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…)
To learn more about Plexus, click the blog button below or go directly to Alicia’s Plexus site by clicking here. I truly tried every route my doctor suggested for a few years without any success. This has been the only thing that has worked for me so far. An answer to prayer!
And just for fun…
I’ve been gluten-free since last summer. I went dairy-free the first of this year. I recently started getting back into the routine of exercising four to five times a week, and I’m making every effort to read and crochet each day. In addition to my daily quiet time, I’ve started taking a “time out” several times a day to read some Psalms and pray. In the past few weeks, I’ve drastically reduced my sugar consumption.
Yes, my life looks much different from many people’s. Some of these decisions I made for my physical health. Some of these decisions I made for my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Following the culture hasn’t worked for me. I needed a change.
The thing about change is that it’s uncomfortable. It’s hard to learn a new way of eating, to rearrange your schedule to accommodate exercise, to stop throughout the day to pause and remember that God is in your day with you and you’re not alone. It makes me uncomfortable to have to ask for the manager every time I enter a restaurant (in addition to being dairy- and gluten-free, I also have a life-threatening allergy to another food) and to demand (nicely, of course) that they take appropriate steps to keep me safe. I don’t particularly appreciate the discomfort involved in exercise and the soreness that accompanies working out.
I do, however, like the results of all of these changes. That’s why I continue to press forward with my plans.
The longer I do these things, the more they become habits, part of the dailiness of my life, the more I embrace them because they’re good for me and because I feel better when I do them.
They become my “new normal.” After a while, they don’t feel new anymore. They just feel normal. Explaining why I do what I do seems less embarrassing and more matter of course. It’s just what I do.
If you’re trying to make big changes in your life, start with one thing at a time. Don’t try to make all of them at once. When one change begins to feel normal, start another one.
There’s no way to tell exactly how long it will take for you to feel “normal” about the changes you’re making. It depends on your personality and the magnitude of the change you’re making. Give yourself grace. Embrace the change, knowing that it will eventually feel normal.
I’m the queen of keeping things comfortable and familiar. Change is difficult and scary for me. If I can do this, you can too. As a wise friend told me last week, “Just do the next right thing.” That’s how you change your life.
Recently, I sat down with a group of 31 students, ages 14-17, to discuss their eating habits and their favorite foods. Needless to say, healthy food only made a peek into the list. Here are the favorite food results:
1st place – Tacos with 26% of the class
2nd place – Fried Chicken 23%
3rd place – Pasta and Cake tied for 9%
The others percentages were made up with fajitas, pizza, cheese fondue, crawfish, watermelon, ice cream, beef stroganoff, peanut butter and jelly, sub sandwich, and squid.
I know that I am addicted to carbs and starches. I love anything made of potatoes, bread, or pasta. (Hence being the head honcho for generation X-large! lol Though, I believe I’m part of generation X.) Parents of my generation and those upcoming generations, have made grave mistakes on what we put into the bodies of, not only ourselves, but the bodies of our children. Yes, it’s easier to run thru a McDonald’s drive thru or order pizza, but a lot of the time, our children and ourselves, are not getting the nutritional value that we need on a daily basis. I am more than guilty.
That is why this generation is being deemed, Generation Extra Large. I do not believe that a fifth grader should weigh over 300 lbs. Do you know what kind of emotional and physical turmoil that a child like this faces? I couldn’t imagine. I have seen 1st graders who weigh over 100 lbs! Unless there is a medical reason, this is unacceptable. I’ve learned on my own to be an emotional eater. I eat when I’m bored. I eat when I feel alone. I eat when I not hungry. But in this day, parents are teaching their children to be emotional eaters. If they start to cry, give them candy to shut them up. If they are bad, feed them, they MUST be hungry. If they are good, reward them with food. If they are sad, reward them with food. It’s a cycle that keeps going and going and our bodies aren’t made to handle all of the different additives.
Back in the day, our great-grandparents and such, lived on bacon, sausage, lard in everything, biscuits and gravy, and home grown vegetables and home milked cows. Everything was processed differently. It was fresh, home canned, or smoked or you didn’t eat it. The food then, did not have the additives that today’s food has. There was less sickness, cancers, and diseases.
So, not only am I going to challenge myself and my family to eat healthier foods, I’m gonna challenge all of you guys out there to do the same thing with your family. Face it, we all could use better health! Happy eating!