While on our pilgrimage home from Road Trip 2011 Sunday I came across a tweet about the Reshaping It All challenge which was starting that very day. Coming off of a week long vacation (and the not so healthy, okay, down right junky foods I ate) seemed like the perfect time to give this a whirl. Get back on track with not only my food choices and exercise routine but to go a little deeper into the hold that certain foods have over me. Figure out the whys, the triggers, the roots and whatnot. Won't that be fun? Ahem.
Yesterday after dropping Annelise off at dance I popped into Mardel where they were holding their last copy of the book just for me. While at the car wash getting all of the nasty bug carnage from the trip off our car I started reading.
A few pages in and I was feeling a bit of an ouch when she laid it all out about the pitfalls of lack of discipline, self control and conviction which, hello, are my biggest struggles. But I can handle some ouch, in fact I need some ouch. I must train my resistance muscles to say "no" (to junk) more often than "yes" and to say "yes" more than "not today" to exercise.
How can something sound so simple and yet be so difficult at the same time?
Since I know it comes down to my lack of discipline, I'm making Hebrews 12:11 my new mantra, "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. "
I need to change my view of discipline as being something negative and see it as something that's truly for my benefit. Seek the future instead of the immediate, long term vs. short term, yada, yada, yada.
So this week I am (re)committing to a few things as I embark on this challenge:
1. Clean eating, no junk or sweets; mostly vegetarian
2. Exercise at least four days
3. Increase my H2O intake
4. Daily quiet time for bible study
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I say the more the merrier!
Plus I need the accountabilty.