Monday, March 14, 2011

Today Starts Something New...

So I just have to say that I think of myself as a little hypocritical when I blogged last week about blogging more and so on...then it's like a week before I even log back on!  Ha!  Last Wednesday morning at about 3:45am we loaded up the car to go back to Ohio to visit family.  As always it was a quick and busy trip.  We didn't even get to see half the people we would have liked to seen, but that's just how it goes.  The girls did great going, we didn't even have to stop once, although I did climb in the back seat and give Lucy a bottle.  Which worked out great!  The way back was fine...Molly was just really bored.  We thought she would sleep more than she did, but oh well.  We made it home.  Now it's back to real life and a busy season of ministry.  We have so much coming up this Spring that I feel a tad bit overwhelmed looking at our calendars, but we also have a lot of exciting things going on, too. 

Like I said last week, one thing I noticed when reading through old posts is that I wrote about things that I wanted Molly to know about me, her daddy, and our family, and now I want Lucy to know the same things.  I want them to see the happy times, the hard times, and the boring times.  I want them to know that I as their momma have struggles and demons of my own and that with God's help, I will overcome them.  Just like 90% of America I struggle with my weight and body image.  I used to be athletic and now I am just flabby.  I am learning that two kids will do that to you, ha!  Really, eating crap and not exercising will do that to you.  A couple months ago I bought "Made to Crave" and I know most of you have read it, or are reading it right now.  I am in the middle of it, and let me just say I LOVE IT!  I feel like I am talking with a girlfriend when I am reading it.  Things in this book have stuck with me and have really changed my perspective on things.  I was telling a friend the other day that when I was at the grocery I went to grab some not so healthy snacks and then thought about the book and some of the verses Lysa uses to encourage you, and I put them back and have not craved them since. 

I have fallen away from exercising regularly, and I keep telling myself when it gets warm out I will run again, when this happens I will do this, or next Monday I will start.  I am sure you all can relate.  Who am I kidding?!  When it gets warm out I will probably say it's too hot to run and I will sit at home.  But enough is enough.  Today starts a new a day, a new leaf to turn over, insert your own catchy phrase here...today I am starting to eat healthy because I want to, and because I want my girls to know what is good for you, and not what is just fast and easy.  Eric and I do eat pretty good at meals, and that's all due to him.  He is a stickler for healthy stuff at meals, it's the after meal stuff like snacks that just kills me!  I am a very snacky person, and I would graze all day if I could.  I guess I do graze all day while I am at home.  And I have noticed Molly is starting this awful habit, too. 

So here is where I am at...I want to lose some weight, who doesn't, but truly I want to be healthy, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.  So I need to rid myself of the junk (food, bad attitude, etc) that is taking over my life right now.  I need a cleansing in all senses of the word.  I want my girls to know that it's not just about the number on the scale, but total overall health that matters.  We were made in God's image, and I am sure that image did not include potato chips and gossip. 

So here I am today, eating healthier, having a better attitude and trying to grow closer to God.  Each day I know will be a struggle, but I also know there will be very rewarding times on this never ending journey.   

13 comments:

Kristin said...

I read Lysa's book too....it was a great one. I am trying my best to eat healthier now too, and feeling down on myself because I'm so heavy starting out this pregnancy. But, there's nothing I can do but just move forward and keep eating healthy and hope I'm not a huge whale by the time I have this baby. hahaha!

Alison said...

Jody got me that book, and honestly, I just put it up on the shelf! This makes me excited to read it!

He & Me + 3 said...

I need to read that book. Cause I love me some sweets. I am doing ok in the exercise department...but I love my coffee too. I need to drink more water. That would help alot.

Dawn said...

I have never heard of that book, but I will definitely have to check it out. I'm a big snack eater too. After 4 kids, I am definitely wanting to lose some weight and get healthier again. And I agree 110%, it isn't about the number on a scale. =)

HappyascanB said...

You know, I downloaded the book onto my kindle and never have read it. I'm going to now, though! Thanks for sharing!

{:miss v:} said...

Have you read Candace Cameron Bure's new book Reshaping It All? I'm in the middle of it right now and it's all about weight loss and faith. It talks a lot about what you said you want to achieve, I highly recommend it!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

I have been wanting to read that book. I love that it feels like talking to a girlfriend... that is my kind of book! Happy to hear you had a wonderful trip! :)

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

I'm with you...and trying to make a fresh start. I just bought the book and will be covering it on the blog after we finish the Lies Women Believe study. I hope you will join in with your thoughts. I need to really give this issue over to the Lord and experience some freedom and victory over this eating/unhealthy body thing!! =)

Love to you...

Steph T. said...

I will walk this journey with you my friend. I am reading that book too. Totally changing my heart. I get exactly what you are talking about friend. Let's do it girl!

Holly said...

I may dig in that same book with Kelly when she is finished with the study she is currently on. I could def use some changes in my eating habits. Less junk and more good stuff! And I could use a little bit of exercise too while I'm at it.

I know the wkends we go back up to NW Ohio are always so fast. So many people want to see us but there's never enough time to do it all.

Fred::Erin::Eliana said...

I have definitely mentioned to Fred that having a baby girl makes me want to be a better person. I want her to learn healthy habits for eating and taking care of herself. I guess that I should probably stop drinking milkshakes every night and get to it. :)

Jenilee said...

I just got made to crave too. amazing book! so much to learn... and we have a super busy spring coming up too. the calendar is so overwhelming! one day at a time!

Becca said...

Oh how I can relate to this post in so many ways! I eat TERRIBLE! Most of it comes from the fact that I get bored cooking the same things all the time so I really need to find some new recipes. And it is oh so hard to walk away from those potato chips. I do try and work out but I get on a routine but then something comes up and I totally fall from it. I haven't heard about that book. I definitely need to check it out. Good luck with this. I know you can pull through!