I’m excited today to “weigh in” on my health journey. I’m excited because I’ve found a new resource and am also looking to start a “Savor The Season” challenge with my WIW group.
First, I know last week I shared I would be doing a second Whole30.
After four days of struggling to stick to it, it just wasn’t happening. Breakfast and lunch packing and meal planning with such an extreme set of rules when the truth is, I know what is healthy and what is not, was not happening.
So instead. I’m doing a Whole30ish. I’m trying to commit two out of three meals a day to be Whole30, and allow myself a little more freedom on the third meal.
Thus far, that plan has been working fantastic. My husband’s sugars are still not as low as I would like to see them, however, they are seeing more low days than not. I feel with long term healthy eating on a consistent basis, they will come down. I’m also hoping that somehow, he will be able to find consistent times to exercise a little each day.
This all brings me to today’s post.
First, the latest resource I found and greatly enjoy using: MyFitnessPal.
Apparently I had an account a long time ago, although I don’t remember using it. I’ve been a fan of SparkPeople for years, however, it’s ‘bulky’ with information. When I’m finally skilled at navigating the start page and getting to where I want to go, they changed the entire layout and look. That’s when I found a post by Kim in our WIW group about MyFitnessPal. A lot of the group members were starting to use it, so I decided I would try it out too.
I love it.
Cons (cause there are always some): I don’t like the add food layout or the recipe layout. Where the title of the recipe goes, to me, looks like a search box to find ingredients. I am constantly typing ingredients in the box which does nothing except to erase my recipe name.There is also no option to add my Power90 workouts in a way that makes it easy for me, and it doesn’t count any calories burned in strength training, only in cardio.
Pros : I love the SIMPLE and EASY TO USE navigation. I love the blog set up for the site and the formatting options. I love it updates my recommended calories for the day based on how many calories I’ve burned. I love after I submit my food diary it tells me approximately where I will be in five weeks if everyday were like today. It’s a nice little motivational reminder of why I’m logging my foods. I love I have amazing and supporting women as friends and I enjoy seeing their comments of encouragement and the ability to encourage them.
This now brings me to my second point in today’s check in.
The Savor The Season Challenge. YAY!
From Kim’s Blog I brought over the bullet points for the challenge. Here is where I will write out my goals.
- Select a few key areas to focus on….. Perhaps 3-5 goals…. BE REALISTIC!!!!
- 1. My Luke Study/Morning Quiet Time: For those who follow the blog, my Luke study has not been progressing because I have not had my daily quiet times. Out of all the hours in the day, I really have no true excuse to not spend at least 10 minutes of my life alone with the Lord in His Word. This week, today especially, He has laid this on my heart. It is from these quiet moments I sometimes find my attitude for the day, I find His wisdom to guide my steps. So. Realistic to have a daily quiet time of prayer and Bible reading for 15 minutes? Yes. Yes it is.
- 2. Get. Enough. Sleep. When I was 15, 6 hours of sleep was enough. I used to get up at 5AM to get ready for a school bus that didn’t come until 7AM or later. Why? Because I had to make sure I was up and ready and prepared to start my day. At 29, my family needs me to be up, and ready, prepared to start my day and help them start theirs. This won’t happen without sleep. Six hours is no longer sufficient. I must consistently get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Realistic goal? Yes. Yes it is.
- 3. Finish All of my Christmas shopping before December. Why? Because for me to truly savor the meaning of Christmas, I have to have fewer distractions. Scanning store after store for gifts, with lines and temptations to buy things not on the list, well, these are distractions that do not help me remember what Christmas is about. God came down to earth to be with us, to walk with us, to teach us and love us and ultimately die for us that we may be reconciled to Him through Christ. For me to truly love the season and enjoy the beauty, the lights, the gatherings, the family, the parties, and the love, I can’t be trying to shop and wrap and stress over dollars at the last minute.
- The Savor the Season Challenge will run Friday November 1st thru Friday November 22nd. (My goal to have all of my Christmas shopping done may not be done by this timeframe, so I challenge myself to have at least 75% of it done by this date.)
- Challenge Verse: ”Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NLT – I must cover this challenge in prayer, humbling myself to remember in order to accomplish anything for His Glory, I must be plugged into His vine.
So there you have it! I look forward to checking in next week. I look forward to Savoring the Season. I look forward to growing in my walk.
Would you like to join us? Come on over to Kim’s and link up or share in the comments. 🙂
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In Love and Faith,