We’re three months into 2014, and I’m finally gaining traction on my discipline focus. In February, I switched from trying to accomplish everything on my to do list to focusing on completing just one task a day. I have to tell you, this shift in focus has worked wonders, which is why I’m adding on my next discipline goal…healthy living.
Admittedly, I don’t have a weight issue, but I do have a heart issue when it comes to my body and health. That is, heart issue in the sense that I often take my body for granted. I make poor choices when it comes to the foods I eat, how much sleep I get and how often I exercise. Like a young teenager, I often feel invincible when it comes to my health. This is problematic not only because it reveals an undercurrent of pride, but also because it dishonors the God who gave me life.
Can you imagine buying someone an iPad and every time you saw that person they were throwing the iPad on the ground, jumping on it, wasting drinks on it or leaving it around everywhere? If you’re like me, you’d probably feel real insulted at how little respect and appreciation that person showed for such a costly gift.
Well, I’m guessing that even though my dress size is in the single digits, God probably feels the same way when he sees me taking my months long sabbaticals from the gym, o-d’ing on fast food and sweets or choosing sweet tea or Dr. Pepper as my drink of choice instead of water.
Now I have had moments of healthy living in the past. For instance, there was that time I wanted to get into a dress that didn’t quite fit when I bought it or take a bootcamp class led by the trainer of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders because, well…have you seen the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders? Or, most noble of them all, when I wanted to get my sexy back in time for the class reunion. The thing is, once I achieved those goals, my passion for healthy living quickly faded because I didn’t really have a heart for healthy living.
I think a heart for health living begins with knowing our why–a timeless reason that doesn’t go away once you attain a certain goal. For me that’s this:
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” -Romans 12:1 NASB
From a practical standpoint, I think do need a series of achievable goals. Personally, I want to start by making exercising 3-4 times a week a habit.
And because, I know how creative I can be when it comes to avoiding exercise, my other step is to create a plan for success. For example, I will need to:
- Schedule my workouts on my calendar.
- Set reminders on my phone.
- Have a Plan B and C. When I can’t get to the gym or outside for a walk or run, my exercise DVDs need to be in plain sight so I can pop them into the DVD. Or if I’m traveling, I need to make sure I have a few exercise apps on my phone.
- Team up with workout partners to keep me motivated.
- Accept no excuses.
Anyone else feeling the same pull towards healthy living? How are you working on this?