Sunday, June 03, 2012
Well hello Sparkfriends!
For me, it's been a good couple of months--down 21 lbs (well 4 of those lbs came off in January but I count them!). Been exercising like crazy and being good on the food plan. Today I budgeted in a half-piece of homemade strawberry shortcake :) I know I won't be able to keep up as much exercising once the school year starts (though I promise myself to do 1/2 hr daily even then), so for this summer I am in Fat Camp. Well, let's call it Body Shop. Sounds kinder. No guilt, just taking care of my bod for a change. It feels very, very good. Lord willing I will be at my first goal by Sept. 1. (40 lbs down). I will be in normal weight range then, but would like to lose another 10-15 lbs to be in the middle of normal, not the higher end. So say 50 lbs total. The doc's scale is always heavier, and I need a little leeway. I am praying that the good habits I am developing stick with me.
Hubby said today, "Who knew that you would ever be athletic!" I'm not sure that's a total compliment but whatever. He meant it as encouragement! I have always liked to swim laps and I walk the dog, but any other exercise (like strength training, or actually breaking a sweat) has not been in my repertoire of activities--EVER. So this is a brave new world and I have to say I am feeling the same exhilaration from strength and cardio that I do from laps. It's addictive--gives me a rush of energy and lifts my mood so I want to do more! Thanks to God who gives all good things! OK, this is not a new revelation for the athletic, but for me it is. I admit it.
Hmm I am looking at Rom. 12:1-2 in a different light. Interesting how Paul asks us to present our BODIES to God. Yeah, our BODIES. Our BODY belongs to Him. God created it, Jesus died for it, the Holy Spirit indwells it as His temple. Shouldn't we take care of it? (I think Rick Warren says that too). I am reading these verses on an obvious, literal level. I've been missing it:
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual act of worship."
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing, and perfect will." (Rom. 12:1-2)
So if we need MORE motivation--our BODY is a gift from God, no matter the shape it's in, and we should take care of it the best we can because it is HIS!
"You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." (1 Cor 6:19b-20).