Day 17: Don’t fence me in


Thought for the Day: Boundaries are not restrictive fences meant to keep you from enjoying life, but gifts from a God who cares about your well-being.

Sometimes, the words “no,” “boundaries,” and “limitations” stir up feelings of deprivation and resistance in my strong-willed self. But I’ve learned that I must embrace the boundaries of the healthy eating plan that I chose. I must see these limits as parameters that define my freedom.

I learned this principle through my sweet, little dog, Chelsea, who isn’t the brightest canine around cars. She’s obsessed with trying to attack the tires crunching against our gravel driveway inside our fenced-in yard. As a result, she had an unfortunate encounter with a moving vehicle about the same time I started my healthy eating plan.

Day 7: Finding my beautiful


Thought for the Day: “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

I don’t know a woman alive who is completely happy with her body. No woman I’ve met has ever said, “I eat healthy, I exercise, and I love the way I look 100 percent.” Not me, and I doubt you do either. Some perceived flaws are related to weight. But just as often, we find imperfections that exercise can’t cure, such as body shape, height, genetics, or signs of aging.

We tend to focus on what we see wrong with our bodies, including negative impressions and comments that stick with us from childhood. In middle school, weight wasn’t my biggest concern, but rather my ankles . . . yes, my ankles! A boy I liked once called them “tankles.” You bet that left a scar.

Day Fourteen: Weight Loss God’s Way


“That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

This verse has always excited me – it is filled with such promise and such hope, and such love from God to us, if only we would (could) trust the process, trust him. Guess that’s why my word for 2015 is trust.

We can’t trust what we see. We can’t trust what we hear. We can’t even trust our own thoughts. It’s not like God is playing a trick on us or something. In fact, it’s his way of helping us take a load off.

Day Ten: Weight Loss God’s Way


Workout of the Day (WOD)

Do you remember the scripture or scriptures you were reading about God’s love? If not…get out your bible or your phone and find them once again.

TRAIN: Find a piece of paper, preferably a 3×5 card. Get a pen and write down a piece of scripture on that card. Take your time. Write slowly. There is power in the written word. Once finished, place that card on the ground in front of you and do the following workout, step by step.

Day Eight: Weight Loss God’s Way

Day Eight: Weight Loss God’s Way

Workout Of The Day (WOD)

Building on our training time together yesterday, today we are going to TRAIN love. Training love doesn’t mean we flex our muscles for God. Training love means we open our hard, wounded, and calloused hearts to receive the love that God so lavishes on us.

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

Day Six: Weight Loss God’s Way



I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-20

Day Three: Weight Loss God’s Way

Day Three: Weight Loss God’s Way


I did it – I took the photo. It was embarrassing and I hope no-one ever sees it. But, it is a good reminder to see – sometimes we forget to actually look at ourselves. In our minds, it’s never as bad as what we think it is. But when we actually see with our own eyes, then we begin to realise – hmm, perhaps it is now time I do something about this. Today, Alisa asks if we’ve ever paid for a personal trainer – I have not. I have been too shy and too embarrassed to even consider asking someone to help me train (just another way I have hidden away from life). I’m too scared I can’t do what is asked or that (or perhaps and that…) I will make a fool of myself.