Monday, November 3, 2008

A New Week Begins

I'm celebrating this morning. I lost 1.5 lbs and it is a miracle. I had such a rough week with being sick and injured, I didn't expect much. This loss this morning was really a gift.

The reading in Faithfully Fit has been so good for me lately. There is so much in it that is applicable, I think I'll probably have to go through it more than once in order to get everything I need from it.

Some of the thoughts that stood out to me from the Point of View chapters were:

1. Expecting God to do a miracle in this, believing He will heal me from the overeating and emotional baggage, and trusting Him to get me to the place I need to be to stay healthy and fit, instead of believing it is impossible. I read this post on Lysa TerKeurst's blog this morning and it really spoke to me in this area. It is easy to believe that all of this is impossible. I loved how she said that we "were not made for impossibility."

2. Quit allowing food and dieting to be an obsession. Love this quote because it describes me:

But seriously folks, I would not even dare to calculate the number of leisure hours I have logged thinking about food- what I know I should eat today, what I shouldn't eat but am really hungry for, what I have eaten and wish I hadn't, what I resisted eating but wish I'd given in to. Ad nauseum. (pg. 70)

I want to "set my mind on things above, not on earthly things" (Colossians 3:1). I'm tired of thinking about food and dieting all of the time. I want freedom here.

This morning, I read Prayer, Day One. (I read one devotion a day, and start a new week every Monday. This is Week Three)

It was so good for me to be reminded of my need for prayer. I loved the way they said this:

The 'transforming friendship' that grows during our prayer times will be the key to our becoming all he would have us be. (pg. 79)

"Transforming Friendship" is an awesome way of describing what happens when my life is characterized by prayer. I started thinking about how transforming it would be if I was really, truly seeking Him before every food choice. Or if I would really "Ask him to show me what to change in my daily circumstances in order to bring about his will for me." (pg.82)

This chapter was my favorite so far. There is just so much practical wisdom in it and it really inspired me to be praying more about all of this. I've been praying, but not in a way that makes me truly reliant on Him to win this victory for me.

How are things going for all of you? We all seemed to struggle with the weekend last week. Was this one better, the same? Any personal insights you found in the reading? Praying for all of us! : )

(Remember you can join in on the discussion at any point, even if you aren't reading the book with us.)

Here's How I'm Doing:

Weight lost this week: -1.5 lbs.
Weight lost since beginning of book club: -3.0 lbs.
My goal is to lose 50 lbs by March 31, 2009
I've lost this much so far: -14 lbs.
36 to go! : )


Renee Douglas said...

I was so sad to hear about your sickness last week - I can understand. Although I didn't have the same sickness as you, we had a rough week at our house! Both kids, the baby and I all came down with bronchitis, so the week was filled with doctor's appointments, antibiotics, humidifiers, and catching a bit of rest whenever possible - it was miserable. I only did one day of last week's lesson :(

Now I'm struggling. The perfectionist in me wants to say, "Well, that messed everything up. Now you're a week behind, off track eating, and can't even exercise because you are still coughing so bad! Maybe you should just give up." But I don't want to give up. I was so excited the first week, I want to jump back on. I think today I will just try to read over last week's devotionals and do a few of the assignments, then tomorrow I will start the week 3 devotions. Hopefully I will completely get over this soon so that I can start exercising again, but at least I can work on eating - which is the biggest problem anyway.

sally a said...

I got behind too, but I love how the lessons are set up by 7 days so you can always tell where everyone else is. For example if it is Tuesday, we are on day 2, Wednesday, day 3 etc. Since I am not a perfectionist it was easy when I got behind to just put an x on the lessons I missed (to go back to later) and move on to the lesson everyone else was on. I felt it was better than to skim over several lessons to catch up. There is so much in each one, and they will go too fast anyway, that it will be nice to have more to go back to when we come to the end. Just DONT GIVE UP. That is the battle we are trying to win here. Jump back in! Besides I need you all. I am sitting in a hotel room in South Carolina. I am on a business trip with my husband for 14 days and having a ball. He works, I lounge. It's great, but could be a disaster to my weight loss if I let it.

sally a said...

It's me again today. I see you have not yet done your entry. Tell the truth. It's that facebook, isn't it! Confession time. :) I have turned my hotel stay into a health camp. I'm working out, swimming, and journaling my food. Yesterday we ate at Applebees, so I could eat off the Weight Watchers menu. Then instead of just watching tv at night we walked around the mall in Columbia. Keep praying for each of us, and I'll pray for all of you. I can tell someone out there is, because what could be a disaster--living in a hotel for two weeks--is turning into a true blessing. Thanks

Becky said...

You're right. I admit it.

Hi, my name is Becky and I am a Facebook addict. : )

Also, I wanted to give us more time to comment. I thought there was some good discussion going on here. And life got busy and I got distracted by the elections. There, there are my excuses. : )

Renee- I'm so glad you are sticking with it. I've been struggling, too. I need to keep reminding myself that I am going for lasting change and have a lifetime of bad habits to work through, so it is going to take time and I'm going to have to learn from some mistakes which is WAY HARD for a perfectionist like me.

I like Mom's idea of putting an x on devotions you miss, and then come back to them later. I know I'm going to need to go through this book a few times to get all that I need out of it.

Mom, you are an inspiration. I can't imagine doing well while living in a hotel for two weeks.

We need to pray for the other Sally, too, because she is on vacation this week and was worried about being able to stay on track.

I'll be back later today to do a new post.

: ) Becky