How many of you made New Year’s resolutions?
Don’t be shy, raise your hand.
That’s what I thought.
Well, whether we make them or not, set goals for ourselves or not, or whatever we do or don’t do when we flip over that brand new calendar each year, I think most of us have something in mind that we want to improve upon with ourselves.
What are some of the things you are doing or would like to do this year? I would love to hear about them! Hop over to our Facebook page and inspire us. We want to hear from you! In return, we will encourage you to:
Put one foot in front of the other
Just do it
Monthly Challenges in 2019
I’m going to challenge you each month with an idea or thing which can improve our lives, bodies, and/or minds. All of these areas need our attention, but let’s think about one thing at a time.
What is the main thing many people think about at the beginning of a new year?
I’m going to lean towards diet goals. There are so many to choose from these days — it’s enough to make your head swim and confuse you beyond measure. I know I can get that way when I begin to read about them.
Keto, Paleo, GF, Weight Watcher--gah!!
I’m going to tell you right now: I’m not a dieter.
I don’t believe in any particular diet. But here is what I do believe in, with regards to food: Eat it. But be smart about it.
Fuel for Our Bodies
So here’s the thing. What goes in, may not necessarily come out. While the whole “garbage in, garbage out” thing is true for what we see or hear, with food, if that were true, then why the spare tire?
If I eat that bag of donuts, why doesn’t it just come out? No harm, right?
Our bodies are designed to burn calories. We need to eat to fuel our bodies. But if we don’t fuel them correctly or do it well, we get a sluggish system.
Think about a car. We need to put a certain kind of fuel in the tank, change the oil, add air to the tires (don’t forget to check the air in your tires, it is winter after all) -- you get the idea.
We need to maintain our car, fuel it properly, or it won’t run like it’s supposed to. You put the wrong fuel in the car and it may not run at all and could cause lots of expensive damage.
Well, our bodies are the same way and even more complicated. God designed an amazing machine with the grace to fix the damage we cause to it. If we fuel it correctly, we’ll have a fine tuned machine! (Think: Red Ferrari!)
This month’s challenge might be easy or hard, depending on how you look at it. But a challenge should be just that: a challenge. So if you find it too easy, rethink what you have chosen to do for this month’s challenge.
It’s always a goal for me, when I work with the high schoolers at church or with other people groups, to challenge them. I try to bring out something in them that may be lying dormant; to let the lion out of its cage, so to speak; to not fear trying new things or something hard to do. We all have it in us!
So here’s the challenge:
Remove three bad foods from your life for a month.
Yes, a month.
It takes at least two weeks to start a new habit, but to get over a craving will take longer. (Ask me how I know.)
Start small. Try to be specific and not just go with, say, sugar or carbs. Pick three foods you might be addicted to, whether it’s ice cream, or chips, or McDonald’s fries -- whatever.
If you’re feeling brave (if you think you’re ready) and want to go for a category of food, go for it. That would be something like fast food (which we all need to ditch), sugar (this is harder than you think -- I’ll speak more on this in another post), carbs (again, more on this at another time), etc.
But, I recommend you start small. Gain a few wins and you’ll be encouraged to take on the bigger challenges.
Hold Me Accountable!
Can you do me a huge favor? Be my accountability partner. Leave a comment and let me know what you have chosen and we can encourage each other along the way!
These monthly challenges are going to be baby steps. Wins that are attainable. Goals that you can finish! Who doesn’t love that?
We tend to set these crazy-high bars and then find that we fail rather quickly. Other times, there is this slow fade, until we finally let it go, for whatever reason.
So it is my hope that these challenges will start new habits -- healthy habits.
Bring on the New Year!
Oh, and by the way -- my three things will be ice cream, fast food (except CoreLife), and candy.
Next week we’ll dive deeper into the bad foods we should think about removing. Stay tuned!