It’s got to be ALL about Him
The influences of the world can be so hard to break free from. All day we are surrounded by worldly messages that often don’t line up with God’s messages. When it comes to making healthy changes it’s so challenging to not look at it solely from a “lose weight so I will look better” perspective.
I know you’ve heard me say this before, but I’ll say it again, our journey to better health can not be motivated by our looks and our weight! Our prayer should be, “God help me to take better care of my body. I want to be filled with energy and strength so I’m able to respond to anything you ask me to do.” We have to change our thinking if we want to experience lasting, healthy transformation. If we want God to reach down and help us, we need to make sure our motives line-up with His will.
On the other hand, hear me when I say this, there is nothing wrong with having a healthy, strong body that people notice. When someone comments on the physical change in your body it’s a great opportunity to tell them about Jesus.
Your Friend: “Wow, you look great. How did you lose weight?”
You: “I’ve tried so many different diets that never worked, but when I finally asked for God’s help, He helped change my desires and I actually wanted to eat healthier and exercise regularly. I am so thankful that God loves me so much that He wants to help me to get healthier”
You might read this and think “No Way”, I could never respond that way. That’s OK, we all have our own style, but you HAVE TO realize this is an opportunity to brag on God and not brag on yourself. Who will you give glory to when people notice the change?
Life keeps us busy, the world pull us in so many ways, it can be tough to live Christ-centered in ALL we do. My hope is after being part of the f3 Plan for 23 weeks, you are now not only eating and exercising differently, but your reasons for wanting to make healthy changes have changed too.
It’s got to be ALL about Him.
Dinner - The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Probably the #1 reason people say they don’t eat healthy is “lack of time”. If you struggle to find the time to eat healthy, keep reading!!
When I cook dinner I almost always make extra for future meals. Let me show you what I mean
Grilled Steak and Chicken
Sauteed Red Peppers and Onions
Poached egg on top of quinoa
Cold quinoa salad with diced chicken, broccoli, and peppers. Dressed with olive oil, balsamic and dried oregano
Enchilladas stuffed with Steak, peppers and onions
Sauteed Green Beans
Pumpkin Pancakes topped with Baked Apples
Pork Lettuce Wrap
Potato Salad (using leftover roasted potatoes)
Pork, Zucchini and Onion Stir-fry over Organic Brown Rice
To cook and eat this way it takes planning. So often we get into a rut when it comes to cooking. I love this quote by Henry Van Dyke
“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will never emerge”
I know this sounds a bit deep when it comes to cooking but it’s true. Think outside the box, plan out a few days and get creative in how you can repurpose the food you cook.
If you need to pack a lunch, it’s great to make extra meat and vegetables for dinner and then make a big salad topped with the extra meat and veggies from the night before.
People who know me well make fun of me because on most days I use my leftover dinner for breakfast. I dice up the meat and vegetables, warm them in a pan and then put a poached egg on top of it.
You can do this. We have loads of online recipes. For example, if you are planning on having chicken for dinner, go to our online cookbook, click on the “poultry” tab and see what you can make for lunch and dinner the following day with leftover chicken.
You can do this if you just put in a little time and effort!
Each week you will be asked to set goals. Your goals can be about faith, fitness or food (or all 3). I highly recommend that you write them down and post them on your mirror or someplace you will see them often. When setting goals make them action oriented goals, not result goals. Stay focused on doing the next right thing and be patient with the results.