A while back, I shared with you that I had chosen my one word for 2013 and was looking for scripture to help me stay focused on it. My word is “intentional” and I really thought I was being led to some of the wisdom scriptures from Proverbs.
And then a friend posted this on Facebook and the matter was settled.
Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
Pretty much the definition of “intentional”, right?
I’ve also shared with you that I don’t love change, although there are plenty of big changes going on in our lives right now. And in spite of that, I have accepted a loving challenge from my friend Melissa Muir to see who can lose the most weight (as a percentage of total weight) between now and the metal retreat she and I are hosting in September. (More details on that coming soon, I promise!!)
So this morning, we had our official starting weigh-ins and logged those weights into our My Fitness Pal profiles. I’m not quite brave enough to post that starting weight for everyone to see, but I’ve added a weight loss tracker to the “about me” section on the sidebar over to the right. You can see how much I’ve lost at any given time and when I get within 50 pounds of my goal weight, I’ll change that badge to count down to the finish line.
Here’s where the asking for help part comes in.
I have tried this before and I have failed. Miserably. But because God has walked me through some very eye-opening and life-changing things in the last couple of years, I have a better chance of tackling this particular stronghold once and for all, because I have a better understanding of what’s behind it. I know, however, that it will be a battle, and I’ll have to be diligent and focused and INTENTIONAL about food, and exercise, and rest in order to reach my goal.
So will you help me? I want to rally an army of people to hold me accountable, cheer me on, encourage me, slap me around a little when I need it, and help me celebrate my progress. There’s no official sign-up involved, but here are some things you can do that would help:
- I’ve created a new tag for related blog posts called “Intentional 2013.” Posts updating my progress and talking about my journey will be tagged with the new tag so you can find them. Will you look for them and leave a few words of encouragement now and then? There would be nothing harder than putting this very personal part of my journey out there and hearing nothing back.
- If you’re here reading another post here and you see from the weight loss tracker that I’m either making progress or have lost some ground, please post something on my Facebook page or shoot me a message using my contact form. If I know people are paying attention, it will make it harder to slack off.
- Most importantly, please pray for me. Prayer will be vital if I’m going to succeed at this.
So there it is. I’m reclaiming this part of my life, and giving it to God in the only way I know how. It’s going to be challenging and sometimes painful. But I have to do this. If you’re in, let me know.
Old hospital scale photo by Valan666; used by permission under a Creative Commons License.