I love my titles in life. I am a Christian. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a friend. I am a blogger. I am a lot of things. We all have titles and can easily get wrapped up in them. At the end of 2015 I hit a real life changing day. I realized I was no longer taking care of myself. Everyday I put everyone ahead of myself. Out of love. Out of care and concern for their well-being. Then out of habit. As a Christian I believe I should put God first. By doing this I will more clearly see what He wants me to do. I was in a fog. I lost myself and was not taking care of myself like I should. A women of excellence as described in Proverbs 31 not only takes care of her family and puts God first, but she also cares for herself. Our body is a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell. What kind of a temple gobbles down greasy food and doesn’t keep good hygiene? This one.
Making a life changing choice doesn’t come easy. It takes dedication. More than I can have as an individual. I know that with God, all things are possible and can be done for His glory. In November 2015 I started on a new path. It was hard. I am a recovering addict (for those of you who didn’t already know this). When I quit drugs, cigarettes, alcohol I had to make HUGE life changes. How I woke up. How I drove. What I did during the day/afternoon/evening. The crowds I hung out with. When I quit all of those things, I took up sweets and pop. I filled that void with something else. Something that was just as disastrous for my body. I just didn’t realize it. Now that I do, I knew I had to change, immediately.
Changes can come in steps or all at once. It matters person to person how you want to attack your new found goals. I choose to cut out processed foods from my diet and start to exercise daily. I started small. I would walk 30 minutes a day in my living room to a walking video. I saw that my endurance increased. I then stepped it up to The Biggest Loser workouts and WII games (those are no joke for the new to fitness peeps). Now I am starting the Slim for 6 series by Beachbody. I am motivated to see a change in myself. But I am realistic. I know that I will not see results overnight. I will see them in a few months, hopefully a lot by 6 month and a ton by 12 months. I want to be strong. I want to show my children that taking care of yourself can be fun and a normal way of life. I want to honor my God by taking care of the vessel he blessed me with.
Change takes time, but change eventually become habit and no longer feels like change. Then it is just the way you live. I challenge you to make a change. It can be small, as simple as switching to e-cigarettes with vape cartridges, but it can also be big, but make a change that makes you a better you.
I will dedicate this series to products and brands that I feel can help me make myself better. Whether it’s a food or drink, a fitness tool or outfit. Here you can find items that can inspire you in making that change you know you want to make.