Friday, January 25, 2013

Now Turn North...

Yesterday a dear friend told me about a verse that has helped her stay focused on losing weight, Deuteronomy 2:3. It reads,

 "You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north..."

What a great analogy! In the battle of weight-loss, it often seems that we go round and round, in a perpetual journey of sameness. The same mistakes made, the same results. But, we have the chance to change the path, to turn North, and see success at the end.  My Northward turn is to be better about exercising. I've done the food changes, with great success in the past, but never really have exercised on a regular basis. I need to and I know it'll make a difference. I'll, of course, continue with my WW tracking as I know it works, but adding in regular exercise will help me get off of my mountain of struggle and straighten my path.

What is your North turn?


Friday, January 11, 2013

Second Chances

I have "restarted" this journey many times. I restarted a few weeks ago and have added in extra support recently. This past week some friends and I started a group in Facebook to support each other in healthier lives by posting our daily exercise and something positive about ourselves. Another friend of mine and I check in with each other almost daily to challenge each other to make better choices for our health and we just started challenging each other to get our homes cleaned, too! Today, yet another friend and I started a weekly weigh-in with each other for accountability. I'm so blessed to have these women in my life!! At my church this month, we are learning about our God of second chances. We can go back to God anytime, no matter what we've done in the past. He's always there waiting for us. Last Sunday two Season 13 The Biggest Loser contestants, Buddy Shuh and Mark Cornelison, spoke at church about second chances. Before I first joined WW, I prayed to God about losing weight. I've had many successes and struggles since. I've had far more struggles lately and I feel that with these new forms of support I'm getting my second chance. God is so good!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year Resolutions

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. 
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. 
 This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. 
~Ralph waldo Emerson
I'm not making any New Year resolutions for 2013. No regrets looking back on "the yesterdays".  This year I'll start each day focused on that day. I'll strive to be kinder. I'll strive to smile at strangers more often and smile more at home, too. I'll make a point to find joy in every day life, not just special occasions. I'll strive to begin each day with a high spirit and end it with a grateful heart. I'll strive, each day, to leave the world a better place than it was when I woke up each morning.

I wish you all a happy 2013!