Thinking Positive – Let all you do be done in love

Let all you do be done in love

“Let all you do be done in love” 1 Corinthians 16:14

I came across this verse today on Pinterest. I decided to open up my bible and read more to see what came right before that. There are a lot of ways people interpret the Bible, I believe. There is the meaning as it was written and taking into account the whole book, but there is also personal interpretation. For me, I take parts of the Bible and will relate certain verses to my life. Today I thought about 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 and how those verses made me feel when I read them. I didn’t read them within the context of the book or even the whole chapter. I read them alone for my own interpretation and motivation.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NLT) reads:

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT

I find myself not only being hard on myself, but sometimes complaining about tasks I need to do. Reading this made me see I need to do everything, or all I do, with love, that includes how I treat myself. I need to be more positive and not complain or judge.  Reading verses 13 and 14 together I feel gives me great advice: I need to stand firm in my faith, be courageous, strong and do everything with love. Everything. Not just for others. Everything I do.

How do I do that in every day life?

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Becoming a Healthier Me: Quick Update

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This week I am feeling motivated in my “Healthier Me” journey. I have started to eat better and be more conscience of my food choices. I didn’t start a “diet” but rather just looked at what I was eating and asked if it would help me or hurt me and really if I needed it at all (was I just bored?).

Here is a quick update on my “Areas of Improvement” I mentioned in an earlier post.

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Becoming a Healthier Me

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It’s fall. Back to School, fall weather and our local fall fairs are quickly approaching. I love fall!  That also means getting the pants from last winter out…not always fun.

I was lucky to not have “baby weight”  when my children were young. I was at my ideal weight when my children were babies – about 30 lbs lighter than I am now. But since then I have gained “Mom Weight.” I tend to grab packaged snacks, eat more chicken nuggets than I should and am less active as my kids get more active. The pants I have pulled out for fall are pretty snug.

I am committing to become healthier and get down to where I feel comfortable again. I will have more energy and I will save money since I won’t need to go out and buy bigger clothes… it is getting dangerously close to that right now!

I have set my deadline to get set in a healthier lifestyle by December 1, which is my last night of P.R.I.D.E. training (to become a Foster Parent). That is approximately 13 weeks away.

In order for this to work, I have come up with five areas I need to focus on.

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Eat Real Food

I don’t want to restrict myself to a specific diet, but rather be more mindful of what I am eating. Making more meals from scratch, with real ingredients is going to be key. Cutting out the convenience foods that are prepackaged will make a difference.

Meal Prep

I plan to not only eat better food, but prep ahead of time to avoid the mad dash to find something to eat, resulting in a bad choice. Making a variety of things ahead of time will make it so I don’t have to stick to a specific menu, but have healthy options available.

Get Active

I am not able to get out road running that I used to love doing, so instead, I am going to be more active by walking our dog and playing with the kids outside. Also, I may do some workouts at home from the BodyRock website. I have done this in the past and it is great because you don’t need equipment and can do it in your living room. To make it work it has to be activities I can do with the kids, or something done at home after they go to bed.

Drink More Water… and Less Coffee

I really need to focus on this one. I hate drinking water. I am picky when it comes to what I will and won’t drink. Putting frozen fruit in my water usually helps with this but this is definitely something I struggle with. I know the benefits, I just hate water. Coffee is my go to. And on that note… I also need to drink less coffee.  If I drank black coffee it wouldn’t so bad… but I don’t. I drink nice and creamy cups of heaven. Cutting down on coffee and replacing it with tea (which I enjoy black) will help me.

Think Positive – Pray – Relax

My thoughts have an impact on my overall lifestyle. If I am positive and not stressed, I am healthier. When I am stressed or things are out of balance I tend to eat more and live more of an unhealthy lifestyle. Thinking positively about what I am trying to do and stopping my “this is too hard” thoughts is important. Praying and looking to the Bible for inspiration is also a helpful tool for me.

Who else is going through this “I need to lose my Mom/Baby Weight” feeling? Do you have tips for me?  Do you want to join me? 

Every time I post about my Healthier Me journey, I will post it to the Category “Becoming a Healthier Me” for easy reference. Feel free to click on that Category in the menu to the right to see all posts about the journey.

*Edited to add:  Anyone who would like to join in simply blog about it and add the tag “Healthier Me” to your post (like I have now added). We can all support each other easy if we all use the tag.

Thank you Mom1978 for getting this topic on my mind (well, even more so) with this blog post.

PS – I know this doesn’t have really anything to do with my journey to become a Foster Parent – but right now overhauling my house to get ready has put me in a “I need to take charge of my life” mood… which has resulted in me wanting to get healthy before I fully enter the foster parenting world since I assume I will have more things to focus on then — and is also why I have the last day of training as my deadline to make it happen.