“If you lose 30 pounds we’ll have to put concrete in your shoes to keep you on the ground.” This is what one friend told me when I first started talking about doing Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset, and I agree–losing weight is not what I’m going for. So, why am I doing the Reset?
1. I am in bondage to restaurant food. I love, love, LOVE eating out. About every 2 days I start asking myself “When was the last time I ate out?” and then start planning my next out to eat trip. Usually I am disheartened when I ask that question and the answer is “Yesterday” or “The day before yesterday”. It’s a problem. It’s a problem for my body, it’s a problem for my finances, and it’s a problem that I’m teaching my children. I want to break free from this addiction to eating out. I want to reclaim my appetite. I want to restore my finances. I want to teach my children to be content with what they have. “There destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. “~ Philippians 3:19
2. Because of my restaurant eating habit, I have more belly fat than I should. I know, I know, some of you are rolling your eyes and saying “Spare me”, but there is such a thing as skinny-fat and I am it. It is also a matter of self control. My physical/vanity goal is to lose 1-2 inches in my waist and hips. I have some shorts from last summer that are a little snug and I would like to fit in those again. “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” ~ Proverbs 25:28
3. I had my cholesterol levels checked and although they are good I would like to raise my good cholesterol (LDL). It’s below the number that is recommended for optimal heart health. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
4. More than resetting my body, I want to reset my life. I want to take care of myself. I want to sleep better. I want to put my attention more on the important things and less on the trivial things. I want to limit my time on Facebook. I want to spend more time with my kids and LISTEN when they are talking to me. I want to be present in the present. I want to be where I am at. (I also want clean bathrooms. Seriously, I have seen cleaner bathrooms in gas stations. This is not ok.) “Teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”~Psalm 90:12
5. I want to appreciate food. Oh, I DO appreciate Chick Fil A combo #1 no pickle and a large Dr. Pepper, but I want to appreciate REAL food. This week I have bought a garlic press, learned how to chop fresh parsley, tried something new (kale–it’s not just for garnish), and made 2 homemade salad dressings from scratch. Learning to cook is kinda fun! Sorry, kids, no more Tuna Helper! (Just kidding, we don’t eat Tuna Helper. Anymore. We used to though.) “Daniel resolved not to defile himself with royal food and wine….At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food” ~ Daniel 1:8, 15
6. I want to help/encourage/serve others. A friend told me “I’m fat and I can’t cook.” This saddens me so much because it doesn’t have to be that way! You can change your outlook! You can change your body! You can change your health! You can change your eating habits! I know because I’m doing it too! I’m not judging you, I promise. We all start somewhere and all it takes is one step in a different direction. If I can help you, I want to! I don’t know what that means for you because we are all individuals, but please, if I can help you, let me. “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, as you are doing.”~1 Thessalonians 5:11
So out of my 6 goals for the Ultimate Reset only 1 could be considered vanity. I’m okay with that. I’m not perfect but hopefully I’m a better me today than I was yesterday. What about you? You can watch me from the sidelines or you can get in the game. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17