Friday, August 11, 2017

more than forty years old

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.  And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him...For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.  Acts 3:1-10; 4:22

A few weeks ago as I sat and listened to a sermon covering this Scripture.  I cannot tell you how many times I have read these very chapters and verses, nor how many sermons may have been heard concerning them, in my lifetime. This was not the first, but it has been the most memorable.
Ever have those moments when words...phrases...entire verses just seem to leap off the page at you when you read them?
This was one of those moments for me; but even better.  The Scripture came to life as I read along and listened and heard the story unfolding.
Oh, the magnitude of it all!
Know what triggered the Living Word to get off the page and into my heart like never before?
Key words along the way...prayer, expectation, rise up and walk, leaping, wonder and amazement...led up to one verse that opened my eyes at what was unfolding:
For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.  Acts 4:22
It hit me that my story to a new way of life was hidden within these words.
As when you recognize and believe Jesus as your Savior, and He makes you a new creation, no matter how your choices concerning your health have played out for you thus far in life, through prayer with expectation and the help of another/from others, you can get up from the old way of living and make a new lifestyle happen for yourself.
I love how Peter directs the man to get up and walk. Peter assisted the man to his feet, but the man had walk on his own. Peter could not do that for him.
Even if you are more than forty years old, be encouraged. Your overall well-being and health can improve. People can help you, but no one can do it for you. I had to "get up and walk" just like this lame man and so do you.
Need some assistance to get to your feet?
I'm here to help.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

it's not about me

I reminded myself of this recently.
It's not about me at all, this wellness journey I am on to a healhier version of myself.
Not at all.
Never has been, really.

It is about the people who invest in me.
My husband. My boys. My family. My friends.
They all share themselves with me.
When I am not at my best, I'm not giving them a good return for their investment.
They get the tired looks, the lack of energy excuses, and the wimpy "maybe next time" cop outs.
I have come to realize that those that take precious time to invest in me deserve better from me. I need to adhere to the direction given on any flight I've ever been on that goes something like this: make sure your own oxygen mask is properly secured before helping others. If I don't take care of myself first, my ability to care for others effectively diminishes quickly.
My choosing clean eating, drinking enough water, and exercising on a daily basis is how I put on my mask first. Am I perfect at meeting the needs of everyone? Never. But I am better prepared to be a help instead of a hindrance.
And, while great treat foods are a part of time together with family and friends, I'm not indulging so much that I'm feeling lackluster and missing out on valuable time to make memories.

This journey is also about the people/events who interrupt my regularly scheduled life.
Not a bad thing; just reality.
Emergencies, unexpected events, personal crises happen. We don't expect them. We don't see them coming. We are interrupted by them.
Feeling good on a consistent basis helps me see things more clearly instead of through a fog of pain, doubt, and/or a non-energized state of mind. I am better equipped mentally to handle stress because my body has a daily release for it in place. Kind of the "own mask in place" analogy again...this time in order to respond to emergencies and urgent needs of others with confidence and clarity in place of reacting with fear and panic.
Again, not perfect. Guilty at responding late or not at all and allowing excuses to keep me from assisting others in their time of need, but I'm better prepared to do it well more so than before I was taking care of my health and well-being consistently.

Finally, but not finitely, my journey is about the people who may become inspired to do something different for their own health.
Those who openly engage with me about my healthier lifestyle choices or those who watch from a safe, quiet distance are both being exposed to the possibilities of a more active, vibrant outlook on life. Anything this recovering chips and dip eating, couch potato living gal can accomplish for a healthier lifestyle is attainable by anyone who puts forth the effort.
It's for my boys who are growing up way so quickly and will be making choices on their own sooner than later. It's for the women who have tried "everything" and see no results. It's for the men who think they can eat anything they want since they "work out" and they will be just fine. [This is not true, by the way, from an overall health perspective. Health is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.] It's for anyone wanting to feel better, have more energy, sleep more soundly, and have a better mindset with which you face each day.

My journey is about you.
If you're still reading this, thank you.
You matter to me.
Never does anyone have to do exactly what I do to feel better and have a more full life.
For anyone who does not know how to start or how to start over where they are at, however, I assure you that Beachbody has the tools, trainers, and the mindset training to promote finding a way out of a lackluster lifestyle and into a livelier one.
I'm here to help you through the choices.
Just say the word.

Monday, January 23, 2017

lose the resolutions

Are you still working toward your New Year's Resolutions?
Just last week was "ditch day", the day by which  most people have abandoned their resolutions...were you one of them?
I've seen a lot of commericals for weight loss programs and gyms (one is playing as I type this now) and people posting their desire to lose weight/become healthier this year.
Allow me to let you in on a secret...

The only workout program that works is the one that you actually do.

Three years ago I made a resolve to never be weak by my own fault again.
Then, I put action steps into place in order to make that resolve into a reality.
I had people in my life that I trusted and reached out to them for help.  I knew what did not work, so I decided to try something so different and so new to me that I did not have any idea what I was in for.  Hindsight being 20/20, it is probably best I did not know.  I would have talked myself out of it before even trying it, had I known.

One month of recovery after my final radiation treatment, I pushed play on P90X with Tony Horton and began drinking Shakeology on a daily basis...and I have not looked back since.

What was different this time around?
My why.
It was not focused on an upcoming event.  
It was not just to lose weight.  
It was not centered around me having to "weigh in".
It was simply me wanting to grow stronger.

What I realized along the way was Tony Horton was training me to become mentally stronger even more so than physically stronger.
THAT training has paid off a hundred fold.  And is what keeps me coming back day after day, month after month, and year after year to continue keeping my resolve and challenging myself to work on my weaknesses in order to become stronger.

I choose to work out so I can live out life doing things I enjoy.
With less issues holding me back, I am more free to spend my energy on doing something instead of making excuses not to.

My choice is Beachbody.
You may choose something else.
That is fine.
Just remember whatever you choose is only effectively working if you're actively working.