Almost two weeks since my last post! There has been a ton of good stuff going on. Well there was a hiccup in there with a virus, but even with that, all was good. My family and I had a great day at an amusement park a couple weeks back and I had a great evening with girlfriends, enjoying the weather and good music. I know school is in full throttle with homework, and running the kiddos to volleyball games and basketball practices. That, and the endless invites for sleepovers and get-togethers (because the kids simply do not get enough of one another as it is ;) ). I also had the opportunity to take my oldest to watch the Women’s National Team for U.S. Soccer, which was amazing and inspiring for her on so many levels. Yeah, you could say it has been quite the crunch for a couple of weeks - which is part of why I haven’t blogged recently.
The other part? God has had me prepping and planning for the LiveEatSweat45 challenge. I am so excited about this! Several gals have signed up to do the challenge, which involves growing stronger spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically, as we share in devotions, eating Whole30 foods, and workouts for forty-five days. The pre-planning God has been sharing with all of us has been empowering. We are being exhorted to pray for God’s direction leading up to the beginning of the challenge (and during of course). We are being encouraged to create SMARTER goals, or goals that are specific, meaningful, adjustable, responsive, timing of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit and rejuvenating; a spin on the corporate world’s SMART goals, which I love. Finally, we are identifying smaller, specific goals we have direct control over and aligned with God’s vision, are the goals to set in order to reach an overarching goal. There is SO MUCH MORE He has on my heart to share, and I’m looking forward to digging into all of it with the group.
As for my current challenge, I’m still chugging along and have just under three weeks left. Right after I finally had a pound and a half loss, the cold set in and I was out of the workout routine for over a week. My nutrition did the work last week, and I basically came off with a maintenance week, neither gaining nor losing, which is good. My husband asked if I am going to finish strong. Absolutely! I may not win the Ultimate Oxygen Challenge, but I have already won in my mind. So many things have begun to take shape, including my body and soul, I am extremely motivated to keep going well beyond the end of this challenge.
Here’s a quick and funny story about change in my life. In the past week I have had several people run into me and not recognize who I am. I have been taken a little of guard by it, because I don’t think I really look all that different, but apparently different enough for people who were a regular part of my life to not know who I am. As I was thinking about it on my way into work one morning this week, God spoke to me. The fact that I am unrecognizable is a good thing. It means that He has truly created a change in my life the past several years, which is what He desires. He desires to have people who knew the “old” me to acknowledge there is something peculiarly different about me. He desires they become so curious by the transformation in my life, they begin to wonder WHY. Hopefully, as a result of that curiosity, they will be led to the One Who has been transforming me from image to image and glory to glory, to better reflect Christ in my life. Wow! What an answer to prayer!
God is so good. It is never too late to change. If you trust God and not give up, before you know it you will become the more like the person you always knew God intended you to be (although still not perfect). Now I wish I would have posted this yesterday for Transformation Tuesday ;)
Have a great Wednesday!
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