A 4 Part Difference
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Wow we are already four weeks into 2014.
I am so grateful to God for the change that has occurred in my life in that time. I never really understood until now the truth behind let go and let God. Letting go of the control I wanted over my journey and giving it to God was the starting point and I am so thankful to the change in me through Him. I have shed 11.8 pounds and 6 inches off my body. More dear to me are the changes that are deeper than that, which is how I know I am a new creation through surrendering to the Lord for help because I know that I cannot do this on my own.
How do I know I can't?
Well...I signed up with SP late in Dec. of 2007 and yes in the 6 years I saw pounds gone. The most was in 2010 going from 276 to 243 which for me was going from a tight 24 to an almost loose size 18 (which I hadn't been since my freshman year of HS). Then after 2010 I gradually let go of what I was doing and started to gather the pounds and inches back to where I was at the start of 2014 at 270.4.
So what's different about this time?
PART 1 - MINDSET
To put simply: God is first. I know if I stay faithful to Him, then He will see me through this obstacle of breaking the chains that have kept me over 100 pounds overweight. I am using the same wonderful tracking tools that SP have always offered and keeping in touch with wonderful sparkfriends, but this time my faith is not in these things to bring me through this journey they serve as helping to stand in agreement in my faith of what my Lord and Savior has already provided for me. It is not just semantics it's truth!
Another difference has been no longer feeling bad when saying "No Thank You" to food/beverages that are offered to me throughout the day that are unhealthy. Remembering that God prefers obedience over sacrifice. This has been a huge difference for me because, by wanting to be in obedience, I feel anything I no longer eat or drink as being insignificant things of my past (i.e. cheese, ice cream, candy, donuts, cookies, carbonated drinks, and cakes *listed in the order of importance of PAST cravings*). Through the grace of God I no longer crave these things and that is HUGE!
Prior to this year, in all honestly, I needed to have cheese on most of my meals in order to see them complete. If they didn't I would sometimes be thinking if only this had cheese while I ate it (sad but true). Ice cream was something that I use to feel I needed at least once a week and I am talking about plain vanilla cones (sometimes dipped). As for the other items, I wouldn't seek out as the other two but if they were offered I wouldn't say no.
PART 2 - ACTIONS
Starting my day right out of bed with devotion time with God and drinking 2 cups of water.
Shaping myself into becoming more of a prayerful Christian *through Praise to God, studying the Word, and praying for others and myself* so that I am (and maintain being) powerful in my journey.
Batch cooking on the weekends for weeknight dinners so I do not fall into the trap of laziness and the bad choices that go along with it.
Making great strides to get 8 hours of sleep. *Although I have to remember to get a nap in on days where I know I will be not be in bed on time*
Drinking all my water (8-12 cups at least) *no excuses*
Tracking all of my food and exercises *no excuses* Thanks SP for making it so easy!
If in emergency situations I have to eat out then it is NOT a free for all it has to be beneficial to my body and I still need to track it.
Keeping in line with past workout schedules that have worked in the past *Although this is an area I still need more improvement in it's lagging a bit especially in regards to ST I am doing better with getting in cardio*
Pay it forward by aiming to help motive, support, encourage others on their journey to a healthier self.
PART 3 - BENEFITS
A more peaceful journey.
No cravings - truly eating to live not living to eat.
PART 4 - SUCCESS
I am down a pant size.
When having to go to a Mexican restaurant for a business meeting not feeling inclined to have to eat the chips and salsa or even order for that matter except just water with lemon.
Being with others who stopped for donuts and saying "no thank you" when offered before we got there and then when inside realizing I truly didn't want one.
Well if you a still reading I thank you for taking the time to share a moment in time of my journey. I pray that you are blessed in your own journey to a healthier you.