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Monday, January 2, 2017

Eat healthy, lose weight, exercise more

That my dear friends is how I intend to purposefully live in 2017.  

This is based on the sermon I heard today at church, but it also applies to those that might not have a faith or a different faith than I might have.  

Let my apply these principals in general and then how they might apply to one who has a faith.

Eat healthy - We all know to keep our bodies running the best way they can we have to put the proper food into it. A diet of junk food, while can potentially be delicious, is destructive for our overall health long term.  We must eat healthy foods generally with those occasional unhealthy foods allowed, as long as in moderation.

A person of faith can apply this not just with healthy eating for their body, but what they are eating on spiritually.  Habits like reading the Bible, spending time in prayer, going to church, staying away from things that can potentially be harmful, not appropriate movies, songs, TV shows, etc. Spending too much time on social media and less time pursuing things that are worthy, those I mentioned above.  

Lose weight - We all know the benefits of weight loss. Less stress on joints and muscles and vital organs like the heart and lung. Less potential of developing serious health problems like diabetes and hypertension.  But, and this applies to nonbeliever and believer, there are other things we should lose. Bitterness, anger, fear, worry, anxiety, and so much more. We need to drop those things that encumber us from living a freeing life or for the believer, the abundant life that Jesus wants us to live. He came to give us life, not to steal it or destroy it. The enemy, for those that believe, does enough of that himself. We need to lose weight to live abundantly.

Exercise more - A body that is moving is generally a more healthy body. Muscles need to be used or they will become deconditioned. The same thing happens if we don't exercise kindness or love or generosity and so much more. Those qualities and similar need to be exercised more and not less if again we want to live the abundant life.

This is how I want to live 2017.  Eat healthy, lose weight, exercise more.

And my intent to do so?

So many pick a word of the year they concentrate on. I haven't in a while, but this year felt moved to pick a word. Two came to mind, but I settled on.

Fix.

As in "Fix My Eyes on Jesus" the author and perfecter of my faith.  Fix my eyes more on him by reading my Bible more, spending more time in prayer and meditation and reflection.  That's the eating part.  

For the losing weight part, I need to let go of anxiety, worry, and fear, my natural default mode when times get tough. I spent too many minutes, hours, days, weeks at the end of 2016 paralyzed with worry and fear. I am intentionally letting go of that "dear" friend of mine anxiety in the year 2017. I have a strategy of working on it through scripture and prayer. I intend to be less anxious by the end of 2017 (prayers needed on this if you pray). But I do intend to lose the weight of anxiety significantly in this new year.

And finally exercise more.  Exercise more physically as I have become a bit deconditioned but also by being kinder, more gentle, more loving, more generous and so much more. Remembering that Christmas spirit all through the year and not just in preparation for that one day that comes and goes way too fast.

So that is my intent for this new year.

Fix my eyes on Jesus. I truly believe if my main focus is him it will lead up to my second word for the year that I played around, which is Joy. If I fix my eyes on him, I do believe that joy will be found.

Will this be easy to do? No. It goes against my grain. Remember, anxiety, worry and fear are my default mode. I need to consciously live differently and that I intend to do.

By eating healthy, losing weight, and exercising more.

And I truly believe 2017 will be the year God wants me to have. Living abundantly in him.

I trust he will keep his promises and his word.

Fix My Eyes on Jesus in 2017.

That's my goal and my resolution each day in 2017. 

47 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

I like your intentions and the word FIX. I hope you are able to reach your goals. I do not make resolutions because something always happens to change my good intentions. I did however pick a word too. INSPIRE. Your post inspires with a positive message, so that is a good way to start the year.

Eileen T said...

Such an interesting post, thank you. I hope your focus on your one word brings the life changes you strive for and that you can move to a 'new you'.

Bijoux said...

Great post, Betty! I wish you much success in your goals for 2017! Happy New Year!

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I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I like the idea of thinking diet and weight lose are more than just food and exercise . What we put in our minds is every bit as important as the food we eat. Just as exercising our minds in order to choose what is important in life. I like your plan for the New Year very much and yes, fixing your eyes on Jesus is what is most important of all. Everything else will fall in place. He gives us our hearts desires. Happy New Year !

Pat Hatt said...

That is a great way to look at things, never really thought of exercising other things more. And yeah, who needs anxiety, let it go and life is so much better. In such a case, the less you give a crap, the happier you are, at least for many things haha

jack69 said...

What a neat comparison and how so very true! I like the 'FIX', also a twist on 'fix'. We discuss and think of you and your too long a-problem. Yes FIXing can 'fix' a lot of things methinks, or at least make them much better.
HAPPY NEW YEAR And the best to you guys out in the desert.

Mac n' Janet said...

Such good advice and a good way to live no matter what your spirituality is.

Ann Bennett said...

In reading the title, I was thinking of something funny to say in response to dieting again. But you have made some good points. I have a silent resolve to drop weight. Having to help my sister who is heavier than I, I know that weight makes it hard for you to get help and the helper. Plus, it improves your health.

Worry has been my bane most of my life. I like your approach. When things seemed darkest, I made a habit of listing all the good before I went to sleep. I don't believe in the prosperity gospel nor do I think God is favoring us by lifting our problems. It is more of what my father believed in believing you could live through the situation and better days would be ahead.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Great post, Betty! Your plan sounds wonderful. It's somewhat meditative, in fact. I think we spend so much time worrying and thinking and stressing that we forget to relax and enjoy. Eating healthy is really important, as well. When we eat 'real food', we always feel so much better.

joeh said...

Must have been a very good sermon, got you working on a "fix."!

Maria Zannini said...

I know you'll make it.

I should be a poster child for anxiety and worry. I tried hard to let go of these burdens in 2016. I think it worked, or at least I made strides. That's why I know you'll succeed.

Chatty Crone said...

Focusing on Jesus is the best thing we can do. Happy New Year.

Joanne said...

FIX is an excellent word to put into action. I shall attempt to apply it too. I encourage you for 2017. Happy New Year and stay strong

Keith's Ramblings said...

With such determination, you surely cannot fail in your quest to fix it!A quick fix maybe not, but you've got twelve months! Happy New Year.

My first ramble of 2017 !

Saleslady371 said...

What I learned in yesterday's sermon was if We're in Jesus, it will be a good year. So fixing your eyes on Him is stellar and I'm sure he will be leading you in His word for your troubled situation. Success is yours with the word spoken over your concerns. Great post. Happy New Year!

Mevely317 said...

What a Great Message, Betty!
I love how you've woven these physical principles with those far more-important tenets.

As I was saying yesterday, we're judged by the company we keep. So! I'm REALLY looking forward to your being a wonderful example when I slip up. LOL!

yaya said...

You will succeed! I give 2 thumbs up for this post and also for your goal. I'm trying my best also in many ways this year. Change is hard and sometimes scary but it's the only way to progress. Have a wonderful 2017..you starting it out on the right foot! (followed by the left foot and so on!)

Paula Kaye said...

I want to lose these things: Bitterness, anger, fear, worry, anxiety. I just let them control too much of my life. I like how you put your post together! I need to lose weight and move more. And I need to fix my eyes more on Jesus. This will be a good year for us, Betty! I have faith in that!! Happy New Year

Wendy said...

All your good goals made me think of a THING I saw today on Facebook that said the heck with the "new year new me" idea because "I was fabulous in 2016 and I'll still be fabulous in 2017." So go on and be fabulous still!

Liz A. said...

Sounds like a plan.

Joanne Noragon said...

And it won't be hard to stick to, Betty. A wonderful new year to you.

Birgit said...

I want to do the same but I keep my fingers crossed that I can do this. I am still munching on the goodies from Christmas but once they are gone, they are gone! My biggest issue is the pain I have in every joint...I have become,....discouraged. Pain can do this but I hope still since I am seeing a new doctor. One does need to always try to get rid of the anxiety which never helps. I find meditation truly helps and whatever one can meditate on, including the bible, if it works, then it is great. Have a great year ahead and looking forward to reading more.

Jerralea said...

I love your word, Betty! "Fix" as in fix your eyes on Jesus. You can't go wrong with that!

I also like your thoughts of losing the bitterness, anxiety, etc. Those things just weigh us down!

2017 is going to be great for you with that attitude!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for your words of motivation and encouragement! I really like how you compared regular resolutions to our walk with God. I definitely need to work on all three of those spiritually, because I also hold on to a lot of worry, fear, and anxiety. And holding on to the Christmas spirit and joy is definitely something I need to do, because I could already feel it slipping away as I was at work today. I need to allow God to refresh my attitude and renew a joyful life this year. I will keep you in my prayers and I hope God blesses you greatly this year!

Victoria Zigler said...

I'm not a person of faith like you, but I do think those are excellent goals, and wish you all the best with keeping to them. The physical aspects are ones many of us will be applying to our own lives, and the spiritual aspects are ones we should think about too. Even those of us who don't share your faith can apply them in our own way by concentrating more on positive emotions and actions, rather than wasting time and energy on negative emotions and actions.

Happy new year!

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Intense Guy said...

It is always easier to do these sort of "efforts" with like-minded company. I too, will strive to do the 3 things you mention - you will have like-minded company!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I hope to do the same thing this year. I've started out right and I do tend to eat healthy but bad weather gives me an excuse to not exercise. May we both do as we planned.

Secret Agent Woman said...

The body is a temple, right? I was reading a thing about weight loss and it talked about the establishment of healthy habits and the accountability of publicly announcing your plans. So this blog post should help!

SweetMarie said...

this sounds like a great plan. :) happy new year!
hugs,
Marie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is a beautiful plan for 2017 and something we should all be doing. I love that you picked a word and I love your meaning behind yours. I know you can do this and we know that God is Good!
Debby

Alicia said...

I think it's a great plan and a great word...FIX. I wish you lots of success and I hope you keep us updated on how it goes throughout the year!

netablogs said...

I like the word FIX as you explain it, as well. Your focus for this year is a good one--I'm sure I'll learn a lot from you as you adventure through 2017 with these goals in mind. They sound basic but really, they are deep!

Linda said...

Heart muscle world-wide could use a workout! All the best with your goals. Swimming is great exercise! I've got an exercise bike just waiting for me to get back in the habit! Take care!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Wise choice. My word last year was gratitude. Never did a word thing before but at the end of last year I was indeed very grateful. All the best Betty and being positive is definitely the right choice.

Mary Degli Esposti said...

That was a bit of a motivational speech in a blog entry to me...even as an Atheist. If you accomplish 50%, you are way ahead of most of us. The very best of luck & love to you.

baili said...

i cannot tell you my dear friend that how much i felt happy for you when i read your each word that hold true glow of deep faith and strength that rises from this faith.
i realized your low feeling through your posts and tried to support through my weak words as English is not my native language .But today reading you made my day bright because i found a new strong positive spirit in your way of thinking .
hope you keep this happy attitude up and will stay positive always .that is what life all about is .if we HAVE to breath then breath it Beautifully ,POSITIVELY and USEFULLY .
wishing you and precious family a VERY HAPPY ,SAFE,HEALTHY and PROSPEROUS new year.
Hugs!

Haddock said...

lose weight is something I too intend to do this year........ lets see how it goes :-)

Linda Lee said...

Great goals for the New Year! I started in July with Weight Watchers, walking to exercise and devotional books to help me focus on Christ. For me, it has to be a three way process. Physical (what I eat, how much exercise, and weighing in once a week), emotional (being aware of how my emotions affect my eating and desire for food, and spiritual ( keeping my eyes on Christ and craving my relationship with Him instead of food.) As of Wednesday at weigh-in, I have lost 59.4 lbs. I would love to be an accountability partner with you. Through regular email of course.

Lowcarb team member said...

Happy New Year Wishes ...

All the best Jan

DMS said...

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017. Sounds like you have a good plan in the works for the next year. I plan to try to fit in more exercise in 2017.

Happy New Year!
~Jess

Danielle L Zecher said...

Happy belated New Year. I hope 2017 is a great year for you. I like your word fix. There are so many great ways to apply it.

Bellalolabrigida said...

hey Betty, that sounds like some resolutions I've made this year. Are you still doing transcription from home?

Lux G. said...

Amen to that. May this year be a healthier, happier one.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

This could have been my post. But I would not have put it so perfectly... I think I will come back and read this throughout the year!! Thanks for sharing!

Spacer Guy said...

I love it when a plan comes together.

Sandra @ Thistle Cove Farm said...

My 88 year old Daddy says if we're living right, we have no need of New Year's resolutions -haha-. I'm happy to keep going what I've been doing, only better. Happy Holydays to you and yours.