It’s “Wellness Wednesday“.
The day I hold myself accountable for my wellness journey.
Let me throw at you what’s on my mind right this moment.
Last Week’s Weight: 139 LBS
This Week’s Weight: 141.4 LBS
Difference: +2.4 LBS
Total Since Weight Loss Journey Began:
-16 LBS -8.6 LBS
This morning’s weigh in was utterly disappointing.
I’ve been drinking the 8+ cups of water a day.
I’ve exercised 5 days out of the last 7.
I’ve watched my food intake and gone out of my way to make healthier choices and started tracking in my food journal again.
I’ve been getting 8 hours of sleep a night.
I’ve remembered my vitamins every day.
I’ve made a decisive effort to get back on track with my health.
And I gained 2 and a half pounds.
Let’s try this again.
I’ve been drinking 8+ cups of water a day, and feel better for it.
I’ve exercised 5 days out of the last 7, and feel stronger for it.
I’ve watched my food intake and gone out of my way to make healthier choices, and have had far fewer issues with feeling groggy, icky, or bloated.
I’ve gotten eight hours of sleep a night and it’s been GOOD sleep. GREAT sleep. The kind of sleep that let’s me know I am getting genuine REST. Without having to take a sleep aid.
I’ve remembered my vitamins everyday and I know it has helped.
Most importantly, I’ve been in my Bible EVERYDAY, even if only for a few minutes, and my soul has been NOURISHED.
I’ve SEEN the Lord working in my family this week. In ME. And it has been humbling and rewarding.
I have gained more peace in my spirit.
More strength in my body.
More self-control in my food addictions.
More balance as I get back into my routine of wellness.
Granted, if next week I’m up another 2 lbs, I told my husband this morning I’ll be convinced I have a tumor growing at an alarming rate somewhere near my organs and will demand the doctor to see me and find it. (Joking…ish)
Although, I suppose I could always test the
batteries in the scale first.
Nah. Definitely a tumor.
The truth is, I let the “numbers” upset me. Honestly, the numbers do have a proper place. To be intentionally unhealthy and harming one’s own body is not “OK”. The thing is, it’s not ONLY about the numbers. The numbers do not define my identity. This is a concept I may continue to mention weekly, because I need to remind myself of it weekly.
I accomplished many goals. I want to be grateful for what I accomplished. I believe a redeemed life is one that is grateful. One that wants to take care of the body physically out of gratefulness for it, and one that understands the importance of taking care of oneself spiritually.
for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also of the life to come. ~1 Timothy 4:8 (ESV)
By having just a little quiet time everyday, the decision to exercise was much easier. Because I called on Him when I didn’t feel like it. I thought about how He has given me this body, and how I want to take care of it for Him. This way, He can provide more ways to use it. If I’m tired, groggy, icky, unhappy, or physically harming myself, I reduce the opportunity in which I can be used for His glory.
I’ve also discovered that true Wellness is not achieved apart from Him. I’m still learning fully what that means. Trying to drink it. Absorb it. Live it. Love it.
I’m not going to Panic.
I’m not going to give up or give in because some numbers don’t agree with my wants.
I’m going to keep doing what I need.
Keep retraining my thoughts.
And hopefully, develop my character out of my obedience. Develop my thoughts out of my obedience. And from that, reflect true love and life.
- Keep Exercising. Power90, until I’ve made it back to where I was.
- Keep Making better food choices and tracking in my food journal.
- Keep researching the Whole30 until we can officially start it.
Speaking of which, found an AWESOME FREE website for meal planning and recipe ideas. Foodee is a great place for the Whole30, and also for low-carb ideas (which is awesome for us because even after the Whole30 my husband is diabetic and low-carb is a lifestyle we need to get back to and stick with).
It really is amazing, and I highly recommend checking it out even if you are not doing Whole30 or low-carb, because the meals on there are just so incredible that I find myself EXCITED to cook after cruising it a bit. It also allows you to organize in such a way that you choose your meals, and then it GIVES you the shopping list. It’s super cool. For reals.
Now back to goals.
- Keep drinking water and getting adequate sleep.
- Keep getting in the word and dedicating some time to be alone with my Savior daily.
- Something New: Get up EARLIER in the morning.
This is a goal I’ve had for a while now. It’s not that I want to get up SUPER early, however, I’d love to be OUT of bed no later than 6am. I’m not a morning person. Especially when temperatures outside are in negative digits, then I have no desire whatsoever to leave the warm comfort of my awesome fleece sheets. (Thanks again mom 🙂 )
However, I also don’t want to be rushed with preparing breakfast and packing lunches. I don’t want to be rushed with saying good morning to my son and spending a little time with him before he heads off to school. I don’t want to be rushed to potentially give up my quiet reading time in the Word because of other commitments that come later in the day, yet sneak up on me quickly because I didn’t get out of bed early enough. I don’t want to NOT work out with my husband because I choose snooze over exercise with him (Which is also very good for his health and controlling his sugars).
I’m excited and nervous about stating my new goal and holding myself accountable to it. I need to make a genuine effort. This week, 6am is my goal. (Eventually I’d love to bring that up to 5:30am. Baby steps my friends in this area, baby steps.)
My immediate goal is to get up and get some things accomplished today around the house. The arctic blast that has swept through Maine and dropped the temperatures to negative numbers has left me wanting to hibernate. It’s also left me not wanting to change out of my fuzzy pajamas, so I’m procrastinating changing until I’m forced to get ready to leave the house. The only reason I’m planning on leaving the house is because the husband told me it was unrealistic to refuse to leave the house until the temperatures made it back up to the 20s.
I think that’s debatable. HA!
Also, for those following the “Embrace Grace” study with Liz Curtis Higgs, the post for Embrace Truth is now posted on her site.
Honestly, just saying embrace truth sounds like a beautiful thing. Because it really is a beautiful thing.
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread. ~Job 23:12
That’s a redeemed life. That’s my goal, my desire, to treasure His truth above all else.
Are you striving towards Wellness? If you participate in Wellness Wednesday or Weigh In Wednesday, please let me know in the comments section and be sure to leave your blog address so we can stop by and encourage you!
In Love & Faith,
UPDATE 1-28-13: Found a “Weigh In Wednesday” Group through the blog of a friends’ friend. After reading some of these blogs at the link up, I am simply AMAZED by this group of woman and already feeling ENCOURAGED. So I’ll be linked up with Kim over at her blog, and hope to continue linking up with them. ^_^