I’ve been trying really hard the last few months to get in shape. With the help of Plexus, I have lost 54 lbs since the last week of April. I also have less pain (MUCH less) from my joints/fibromyalgia issues. Since losing all that weight, I am feeling more inspired to embark on other paths to becoming healthier. I’m trying to get in an exercise routine, drink more water, and take better care of myself in other ways as well.
Now, in no way do I claim to be doing everything I can (though I would like to), but I am trying. I decided to put some scriptures to encourage healthy living up around the house in strategic places to remind me of the changes I am making. Since I was typing these up for myself, I thought maybe someone else would like to have a copy too.
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The reason I chose Galatians 5:22-23 is pretty self-explanatory, especially since I have self-control in a larger font than any of the other words. I am placing this passage on my refrigerator and inside the cabinet for our pantry. With this scripture in my face every time I feel like snacking, I can stop and think about what and why I am reaching for something to eat. Am I really hungry, or am I bored, thirsty, emotional, etc? Should I really be getting chips? Because occasionally that is okay, but maybe I should be cutting up some veggies instead. If I am reminded to use self-control with my eating, a lot of good can be done instead of “just this once” turning into “just this time every day at the exact minute”.
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Ecclesiastes 10:18 is going above my tv, and maybe inside my Kindle case. There are many times that I could be doing something active, but would rather do something else that does not use a single muscle. Now, as I stated above, I do have joint issues and fibromyalgia. However, that does not give me a free pass to never work out at all. There is also a kind of funny/embarrassing aspect to why I chose this scripture: I need to be reminded to do kegels. I don’t want my house leaking… I don’t think anyone else wants my house leaking either. In fact, it’s pretty frowned upon. 😉 No reason a few can’t be done every time I sit down in the living room, right?
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I am always beating myself up for my appearance. Saying that I lack self-esteem is an understatement. But I know deep down in my heart that I am beautiful in God’s sight. Proverbs 31:30 is going to be taped to the mirror on my vanity, so that when I am preparing to leave the house I will read those words and not walk out the door in a foul mood. It will also make me sing “That Kinda Girl” by DC Talk. Who doesn’t love a little memory from the Free At Last album in their day? If that doesn’t put me in a good mood, well, something must be really wrong that day.
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Can you guess where I will be taping John 7:38? If you guessed inside the fridge, you guessed right. This is for a couple of reasons: to drink more water and to remember who the life-giver is… and if I want to be healthy in this life I need to take care of His temple. I have always hated water. The taste, the way my stomach feels after drinking it, just everything. I don’t know why. But if I add a few flavor drops or infuse it with water, I handle it fine. Whatever it takes, I need to have more of it for many reasons.
Soon I may add more scriptures to encourage healthy living to my decor, but for now these are the 4 I am going to focus on. I still have a lot of weight to lose, but I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Like how I through Philippians 4:13 in there? Did you see my post about that on our Facebook page yesterday? Maybe next I will put up some scriptures to encourage housework…)
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And just for fun…
If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’m sporadic. I’ll go weeks without pinning anything and then suddenly, there I am to flood your feed.
Because I have to FORCE myself to spend as little time on there as possible.
It’s a vortex! Am I right? You just get sucked right into it and before you know it hours have passed right by.
But today? It’s raining, I’m laid up on the couch, the kids are about to go down for nap, and I believe… yes, it’s true… Pinterest is calling me to spend the afternoon feeling inspired instead of actually doing anything productive.
Followers: Consider yourselves warned.
What exactly is it about Pinterest that draws us all in? Is it the awesome red on white retro font? The trendy little boxes all catergorized to different boards? The actual feeling of being creative when you’ve done nothing of the sort? The awesome feeling when you make something you saw on Pinterest? I could go on…
I do see this resource as more of a tool than a time drain. It just has to be managed and kept in moderation like anything else. I mean, hello, nothing says “Mom of the year” or “Best wife ever” like making something out of nothing, having the perfect dinner made, upcycling all of your furniture instead of buying new, and all of your cleaning products made from scratch, right? Think of it as a way to work on those Proverbs 31 qualities instead of just wasting time. Just don’t actually sit and waste time instead of creating something tangible once in awhile.
Speaking of creating, I have more sewing to do. Maybe I should do that first.
Anyways, back to what I was saying: I love Pinterest. It’s a good tool. Enough said.