It has been a month since my last update on my battle with weight, and unfortunately the past month has not been good. It would be easy to not write anything, but I promised to write updates, and this is as much for myself, to keep accountable to anyone who does read this.
Between the weather and my back, I haven’t done any consistent walking, and I haven’t used the bike in my office more than a few times. My eating has definitely not been healthy, although I have tried to limit to one serving. However, that was not the case over the past week since Thanksgiving.
And I have also noticed as my eating habits and resolve have slipped, so has the amount of time I spend reading the Bible and talking to God. I’m still consistent with that every day, but the quality and quantity of time have taken a hit.
With the whole Christmas holiday season upon us, and events to attend and places to travel, I am going to be tempted to throw in the towel and just tell myself I will start over again after the new year has arrived. But that is NOT what I want to do. Maybe, just maybe, writing this down and sharing it will remind me of my commitment. And it is just not a commitment to myself, but a commitment to God, to surrender ALL of myself to Holy Spirit.
That is my prayer, and I thank those of you who have assured me that you are praying with me, as well.
Grace and peace, y’all…
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Things That I Write About
Smashing Barriers, Setting Goals
But my number one goal, my mission in life, is to glorify God in everything that I do and all that I am. As 1 Corinthians 10:31 states, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” That’s it. That is my mission. God has assigned that mission to me (and to all followers of Jesus) and I have chosen to accept that mission.
Search Me, God
But because I want to glorify God, and to honor Him with everything I do, I invite Him to search my heart, my thoughts, every single day. The things I’m anxious about, the times when anxiety or even depression seem to overwhelm me, I want God to see those thoughts so that He can handle them for me.
How August 18, 1973 Changed My World
I have many new friends who probably have never seen this and/or don’t know why my birthday (yesterday, August 17) is always so bittersweet for me. It’s hard to believe it has been 48 years since that fateful morning. I can remember those details so clearly. It really doesn’t seem possible it was that long ago.
I completed a 5k!
It’s been a minute since I last posted an update on my weight loss journey.
Last September I made a major commitment to change things drastically.
I Used To Wander
Psalms 119: 66-68 I believe in your commands, now teach me good judgment and knowledge. I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word. You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees. I was raised in the church. I was dedicated to the service of…
Ah. I have been there friend. Don’t give up. Get up, brush yourself off, and begin again. Make one small change. You dont have to do drastic changes.
Thanks, Janice. Trying to take baby steps.
Will continue to pray for you on your journey!
Thank you, Bary! I truly appreciate that.
Don’t give up…I struggle too
Thanks, Tim. Trying to hang in there.
So, Paul, baby steps are very important! You have so many praying and supporting you, that we all rejoice in even the small changes in lifestyle. Don’t be so hard on yourself, but rejoice that you are resolved to make changes. The holidays are hard for a lot of folks. Instead of judging yourself, spend more time with God and let him lift you and your moods.
Praying for you my friend 🙏!
Thanks, Vicki. Those baby steps are hard sometimes, especially when I look at the big picture (and it is REALLY BIG)…
Don’t throw in the towel over the holidays, Paul. Rather, take on the holidays as a special challenge – make it the historic “battle of the bulge.” Your troops are surrounded by fattening food, but you are going to hold the line and fight back! I’m going to join you in the battle. Over 2017-18, I lost about 25 lbs. and, more importantly, 8″ off my waist, through diet and exercise. Since moving to Navarre FL late in 2018, my focus has been on planting a church. I quit exercising, and increased my food intake. My former weight and waist have returned and I have only 2 pairs of pants I can fit in. I refuse to buy more. Let’s do this!
Thanks, Michael! Let’s win this battle!
Every time I eat the right thing, which may be one out of five or six, it’s still one! Count your successes as small as they may seem, they are still success. Blessings.
Today is a new day– just today!! ❤️
Thanks, Mary. One day at a time…