How hard are you willing to work for your dream of being healthy and fit? It's going to require pain. It's going to require sacrifice. And yes, sometimes you will fail.
The question is not will life happen, but rather what will YOU do when it does? Will you believe in yourself? In the God in you? Will you have patience with yourself? Will you fight for it? Will you be stronger than your excuses?
I love this video because it reminds us that there will be dark days but if we stay focused, we will WIN and step into the greatness God has for us!
It's not easy, but it's worth it.
Let's go get it today!
Tam’s Thoughts: Dieting
It is often said that diets don’t work. The truth is that some diets do work. It is not the diet methodology that is always the problem. The real problem is human nature.
Human nature will only put up with self-denial for so long. When its limit has been reached, it rears its ugly head, demands what it craves, and expects there to be no consequences. Human nature constantly screams about the sacrifices it has made – no matter how small or how inconsistent – and ignores its shortcomings. It always wants to receive the full reward while doing only a part of the work.
Diets are not always the issue. Often the real issue is the MINDSET that we bring to the table when we start a new diet regimen. If we view dieting (which is really a decision to eat healthy foods more often and eat them in the right portions), as torture and something we can do haphazardly, we will continue to see the on-again-off-again cycle repeat itself. Again, it is not the diet that is at fault. It is the mindset of the person attempting to diet that is to blame.
If you really want to lose weight and keep it off, don’t waste time searching for the diet that will give you the fastest result. Don’t think that you can get by with only making changes for a few weeks, go back to your old habits, and still stay the same size. It will not work.
Instead, invest your time and energy in developing the mindset that creates consistent results. Buy into the idea of a lifestyle change hook, line, and sinker. Why? Because if we really think about it, the lifestyle we are living right now is responsible for the life we currently have. It only stands to reason that if we want a different result this time, we must change the way we do life!
Until you change the way you think – about food, exercise, yourself, and your priorities - nothing really changes.
Dieting DOES work when you have the right mindset.
Until next time,
This week I challenge you to remember two things:
1. Your Why.
2. Your Where.
Why did you start this journey towards health and wholeness in the first place? Go back to that moment that triggered the “enough is enough.” Feel that emotion and let it inspire you to keep fighting.
Where do you want to go? I know sometimes it seems like the distance from point A to point B is an eternity away but today I don’t want you to concentrate on the pain; I challenge you to focus on the promise. The promise of a new day and of a new life.
“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good.” ~Unknown
The choices you make (or don’t make) today ARE important. Choose wisely.
In what ONE area could you make different choices and get better results?
Let’s have a great week!
"You will never rise above your level of belief and self-esteem."
I want you to be successful. I want you to have everything in life you are supposed to have so today, I am going to share with you one of my own personal success secrets. If you apply it consistently for the next 7 days, you will position yourself for great things.
The Power of the Morning Mantra
For as long as I can remember, I've been taught "you have what you say." It's an age old biblical principle that has made its way into modern culture and for good reason.
"It's not so important what others say about you, it's what YOU
say about you that really counts."
What have YOU been saying about you up until this point? Have you been encouraging yourself? Challenging yourself? Motivating yourself? If the answer is no or if you haven't settled into a rhythm of doing this consistently, I want to help you get your mind right by sharing my "morning mantra" with you.
Click here to access my Morning Mantra.
Repeat after me every day for the next 7 days and watch how your attitude changes!
Seriously, it takes less than 1 minute to say the morning mantra so say it with me daily okay? You'll be glad you did.
Keep pushing FORWARD!
No one is perfect; we all veer from our chosen path on occasion. But what if it's more than an occasional issue? What if it happens again and again? And as hard as you try, you seem to keep finding yourself in the same situation over and over again?
I've been that person. On a mission to change my life one moment and completely off course the next. I wanted things to be different, but like the driver of an out-of-control car, I didn't know how to regain control. I was all over the place. One minute I was trying Weight Watchers and hitting the gym. The next minute I was undoing everything I'd worked so hard for by consistently making bad food choices. When I saw a Mrs. Fields Cookies in the mall, I couldn't seem to pass them up. When I had a bad day at work, I skipped the gym and went home. Things seemed so out of balance, so far off course, that I wasn't even sure I could gain control again. So, I gave up. I quit. I threw in the towel. It looked and felt like an impossible situation, so I figured, "why try?”
Have you been having “why try” moments?
If your answer is "yes", you owe it to yourself to click here for this week's Monday Motivation from someone who knows a thing or two about ups and downs.
Be encouraged and NEVER give up,
Have you ever experienced this:
An urge to eat something unhealthy comes over you so strongly that you feel you have no choice but to give in?
When it's over, you feel awful that you've eaten all those calories and set yourself up for weight gain. So you're good for a couple of days until another craving comes over you.
You tell yourself you'll just eat one or two, but does it ever really work out that way?
You play Russian Roulette hoping that this time you will escape without consequences.
You pray this time will be different and you indulge...and the cycle repeats.
Most of us have certain trigger foods. Like kryptonite is to Superman, these foods seem to leave us powerless despite our great intentions. But what if we could finally stop the cycle? What if we could regain control and stop being pushed around by these foods? I'm here to tell you IT IS POSSIBLE!
You have the power. You can change the course of your life anytime you choose. It all starts with identifying your trigger foods. Once you can name them, your next task is to replace them with healthier, less consuming substitutions in order to break the cycle.
To identify your trigger foods (and come up with a game plan to address them), click here.
Until next time,
Every year the church that I attend adopts a theme and a few years ago the theme was “healthy & whole.”
Prior this theme being introduced by our pastor, I hadn’t really thought much about the difference between the two words. But there IS a distinct difference.
Health is defined as the absence of illness, disease or injury. Synonyms include well-being, good shape, strength, vigor, wellness, and one of my personal favorites, fitness. One can be healthy and not be whole.
While there have been great strides in my spiritual, physical, and emotional health, I must confess that I am still on the journey to wholeness. Why do I say that? Well…
If you were to look up whole in the dictionary you’d find that whole is an adjective or descriptive word.
The whole truth and nothing but the truth.
You'd have to know the whole story.
It seems the whole weight loss company is a sham.
In each of these examples, whole speaks to all of it or the entire thing.
Synonyms: complete, full, unabridged, and uncut
A secondary definition in an unbroken or undamaged state; in one piece.
Synonyms: intact, in one piece, unmarked, perfect
Antonyms: fragmented, halfway
So I say that I am still on the journey to wholeness because there are still areas of my life that are a work in progress. I have a feeling I’m not the only one that lives on incomplete street…
• We’re a rock star at work but to meet deadlines we eat poorly and don’t exercise and that “success” ends up costing us our health.
• Our ministry is growing by leaps and bounds but our relationships are falling apart.
• In public we seem like the life of the party but behind closed doors we cry ourselves to sleep at night.
• We’re succeeding at taking care of others but failing miserably at taking care of ourselves.
The Whole Truth is that we’re so busy going and doing, that we spend very little time being. We are not in touch with who we really are, what we are feeling, or what we are missing.
But today, you landed here because God wants YOU healthy AND whole.
John 10: 10 the New International Version reads “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Full, if you’ll remember, is a synonym for whole.
What does a full life look like? I believe it is one where we…
Today I challenge you to do 3 things:
That last part is so important because it’s easy to rush out and put together a plan of action without consulting Him. But Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Family, you don’t have to stay where you are. You CAN change. Ask Him to show you the way. A healthy and whole life awaits.
Until next time,
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