I thought it was timely because recently I participated in a Mother's Giveaway through Macaroni Kid Fredericksburg in which I donated a gift basket (of course) including a pre-release of my NEW Journal as well as Made To Crave by Lysa TerKuerst (MTC) the book that inspired this previous post Equipped for the Journey. I wrote this post as I was going through the MTC bible study with the ladies group from my church last year!
I've been reminding myself how important these principles are the last few months as I have been in the process of rebooting my own healthy lifestyle journey!
Maybe this is all new to you or maybe you've needed a reboot like myself? No matter where you are I hope it's encouraging!
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
In Chapter Three Getting a Plan and Chapter Four Friends Don't Let Friends Eat before Thinking, Lysa indicates that these two things will go hand in hand for success in your journey.
"Getting a plan is the first crucial step: getting a friend or two to join you is the next" (MTC pg 39).
Now, I began reading MTC after the new year, not until after I had lost the weight and had already competed, but I completely agree with Lysa! I would not have succeeded my goals this far without those two things.
If you know me at all you are aware that I like my routine, I love a good plan, and I get jazzed about organization! So needless to say I thrived by having an exercise and meal plan! So what does getting a plan mean for you? Well, whether your goal is to lose weight or just eat healthier having a meal plan will keep you accountable and help you stay on track.
Dave Ramsey, financial guru and founder of Financial Peace University says,
" Fail to Plan and plan to fail".
The hard truth is that this is applies to many areas of life including weight loss and healthy living.
Planning your meals for the day or even for the week is like your road map or GPS to a healthier life. Whitout it you might get there eventually but you are more likely to get lost or get stuck in traffic.
If you read my previous blog D is for......Diet? you know that after competing I stopped using my road map and lost my way for a bit. I discovered that I needed the structure. Really it is more than a diet; its a lifestyle change. Having a plan works! You can visit my newest Fitness & Nutrition Page for a few tips on how to get started.
" We must be aware that desperation breeds degradation. In other words, when what is lacking in life goes from being an annoyance to an anxiety we run the risk of compromising in ways we never though we would"......
"That's why we must have friends to help us remember that what we're giving up in short term will help us get what we really want in the long term. If we forget to be self-controlled and alert, we are prime targets for Satan to usher us right away from the new standards we've set in our life. That's degradation." (MTC-pg, 42)
Support from my friends is no doubt a key factor in my own success thus far. First of all I had 100% support from my husband as he saw my passion grow. Not only did he encourage me but he showered me with new workout gear, helped me cook my meals each week, and was my #1 fan at my competition! My second most important accountability and support was my trainer Heather (Gymnut Fitness). I knew that aside from my own hard work I was accountable to her hard work as well. I knew I needed to follow through so that her coaching was not in vein! She gave me clear limits and I was not going to let her down. My boot camp girls were yet another support as well. I knew I had a time and a place three time a week to stay accountable to my fitness goals!
Lysa TerKuerst also says,
"Knowing I couldn't hide little cheats here and there from Holly kept me from slipping. I couldn't stand the thought of having to tell her I'd messed up- so I didn't. Our motto became, " If it's not part of our plan, we don't put it in our mouths." (MTC- pg 45)
This is how I felt with my accountability friends too! I would have been difficult without them!
"Becoming a women of self-discipline honors God and helps me live the godly characteristic of self-control." (MTC- pg 61)
God equips us with this verse in Galatians, Paul writes
"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature" (Galatians 5:16)
So in other words, if we follow the prompting of the Holt Spirit, He will equip us with the self-control (not giving in to our cravings).
If you haven't already, you can read about my overcomer moment during competition training in my blog entry Overcomer (update: I will re-post this article at a later date as well). God truly became my strength in self-disciple when I knew I didn't have strength on my own.
I just love the idea that we are equipped with Gods Empowerment! Doesn't that just give you an energy surge just thinking about it!
As we continue on this Journey together I pray that you will equip yourself with a good plan, supportive friends (accountability) and Gods Empowerment! And I truly believe you will succeed! And know my friend that you will always have support here!
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Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times best-selling author of The Best Yes, Unglued, Made to Crave, and 16 other books.