Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Gotta Keep Trying!

If you fall, pick yourself up and keep trying. This is my motto right now. I know I keep trying to get healthy, then shortly fall on my face. Each time I proclaim, "This is it! I'm really going to do it!" Then a week or so later, I'm done. However, I have hope. I know I can do this! I HAVE to keep trying - I cannot completely give up. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." I know I cannot do this on my own - I need Christ's strength to overcome my weaknesses: poor food choices, getting up early, exercising, etc.

I didn't want to post this yesterday as I didn't want people to think, rightly so, that it was an April Fool's joke. :) I'm back on the horse and am going to do this!! A co-worker of mine told me to write a list of the things I like about being healthy to give me some motivation. Here are my top three things:

1) My relationship with God gets stronger: every night and morning I pray to God asking for His strength to say "yes" to the things I need to do and "no" to the things I should stay away from; I ask Him for help to roll out of bed when what I want to do is sleep; I depend so much more on Him throughout the day than I usually do, which is a reminder to me that I have things SO backwards right now; and I hope to be His light through this by giving Him glory.
2) I like the way I feel: the energy I get, not feeling gross after stuffing my face with food, and the confidence I have from choosing healthy foods.
3) I like the way I look: it's nice when I don't have to push my stomach fat into my gut when I bend over so I can reach my toes; my full-size spare tire starts to go flat; I can confidently wear my cute clothes and not hide behind sweaters, jackets and baggy shirts; and I can FEEL pretty!!

So, per my measurements yesterday, here are my starting numbers:

Height: 5'4"
Weight: 185 lbs 185.6 lbs
Body Fat: 44%
Water: 40.8%
BMI: 31.9 (Obese)

My accomplishments so far:
- Yesterday and today, I woke up at 6:00ish and took a 30 min walk. I averaged a 17 minute mile. (I'm not sure if that's good or not for walking).
- I passed up 1/2 price Easter candy even though they had my FAVORITE available, and threw out 1/2 a bottle of Dr. Pepper when I wanted it the most. Those were definitely by the strength of God.
- I've eaten relatively well the last two days.
- I've gone to bed over an hour earlier than usual so I can get enough sleep and wake up more easily in the mornings.


  1. You totally got this!! :) If your lunch is any indication you are on the right track. It looked yummy and healthy.

  2. I'm working on a Don't Yell Challenge. Every time I pray for me I'll pray for your health challenge too. You can do it.

  3. You can totally do it!! And yeah, a 17 minute mile is great for walking. Average is 20 min/mile. But don't worry about that; the movement is what counts. ;)

  4. YOU CAN DO IT! I have faith in you! Plus, we are helping each other which makes it even better because we were derailing each other on a weekly basis!

  5. I am so proud of you! You can do it! I admire your willingness to admit your shortcomings and your recognition of your need for God's strength!! Love you!