We have been training together for almost two weeks! How are you doing? You have gone to work with God in setting up a new foundation in which to build this time. And to think…we barely even talked about physical exercise or food. Great job! I know you are probably anxious about some things, but remember…you said you would trust the process. Thank you for staying true to your promise.
Let’s review your part so far:
- You stepped on the scale (maybe) one last time, and you have not weighed yourself since.
Okay, I did weight myself a couple of times – but then I thought, what for? The scale ain’t changing yet and I promised to trust the process. And so I stopped.
- You armed yourself with some holy triggers.
I keep speaking verses of Scripture over myself. Its lovely – It feels so real to do that.
- You are writing down or using your phone to keep track of all that you eat. (No calorie-counting apps, please!)
Yes, I am – being a true perfectionist, I can’t miss a day without making sure that I am fully recording all that I am doing.
- You are not eating within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
Yip, I have started this now this week – and it feels great. It feels like this one little thing, I can achieve. It is do-able.
- You seek God’s word a little more.
I seek God’s word – through blogs or reading books from great Christian authors, but I need to focus on seeking His word directly from the Bible for myself. I will be attending to this.
- You are doing the WODs.
And this is one aspect that I am missing out on and I feel like I am missing out. I cannot access the videos at work, and we can’t afford data and so I cannot access the videos at home. However, I am walking about 3 km’s every day from Monday to Thursday (I walk during my lunch break at work – we don’t get lunch on a Friday). So, I am doing what I can. I will say this though – I am enjoying my little workouts so much. I hope to stay this motivated.
Today I am going to add one more “get to” to your list: drink more water!
Fortunately, we have bottled water placed on our desks each morning at work and so I do drink water. Probably not so much over the weekends, but I can definitely focus on this.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. – Psalm 42:
At the very base of your creation, you are blood and water. A fetus is 90% water. A newborn baby is 75% water. Grown adults are 60% water. Upon our inception, we spend the rest of our lives “drying up”.
People have been known to survive months without actual food, but without water, they survive a few days at best.
As a nation of people (and possibly globally), now more than ever, we are chronically dehydrated. “But I drink all day!” you say. Yes…you do. Let me guess…it’s colored and flavored on top of something that was once water. Ex….coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, alcohol, etc.
And I do so love my coffee...
You. Are. Thirsty.
- Wayne Askew, director of the Division of Foods and Nutrition at the University’s College of Medicine, led a research study. Research subjects were divided into three groups: The first group received four, 8-ounce glasses of water daily. The second received eight, 8-ounce glasses and the third got twelve, 8-ounce glasses per day. Test subjects — all of whom were measured at rest — who received eight or 12 glasses of water daily burned calories at an accelerated rate, compared to those who were not fully hydrated.
The effect on people with proper water intake are:
- Have clearer thoughts
- Have more energy
- Have less body pain
- Have better digestion
- Have lower resting heart rates
- Have better sleep
- And all of the above leads to a stronger metabolism
As I hope you know by now, we at Revelation Wellness are not that interested in how many calories you burn. Numbers are slippery. When we try to live according to the numbers we are serving the numbers, and we will be slaves to the numbers. You are more than a number!
We at Revelation Wellness are interested in your living WELL! Thriving and not just surviving through your day.
God created you to need water.
God created you to need Him.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. – Psalm 42:1
- Women – Your goal by the end of the next 3 days is to increase your water intake to about 90 ounces per day.
- Men – Your goal by the end of the next 3 days is to increase your intake to 125 ounces per day.
- Yes, you will be hitting the bathroom a little more at the beginning. Those side effects will subside in a day or two.
- With each trip to the bathroom, remind yourself of the blessings that come with obedience.
- HERE’S A TIP: Figure out if you are a sipper (tumbler with a straw), sucker (sports bottle) or a chugger (open bottle container). Then find the water bottle that meets your design. As for me…I’m a chugger. Yeah…shocking…I know.
TIME: As long as it takes. Ease towards the goal a little more each day until you have arrived.
FREQUENCY: Throughout your day.
PRAYER: God, thank you that you are the God of common sense. Thank you that you promise to meet all my needs. And now I know that I need to do the simple and practical things to set a strong foundation for my new, healthy, and whole life. Your design is wonderful! Help me to care for your creation that is me. I thirst for more of you to come into my life and show me how I work best. -Amen