Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to improve my overall health by increasing my exercise and watching my intake! Afterall, this is what everyone is suggesting, particularly the American Heart Association, if we want to increase our lifespan and reduce the risk of stroke, right? Well let me tell you, I have pushed and pressed, and have been somewhat successful, but it was not without complaint! Regardless of what everyone says, I come to tell you, Big Girls Do Cry, especially this one. I even cry a little harder during spin class.
This year is my year of 40 and I wanted to do so many things like: travel, enjoy life, run 40K and more. I am glad to say that many of my goals were accomplished (I am short of a few Ks) but I also wanted to improve my model of healthy living. Not only did I feel this would be a great choice for me and Tates, but I also knew that while traveling healthy, I would spend less money on junk food, pack smaller/lighter clothes and fit more comfortably in the International Airplane Seats!
So, I began the plan around Lent, due to an awesome fasting season (don't judge me), then continued from there. My races were coordinated so I had at least one a month, and I had to exercise while traveling.
Great! I had a plan...then....
I started getting lazy!!! I had major conflicts with RACES ! Yes, I paid for the race but scheduled another meeting/conference/party for the same day/time or had childcare issues.
Then my exercise crew, the ones that motivated me to do and be more-slowed down and did not exercise as frequently.
So, I relaxed, ate good ole fried chicken at least once a week
(I won't even begin to describe the new place in the city that I LOVE....He treated me like a good old UNCLE) and chilled.
The good habits slowed down. I only kept one workout commitment and began to wear the forgiving Cotton Pants.
Then I heard a word from my Pastor about lazy Christians. He said we, as believers, are allowing laziness to infiltrate our lives and our worship!
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Verse 41 was the key! Watch and pray that we do not allow the flesh to lead us into temptation!
Temptation as defined by Merriam-Webster is a strong urge or desire to have or do something and especially something that is bad, wrong, or unwise.
I had become lazy and allowed my flesh to make it okay! I was indulging in unwise behaviors and guess what....I think my prayer life was slacking too.....Unregulated mind, body and faith, but that will be the next post.
So our Pastor challenged us to do better. Do better with our spiritual tabernacle and do better with our prayer life and see what changes will occur!
Won't He send a ram in the bush? So I did better!
The next week our church began the #ANWABiggestLoser Challenge and that was to encourage us go even further!!! We were to modify our lifestyle to live better on a daily basis while trying to win a $$ prize (tangible motivation)!!
So...I made a weekly workout schedule and challenged myself to workout at least 30mins a day EVERYDAY until the end of the challenge! I asked my twitter/facebook/periscope followers to send me encouragement and hold me accountable for the daily workout posts......HMMP! They did and I did until...Weigh in #1
Do you know that the enemy gets mad when you are trying to grow closer to God???
How in the world did I GAIN 7 pounds after doing all of this??? My prayer life was stronger, my exercise and diet were better, I had a team of supporters and then THIS??? Yes, Big Girls DO CRY!
However, this Big Girl didn't stay in mourning. This Big Girl stopped crying, prayed, and realized this obstacle was just like any other obstacle we face in life. We think we are doing well and then BLIP something happens! This was just a test to see if I truly understand the authority within me to be able to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy (from Luke 10:19) !! All believers have this authority and we must walk in it!!
So, this Big Girl does cry, but I am crying to the gym and crying as I do whatever I must do to fight this enemy! He will not win.
Soon this crying Big Girl will become the crying
Skinny Healthy (baby steps) Girl and we will celebrate together!
Come on and join me!
Let's kill the spirit of laziness and bind the enemy and every weapon that will try to discourage our growth!
We Can Do This....Let's hold each other accountable....then we can celebrate in our New Garments....Walk into it!
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