I met my first major goal!!!!
I wanted to loose 50 pounds, which is the weight I started out at when we moved to Nebraska before I hurt my back. (2011) It was important for me to set that goal as that was the weight I gained over the past five years due to the lack of mobility due to my back.
For those who don't know, I am walking out a healing and because of that I am on a journey to become healthy. It is an opportunity to bring glory to His name!
God is a faithful God. His timing is perfect. When we pray and expect answers, sometimes these answers don't come in the form of what we hope they would come. During the five years I suffered tremendously with excruciating pain. I had several shots and was told by 3 doctors I would need surgery. At one point I could hardly walk. I tried acupuncture and have been on a form of pain medicine. All through this I trusted that God, the ultimate physican, would heal me. Now I do believe in doctors, I had a surgery back in 1999, but this time I just felt in my spirit that I wouldn't need surgery. The waiting was weary, and at times I wanted to give up. I often was more negative than positive and when God would relieve my pain I often would forget to thank Him!!
I believe God will honor those who are obedient and willing to trust in Him. My word for this year was endurance, or I should say is endurance, I never imagined what all that would intail; looking back this year as been challenging but I desire to persevere through the diffucult times. When I think of how hard this journey has been to become healthy I am reminded that we serve a good Father!
I never realized how mental loosing weight was. It was overwhelming to research and start learning about the nutritional values that food has to offer and the effects on us negatively when we over consume. I believed the 'lie' I was healthy because I ate healthy sometimes. When I began to watch what I was eating I couldn't believe how unhealthy I really was. Health doesn't stop at food; it is about the exercise, the sleep, the water intake, and the veggies we consume. A friend of mine had said "We crave what we put in our bodies" I didn't believe it at first but the more veggies I started to eat the more I craved them and wanted the 'junk' less. Now I have no intentions of giving up junk but I have rewired my thought process to make a choice on what I choose to eat, if I choose to eat something that fits in that catergory.
The other major thing I had to do is establish smaller goals. And trust me at first the goals were super small. Too often we set up unrealistic goals and then feel defeated immediately causing us to what to give up!
When I first started walking, I couldn't walk more than 10 minutes. Now I walk 45-60 minutes a day! I couldn't do a plank more than ONE SECOND! YES I SAID one second, but a friend of mine encouraged me just to make that my goal.. at least it was more than I had done before. So I set out to do that and now I can plank for 45 seconds. Still not a lot of time but it's progress. And any progress is progress!
Lastly, it was so important to figure out what works for me. Each of us are different, our bodies require different things. We need to learn our bodies to determine the best course of action. And we need to listen to our bodies. I never realized how much sleep I required. I used to be embarrassed to admit I needed 9-10 hours of sleep because I felt others would view me as lazy! But as I have adjusted my mindset I also have adjusted that too! I have accepted it, I am okay with it, and when my body screams rest, I do it! I can't believe how much sleep or the lack of sleep plays into all of this!!
I have a ways to go! My second major goal is to loose 25 pounds by December!!! I don't have the stamina to do challenges daily but that's okay, I am working on it!
I am thankful for the prayers and support and encouragement I have received a long the way!! My prayer is that I become healthy enough to be used to my fullest potential. My desire is for others to see Jesus even through this journey~