This challenge has been a test of the will. Because this challenge will be published and we were chose out of many applicants I feel such a deep responsibility to succeed and success for me has meant winning. What I’ve not done is realized that I’m already winning just by making good choices for myself and family.
So far I’ve been in game mode and very focused on what it takes to win the challenge given to us versus what is best for our health and body. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the family out East is doing rather than focusing on what I should be doing. The nutritionist I’m working with locally through this challenge told me to take them out of the picture and to really focus on our family and why we’ve decided to take on one more thing as a family who is already so busy.
So my personal “why” is for my over all health. My mother had a triple bypass heart surgery and she was 90% blocked at the age of 60 and my husband’s mother died of a stroke when she was only 50. Neither one of our parents have histories of being obese so to have such major health issues for the women of our families is a big deal. It’s one that has really made me say to myself: “Hey, you need to get it together because if that were you having that kind of blockage in your heart I don’t know if I would/could live through it.” I can’t do that to my husband or my children.
Also, I want to be as healthy as I can be so that I can serve. Serve God, myself, my husband, kids, family, people in need, strangers, etc. This is really about enduring the race and that this is not a 6-month challenge. It’s a life challenge.
In the world we live in, we are go, go, go all the time. Our food is fast, shopping is fast, and everything is fast. What I have learned is that you really have to stop, think and plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Today while in Church we learned about endurance and how in all things give praise to God. To persevere, endure and rest knowing that God is in control and He is going to take care of us. This verse sticks out to me right now: James 1: 12. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
Leave a comment and let me know what you’ve learned from your family health history.