Well a month has passed since many of you agreed to join Maggie and I on our journey to better health and fitness. How are you doing? Has your initial inspiration fallen away under the daily grind of schedules, kids, work or chocolate cravings? Maybe you're not getting the results you hoped for or things are happening much slower than you anticipated. What do you do?
Well that has been my experience as I just finished a few weeks of deadlines, late work nights and little downtime, with a few big events thrown in for good measure. I managed to keep up my workouts 3 times a week only by sheer force of will but the lack of sleep, stress and little time for food planning and preparation all conspired to slow down my forward momentum. I'm definitely getting more fit. But weight loss? A lot slower than I hoped for.
At times like this, the temptation to get discouraged or gravitate to fads that promise fast results is pretty tempting - especially if you're doing it in front of thousands! But I'm determined to achieve lifestyle change - not some grandstanding television stunt that fades away a few months after the hoopla dies down. Permanent change takes work and time - self analysis, strategies to bolster weaknesses and the hard work of thinking about why you are responding the way you are.
Our interior life is responsible for so much of what is happening on the outside. Taking the time to sort through our emotions and responses may be the one thing that will make this journey different from any other attempt at change. Our life coach Dr. Merry has challenged us to use the acronym "HALT" whenever we are about to make a bad eating decision. That means asking yourself "Am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired?"
Fortunately, we also have access to the person with the best knowledge of what is going on inside of us - the Holy Spirit. We can ask Him to bring clarity and healing to thought patterns and coping mechanisms to help us transform. Where ever you are on your fitness journey, please join me today in re-committing to the process. This is not just about external results, but permanent, lasting change that comes from the inside out.
"God, we ask for your help as we commit to care for our bodies better. You've entrusted to us a valuable resource, and we want to be as strong and healthy as possible to make a difference in this world. Help us to change our behavior, thoughts and responses to transform our lives. In Jesus name, Amen!"