"The good Lord gave you a body that can handle most anything. It's your mind you have to convince." -Vince Lombardi (found it online, so you know he said it!) None the less. I agree.
The obvious. A new year is here and goals are being set. You are going to have to start getting up earlier, going to be earlier, denying your stomach of certain foods, get off the couch, pick up those books, turn off the TV's or devices, start drinking that water...AND ON AND ON AND ON. IF you are really going to reach those goals. It's going to have to be a conscious decision. Remember that it's going to be difficult, it's going to require some work, & it's going to require some changes. I wish you success and hope you reach your goals and desires.
On July 9, 2013, Theresa and I set a goal to complete a 24 Day Challenge through Advocare (a nutrition & supplement MLM company). We were noticing our diet had gotten a bit out of control and felt that we needed to reign it in a bit...but neither of us had ever been good with 'dieting'. Only because we would return to our old ways of eating, after the diet had completed.
We completed the challenge (didn't cheat). It wasn't easy. Because of our success toward reaching this goal, I believe that our lives have been greatly altered. Our diet and desires for foods have greatly changed because of the challenge and cleanse. Most processed foods, white bread & white rice, sugary drinks, candy, and boxed cereal remain removed, six months later. Replaced with: whole wheat, brown rice, lots of water, fresh fruit & veggies, eggs and oatmeal. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy an occasional bacon cheese burger. We are no where near becoming vegan ultra clean eating food snobs. I don't see how there can be any fun in that and it's $$$ too.
After reflecting on how we completed this goal with success, I have identified two keys which I feel will help ANYONE in reaching ANY goal and wanted to share them here:
There ya have it. Which creates the acronym S.A.D. Hmmm. Goal setting and SAD. Unfortunately they often go hand and hand. Don't be sad at the end of 2014. Find strong accountability and strive with determination.
Perhaps I will write more soon and give ideas on helping us become better versions of us.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.