Priorities: Make Us or Break Us

Why do you work out?

If I’m being totally honest, I started working out to look good in a bathing suit. I know, I know! But that is the truth. It wasn’t about getting healthier because back then I didn’t care about my health, not really. I mean what teenager/ twenty-something gives a darn about their actual health? Maybe that’s an incredibly large over-generalization, but you get you the point.

It wasn’t until recently (and in my 30’s, how did that happen??) that I started to work out for reasons aside from looks. Do I want to look amazing? Of course! But that isn’t the end goal anymore.

A wise friend told me that looking good is just a side effect of taking care of yourself. I love that thought!

That is where I am at. I am working out to get healthier and stronger. Should I look better in the process, so be it! But my work out game has only gotten stronger now that I have real goals in mind.

It is interesting to think changing the end goal of working out changes the reason to work out from superficial to something genuine. It has allowed me to make exercise a lifestyle.

That offers some introspective. For example, just like working out with the goal of getting healthier allows you to focus on form, flexibility, real training, and being able to live/perform better; changing your goals in your Christian walk can allow you to have a deeper relationship with God and all the people around you.

So, what are your goals? Are you a Christian for the sake of saying you are a Christian? Do you show up to church to merely socialize? How about that small group; what is that to you? Is loving people a real thing in your life or something that is saved for just your family? Or are you truly seeking God with your whole heart, mind, and spirit?

Those are some of the questions that I have been grappling over. I have come to find I needed to change my end goal of my faith too. A total overhaul from my body to my mind!

I am setting a goal to not care about the superficial of Christianity (you know, the dress up and look like you have it all together but really, you’re drowning inside trying to do and be everything kind of thing). I am setting the goal to start really digging into a rooted relationship with God and allowing Him to be my everything.

What does that look like?

It looks like me deliberately taking the time to be with God. I have been so poor when it comes to intimate time with God. I worship on Sundays, read when it dawns on me and sometimes do studies (but really don’t pour into it like I need to if I’m honest). It is time to take the initiative and be with the one who loves me more than anything. Time to date God regularly.

It looks like me not caring about the little things that don’t truly matter. I can waste my day cleaning my house from top to bottom for guests when they come over. But does that matter? Not really. Instead, I will not invest my time execessively cleaning. I will invest it with God which will pour out into my guests. I think they will enjoy that more than a freshly mopped floor, lol! Be a Mary, not a Martha. (Man, that poor Martha sure got a bad rep.). New mantra: People over stuff.

It looks like me being humble. This one is hard for me. But I know that I need to humble myself most days so that I can clearly see God and not my “deeds”. Simply pray a prayer of “thank you” every time I feel I have accomplished something on my own because it isn’t me, it is GOD. Have you heard the Tauren Wells song Hills and Valleys? Soooo good! Watch it! It’s a great reminder that I am not alone and that I did not accomplish where I am on my own either.

There are so many things that can happen when these little changes are made when the end goal is God. Just like working out to get healthier will have the side effect of looking and feeling better, truly walking with God will have the side effect of a fulfilled life. That kind of lifestyle is what I want. That kind of lifestyle pours out onto other people.

Let God be your end goal. He will do the work. You just simply need to allow Him.

 

Guaranteed Weight Loss: Sugar Detox

Hey guys! I am super excited about this topic!

Last year, I was really unhappy with life; my weight, my appearance, depression, irrationally moody and just blah. I decided that there needs to be a change because life isn’t suppose to be that way. Life is supposed to be enjoyed, not tolerated. That year, I tried all sorts of “lose weight fast schemes”.  (Let me tell you a secret, weight loss takes work!!) I found out that none of those things worked, duh. However, I came to realize that my body doesn’t tolerate certain foods. By this, I mean that there are some foods that make me bloat, cramp, go potty and make me cranky, lol! What I found is that when I eat anything with flour, all those things occur. So, I cut that out of my diet. It seemed to help for a bit, but I was still overweight and not feeling well overall. Were there other foods that made me feel this way? I wanted to find out.

This past January I started to phase sugar out of my diet. Let me be clear, I started to phase unnatural, processed sugar out of my diet. This, my friends, has not been an easy task. The entire first week I went through major withdrawal. My symptoms included headaches, body aches, nausea, dizziness, and crazy sleep patterns. I thought there was a chance that I was going to die! (That is probably over dramatic, but to the point). I never knew that sugar had such a hold on me. It is seriously like a legal drug. I was addicted and needed to rid the toxin.

Well, after that initial horrific week, I started to feel a little better. And, you know what, it only got even better after that! I had more and more energy, less and less moodiness. I felt better more each week inside and out. This sudden jolt of energy and self-confidence enabled me to start getting more active and less sedentary. Getting rid of the toxic sugar helped me to get up and do something proactive daily. Before I knew it, I was reading labels of everything just to be sure that there was no added sugar and picking out fruit, veggies, meat and nuts over candy, soda and crap food. Of course, my NutriBullet was a huge help! Wouldn’t you know that the weight just started falling off. I went from 181 lbs to 152 lbs from January to May. My waist line went from 36″ to 33″. That is amazing to me! The proof is in the pudding. (Or without the pudding, lol!):

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This is the result from just getting rid of garbage sugar!

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There is a big difference in appearance and how I feel. It is just incredible that what we eat impacts our body so much. The old phrase is totally true; you are what you eat! If you are looking to lose weight and just feel healthier, consider cutting out processed sugar. It really is a difficult task and one that takes a considerable amount of effort, but, let me tell you, it is worth it. I keep on finding that anything worth while in this life is usually difficult and inconvenient. BUT, you are worth it!

Here is the link to the sugar detox by Dr. Avena that I followed to get started:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12786/how-to-completely-eliminate-sugar-from-your-life-in-2-months.html

What are your thoughts on sugar?

 

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