Today began my 30 day challenge. Didn't manage to get everything planned but I knew how I would go about it so I have begun. I went shopping on Sunday to get all of my better food choices. We will be eating lots of fresh vegetables and very little take-out. I won't be learning any new tricks to eating or doing any quick fix diets. I have known for many many years how to eat. I do really well at that as long as we are in a season of stability. Our lives take on so many twists and turns that we get stuck in the rut of eating take out and never being home. We are of the sandwich generation and life is not usually about us. We know that this is where God wants us to be so we are not complaining. But - and this is a big But - we often (actually always) forget that we need to take care of our physical and spiritual well being in order to properly take care of others.
Last year I succeeded in conquering my addiction to Coke. (Coca cola classic with about two cups of sugar per can) I woke every morning craving an ice cold coke. I went to bed wanting one. So after many years of battling that addiction I finally made the swap to Diet drinks. Eighteen months later and that is one area I have not fallen off the wagon to.
My dear friend and I joined Weight Watchers last year and were keeping each other on track until summer hit. Our busy lives took us in different directions and Weight Watchers was not one of those directions. I managed to keep the weight down until late last year when we became part time parents to an infant. At 45 years old we just simply do what we can to get by on food. Exercise became a thing of the past and sleep was not to be had. We do not regret our roles in his life, but we have neglected ourselves in the process.
So - it's time to dust off the treadmill, grease the stepper and change the batteries in the Wii Fit board. Sad thing is that we have lots of fun as a family on that darn Wii board. A routine is needed and this next thirty days is going to be the time to start anew. Who knows - maybe one day I can take Owen shopping with me and he will ask if I need that small rather than "we know darn well you don't need a small!" Gotta love that honesty of a child.
So - now my plan is to eat properly as in lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and lower fat foods; drink water water water; exercise five days per week and get into God's Word daily. I have fallen behind in every area that is vital to my physical, spiritual and emotional well being and my body is telling me loudly.
I covet your prayers and encouragement through this next thirty days. Join me and let me know how you are doing. I would love to pray for you as well. I am much more motivated when held accountable.
Child of God. Wife, mother of four, daughter. Caregiver to my mom (former). Survivor of Breast Cancer. Advocate for Early Detection. My desire is to support others through their diagnosis and fears. I have lived through it. I have lost dear friends because of it. I Love Christian Fiction, cooking, sewing, traveling. Love sports. Atlanta Braves, LSU Football and baseball. New Orleans Saints Football. Any sport my children play. I am now addicted to blogs. I love learning about life outside of my comfort zone.