Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Press On Wednesday: Healthy Lifestyle vs. Diet

Last Wednesday,  I shared with you that in 2008 my Dad encouraged me to embark on a weight loss journey.  Through out the diet his encouragement, along with God giving me the strength, made all the difference. In memory of my Dad, I will dedicate each Wednesday's blog to encouraging a healthy lifestyle; "Press On" Wednesday.  Philippians 3:14 says: I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Today,  I want to encourage you to take diet out of your vocabulary and replace it with healthy lifestyle. The truth is, after I loss my initial 30 pounds, I couldn't go back to my old way of eating.....unless I wanted to gain everything back, plus more. To stay healthy, a temporary diet won't work, it must be a LIFESTYLE change.
In addition to my Dad, I have two friends that have made a great impact on my health journey, Jennifer Been and Christi Turner.  Jennifer always reminds me that "it's a lifestyle, not a fad or bandwagon you jump on and off in a few months".  Likewise, Christi often reminds me that health must be a everyday priority not just a  temporary thing in your life. This reminds me of a Bible verse: Don't get weary in doing good, in due time you will reap a harvest if you don't give up! Galatians 6:9
Now,  a brand new lifestyle can seem overwhelming for most of us. However, remember a great journey begins with a single step.  One of my first steps personally was giving up all sugar drinks, which took a few weeks.   After I mastered that, I realized that diet soft drinks had a bad affect on me as well. Now, this was tough! However, I am pleased to say that after a year and half, that  I am now free of all diet sodas too. I highly recommend you finding some encouragers for your journey.  I would of given up and reverted back to my old eating habits without encouragement!  Let today be the day that you take the first step towards health.  However,  if you have been on this journey for awhile, let me encourage you to press on! 
Below is a link to my friend's FB group.  On this FB page you will find a lot of encouragement for your journey to health!

Run for God 2013
Jennifer led out the Run for God group that Chad, Zach and I were in.
Jennifer is in the yellow jacket.

Christi & I