Have you lost yourself? Do you remember how you used to feel about your body? Do you remember when you really cared about what you looked like?
This life that we live is NOT all about what a person looks like. Really living is about anything BUT your appearance. But when it comes right down to it, if you have lost yourself it is hard to find who or where you are.
How can you fight for yourself if you don't remember what you are fighting for? I want you to ask yourself a question, right here right now, why do you want to lose weight?
In order to lose weight you have to reclaim yourself. You have to tell yourself that you are worth exercising for. Your health is worth shopping for healthy food, planning healthy meals, & tracking the food you eat, here on Sparkpeole. turn your speakers on.www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
I did not get this from a magazine, although I would not be surprised if you have read something like this somewhere else. I got this from thinking about myself, and what I want to accomplish. My arms are getting flabbier. They never have been really muscular. Now at 41 I see ripples, and you know that sag.
Tell yourself, or write it on a piece of paper what you want. Get a mental picture of it. Grab an old picture of yourself, (not too old we are not aiming for perfection!)
Or just have a clear idea of what you want to look like then keep that image clear in your mid during times of temptation, or laziness.
Renew your plan of action. Ask yourself these questions:
What is working?
What isn't working?
Why isn't it working?
(Ok, maybe you won't have all the answers but try your best to find the answers) The main purpose of this is to create a new plan for yourself. Click the below links to start:
create exercise plans from Sparkpeople www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_plan_
7-Day Bootcamp Workout Plan www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
Reference Guide to Aerobic Exercise www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
Exercise Safety Tips for Beginners www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
Think You're Too Heavy to Exercise? - Part 1 www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
Part 2 www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
If you have lost yourself it is hard to find who or where you are. If you have been over weight long enough you begin to disconnect from yourself. It my start with avoiding mirrors. It may end in total denial. Somewhere in the middle you lose yourself. One day you take a look in the mirror and cry. You ask yourself who is that person and where did i go? my friends my tears fill remembering back. Yes, I can write about this because I was that person crying. I asked myself where did I go? Let me help you, because I helped myself. Earlier in this post I wrote how do you fight for yourself... Make no mistake about it you are in a battle. The devil likes you miserable. You are no threat to the devil when you don't like yourself. when he has control over you half his plans are in place, and it all starts with food. So, you are in this fight, right, can we agree on that? Now, you must get your armor on & say the armor of God.(see below, at the end of my post, I will post it for you) Next, get God in your corner and keep him there. You must go to God in prayer. Ask God to help you with your exercise plans, ask him to help you plan out your food, keep you from the fast food restaurants, you need to start praying and asking for help with everything. I speak from experience. I have lost 35 pounds and have kept it off from Oct.'09- April '10 , I have gained back seven pounds. I am still asking for God to help me and He is helping me in news ways, and He will help you as well. I still struggle, but I just keep trying.
I am here for you in any way that you need help. If anyone has any questions about dieting, exercise, whatever, I am here for you....and so is God!
THE ARMOR OF GOD
Be strong in the Lord and in his mightily power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devilís schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of the dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places. Therefore put on the full armor of God. So, when the evil day comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after having done everything to stand. Stand firm them with the belt of truth tightened around your waist, with the breast plate of righteousness in place, and your feet fitted with the gospel of peace. In addition to all this take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers & requests.
Please save this message. Keep it and say this powerful prayer every day, then watch your life change. For these spiritual words are more important than food, water, vitamins, or clothes. Yet just as your shelter and protect your body with clothes so should you put on these spiritual clothes every day. These things I have learned about saying the armor of God. These things I know to be true.
As you say the words in the armor of God remember:
The belt of truth
Represents what is true in God's word (the bible) all the things that God gives us that the bible talks about. Tighten the belt of truth means, believing what is really true, not the lies the devil tells you about a situation, or when the devil tries to make you feel bad.
The breast plate of righteousness
This protects our heart, our being, our identity. The devil loves to attack who we are. Think about it, doesn't the devil tell you that; you are a bad mom, daughter, and or wife/husband? He knows that it hurts us so much. He has been doing it for so long we think they are our own thoughts. God has told me that they are the devilís thoughts that he whispers to us. When you are attacked God wants you to remember the real way God sees you. He wants you to remember the truth. He loves you, and has already forgiven you.
Feet fitted with the gospel of peace
Don't lose the peace God gives you each day. Most times it is stolen before we realize it was there. The devil tries to kill, steal, and destroy all that we love, all the things we need to live a happy life. One of the things the devil tries harder than anything else is to take away our peace. You know how a fighter gets into a stance before a fight? Visualize this as you say these words, and your feet fitted with the gospel of peace.
Take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
The devil uses people to hurt us. Words, hurtful actions, anger from other people, anything that pierces your heart, just like an arrow- when you take up (hold up) the shield of faith, you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows that come out of a person's mouth, and body as the result of from their actions.
Take the helmet of salvation
Hamlets are used for your head. God tells us to put on the helmet of salvation to protect our thoughts. It is our thoughts that lead us to sin. We think about something or someone who has hurt us and we do or say mean things. The devil attacks our thoughts so that we will sin against God. When we sin against God we tend to remove ourselves from Him.
Take the sword of the spirit which is the word of God
When you visualize yourself lifting up this sword, as you say these words know that God's words contain POWER, so feel that spiritual power you now posses from God's protection. The sword of the spirit is the words in the bible. The meaning of the bible, God's spoken words in it, it has the ability the cut straight through the devil and destroy HIM!!!!
Pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers & requests
It says with all occasions with all kinds of prayers & requests. It doesn't say; pray when you think your life is threatened. It doesn't say, pray only when you might get fired. It says, with ALL kinds of prayers & requests. That means God wants you to pray about that bad hair day after you get out of the shower, the traffic jam on your way to work, and that vending machine that keeps calling your name throughout your work day. When you get home and your kid has gotten on your last nerve.... and then during that night you realize that your husband/wife or kid still has not done.... yet, even though they have told you 20 times they would do it. Ya, that IS what, pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers & requests, means.
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 5/3/2010 (03:05)