Monday, November 11, 2013
I cannot believe I have allowed myself to fall so far behind in my blog and my SparkPeople commitment. It has been 39 days since I last logged in and 39 days since my last day of activity. I have not exercised as I should, I am not counting calories and I am NOT following the plan of healthy living. So many promises to myself have been broken. So many days have been wasted.
Though I have not gained any weight back, I have not lost the weight I planned on either. So either way, I have neglected me. Not good.
As I look back the last 39 days, I have to be honest with myself and see what is causing the setback. I look at my schedule and really wonder how to make it all work. I get up at 5 am, time enough to pray, do my Quiet Time, and get ready for work. I leave work between 5 and 5:30 every day. Then I get home in time to make dinner and whatever else needs to be done at the home. I am usually not in the mood to exercise, wish I could get past that feeling. I am lacking motivation.
Motivation is key to accomplishing goals. There have been times where I lacked motivation, but completed the task anyway because it had to be done. But, I do not see exercise as a mandatory activity. Perhaps that is the main problem. I need to change my mindset and treat exercise as the vital part of my life that it is.
I cannot lie to myself anymore and say that I do not have the time. If I have time to watch television, i have time to exercise. Even 10 minutes is a step in the right direction. I must look at my time and see that my mindset is the reason I do not complete any activity, not the schedule I keep. So today, I shall make sure I get off my butt and exercise before I end my day.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Tolerance. It seems to me that tolerance is used a little too often in the world. We must show tolerance for religious faiths not like our own, sexual preferences, political beliefs, etc.
The definition for tolerence according to dictionary.com is "a fair, objective, and PERMISSIVE attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, for example, differing from one's own".
I do not mind being fair and objective. I believe that Jesus came to the world to show God's love for us all. However, a permissive attitude is NOT what he did with actions that were against His Father's laws . I think tolerance is straight from the devil.
When Jesus addressed people who were living in sin, he showed love and compassion. He shared God's love with them and then told them to stop living in sin. He did not tell them what they were doing was okay. He wanted them to change to be more like Him.
He was not doing that to belittle them. He wanted all people to experience God's best for their lives. In order to do that, we all must choose life over death, righteousness over sin, good over evil.
Unfortunately, people are very self-centered. I know I was. That is why I gained so much weight. I was a slave to food. I chose to eat whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted. It was my desire and I fed it constantly.
When we decide that our own desires are more important than God's will for our lives, we will fail miserably. We will be chained to that addiction we place so much importance on. Whether that sin be sexual sin (fornication is fornication, whether homosexual or heterosexual), food, drug, alcohol addiction, disrespect of parents, etc. we are slaves to it. We are a cursed nation because we put so may things before God and His sovereignty.
It matters not what you believe. God has and always will be the creator of the universe and our Heavenly Father. Jesus is His only, begotten Son and is the only way to heaven. Everyone WILL believe and bow before Him. It is up to us whether our belief comes too late and at the cost of eternal life with God in paradise or without God in hell. Again, it is all about our concept of self.
So I am refusing to tolerate those actions that go against my belief in God. The One thing I know to be true. I am tired of the minority having the loudest voice because Christians are so afraid of being intolerant. Show love. Show mercy. Show forgiveness. But do not tolerate sin.
Do not scream "Turn or burn." That is NOT Jesus. Jesus accepts people where they are and as they become more and more familiar with him, change will occur. You cannot know Jesus intimately and not be changed by Him. There is no way.
As Perry Noble, Pastor of NewSpring Church, says so eloquently, "Every number has a name. Every name has a story. Every story matters to God."
You matter to God. Because you are His child and He has a plan for your life. It does not revolve around selfishness and sin. It revolves around people. Other people. You were not created just for the sake of your own desires. You were created On purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose.
So, No Jesus, No change. Know Jesus, Know change.
No Jesus, no love. Know Jesus, Know love.
If you know Jesus, share your love to others so that they will want to know Him. Then let Jesus do what he does best; Change hearts and lives.
Friday, September 20, 2013
I missed it! I really wanted to blog on Day 100 of my weight loss journey but did not have time to do so. UGH! Oh well. Today will have to do, after all, 102 days is a grand milestone.
So, I have completed five weeks of school and five weeks of exercising frustrations. I have allowed my tired self to talk my healthy self out of exercising every afternoon. It seems that I am easily swayed by lack of motivation.
I have been looking at my day and trying to understand why I cannot seem to get it together. My planning period should give me time to get half of the next day ready. But I am always finding other things to complete. A teacher's day is never empty or complete. There is always something else that must be done.
Today is assessment day. Every class must assess on what they learned during the week whether it is vocal sight-reading, or playing a guitar or piano piece. This is how they can see growth as well as me. It is important for my students to reflect on their learning for the week as well as their daily learning.
So, why can I not apply what I expect from my students to me? I should be practicing each day through exercise and by measuring, weighing, feeling my clothes get bigger by the moment, etc, reflecting on what I have accomplished and what I need to do to reach the ultimate victory.
They have a set time to do this but also need to go home and practice. They cannot expect to continue learning by only practicing during their 50 minute period with me. They must take responsibility for their learning and do what it takes at home.
Like my students, I must set aside time to do the needed activity. I must say no to all distractions and boldly begin and complete the scheduled exercise. No excuses can be made.
So, today I will go to the store, buy those AA batteries and get to working out with my DVDs again. I cannot allow my old self to entice my new self. There is nothing about the old me that I want to revisit. There needs to be a strong, exact, no-turning-back separation from that person. I cannot crossover to the past. I must continue with my future. A future that is bright, healthy, and glorious!
I CAN DO THIS!!!!!!!
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