Today begins the first official Wellness Wednesday post.
I’m going to start by doing something I don’t historically do – throw out the numbers first. I’m still “weighing in” on Wednesdays because I have a goal set by a health care professional I am trying to obtain. Here goes.

Last Week’s Weight: 138.5 LBS
This Week’s Weight: 139 LBS
Difference: +.5 LBS
Total Since Weight Loss Journey Began: -16 LBS  -11 LBS

Granted, this is not the direction I want to see things moving towards. However, I have a much better attitude about this than I would have when I first started this part of my journey.

How? First of all, I met a lot of my goals this week.

  • I worked out 5 times since the last check in. It felt great to get my heart pumping and my body moving!
  • I have increased my water intake again, 6 out of 7 days I drank my 8 glasses worth.
  • I remembered to take my vitamins EVERYDAY. I know when I forget, especially my iron, it impacts me.
  • I made better food choices, and even pulled out my Sparkpeople nutrition tracker again.
  • I started a Pinterest board to start organizing some recipe ideas for when we start the Whole30 challenge. I even started picking up a few of the ingredients when I went grocery shopping in anticipation. Hoping to order the e-book in another week so I can get it read!

I also did something else this week that was difficult to do at first.
Every time I looked in the mirror and had an immediate thought come to mind that was “insulting” to myself, I changed it to a thought of gratefulness to God.

I know of the practice of standing before the mirror and saying “I am beautiful, I am smart, I am intelligent” – and I have done that before in my past. What I have discovered to be true for myself, is that I am human, I am flawed. So when I participate in this practice for an extended period of time, one of two things always happens: a) I get an inflamed ego about myself which is NOT good or b) I stop “feeling” it and don’t believe it anyway and it becomes pointless.

So this week I tried a completely different approach. I looked in the mirror and said things like:

“Lord, thank you for the teeth you have given me. Thank you that they work, and thank you I haven’t had any major catastrophic dental issues.” 

“Lord, thank you for my skin. That it protects my body, that you wonderfully crafted it just for me.”

“Lord, thank you for my body. That you designed this body specifically for me, with purpose and intention, for me. Thank you for the gift of this body specifically, and help me to honor you by taking care of it.”

Friends, it truly made a difference. I want to continue doing this, because I still had some difficult days (like the one when my hair was being disobedient to the hair dryer), yet I know that on the days I successfully changed my thoughts to be thoughts of gratefulness to the Lord, it made a difference in my attitude, my emotions, my DAY. Because while I am human and I am flawed, He is God and He is Perfect Love.

funny-rhino-unicorn-treadmill

I saw this picture of a Rhino running on a treadmill while looking at a picture of a “Unicorn”. I’ve seen some use this picture as motivation to “Dream Big.”

When I saw this picture, my honest first thought was “How much of my young woman’s life have I spent, “running on a treadmill”, desperate to be something that is fictional”. 

(This is completely off point – however, this video that talks about Unicorns in the Bible, I have to share anytime I bring up the word unicorn. Sorry – going back to point now)

The reality is, I have run the treadmill trying to become something I am not. I have looked to the world to give me my worth, when Who I should be looking to is God.

I also read a post a few weeks ago that made me question how I look at myself when I get dressed, what my motivation is behind meeting my weight loss goal, what my motivation is period. In my Wellness journey, it’s not just about my physical body, it’s also about a “mental” wellness. Checking myself and my motivations along the way to ensure they are honoring God. Repenting when they are not and turning away from thoughts that will not lead me closer to Him. I believe it’s all part of a Redeemed life. My One Word, my Resolution, my gift from a Savior.

My husband had his diabetes check in with his Doctor this week. The results were not as good as we would have liked. It reminded both of us of the importance of being health and taking care of our physical bodies. I’m also thankful to have a husband who wants to share this wellness journey with me. It’s truly encouraging on the days I don’t “feel” like it.

For God hath not called us unto uncleaness, but unto holiness. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:7 (KJV)

This upcoming week, I will continue to make healthier food choices. I will continue to drink more water. I will continue to exercise. I will continue to research and pin Whole30 recipes, because the truth is, we need to get onto a more diabetic friendly/ heart healthy friendly meal plan on a regular basis. I will continue to practice gratefulness with my Lord in the face of ungrateful and unrealistic thoughts.

I will NOT be the Rhino looking at the Unicorn.

I also want to leave you with the following link. (A lot goes on for me on Wednesdays, so bear with me please!) I have been using my Wednesday mornings to do the “Embrace Grace” study with Liz Curtis Higgs over on her blog (linked up in the picture). If you have the book, it’s a great companion to read the chapters with her blog which provides even more. Her blogs are different enough from the book so you don’t feel like you’re re-reading the chapter, yet they fit hand in hand with the Chapter material. I’m going to start including a link on Wednesdays for those who also want to join in. This was the 3rd week, and this week is about Embrace Faith.

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I hope you all are finding encouragement on your Wellness Journeys. I myself am off to do our Power90 and then go ice skating with my husband! (Please don’t say break a leg…it just might happen).
If you are doing a “Wednesday Wellness” or a “Weigh-in Wednesday” please share in the comments and leave a link to your blog! I’d love to stop by and give you encouragement!

In Love & Faith,
RaZella

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8 thoughts on “Amazingly Enough – I Am Grateful

  1. I’ve never been much of a blogger, but I might add one to my personal website to track my life and weight/health goals.

    Great job this week, and remember sometimes weight gain means musscle gain.

    • Thank you friend, I wish this were all muscle gain! Hee hee. We are getting back on track, so I hope to have more great news to share next week! Def let me know if you do decide to venture into the “blogging” world. 🙂

    • Thank you for the words of encouragement! I am going to hold onto this picture for a good chuckle and a reminder to not try to be something I was never meant to be. ^_^

  2. You are amazing. I love you. I have dropped off the face of the Weigh in Wednesday… I like the Wellness Wednesday better. Maybe I will totally re-vamp it.
    *hugs*

    I am so grateful that I know you.

    • Ah, thank you so much! Wellness Wednesday just seemed like a much better fit for what I want to accomplish with my health overall. I am totally blessed and thankful to know you my friend. I checked out the linky tools for a link up here, however, all my pennies lately are going towards knitting things. HAHA. If you do a re-vamp, just let me know. You were my inspiration for Wednesdays in the first place! *hugs*

  3. The picture stinking cracks me up! It was a GREAT post, but I can’t stop chuckling over that picture!!!
    Thank you for the challenge to check our motivation! It’s crazy how fast those can become not honoring of God.
    Keep up the good work!

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