LES45 Fall Challenge Announcement!! • Brief History of Challenge • Details for the Next
• Things to Consider
Time & LES45 Challenge ⌛⏳
I apologize in advance if the video plays with poor quality for you! A downside to living in the boonies ;)
Devotions may take about 15 minutes, or less if you're just starting, more if you're a seasoned Word diver.
Meal planning, prep and groceries may take 5 to 8 hours PER WEEK, this includes making meals that average 30 to 45 minutes.
Exercise will vary wildly from person to person. Plan to start where you are, but stretch yourself too.
If you have a lot of free time, you may simply need to add each area to your daily routine. If you have less margin of time, you might need to take an honest look at how you currently utilize your time and adjust accordingly. If you feel like you're in the RED - it may be time to say no and employ a trusted friend to help, and brainstorm ways to make adjustments for the challenge.
Key habits that may be helpful: begin with the end in mind and put first things first. Imagine the desired outcome you'd like to experience at the end of the 45 days. Lower blood sugar? Lower blood pressure? No anxiety? Clearer skin? More energy? Closer to Christ? Imagine, feel it, and capture it by writing it down.
Then prioritize your time to keep the activities that help you get there and begin to release those that don't. Filter additional requests for your time through these priorities and recall the end you had in mind. You deserve this and it is ONLY 45 DAYS :D
Tomorrow we'll talk connections and I pray my interne connection is stronger. Please message me if you have any questions and enjoy your evening!
Connections Be encouraged to explore your relational connections:
• No connection
• Bad connection
• Pseudo Good connection
• True connection
Research repeatedly shows accomplishing a goal is more likely if we have a STRONG SUPPORT support system. Do you have at least one true connection for the duration of the challege, and beyond? Are you willing to allow one to be established?
Something to consider prior to committing to the challenge :)
The Map & Brokenness
Today I share the "map" I discovered from George Barna. In his reasearch he's concluded there are stops many Christians share arriving at, throughout their faith journey. Although not linear by any means, and certainly many stops may even be revisited, this map was enlightening for me and may be the same for you.
We also discuss brokenness and are encouraged to consider if brokenness is a part of the faith journey to healing, developing a profound love for God and others, and living "MORE" in the Christian life.
What does this have to do with the LES45 Challenge? There will be obstacles and potential set backs. How will they be viewed? As something to dismiss because weakness is not allowed, or an opportunity to learn and grow, just as God intends?
Note: in the video I share a thought from my Pastor, and say it was three or four YEARS ago. It was WEEKS ago, NOT years. I guess you could say Pastor Jason's message was right on point ?
Have a great night and I hope to see your names come through this upcoming week, when sign-up for the challenge is open.
Last week during the live announcement, I asked you to consider three things BEFORE accepting and committing to the challenge.
TIME - CONNECTION - CHALLENGES
The LE45 Challenge WILL place a demand on your time. With the many roles we already have, many a schedule are already "packed to the gills". Is it possible to unpack a little for forty-five days? Is it possible to rearrange for a six weeks? Will it hurt too much to get up a little early, not watch the latest craze on TV, or scan through social media?
I have a video (not live) coming soon (a few days maybe), where I will share how Beginning with the End (a habit from Steven Covey's, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People), has helped me to prioritize my time, and know when to say yes and even no, to the various requests for my time.
Please let me know if you've been praying about and thinking about these three areas, I'd love to join you in your prayers.
August 21 – August 27: Sign up for challenge
August 29 – September 9: Prepatory emails/communications
SAVE THE DATE! September 11 – Kick-Off party and prayer
September 12 – First day of challenge!
NEW!!! SAVE THE DATE! October 15 – Team Walk Opportunity, A21
October 26 – End of Challenge
SAVE THE DATE! October 29 – Team Celebration!
What is involved?
After you sign up online:
You will have access and be able to download:
The Challenge eBook immediately
NEW!!! Digital Recipe book with pictures (before challenge begins)
NEW!!! Meal plan guidelines for various needs (before challenge begins)
You will be added to our private FB community (within 24hrs of signing up) where we will continue:
Weekly video prayer/chats
To share questions and ideas
You will begin to receive daily emails two weeks leading up to kick off (optional, not for everyone)
Email, text and phone support
COST = FREE
NEW!!! HOWEVER please consider donating to the Purpose Hotel or A21 Campaign
I sense the next challenge may not be until late August or early September. I know that seems like a very long time. So, in the interim, a few components are being put together to help individuals take their first step on their journey to wholeness, at their own leisure, while also having the support of gals who have done challenges in the past or are continuing on. PLUS, I will be available for messaging, email and text support.
What do those last two items have to do with YOUR individual success? I would venture to say EVERYTHING. Twenty women signed up for this past challenge, and eleven weighed in and shared their results. Over 55% of our group hung in there and followed through with what they set out to accomplish. These gals faced challenges. Really tough challenges. And they DID NOT GIVE UP. The support they had through God, prayer and simply knowing others also faced challenges - encouraged them. I believe the support and encouragement they received throughout the challenge, was the game changer for them.
I will keep you posted on further developments. IF you are kind of like me and would like some info now, I get it. If you would like the guide provided to the gals in the last challenge, feel free to SIGN UP HERE, for the free guide. If you read through and believe it is time to start your own journey, great! We will be in touch and I will be happy to help get you started.
We are. My husband and I are BOTH doing the challenge and my daughters are also consuming the foods we eat, when at home. I want them to share in our experience and be a part of what we are doing. BUT good lawd… these girls can eat and it can get expensive!
I’ve been thinking about this, as well as having discussions about the cost. It’s a fact, it DOES cost more to buy Whole 30 compliant foods. But remember it is only forty-five days. It is temporary. True, but what if I want to make it a lifestyle I can live with 90% of the time?
Here are some things to consider:
Those are a few tangible suggestions, now here are a few not to tangible considerations:
My husband is actually hungry – all the time! He has a lot of things working for him. He is an "off" shifter, so his sleep is always messed up and sleep messes with hunger hormones. He is about 40% muscle and 15% body fat (I'm not proud ;) ), so with all that mass, he has a relatively fast metabolism. The man needs to eat! And he needs to eat to not only sustain his muscle mass, but he’d like to build more (like he REALLY needs to add to all that buffness? I know!). So our solution for him is a lot of starchy potatoes, cooked a ton of different ways. They are both fairly reasonable in price and you get a lot of them. He also consumes a homemade trail mix consisting of approved raisins, coconut and almonds (any nut will do).
We are still working on the best way to allow this lifestyle to fit our budget, because it is SO WORTH IT for us to eat this way. We enjoy the energy, feeling good, improved moods, and libido boost that has come with this challenge. Who would want to let that go?! It’s becoming my personal mission to seek out more affordable ways to better live this lifestyle, because it is just plain good!
If you have suggestions, please let us know, we’re all trying to figure this out together!
If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the underweight range.
•If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, it falls within the normal or Healthy Weight range.
•If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, it falls within the overweight range.
•If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the obese range.
Body Fat Percentage
Body fat percentage is the percentage of your weight that is made up of fat. It consists of both storage
body fat and essential body fat. There are several ways to calculate your body fat percentage, including bioelectrical impedance analysis, skinfold methods and other anthropometric methods, or methods involving the circumference of various body parts. Here's a method to calculate your body fat using only your scale and a calculator.
Body Muscle Percentage
Ideal for women 28% and 39%
Muscle mass is important in determining a healthy body composition. A person with a higher % of muscle mass finds it easier to move, but needs more energy to do it. Exercise is very important in maintaining a healthy body and the muscle mass % is a useful indicator to control it. The normal muscle mass percentage on the body weight lies between 38% and 54% for men and between 28% and 39% for women depending on age and physical activity level.
Here’s an article on visceral fat. With the Omron scale, it should not be over 5.
Body age is based on your resting metabolism. Body age is calculated by using your weight and body fat percentage to produce a guide to judge whether your body age is above or below the average for your actual age. To know your body age is useful to improve your health condition.
Body age varies according to Body composition and resting metabolism, even if your height and weight is the same The figures below shows some examples of body age. The example on the left has a body age of 30, or average body composition for the actual age. The example in the middle has a lower body fat percentage than average and higher resting metabolism, which results in a body age of 25 that is younger than the actual age. The example on the right has a higher body fat percentage than average and lower resting metabolism, which results in a body age of 35 that is older than the actual age.
it, and think of all the reasons why it makes sense to let it. This could be where we let ourselves off the hook, when we are attempting a challenge on our own. But this time, someone asks you how you’re doing.
Or this time you have a scheduled appointment and questions are going to be asked. Or someone sends a private message in your FB group, because they’ve noticed you haven’t been as active as when you started out. There are several ways people choose to respond. Some may choose to ignore the inquiry. Some may choose to reschedule the call. Some may go ahead and respond, but the response may be preplanned with the litany of reasons WHY following through on this challenge isn’t going to work either.
If one chooses the last route, an effective accountability partner will not allow the person to bow out (provided moving forward will not be spiritually detrimental, physically cause them harm, or be psychologically damaging). This is where we have to WANT someone or a group of someones to hold us accountable. We have to WANT to be open to their counter points to our justifications for quitting. We have to WANT to be willing to take into consideration WHY we should not give up this time. We have to believe someone has our best interest at heart, when we may not IN THAT PARTICULAR MOMENT. And there will be moments we do not.
I have found, an accountability partner or group is most effective if I SEE THEM IN PERSON ON A REGULAR BASIS. Coaching calls are great, but if I don’t see the person on the other end in-person regularly, it is way too easy to let myself off the hook, or reschedule a call. Online groups and forums are great as well, but if I do not see that group (or at least a subset of the group) on a regular basis, it becomes way too easy to turn off notifications for the group, or drag my feet on responding when others reach out to me (which I really try not to do). It is really difficult to ignore when someone reaches out IN-PERSON.
There are several caveats to having EFFECTIVE in-person accountability, because it can be easy to turn our carts at a moment’s notice when we see our tribe at the grocery store. It can be easy to slip out the doors from church service, if we don’t want someone to ask us how we’re doing. It can be easy to come up with reasons why we can’t make a dinner, or coffee appointment. It is still easy to avoid being accountable. To prevent ourselves from doing so, so we need to ask ourselves a few things.
Do I REALLY want things to be different this time? Do I really WANT someone to hold me accountable? Am I comfortable with people challenging my thought process so I can move forward and grow in this particular area? Do I believe others might actually have my best interest in mind? Do I trust I won’t be judged during my moments of weakness? Can I trust my challenges will remain private? Am I willing to be honest and upfront about what I am willing to do and not do during the course of the challenge? Will I be offended when others remind me of these things when I feel like throwing in the towel early? Is it worth it to be vulnerable to the ideas, constructive feedback, compassion and love of others, in order to be successful this time?
If there are any questions that were difficult, or we may feel a little pride ruffle our feathers, give it to God and begin praying now. Otherwise, be sure to identify at least one person to hold you accountable during your challenge, IN PERSON. Give them permission to have a positive influence on your life, even when it may not FEEL positive from time to time. Of course, identify someone you trust will say to you what needs to be said, when you need to hear it, to help you keep going and not quit on yourself.
Perhaps we have taught others to not hold us accountable, either by giving them the cold shoulder, distancing ourselves from them, or not being "nice" to them when they tried to remind us of our commitments. As a result, it is difficult to think of one person we can call on in-person. Again, pray about it. God has someone in mind. Or practice by joining an online group or having a phone/text partner.
Take care, have a blessed day, and KNOW YOU'RE WORTH IT!
minds for the journey our bodies will be taking on :) Feel free to share with friends and family. I look forward to hearing from you :D