It seems to be helping, especially in those moments of weakness. I’ll get used to having made this change, and over time I know i’ll see the benefits manifested in my life. But, right now, in the beginning, it’s hard and i’m going to say this to myself as many times as I need,
“If You Do What You’ve Always Done, You’ll Always Get What You’ve Always Gotten.”
This is the first year I will be observing Lent. On Sunday’s I wont be feasting on sugar, though. Sugar and refined carbs are a huge crutch for me, so easily accessible, and tasty, yet so horrible for me. I go to it when I am feeling worn down with my daily life, I go to it when i’m feeling great and want to celebrate, I go to it when I am bored, I go to it when I need some quick energy while rushing out the door. Where have I been putting my relationship with God in all of this? When am I listening to the Spirit, telling me to take it easy, or make a better choice? I’m not. I’m listening to my own desires. For me, it’s not just about making better food choices, but about seeking my heavenly Father, and instead of sailing through life, just trying to get to bed time. But instead, seizing the day and feeling healthy, energetic, happy, on an even keel.
I expect that the next six weeks will be challenging, fulfilling and I expect to be more fulfilled, and less filled out
Have you ever set something aside during Lent? What was your experience?
This picture was taken to document one of my goals: to be able to wear these pants!
December 12, 2013:
Weight: 166 lbs (because of the christmas holidays, my weight was 171 on January 1st, I did not take any measurements)
March 1, 2014
Weight: 164, and I am feeling SO much stronger!
So, what i am seeing here is that despite my “efforts,” exercising on a regular schedule and not super indulging in treats like i used to, i’m not seeing the results i had hoped. It’s time to clean up my eating. I just read the Shred book, by Ian Smith. It was so helpful, he laid it all out so simply. I went ahead and wrote out what i will eat on a daily basis, plus continuing my workout regimen it wont be long before i lose some inches and pounds. My workouts currently are following the Les Mills Combat schedule, and starting this next week i will start doing fasted cardio for 30 minutes, 3 mornings each week. I am excited, and i feel like I’ve finally figured out what will make a difference, and how to make it work. Now i just need to be faithful to myself and follow through with it.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to do this program! Unless you are my mom, you probably didn’t know how much I enjoy martial arts. I am (probably) one the most laid back, passive person you’ve ever met, but I absolutely love the self-control, strength, respect, and physical workout that comes with Karate and this type of martial arts. Oddly, there is a very liberating feeling that comes with that amount of power being thrown into a single punch. And how it defines those muscles! Oooh la la!
Yesterday I put in the first DVD, it was only a 30 minute video, which was probably enough as I needed to coordinate myself with the guards, kicks, punches, jabs, stances etc. I did some push ups afterward, to complete a pop challenge for a weight loss group I’m in on facebook. This morning I can tell those muscles had a workout! I love that feeling! Just a couple of days ago i was thinking that i haven’t felt the burn of a good workout in awhile. Despite having been exercising regularly, to failure, for the last 5 weeks. So, I set up my calendar in my kitchen, in 60 days I will be finished part one of Les Mills Combat. So looking forward to this adventure!!!
So many of us make New Years’ Resolutions, I certainly am not immune to wanting to make some changes for a better year ahead. Before 2013 was out, I resolved that by the time I turn 30, June 2015, I would be in the best physical shape of my life. I gave myself enough time (a year and a half) to achieve this goal. My idea was to lose 30 pounds, lose many inches, and gain lots of muscle.