Monday, June 4, 2012

5 to 10 Challenge: Week 2

So how did you all do with Week 1? I have to confess something...I didn't do so great. I lost 0.4 lbs (at best).  Yes, I did drink more water and I got in 4 (not 5 like I had planned) sessions of exercise in. However, I did not exercise much self-control over some of the choices I made. Please don't get me wrong; I don't believe in obsessing over things like food or exercise because it can easily become an idol. That is NOT good. Really not good. I've been there before many, many years ago.

I believe there's a place where one can be exercising self-control and yet not be obsessing over every bite or workout. It's not a sin to eat a piece of cake. On one extreme is the lack of self-control/gluttony , etc. but on the other is making being fit an idol and obsessing over every bite which can become a pride issue or distraction from more important things. My prayer is to find the place where I am neither practising gluttony nor obsessing and making things an idol. It really isn't about the weight or some special number on the scale. It is more about glorifying the Lord in all things including the way I approach the whole issue of health.

Now for a confession. I've had a part in both extremes. I used to struggle with an eating disorder. Used to. A long time ago (middle school age). I saw a counselor about it a few times. Praise the Lord, He rescued me out of that bondage and I have not struggled with that extreme since that time in middle school. I used my control over food as a coping mechanism instead of turning to the Lord with my emotional struggles. It was a way for me to gain a false sense of control when I felt like I could not control anything else going on in my life. Perhaps sometime I will share more of my story with regards to that time in my life and how the Lord rescued me out of that.

May I stress again this is more about moving toward a healthier lifestyle and glorifying the Lord with my choices than it is about weight loss. Here are the 2 things I'd like to work on this week in addition to last week's 2 goals (1. Drink Water and  2. Get Moving)

 3) Moderation & Self-Control: 1 brownie instead of 3 (or 4...or 5..even if they taste SO good!). I'm going to try to keep an honest food journal for this week.

4)  Priority Check: Spiritual "exercise" before physical exercise. Spend time with the Lord in prayer and in His Word before I begin to think about getting some physical exercise.


Kara Braun said...

Your statement that spiritual exercise will come before physical exercise really challenged me. Thank you.

Diane said...

My week two of Couch to 5k and Jazzercise challenge went go as far as times of exercise (6). But I haven't lost an ounce. I am probably going to have to go back to walking in place of running because of problems with my feet and shins. I need to lose about 10 lbs but the main reason I am working out 6 days a week is to be able to eat want I want within reason and not have to count every calorie. Plus exercise really helps me stay calm.

darci said...

Oh so hard to find the balance and stay there..I find I so so easily move from right motives into wrong ones. I have to honestly be in continual prayer for an obedient heart. Thanks for writing! Darci

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