Saturday, April 28, 2012
"But Exercise Makes Me Want to Cry" reflection
Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
"When it comes to my body, I can't live with divided loyalties. I can either be loyal to honoring the Lord with my body, or loyal to my cravings, desires, and many excuses for not exercising."
OUCH!!! That hurt my toes!! As my husband is fond of saying after he preaches a sermon and someone says the message stepped on his/her toes, "Well, then, move your toes!" In other words, MOVE!! CHANGE!! GROW!!
We have time and energy for whatever we want to make time for.....reading email, reading newspaper, watching tv, surfing the web, facebook, watching dvds, gardening, talking on the phone, napping, YouTube, texting friends, work, chores, family time, vacations, eating, shopping, sleeping, etc.
The point is....WE CHOSE. Each person makes a choice on how to spend the 24 hours each person on earth is given each day.
"There are natural consequences to not taking care of our bodies. People who don't care for their bodies now will live with the consequences of those choices at some point. Be it more weight or less energy now or heart disease later, our choices matter..."
"In the spiritual sense, if I'm not taking care of my body, I feel weighted down by my stress and problems. I have less energy to serve God and more thorny emotions to wade through when processing life."
I choose to MOVE!
I choose to CHANGE!
I choose to GROW (stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually)
I choose to exercise!
I dedicate my exercise as a gift to Him and to myself and to my family!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"Making Peace with the Realities of My Body" reflection.
BEFORE stepping on the scale...Define your week by your obedience, not by the number on the scale by asking yourself
-Did I overeat this week on any day?
-Did I move more and exercise regularly?
-Do I feel lighter than I did last week?
-Did I eat in secret? out of anger? or frustration? boredom? sadness? stress?
-Did I feel that at any time I ran to food instead of to God?
-Do I think I've had a successful, God-pleasing week?
Psalm 103-- The body God gave me is His gift to me. It is not perfect (worldly image perfection-wise), nor will it ever be due to living in a sin-filled fallen world. But it is His perfect gift to me so I can do the tasks He's given me to do for Him while I'm here. I am to be thankful for it (even my thick, sturdy, stocky legs) and to care for it so I am ready to do whatever task He needs me to do for Him.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
"I Am Not Defined By the Numbers" reflection
I am a Jesus Girl who can step on the scale and see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weighs and not as an indication of my worth!
(borrowed this idea from my cousin and SP member, GAGESMOMM)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
This week I broke my 2nd major weight plateau. Those plateaus where your weight doesn't change or bounces between 2 numbers for weeks and even months. I had my 1st one last fall, a small one over the winter and a major one this spring.
I broke it this week! Whooohooooooooooo!
CONSISTANCY, CONSISTANCY, CONSISTANCY!!
Keep eating right, keep tracking, keep exercising, don't decrease your calories dramatically- just start measuring portions again, keep active, keep upbeat, keep being your own best friend in your head, keep moving forward.
Monday, April 16, 2012
"Growing Closer to God" reflections
Here are a few of my favorite lines from this chapter. Still digesting and pondering much of this chapter, so this blog probably isn't finished yet.
"How do we grow closer to God? By making the choice to deny ourselves something that is permissible but not beneficial."
"Becoming a woman of self-discipline honors God and helps me live the godly characteristic self-control, which He has given to me through the gift of the Holy Spirit."
"Food isn't sinful. But when food is what satan holds up in front of us and says, "You'll never be free from this battle. You will always bounce from feeling deprived when your dieting to feeling guilty when you're splurging. Victory isn't possible. You aren't capable of self-control with food" we must see that its inappropriate consummation can be his lure to draw our hearts into a place of defeat. " (remember Chapter 5!!)
"We serve a passionate God. A God who knew food would be a major stumbling block in our pursuit of Him" (remember Eve?)
"Literally, issues with food can hold us back from our calling and commitment to Christ. So, He's given us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and the Bible to help us."
"...if we find certain foods are impossible to walk away from--we can't or we won't deny ourselves an unhealthy choice in order to make a healthier choice--then it's a clue we are being ruled by this food on some level. Being ruled by something other than God diminishes our commitment and will make us feel increasingly distant from Him."
Philippians 3: 20-21
"He can bring EVERYTHING under His control. That transforms us. It reestablishes that God, not food, has control of me. That helps keep me undivided in my commitment to Him."
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