If it’s one thing I’ve learned these past couple years it’s that being healthy is a journey with no ending destination.
I have been the same weight since this past April. I lost all my tone and muscle definition with my foot injury but I’m wearing the same clothes and the scale has the same number on it. I’m grateful to have maintained my weight loss through my foot injury. But I have been missing my old routines and am planning on getting back into them in January 2017.
I’ve thought about restarting now but being in the middle of the holidays, I’ve chosen to have the same goal I had last year. Maintain where I currently am and be physically in the same place on New Year’s Day. I want to enjoy all of the holiday foods that only come out at this time of year without losing any of the progress that I’ve made. And I will tell you, I definitely have been enjoying this holiday season!
The food itself that I like to eat isn’t bad. But the amount of food I want to eat or the frequency of consuming those foods can be harmful to me.
The Bible says in the New Testament that all foods are O.K. to eat. But some are better for us than others. In 1 Corinthians 6:12 the NLT version says, “I am allowed to do anything” -but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.” I like the way the NIV phrases the same verse, “Everything is permissible for me but not everything is beneficial… I will not be mastered by anything.”
While I was spending last weekend with my family, my dad asked if he could take me out for lunch so we could catch up. After my immediate, “Of course! I’d love to!” reply he asked, “Is there anywhere you’d like to go?”
“Ummm.” I replied with the filler word drawn out giving me time to recall healthier options in the area.
Then he interjected, “I thought you’d probably want to eat healthy. There’s a new restaurant with a big salad bar…”
Instantly gratefulness entered my heart. His support of my healthy journey is a precious gift to me. Along with the realization that I am characterized by eating well to those around me. Being consistent with healthy eating is still something I struggle with. Yet I do it often enough that people assume it is the choice I will make.
So, I wanted to ask you how is your eating going this holiday season? Do you have a goal or plan? What are your eating habits characterized by those around you?
I am the first to admit that my eating choices are nowhere near perfect. In fact I enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies in the cold weather with my dad after that salad. And I shared plenty of cinnamon bread with my mom and sister throughout the weekend. But, I ate those foods in smaller amounts than I wanted and only indulged once a day. That is my secret of how I maintain my 75 pound weight loss.
In the back of the Bible in Revelation 2:7 it says, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
That’s my prayer for you today. That you will overcome your struggles and be in the presence of God this holiday season.
Remember, life is a journey with it’s twists and turns but you too can have a #healthylifestyleinsideandout.