Friday, October 24, 2014
Today, I began reading once again the story found in Exodus 17:8-16. This is a piece I have shared with you before and this is a piece that reminded me today, that to be successful in my journey, I need partners to help me fight against the enemy, which in my case has been poor nutrition, unwise food choices and lack of exercise. To be successful, I need to be accountable, but I also have to be supportive of the partners who are in this journey with me.
I am happy to announce that I have been walking again. I have chosen 15 minutes to walk on my treadmill and am so happy to get motivated once more.
I have put away the chocolate like I told you I was doing and am still cutting back on portion sizes, drinking more water and choosing fruit for desert.
I always loved fresh starts. I see every time I begin again as a time to relearn and hopefully overcome some of the mistakes that brought me to the place where I have to start over. What I would like to see is more days added for a goal and less restarts.
This has been my goal from the very beginning.
My goals so far, find recipes for healthy cooking. Purchase apples to have for a snack. Drink more water, especially at every meal. Walk on my treadmill for 15 minutes. Last, come to my support group share my progress and read and encourage others in their journey, letting them know that they too can do it.
Keep your eyes on the prize. Tell yourself every day, "I am not where I used to be and I am closer to my first goal than every before."
"I refuse to look back. I can't change what happened yesterday, but I can rise above and move past this place of not feeling well."
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
When I saw this picture it reminded me of a book I once read to preschoolers, called, "Spilt Milk." The story was about seeing shapes in spit milk. This picture of the clouds reminded me of that favorite past time of looking into the clouds and sharing with someone close what the looked like. What is amazing is two people can look at the same thing and yet see something different. What is also neat is that as the cloud passes from one place to another it takes on a new shape.
This reminds me of how we are all evolving, changing with time and sometimes even reinventing what we look like through some experience that touches our life, either for good of bad.
I thought of the many different hairdos I have tried as time has passed and the various styles of clothes that I have worn throughout my life. That is what is neat about change. We can change the color of our hair, even the style that we wear. We can change the places where we have shopped with new places and we can even change jobs or residences throughout our lifetime.
Lately, I have been thinking about learning more about American History. I would like to learn more about our founding fathers and I would liked to learn more about the area where my husband and I pastor a church. I started looking on line and my appetite to learn was reawakened as I read pieces I found.
I write this to encourage you to keep open to learning new things. it is fun to learn about famous people who have made a difference in our country. I am always blessed by their life story and am always encouraged with determination on my part and vision, I too can make a difference in this world and so can you.
Part of this journey to get healthy, goes way beyond reaching some goal weight. Yes, I look forward to the day when I can testify, I have reached 140 pounds. That is my goal. I still have a long ways to go. I have lost so far over thirty pounds, but the greatest victory I have gained so far is I have cut back on my portions, I have more fruit and veggies in my diet, I am more aware of my need to drink more water and just recently, I have come to terms that chocolate and I do not do well together. Just today, I asked my dear husband to remind me,"Relisa, you are not eating chocolate."
May you my dear friend be blessed on your journey. May you find room to learn and grow. May you have wonderful testimonies to share with others as you walk closer to a healthier you. Above all, you can do it. You have what it takes to reach the place you long to go to.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Lately, I have been reading Revelation. This is a wonderful book to encourage the believer that Christ will be victorious over evil and we who have believed and placed our trust in Christ, will spend eternity with Him. I am so thankful that as we read God's word we can find hope and encouragement.
Many times when I go to facebook, I look for quotes and pictures to encourage and inspire , you my friend and even myself as we travel along.
Life is a wonderful journey. I once read a piece that shared a story about a train ride. Sadly, the passenger , was so caught up with her destination, that she failed to take advantage of the sights and experiences along the way. Every stop opened to her the opportunity to meet new people, to experience new sights and sounds.
When I thought of this I was reminded once again what has been my focus along this journey? Has it been just to reach some dress size, or has it been to find the true meaning of healthy living? For me it has always been healthy living.
I love the cook books I find along the way, because in them, I learn new ways to cook, especially in a more healthy way. I thank God for the different ways one can exercise, because this gives to me the change of pace to keep me interested. I thank God for the simple tips such as eat less, drink more water , or eat more fruits and veggies and cut back on the meat. Such simple things make the quest not so overwhelming, because in truth, I do like simplicity.
Have I lost weight? Yes. Have I dropped dress sizes, about one. Do I feel better, feeling like I have accomplished something. Most definitely. To me, just the idea that I have cut back in my portions is a big deal. The reason, I like to eat. I like food.
I will praise God. I am a determined person. I have learned the value of praise. Not just praising God, but praising myself. Have you ever thought just to praise yourself for the good that you do? How many times to you talk down to your self, rather than being your own encourager. I tend to be my best cheer leader. I have learned this trick years ago. When I start going in places I know I should not go, I tell myself, " Relisa, you can do this. Hold on to your promise. You may have to push a little harder, but this mountain is going to move." Many times I remind myself," This is but a light affliction, but as I come through, I gain ground."
These are the kind of words that encourage my heart, because they remind me of who Jesus Christ is. When the going gets tough, remember, you are not in the battle alone, but God is right with you all the way. This is the truth that has always encouraged and strengthened me to face the trials that come my way.
Just recently I came through a season where I had hit my side on one of my walls. I have a bad habit of rounding corners way too quick and this time I just did not make the corner. Due to this accident, my right side hurt for about a week. I was using ice packs and heating pads to help relieve the pain. I was having trouble sleeping and I would go into spasms from time to time, yet despite all this, I kept saying to myself, " This light affliction will pass. I will get well and do you know what, what I believed came to pass. Today, I sit at my computer pain free.
All in all may your heart be encouraged knowing that God knows your heart. This is what he looks at. What God began in you, His promise is to complete what he has begun.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Today I wanted to encourage you of what God says about you. it is so easy to get down due to what others want to speak over you. It is at times like this, I like to go back to the Bible to see what God has to say. His word is what counts.
I liked this post I found on facebook, because it reminded me it is never too late for anything. Every new direction takes that first step to go a different direction. Sometimes, I admit, it is scary, especially if you have never been here before, but think of it as an adventure.
My goal as I travel with Spark People has been to get healthy. I am thankful for the life changes that have become a part of life. I am thankful for new healthy habits I have in place and I am thankful that I am productive and feel good about myself just the way I am.
This is the goal of my life. I press forward to be healthy in every area of life.
I firmly believe this. I have come to learn for myself, the way I have thought in the past was not always positive, but as I have grown, I have learned to see with a clearer perspective.
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