My first 30 day health challenge was completed at the end of December. I lost a total of four pounds. I had lost more but Christmas and New Years were very difficult for me to eat healthy. There were too many chocolate chip cookies, Christmas parties, and feasts to resist. My goal for the holidays was eating in moderation but I failed at that. Looking back I really needed a stronger game plan going into the holidays. I knew there was going to be a lot of temptation and I thought I was prepared for it. I however did not rely on God like I had previously done in the weeks leading up the Holidays.
My positive results over 30 days:
-Lost some weight
-I do not have the fast food cravings that I once did.
-I have learned many physical, emotional, and spiritual lessons (see previous blog post).
-I was inspired to build off the new habits I developed. Therefore I am starting another health challenge.
Overall I now believe that eating healthy can be a life style change for me as long I rely on God, make better choices, and use accountability. From my perspective God did a lot in me over those thirty days. Let's continue to see what God can do with another thirty days!
It is day 19 of my 30 day health challenge. This has been a difficult challenge but with prayer and accountability I am seeing results. After 19 days I have lost 7 lbs and I have more energy than before. I have reduced the amount of calories I eat in a day by 700. Plus, I have only eaten fast food once and drank soda a few times. I did notice that the McDonalds I ate (that one time) didn't taste as good as I remember it. This is wonderful thing for me! As far as exercise goes I have recently been limited to only walking. I hurt my right arm, shoulder, and back several weeks ago and am in physical therapy and seeing a chiropractor. Here are three things that I have learned so far in this challenge.
1. Prayer and accountability are crucial. As funny as this may sound, I have had to ask God to help me to not eat that extra slice of pizza. It works! Also, checking in with my friend and accountability partner, Mike has also been a great help. I am encouraged by his effort in the challenge and it reminds me that I am not alone. If Mike can do it, I can too!
2. Our stomachs can be our god (Philippians 3:19). Food can easily become an idol that we worship. I keep asking myself this question, "Do I really need to eat that much?" So many times I find myself wanting to eat more food not because I am hungry but because I desire comfort. When we turn to food to solve our problems, or to make us feel better, we are making food an idol. I don't want food to rule my life.
3. Moderation in all things. Pizza is one of my favorite foods. If I were to remove pizza from my diet I would completely fail. However, under the moderation principle I still eat pizza, but I choose to eat two slices instead of four. It makes all the difference. Moderation is a powerful asset.
I look forward to filling you in after the 30 days are up!