Hey FRIENDS, ..... ;)
I feel God really gave me a " thought " this morning as I was getting started on MY DAY , ...but due to " busy-ness " I just now got a chance to get here and put it on paper. ;0
We ALL agree that we ALL are on a JOURNEY , and , ... we ALL also know that any trip you make involves KEYS and LOCKS, for whatever reason.
Whether we are staying at a HOTEL or UNLOCKING " our vehicle , etc. , ...we ALL do this from time to time !
But, the REAL " Lock and Key " I am thinking about pertains to Us and the LIVES " we are living " , everyday !
I never realized, until this " weight journey " , that there really is a KEY ( s ) to " our success " and there, definitely are PLACES " inside of ALL of us " that need to be unlocked and LIVED , if we are EVER going to see SUCCESS and LEARN and GROW " on the inside . " !
I give God " ALL THE GLORY and PRAISE " for HELPING ME " with this , " this time. !!
I started out, this time, just like ALWAYS, before, .. but, ... it wasn't long before that God helped me to realized that if I " would CHANGE " my focus " , this time, I would UNLOCK " many , many DOORS . " !! ;)
And , you know, it worked.
Sure I have been " counting calories and fat, etc. , and , yes , I have been paying attention to the HOW"S of " how to make THIS happen , " , but , in addition to that , I have let God HAVE THE KEY " to me " and, in doing so, HE has been faithful to HELP me along.
I told God that this time, I wanted to " HELP OTHERS and ENCOURAGE THEM " and not be so CENTERED on ' ME. " !!
As I started to " TALK and SHARE " with more and more " FRIENDS " , I found a " NEW FOUND FREEDOM " that I have never known before !
Sure, I keep my " day " in the back of my mind and I do keep up with what I AM DOING , but, as I spend more TIME " HERE " , talking back and forth to OTHERS and " posting things " to others and reading THEIR " encouragement and successes " , my SOUL is FED and the DOORS of my LIFE are " poppin OPEN " like " popcorn." !
God has made this time for me " a CREATIVE JOURNEY and the FUN is more than I could EVER tell you .
He constantly gives me " new ideas " of what I can do make " my meal / snack times " EASIER and you know what ? , ... IT WORKS !!
I even see " my husband " being influenced and asking me questions about the
" HOW TO'S " of the JOURNEY .
I do " enjoy " learning HOW TO " be healthier and feel better physically " , this time, but, the REAL FACT is, " IF " I can just " minister to ONE PERSON and " encourage them to a " HIGHER LEVEL " , then , ... I will be a HAPPY , HAPPY Girl, to have made someone's DAY " a little better for them.
The " KEY " part this time for me as far as " tracking weight and Food " has come in the form of :
1. Breaking my " logging day and weight goals " into smaller doses.
I have made " phases " of the TIME AND DAYS of the journey and I
" FOCUS " on that PHASE, then go to the NEXT one and FOCUS on JUST IT, ..
then on and on. This DRIVES me " Keep GOING as I see the " results. " ;)
2. I also have put my " logging page for food and water " on my calendar that is next to
the " fridge " , and , I see it EVERY TIME I walk in the kitchen and more
importantly, every time I go anywhere CLOSE to the " fridge or " snack pantry.
THIS has probably been the " KEY " in this area for me.
3. THIS TIME, I have determined not to let the " FAST FOOD " world BEAT ME .
By that , I mean that I " tell it what to do, it DOES NOT " tell me how to eat. " !
EVERY TIME I know I am going somewhere away from the house and we might
stop and eat somewhere or I might have to make THAT DECISION, ....
I PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME and " I TAKE CARE OF ME , " this time .
....... I have a " little COOLER " that I can take with me and I take my
" own RANCH DRESSING and SALAD TOPPINGS with me, and then if my " buddies "
stop somewhere that I cannot make a " good choice " , then I always have
the option to order a "salad of some kind " and it is YUMMY.
These 3 things , above , are considered my " FOOD KEYS " and what I said about
" other FRIENDS , here ", is considered my " ME KEYS. " !! ;)
They help me " UNLOCK ME " , so I can " unlock the FOOD DOORS of my life.
I sure hope some of THIS has been a " blessing to some of you . " !
I sure had FUN , just seeing it on paper, tonight !
MY heart is ENCOURAGED and I can't wait for TOMORROW.
" NITE " to ALL of you and blessings on YOUR DAY , tomorrow !
" Nite . " !!