Weighed in yesterday, and I’m down another 2.6 pounds! Based on the scale I have, I also gained muscle, so I can assume this is primarily fat loss. This coincides with my husband’s opinion that I look and feel different. I will take my four week pictures next week, to see a side by side comparison and determine if I am truly experiencing a composition change.
Last week I felt so much better. I was primarily low carb every day, with the exception of Saturday, when I cycled up. I had a rest day on Friday, and ended up having a rest day on Sunday. My husband and I went out of town for a concert, and I just did not get it worked in before we left. I also ate off plan Sunday, which had me a bit nervous about the weigh-in. BUT – it felt awesome to get away with my hubby and cut loose a bit. It had been a while since we done so, and we both really needed it. So I don’t regret it one bit.
Amongst our new dining experience, music, laughter and just acting like teenagers again, we talked some about my goals. He is fully supportive of the path I’m on, and agrees that as long as it does not interfere with my focus on my calling (God, him, and our daughters) to keep moving forward. However, we both agree working toward a July date may be bit aggressive, and it might be best to shoot for September. I am going to discuss this with my coach today and see what she says, but I’m thinking it is what fits best right now.
God has been speaking to me loud and clear about the fact that there will be challenges. I think I was prone to believing that once I became a believer walking in obedience to God’s Word the best I could, everything would suddenly become peaches and cream, and I would get to walk into eternity unscathed by the tribulations others experience. This is simply not the case. Between the book “Relentless”, my local church, and a teaching from a church I follow in New York – God has opened my eyes to the fact that He builds character in us while we go through the storm, and causes us to rely more on Him than ever. Everything I will ever go through may have been designed to ruin me, but He has the will and power to serve His purposes. I love this! It helps me to see obstacles in a whole new light and in a way sort of gives me the confidence that I will be more resilient when future challenges do come my way.
Speaking of resilience, I am going to begin a new book in a day or so, titled “The Think Lean Method: The Whole-brain Guide to Get Lean for Life”. I had skimmed through Joe Manganiello’s book while hanging out with the kiddos this past weekend, and read about how once he changed his mindset so many things begin falling into place with his physical fitness. My coach has said this many times. Instantly I was reminded of the Scripture stating, “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” I expect to discover that renewing of the mind (both in Scripture and from clinical data proving the connection between thought patterns) is directly linked to change and the ability to experience new outcomes. But we’ll see.
On a side note, things are pretty intense right now between family, work and my daughters’ recreational activities, so I may not be posting as much. Sure it only takes a sec here or sec there, but sometimes I just need to be fully present all the time – there is peace there. I hope everyone is doing well!
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