Hi Ladies! I’m excited to tell you about a blog post I did over at OnceAMonthMom.com. She has a series going on there about gradually switching over to Real Whole Foods in 2012. The series is called “Get Real.” Each month has a new topic and reasons why to switch. This is something that I have wanted to do for awhile, so I will be following along with the series, eliminating things as the months go on. Take a short detour over to read how I did this month on the “Get Real” series action steps. Click Here!
Baby and Big Step 26
Today is your final metal action step. I struggled trying to figure out what I could leave you with. After much thought and deliberation I decided that I would encourage you today. I will be giving you little tidbits of wisdom, and hopefully inspiration. We’ve had some tough steps along the way, as well as some fun ones. What I think we all need most is a mindset of determination. We also need to continue our journey with truth and grace.
A lot of times during this challenge people have written me discouraged because they didn’t see changes in their bodies after just 2 weeks time. Remember ladies it didn’t you 2 weeks to gain the weight, or lose the muscle definition you once had. It won’t take you a month to be back to your goal weight looking like a rock star either. Getting to our goals takes patience. (I’m talking to myself here too.)
When you look in the mirror and don’t see what you’d like to see, that’s a great time to practice grace. We all fall short, we all make mistakes, you aren’t any different. Give yourself a little grace. Forgive yourself. Love yourself. This may be a revelation for some of you who are perfectionists, YOU ARE NOT PERFECT. You weren’t created by God to be perfect, you will never be perfect. If you were you’d have no need for anyone else. You’d be the only person on the earth because you’d be able to do everything alone. No need for husbands, children, God, friends. Sometimes just being able to accept that and believe that you aren’t perfect will take weight off of your shoulders. Just because you have made mistakes doesn’t mean that you cannot still reach your goals and dreams. You mustn’t be so hard on yourselves. I know I’ve said it once, but I must say it again, give yourself a little grace.
Don’t be complacent. Sometimes we decide that we are okay right were we are. That place could be 30 pounds or more overweight. Honey, that is not okay. Your body was made to run an an optimal level. Would you accept it if your husband was kind of faithful to you? No! It’s not okay if he’s not 100% faithful. Your relationship is unhealthy otherwise. Likewise, you are unhealthy when you carry too much excess weight, and are not fit. Don’t take the easy way out. Don’t get comfortable and be satisfied with being stuck in your current situation, when being healthier is possible. Would you like it if your child, whom you knew could do better, didn’t apply themselves and got a D average in school? No, you wouldn’t let that happen. You’d encourage them to do better, to do more. Ladies, I’m encouraging you to do better, to do more. This challenge is about becoming A Better Me, the best that YOU can be. Don’t settle for less. You deserve more, and so does your family from you.
Own your stuff. This challenge is about facing the truth, the good, the bad, and the ugly. What things have you been holding back from achieving or striving for during this challenge. Have you still not forgiven? Is your pantry still full of the same stuff that made you gain the weight in the first place? Have you not implemented a workout plan? Are you working harder and smarter when you workout? Do you need an accountability partner because you’ve decided you just can’t do it alone? Are you not drinking water, and snacking late at night? Whatever it is, you need to own your stuff. You need loving truth tellers in your life to help you walk into your destiny. The new rule for you in your life is that there will be no more complaining, and no more blaming. Take responsibility for the only thing you can control in life…yourself. One powerful thing I heard in a sermon by Mike Breaux yesterday was “self deception + self reliance = self destruction.” We cannot lie to ourselves anymore. We must face the truth, and be honest with ourselves at all times. We cannot depend solely on ourselves, we got ourselves in this mess anyways 90% of the time. You need support from God, your friends, your family, someone who you can depend on. As I have said so many times before, YOU CAN DO THIS (but you don’t have to do it alone)!
Your action step today is to journal about what’s still holding you back from moving into the direction of your goals and dreams. What lies are you still telling yourself. What is the truth behind the lies. What needs to be done to turn things around in your life? Who is your support (your truth teller)?