These words spoke truth in my life during times of struggle. In moments when temptation reared it’s ugly head, I found myself whispering these words out loud as strength to walk away, or get up and exercise, or whatever the case may have been.
There were also times when I gave into temptation. Which is why the end of last year resulted in me losing ground on my health goals. I ping ponged between wanting to beat myself up over it and taking a “it doesn’t really matter” attitude. The joy and busyness of the holidays were also a fantastic distraction from facing where I was falling short.
This year, another verse keeps coming to mind. I came across it in early December and since then, it seems to have been at the back of my mind, pricking my memory until it finally came out crying for full attention.
To me, it’s a verse that reminds me what *really* matters. I have personal goals of wanting to complete my Power90 program and from there move onto the Master Series and then to P90X. Partly because as I’ve seen my muscles grow I want to see what more I can accomplish. Partly because I enjoy the exercise routines and I’m curious if I can do it. I’m not going to lie, partly because I want to look like the woman on the DVD with her ripped and toned self!
I want to eat healthier because I know I feel so much better when I do. I know it’s better for my family because they end up eating healthier too. I know deep down food was created to keep me nourished, not that I was created to consume food for the sake of consumption.
Yet in my humanness, I suddenly take these good goals, and make them THE goal. Training my body and my mind to exercise and eat healthy can become THE training. For awhile, I do really great. Then temptation starts coming back. It keeps knocking at my door over and over again until I fall into it, sour cream and fried cheese first.
This year’s verse is my reminder that my goals are good. Exercise and eating healthy are good things. Just not THE training I need to cling to. Christ is. Training my mind, my heart, and my soul in Christ, in His godliness, in His righteousness, that is what is going to withstand temptation. That is what is going to matter not only right here and right now, yet eternally. It has eternal importance and goodness. Something that coconut oil and P90X will never have.
In looking to keep my healthy focus on Christ first, I came across an online Bible study that I am very excited about it. It’s the Made to Crave book and the study is being done by Proverbs31MInistries.
My hope is that the Lord will use it to train my mind to overcome my struggles and crave Him more. It’s free to join! So if you’ve had the book laying around, or have been thinking about picking up a copy and want to read it with a group online, now is the time to join in and see what happens.
My husband and I are also doing another round of Whole30 for the month of January.
We started January 1st with hundreds of other people and so far, it’s been going GREAT. This would be the second time we’ve really committed to doing it. We are already feeling the positive effects of getting rid of the junk we had snuck back into our daily eating. This time around, I’m not being “as creative” as before. I actually made the effort this week to take pictures of our dinners to share….and then last night…accidentally deleted every. single. picture.
So while I won’t be able to share our pictures with you, I will share some of our meals to show Whole30 can be basic, simple, and easy.
We’re doing lots of repetition which makes it easy and affordable for us. One thing I am doing different in this second round I didn’t do in the first is using almond milk in my coffee. I discovered Silk’s unsweetened almond milk is Whole30 compliant (per the Whole30 “can I have” forum). This 30 days is also strongly focused on NOT trying to drink your nutrition, so I don’t drink the almond milk as part of my meal. I do add 2 tablespoons to my coffee because I like it. Does this make me less Whole30 hardcore? Maybe, however, I’m going to keep doing it.
(Word of caution for those who may be doing Whole30 and want to run out and pick up some almond milk – our local grocery store Hannaford sells their own version of unsweetened almond milk, and while it is cheaper, it is NOT Whole30 approved because it has carrageenan as one of it’s ingredients. Also, I have found cartons of silk unsweetened almond milk that also has carrageenan in it. I have no idea why, but just make sure you check the ingredients first. Or you’ll have that moment of “awww man” when you realize that the dijon mustard you bought has white wine as an ingredient, and therefore, is not Whole30 approved either. Also, Whole30 has a new site JUST for Whole30 information. You can check it out at Whole30.com)
For those who are thinking of doing a Whole30 (which I honestly recommend at least once in life from a learning how to eat healthy perspective) I thought since I can’t show you pictures – I’ll give you a short break down on what meals this week looked like.
Eggs scrambled in ghee.
Diced roma tomato, green bell pepper, and a few green olives mixed in with the eggs. A handful of spinach tossed in until it wilts slightly.
Typically the leftovers of dinner.
A quick go to favorite is Chicken Salad. I boil boneless, skinless, chicken breast. Once cooled, I shred the meat. Meat portion is added to spinach, broccoli, and cauliflower. We use either the homemade Whole30 mayo as a dressing or olive oil and red wine vinegar. Also a fruit serving at lunch of whatever fruit was on sale at the store or frozen fruit from the freezer.
Porkchops slow cooked in the oven, green beans, cucumber, sweet potato, and another serving of fruit.
Did a “hamburger soup” which consisted of hamburger meat, coconut oil, zucchini, summer squash, bell pepper, and onion.
One day we had hamburger patties on bed of spinach with tomato slices, Normandy blend vegetables, and sweet potato.
As you can see, pretty simple. The soup I made in the slow cooker so it was ready when we got home from church. January seems to be a great month to try a Whole30 because in our family we have no birthdays or big holidays requiring family gatherings with complicated meal navigation. I do have a few “potluck” situations coming up, however, have discovered someone else going to the potlucks doing Whole30 and feel like with the mutual support we can give each other, we will be able to navigate these gatherings without giving up our progress on our 30 day quest. Which I’m also hoping will teach me some long term goals in the future so I’m consistently making healthier choices.
So, for the month of January, my goals are as follows:
Start the Made to Crave online Bible study.
Complete a Whole30
Get back into my Power90 exercises
I hope you find yourself re-energized and refreshed to keep moving forward with your wellness goals in 2014. I’ll also be linking up with Kim this year again for WIW. She won’t have a link up today due to crazy weather and computer mishaps (hope the weather improves soon and the computer is fixed quickly girl!), however, I still recommend checking out her last WIW post and joining in on the FB group if you are looking for some encouragement and accountability in your wellness journey.
Hope everyone is staying safe and warm out there!
In Love & Faith,