The focus for this week's Living and Active Challenge is "Dedicated Daily". In our spiritual and physical walk, daily dedication is the key to growth, improvement and change.
If you have ever gone on a 'diet', you know that you will eventually go off of the diet and the old eating habits and lack of exercise will undo all that had been done! If not practiced daily, we go back to what is normal. Healthy habits must become the 'new normal' ingrained, practiced and made a part of our daily life. Finding some favorite healthy alternatives to foods that are not good for us will take us to the path of better eating habits. Replacing the bad with the good, done over and over is what makes changes. But in the beginning, we must be dedicated. Dedicated Daily to make the best choices in our food, to do some sort of exercise and choose to be healthy.
This is the verse for our 'soul food' this week - "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." This is a verse I have hid in my heart because I am a worrier...if left unchecked 'what if's go through my mind and cause anxiety, worry and fear. It brings peace to realize that God is bigger than any issue or thing that I find to worry about. He is in control, nothing happens without His knowledge, nothing takes Him by surprise. And....He is right there, walking beside me in whatever situation I face. There is no need to borrow trouble!
My first week of this challenge went great! I ran every other day, did a full body workout video at home and attended an exercise class. Saturday I got up and out early to try out a running group. With some great encouragement from the coach and other runners, I ran 2 1/2 miles and walked 1/2 mile. My goal is to run/walk a 5K in a few weeks and the running coach pushed me to keep moving and said I would be ready! My eating was 'ok' and that is an area I"m looking to improve on this week. It's called 'eating clean', leaving off the junk food with more focus on protein, whole grains, lean meats and vegetables. I'm looking forward to a great new week!!