New Series: 5 Weeks 5 Disciplines 5 Challenges

In the past, all of my series have been about how we can minister to others…for example the Marriage Challenge was about blessing our husbands, The Making Your Home a Haven Challenge for our familes,  The Gentleness Challenge for our children.  But THIS challenge is going to be all about US!

I’ve learned that much of my ability to bless my husband, children and manage my home – stems from how disciplined I am.

So for the next 5 weeks I’m going to be working on 5 Disciplines following 5 Challenges. 

The 5 areas of Discipline are:

Mind, Body, Spirit, Work & Time

Elizabeth Elliot writes: “Discipline, for a Christian, begins with the body.  We have only one.  It is this body that is the primary material given to us for sacrifice.  If we didn’t have this, we wouldn’t have anything.  We are meant to present it, offer it up, give it unconditionally to God for His purposes. This we are told is a “spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1)

Let me be honest – some of my eating and lack of exercising habits hold a half nelson on me.  I start and stop my routines like a school bus on its route.  I run for a week and then don’t run for two weeks making that one week of running feel obsolete.  I follow weight watchers for 2 weeks and lose 2 pounds, then reward myself with 2 weeks off and gain 3 pounds.  January of 2011, I gave up drinking Diet Coke (some of you may remember) – that lasted about 2 months…sadly I confess, I drink it daily again.

I just feel like I can’t pull it together.  Sometimes I blame it on the blogging – it takes a lot of my free time and gives me a lot of brain clutter at times.  Sometimes I blame it on homeschooling…I think – if my kids went to school outside the home, I could go for an hour long run every morning after they left the house!  Sometimes I blame it on my husband lol!  He hates salads and isn’t fond of fresh veggies with just lean meat for dinner…so I have to make a “real dinner” every night and I don’t have the strength to exchange a yummy meatloaf and mashed potatoes for a salad.

Goodness…enough excuses already right?

The truth is I lack discipline!

Fitting in 20 minutes of cardio a day – is possible…and exchanging my high carb salty snacks for fruit is possible. Going to bed an hour earlier is possible but I lack of discipline.

Elizabeth Elliot goes on to write:

The Christian’s body houses not only the Holy Spirit Himself, but the Christian’s heart, will, mind and emotions – all that plays a part in our knowing God and living for Him…the body was a gift to me.  Whether I will thank God for it and offer it as a holy sacrifice is for me to decide.”

Holiness is rarely a driving force for “getting fit” but I must admit that Elizabeth’s use of Romans 12:1 touches me profoundly. And so that brings us to our first challenge on the list of disciplines!

Week 1 Challenge:

Name 1 healthy habit that you would like to work on establishing in your life over the next 5 weeks.  It could be cutting back on junk food, fast food, or soda pop.  It could be to exercise more, drink more water, or get more sleep.  Name it in the comments section…often times we are more apt to follow through on committments when we have told someone else!

My personal goal is to lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks through more exercise and better food choices.

I have gained 20 pounds over the last 3 years and I have tried to lose them multiple times only to gain them right back…so rather than aiming to lose them all quickly – I’m going to pace myself.  My goal for the next 5 weeks will be to lose 5 pounds.  Then the following 5 weeks, I will continue to work to lose the next 5 pounds…and so on.

Here is my printout I created for myself –  I’ll be logging my weekly progress on it.  If you’d like to use it too – feel free to print it!

5 Weeks 5 Disciplines – Body

I’ll be visiting the Christian Fitness Blog – Peak 313 - for inspiration and to follow her aerobic and weight training videos. I also really like Denise Austin’s workout videos that I have found on youtube (just enter her name in the search box and tons will come up for free! :) )

If you are a blogger and are joining me for the 5 Weeks 5 Disciplines Series – feel free to “save as” this button below and paste it somewhere in a blog post or on your side bar and then link up below!  We’d love to read what healthy habit you are working on!

If you are not a blogger but joining me for this ride – let me know in the comment section!  It’s good to know we are not alone sometimes :)!

Walk with the King,

 

Comments

  1. Jennifer says

    I also need to shed some pounds but lack discipline. I’m a homeschooling mom of two boys. I’m really looking forward to this study!

  2. says

    Oh wow, do I ever need to work on this one! Why is it so hard to discipline and control ourselves? I’m definitely joining in. My biggest areas that need some work are: consistently eating well, exercising at 5am before work, wasting less time doing useless things on the computer, and just in general following through with my goals and plans long term. I feel like I do well at something for a few weeks and then give in to my old habits. I have to start from square one again, and so it’s tough to make any true progress.

  3. says

    I’d like the join you in this! I’m not able to do physical stuff much…even walk very far ( waiting for test results) but the eating healthy part here is very important. I don’t want to gain what I lost before my back went weird. :) Count me in Courtney!

    • says

      Alexis, I’ve just gone through spinal fusion, which has cured the back that pained me for over 12 years. God has healed me thankfully. However, I’m still healing and I too am limited on the physical side of things. BUT eating healthy is one of my big challenges so I’m going to work on that for now too. I pray you will soon find relief for your back.

  4. says

    I’ve been a little off track with my health, the past week. I will be joining you in this challenge. This week, I will work towards getting 20 minutes of exercise, 8 glasses of water & 8 hours of sleep every day.

  5. Rachel says

    I will join you on this challenge, however, my goal is NOT to lose weight as I am 3 months pregnant! I do however need to drink MORE water and get to bed earlier! For those of you who are struggling with weight loss, I just finished 3 90 day health challenges…lost a total of 45lbs and 5 pants sizes! It can be done and with God on our side, it’s definitely POSSIBLE!

    • Armenia says

      I’m here as well. However I’m 37 weeks along but need to rest more and drink more water. I’ll be praying for very one.
      Love this study concept!!!!

  6. says

    I NEED to go to bed earlier to get up earlier. While I have a multitude of others, I think truthfully every other discipline I lack stems from this one and so this is what I will work on over the next 5 weeks. In bed by 10 PM and up by 6 AM. Thanks for motivating and encouraging in Christ!

    • Andie says

      Lisa,
      I’m with you. I need to go to bed and get up at the same time. However, more important for me is making sure to read my Bible first thing. My goal is to stop using lack of sleep as an excuse to meet with Jesus first thing.

    • Mandi says

      This is what I need to work on too! I always have a goal of getting into bed at 11 so I can wake up before my kids. I love waking up before them. I can wake up to quiet plus have my devotion and exercise time to myself. I never do it though. My kids always wake up while I spend another hour or so in bed. I really need to discipline myself and change this habit of staying up late.

    • Mandi says

      My goal for this week will be on my two biggest struggles. 1) I will be in bed at 11 every night. 2) I will do at least 30 min. of exercise a day.

  7. Cheryl says

    My weak spot is “goodies”, I will put some tape on my mouth or something…………….I know I will have to do something extreme!

  8. Rene says

    Count me in too! Looking to continue to lose, add more water and go to bed on time. My alarm goes off at 4:00am for my morning workout. Definitely need more than 5.5 hours of sleep.

  9. says

    I will journal in the WW program every day, no matter what I eat. I will strive to reach the targets each day – water, fruits/veggies, vitamins and healthy oils. Thank you for this awesome study!

    • Sara says

      I’m with you on the journal NO MATTER WHAT! Somehow it’s more motivating to have to share slips as well as successes!

  10. Stephanie says

    I’m in! My goal is to count down my caffeine intake, jog daily (not just once every couple weeks), get more sleep!

  11. Tanya says

    I’m so glad to hear I’m not the only one that does these things; making big plans, starting off well and then losing the momentum. I’ve already been working on my eating habits so my goal is to keep up with that, drink LESS coffee (more sleep might help) and MORE water, and try to get some excercise in. I often have trouble with my lower back and I’m certain it is primarily due to weak ab muscles / core! I really want to get back to doing some cardio and focus on working on my core strength. Thank you for the motivation!

  12. Anne says

    I am with you. I have three under five and lots of excuses (some I feel are valid for the season I am in!) for not exercising, not drinking enough water (and having too much coffee), going to bed too late, and not eating the best. I am joining you in this challenge. My biggest goal is to start exercising regularly.

  13. Shonda says

    I just lost 9 lbs since January, but I need to lose at least 5 more! I am ready for a new challenge too. My goal is to exercise for 30 min cardio 3 x a week and do strength training on the other 2 days. I also want to do my core ex 5 days a week. I am going to drink a shake for breakfast and eat fruit for snack. Eat an egg and whole grains for lunch. I will try to eat a salad everyday or it might go in my green drink. Lots of water! I’m ready to shed 5 lbs too!

  14. Sherry says

    I’m in! I just started, last week, working on the eating habits and water. The one thing I’ve never worked on is getting more sleep. I will continue to make healthier choices, turn in an hour earlier than my norm (obviously not starting that tonight) and add in exercise.

  15. Jeannie says

    I’m in Courtney! I desperately need to work on getting more sleep consistently. I work from home about 20-25 hours per week and most of the time I do a bulk of my hours in the evening causing me to stay up later than I should on the computer. Thanks so much for doing this…now I have 1 thing to focus on!

  16. Toni says

    I’m already on the better eating. Began to rededicate my focus in that area about 2 weeks ago. I’m tracking what and how much I eat at SparkPeople.com. You might like it, Courtney, because you can conceivably continue to eat what the family is eating; only, you’d be able to check out calories, fat, protein and carb in advance of a meal and then decide how much to have before you sat down to dinner. You can enter weekly weigh-in info and your weight loss and fitness goals as well (there are “trackers” with great graphs for those.)

    My area is sleep (see the time I posted this?) ;) So I’m going to work on that. I didn’t know about the diet coke “backsliding.” ;) That stuff is sooooo addictive. It took me years and years and YEARS to break that habit. I know that’s a hard one. My best quitting tip for that (for anyone who’s trying to quit) is to get a bottle of carbonated water and some frozen pomogranate juice (concentrate). Mix the juice with only 1/3 the amount of water suggested on the can. Pour half a glass of this poorly diluted juice into a glass and add half a glass of carbonated water. Work on decreasing the juice and increasing the carbonated water when you prepare a glass. Enjoy this healthier “pop” until you have broken your habit (it took me a good month).

  17. Jacque says

    I will join you. I will work on being more active and eating healthier. I really appreciate all your hard work on this site. You are inspiring!

  18. Susan says

    Definitely with you…..
    Can’t out exercise a bad diet….
    Discipline … I need it in many areas of my life….making the best use of my time, mind,body and spirit.
    Thanks for the encouragement.
    It will be a challenge, but a good one to succeed in.
    The accountability here will be great
    Susan

  19. trisha says

    Discipline..sometimes I feel like its my enemy! But I want so desperately to have it! I’m in! I need to do a workout, every day. I have a thyroid problem and I never lose weight. It’s taken me a while to be sort of ok with that. But exercise is good for the body, and I want to take care of myself. Excited to see what motivating posts will be coming up! I love the fact that you’re real (diet coke). =)
    Thank you for taking time out of your day to reach out to other women! <3

  20. says

    hi Courtney!

    I read your blog all the time, and due to my circumstances have never felt able to do one of your challenges. This one, I think I can do!

    I just wanted to let you know that I am planning removing added and white sugar from my diet entirely.

    And, I also want to let you know that you are touching me. I am a non-Christian, but through your blog and others that post on your blog, I am learning lots about your faith. I have listed my blog: peterboroughdays.blogspot.com and, if something feels appropriate to link, I may do. I just wanted to let you know that as I am not a Christian, if you want to not allow me to post, let me know and I won’t.

    thank you for your blog.

  21. Ashley Van Winkle says

    I want to work out at least 4 times a a week for 20 minutes or more and make better food choices , I have strugled with the last 10 1lbs for years and I am doing better but there are day I will gorge myself on sweet cardby foods tell I am almost sick. My husband loves that stuff and we eat at his parents alot who are good cooks but dont really eat healty. I love chocolate ,I make monday my chocolate day and try to only have one piece, some times it works sometimes it doesnt .

  22. Nicole says

    I’m what some medical professionals call skinny fat. I look good if not “great”. Since my marriage 10 years ago I gained about 15 lb and look flabby just about everywhere. Just like you Courtney, I lose 5-7 lb and then gain them back and it all due to my lack of discipline and lack of follow through. Thus my goal is to lose 5-8 lb in next 5 weeks. I have never been accountable to anyone regarding my weight before and this will give me extra motivation. Thank you for creating this challenge. I’m looking forward to see how everyone does.

  23. says

    Hi Courtney

    I love your blog! Thanks for the inspiration! I will be taking more exercise, gym here u come! And drinking more water! I too have too much diet coke!
    Be blessed
    Victoria

  24. says

    Wow, I so need this challenge. I have been feeling unmotivated for so long now. I am going to try for exercise each morning. I know it will help me be motivated throughout the day – it is just so hard to start it. You know the cycle – no energy so you need to exercise but you don’t want to exercise because you have no energy. I am glad for the accountability. I’m in.

  25. Angela says

    I’m in Courtney. I want to exercise consistently. I usually run 3 times a week, but it’s Autumn here in New Zealand, so it’s been much harder to get up and go early in the mornings lately.

  26. Judy says

    I have lost 26 pounds and maintained it for almost a year. I do see a few pounds creeping back on and I can tell that I am not always portioning my snacks. I want to challenge myself to do this again instead of just eating out of the bag. Not only will it benefit me but also my husband if we do it together:) Thanks for the encouragement.
    Blessings,
    judy

  27. Lottie says

    I want to make the commitment right here that I will go to the YMCA at least once a week to swim. I have several health issues and work demands that make it difficult to go to the pool, but when I do, my body really responds and I can endure much of the pain I have. Also, I want to eat more real food and not so much processed food. I lost over 26 pounds and kept it off one year, but now have gained it all back by adding back the sugary sodas. Thank you for this challenge!

  28. says

    I’m in! I’ve improved my diet this year, eating mostly vegan and cutting out refined sugars, but need to get my booty moving! I have lots of excuses too but need to just make it a priority.

  29. Heather says

    Thank you, this is just the motivation I needed!!! I will be working on getting more sleep & excersise!!!

  30. Alexis says

    Oh I needed this! I have been trying to slowly and healthfully loose this baby weight…. and boy did I fall off the wagon this weekend! I am going to get back on track by eating more veggies and working out 2-3 times a week. Check out http://www.myfitnesspal.com/. I find the food tracking and exercise tracking really helpful and easy to use. It is great to see what nutrients my body actually needs and how I eat them during the day.

  31. Elaine says

    Count me in! I’ve been trying to lose for some time now but can never stick with it. My husband and I are both tired of feeling unhealthy. Personally, I will be working on keeping my portions under control…measured out, and sticking with just that!

  32. Laura B says

    I am in! Ironic how this is exactly what I was saying yesterday. So, I am feeling even more motivated to begin now knowing there’s a challenge involved :) Thank you!

  33. Tara says

    Thanks for the printout & challenge. I’m the queen of the ‘roller coaster ‘ when it comes to certain disciplines of life. :S More water, sleep, & fruits/veggies in the next 5 weeks. ;)

  34. says

    I’m in. I’m going for 20 minutes of cardio 6 days a week (Sunday off), 8 glasses of water a day and 8 hours of sleep. Good challege!

  35. Kelli says

    I’m in…5# in 5 weeks. I try to watch what I eat but really lack in the exercise dept. so I’ll set my sights on that! Thanks for the encouragement.

  36. Paula says

    Thank you for this. I too would love to lose 5-10 lbs. in the next 5 weeks. I will do this by exercising for 20 minutes every day and drinking water, as well .

  37. Lorea says

    I’m with you! I really need to work on what I put in my body. I have the exercise part down, but always cancel it out with junk and soda. I seriously lack discipline! Thank you for this!

  38. Fran says

    Count me in! I’m thankful you mentioned you gained 20 pounds over the past 3 years because I did, too and it has been so embarrassing for me. My area to work on this week is to drink more water, 8-10 glasses a day. I want to lose 5 pounds over the next 5 weeks (Minimum).

  39. Kim says

    I plan on adding more water to my diet. It has been said that you need to drink half your body weight in water. This being true, I need to drink 9 cups of water daily. I often only get in 4. I am hoping to at least get in 6 per day! Tough, but up for the challenge!

  40. Angie says

    I need this too. I’ve been working on losing weight for the past year and got up to 13 lbs. gained a two or three while on vacation. It took me a year to do but my eating habits and lack nog discipline still keep me from my goal if ten more lbs. so I’ll be working on drinking more water and getting more sleep as I hate morning with a passion. I feel if I can get my sleep under control then mornings might not feel so bad. I also want to add more cardio and strength training to my week. I already Zumba but need a little more oomph to get the flab y belly to go away. Because if I am not sucking it in all the time I look a few weeks pregnant. Anyway. Hoping this five weeks will get me where I want to go. Thanks for this challenge. I love Elisabeth Elliott. She has always challenged my thinking and ive never thought of thought of my health and fitness quite that way before. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Christine says

    Accountability is great! I’ve been thinking about starting to run. With this challenge I will take on running. I should also try to get more rest. Thanks for the challenge!

  42. Natasha d says

    My goal is to choose healthy snacks more often and not cheat when I bake for my family!!!! thanks for this challenge, Courtney!!!

  43. Sarah says

    I see that everyone is running with the exercise and weight loss goal, however I am going top admit my embarrassing dirty little secret. I am a closet smoker and I want nothing more than to quit. I know that’s w hat god wants for me so that is my goal. I know it won’t be easy, I’ve been smoking on and off got over 10 years, but outs time to care for my body. Thank you for this challenge. If anyone thinks of out I could use a prayer as break this awful habit.

  44. Terri says

    I’m in! This week works great as I have planned to start back on protein shakes, fruits/veggies and lean protein again. I need to work on getting more sleep, too. My goal is 20 pounds.

  45. KT says

    I have been working on losing weight for awhile now but turning 50 this year has not helped my metabolism. But i am still trying if nothing else just to be a a healthier 50 year old LOL. Currently in a chocolate coma due to Easter. Must eat healthy today, gym for an hour after work, then home, fix and eat dinner then bible study with my community group tonight. Busy, busy get sin the way of healthy, healthy food choices.

  46. Janessa says

    I am going to be joining you in this challenge!! I am so excited about this! I am going to be exercising for at least 30 minutes a day and also make healthier food choices!!

  47. Suzi says

    I, too, use all those excuses. Especially the homeschooling one. I lost 10 pounds last spring and promptly gained it all back in the winter. How does it happen? Lack of discipline of course. I will start with movement. I am stiff and inflexible. I have become a couch potato who enjoys reading way too much. I’ve taken a good thing and turned it into an idol of sorts. My plan is to get moving everyday for 30 minutes. Maybe a walk, an exercise video or the eliptical. And then I plan to pray about it, since I clearly can not do this on my own!

  48. Janna says

    I am really enjoying your blog and will be joining your challenge. My biggest obstacle is night time eating. I am going to exercise more and eat less at night. My goal is lose 5-10 pounds over the next 5 weeks.

  49. Christi says

    Wow, thanks for the great challenge and motivation I was just praying for God’s guidance on helping me lose tyevweight that literally piled on in the last year. So here’s to being 5 lbslighter in 5 weeks. My first goal is to get at least 3 workouts of 20 minutes or more this week.

  50. Susie says

    I’m in! I’m going to focus on cutting out processed food, sugars and eating better, drinking more water. I’m going to move more, but will not set up a definite workout schedule because I always seem to sabotage myself! I also find that I lack discipline when it comes to studying or sitting peacefully with God. When I find myself grounded in Him, the rest of this seems to fall into place, so I guess my top priority will be making time everyday to sit/study with God. Thanks for this challenge.

  51. olga says

    Getting rid of junk food, and replacing with fruits and veggies…. Exercising more… I am so ready for the challenge.. Lets go Ladies…

  52. Brandy says

    What a great challange! I am excited to be part this! I am going to work on NOT snacking all the time when I am NOT hungary. I have a nast habit of grabbing a handful of anything that is near and popping it in my mouth all through out the day! Praying for everyone :)

  53. says

    This series is coming at a great time for me. I’ve been trying to figure out how to fit cardio into my schedule and I’m waning myself off soda. I think this series could be the continued encouragement I need. I like your goal of 5 lbs in 5 weeks – weight loss is a journey much like our walks with the Lord. It’s not healthiest to lose weight quickly… it almost always comes right back. Ultimately my goal is to lose 20 lbs, but right now I need to keep my priority on the ‘bigger picture’ – to create healthier habits, then I’ll focus on that specific goal. Otherwise I get overwhelmed and discouraged when I don’t see weight coming off quickly and end up taking steps back. Thank you for putting this series together and sharing your own struggles. I look forward to the other topics too.

  54. says

    Great series idea, Courtney. I’ll be along on the sidelines, as I am working my way through Made to Crave Action Plan. Thanks for taking the time to say it like it is in your post and offering solid encouragement.

  55. Heather says

    I’m in!!!! Thank you for posting this challenge and the chart is great. My goal is to give up wine and drink more water. Plus excersice and eat better. This is a great way to get motivated. God Bless you.

  56. Tracey B says

    Whay a wonderful challenge, thank you, Courtney! My focus is going tone on sleep, and timing my exercise so I can get it doesn’t disrupt my family life and productivity. From June to Dec last year I lost 52 pounds – so thankfully I have developed a great exercise routine and eat pretty healthy right now :) I have been stuck at a plateau since Christmas though and have 5 to 7 more pounds to go to get to my original goal weight. I am horrible with sleep!! I go to bed late and get up early – and I know my body is not appreciative of that! I am going to focus on getting 7 to eight hours a night – which would be great for me!!

  57. Sharon says

    I have got to get back into exercising on a regular basis. I love Clare’s videos and I am ECSTATIC to know that you can find Denise Austin’s online! I have some great exercise VHS tapes, but my VCR broke not too long ago, so I’ve been without an “instructor!!”

  58. Terri says

    OK friends, i will join in the challenge. I am 20 weeks pregnant with my 4th child and really need to start exercising again to build up my health and energy. I want to take care of me, my baby, and my family. Thank you for the motivation and Christian fellowship. I will plan to do some type of cardio at least 20 min on 5 days per week.
    Terri

  59. says

    Hi Courtney,

    This could not have come at a better time. I keep asking myself why I don’t have discipline and how do I get discipline. I have tried getting off coffee for years. Sometimes I will do great for months but then when the winter holidays roll around I start up again. At the moment I do decaf but still would like to get off that completely. When I try to stop though the headaches are unbearable and my energy level is way down. I exercise so that is not a problem and I eat very healthy. Was raised a vegetarian but got away from it for a bit but now I am back on that track. Lots of fruits and veggies. I am excited to take part in this 5 week adventure with you all. Thank you!

  60. Melissa Jackson says

    I am going to join the challenge too. Eating better and less, drinking more water, getting more sleep, and being consistent with my Bible reading time are areas that I will be working on.

  61. Lisa buchanan says

    I actually “Started” this 2 weeks ago, but this time is different because I am TRULY giving this all to God. I am presenting my body to Him as a temple for Him to use for His purposes. I lost 4 pounds my first week and am weighing in again today and honestly cannot wait to see if my efforts have been rewarded again by the number on the scale, but if not, then that is ok because I KNOW I have done my best and I know that my Lord is very proud of my efforts and that the reward will come. I am spending more time in His word and am spending LOTS of time in prayer (not all formal prayer) – but lots of prayer……it is the only way to completely get it – I think! :) God is so good and He so wants this for me as much as I want it this time – that I know! I love this idea in your blog and for the next 5 weeks, I will concentrate on getting more rest/sleep and getting to bed no later than 10 o’clock each night. That is one of the areas that I am struggling in during this change – it just seems like there are never enough hours in the day when you have a family to take care of too. :) The best of luck to you and your 5 pounds. I will be praying for you! :)

  62. says

    On February 29th, I started logging everything that I eat. I have lost 7 lbs. It is very slow and frustrating, but I feel better. So for the next 5 weeks, I wish to continue down this road to feeling better. I have 15-20 lbs left to lose. However, I will aim for the 5 lbs over the next 5 weeks. It seems like a reasonable amount based on what I have achieved so far.

  63. Shelley Fow says

    I too lack the required discipline to follow they on things! My goal the first week is to get in 6 days of walking at least 30 minutes on my treadmill. I also vow to drink only 1 can of Dr. Pepper a day (during my lunch) & drink at least (5) 16.9 oz bottles of water a day. I am also wanting to challenge myself to try a new workout video (Jillian Michaels Weights Workout with Kettle Bells) this week by doing it at least 2 days & it is 30 minutes long. Will be interesting to see what the scale says on Sunday morning. Thank you for including us on this challenge!

  64. Staci says

    I definitely need to be disciplined in these same areas. I have great intentions, but no follow through. And I have made the same excuses of why I can not do it. I am going to commit to getting 20-30 minutes of cardio each day this week. It will be difficult, because I have a high school son playing baseball 3 days a week, so I am already up for a HUGE challenge.

  65. Kathryn says

    This is awesome! The chart is simple! I want to discpline myself to exercise for 20 minutes a day for the next 5 weeks.

    Thank you for this challenge!

    Kathryn

  66. Amanda says

    I would like to be smite disciplined with eating clean and getting consistent workouts. With I would love to lose 5-10 pounds in the next 5 weeks.

  67. April says

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! Just the inspiration I needed. I’ve been lacking discipline the last few weeks and this is just what I needed. This week I am for sure kicking the Pepsi habit, I’ve done it before and it needs to be done again. Also, I think I may join weight watchers again(it’s buy one month get one free till 4/21) instead of doing my fitness pal. My fitness pal works but I think I need that weekly weigh in for motivation. Plus since I’m nursing they may be able to guide me on how many calories I can have without hurting my supply for my 13 week old baby girl!! So great to read other comments for ideas! May God Bless you all.

  68. Laureen says

    I have never commented before but have been reading your blog. I can definitely relate to your self-discipline issues! A saying I came across recently stuck with me —– ” Discipline is not a cage, discipline is a key”. I’ve often complained at the boundaries I need to set for myself and really the boundaries are there to make our lives better.

  69. Maureen Ives says

    I am currently working on a couple of areas that needed change. I have quit smoking and drinking diet pepsi. I like this challenge, it ironic that this came up (God helping me) as I have realized recently so many things need to change for me to be a healthier person. I have been working on drinking more water, but I too need to lose weight. Eating better would be a good goal for me along with the other bad habbits I am currently trying to break. I also need to incorporate excersize into my life. So my goals for this 5 weeks would be eating healthier, more excersize and spending time in the bible before my day begins.

  70. KatjaB says

    My first step is to stop smoking-TODAY! No more excuses. Make better food choices and start working out again. Thank you for doing this for us.

  71. Julie says

    I’m in! A bunch of my friends and I just started the Couch to 5K program. I’m hoping the accountability of that and this challenge will help me work toward my goal of being more disciplined in all areas. I highly recommend Reshaping It All by Candace Cameron Bure for those of you who have not read it.

  72. DaVidra says

    Thank you so much for this Challenge!!!! Just last night I made the conscious decision that I have to get more REST…And I actually went to bed at a decent time…( Hallelujah!!!) I have so many other things to work on…But, I know this is what the Lord has impressed upon my heart to do first!!! So I’m looking forward to this challenge and praying for every blogger..The race is not given to the swift!! But we must endure!!! God bless
    DWest

  73. briana says

    i also need to lose some pounds. my baby girl Chevelle turns 1 april 19th and i have a 10 year old son. i want to show them that healthy can be fun. i work as a teachers assistant and sit alot during the day. there are 2 other ladies in our room that like to bake. 1 is always making something good from pinterest and brining it in so i feel like a “need” to try it. lol ok i really just want to. and water is very difficult to me. i hate plain water. walmart has flavor packets for 1.50 a box and has 10 packets in it which mixes with 20 bottles of water. this has seemed to help alot. so i guess less junk, more exercize, (which i have been doing the couch25k program), and drinking more water are my goals.\! GOOD LUCK LADIES AND LORD BLESS US WITH THE STRENGTH WE ALL NEED!

  74. Christine says

    Wow! Super encouraging word! I stumbled across your blog a week or two ago and am so glad I did! I’m ready to commit and stick with working out at LEAST 3 days a week. At 33, my metabolism isn’t what it used to be. I’m short (5’3″) and have always envied taller women because I’ve always thought they could hide those few extra pounds a little better than me….and maybe they can. But I know it’s totally a discipline thing regardless of your size. We all have things that we need to be disciplined towards and exercising is mine. Let’s do this!! :)

  75. Leslie says

    I’m in!! I’m committing to running 3 days a week and strength training 2 days a week. Can not wait to see what the next 5 weeks will bring! Love this challenge! :)

  76. Danielle says

    I’m in! New here, loving your blog! I have two goals this week – cut out soda and move more. I am so overweight that most exercise makes me just hurt. Walking 20 minutes is not going to kill me, it’s going to make me live longer. I’m bad at this self discipline lately; I need to work on this, need to be a better example for my son.

  77. Iva says

    I will attempt this challenge. Lack of discipline has been why I have struggled to keep many areas of my life–marriage, mothering, housekeeping–from falling apart. I would like to join this challenge. I think I will commit to getting 8 hours of sleep (to bed at 10, up at 6), not eating after 9 at night (sometimes I will eat popcorn or drink hot cocoa while staying up late), and going for a brisk 20 minute walk 3 times a week (since I lack exercise equipment). I also need to reduce time I am at the computer although this is difficult since I homeschool 4 students with K12 online and am the house accountant. But perhaps I can just do it for 5 weeks. It’s not for all year, unless I like it, right?? :) Thank you for the challenge and the opportunity for accountability, Courtney.

  78. Jan says

    I swear you are sneaking in on me and checking my life LOL! This is just what I need thank you! I’m going to borrow your goals!

    My personal goal is to lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks through more exercise and better food choices.

  79. Christi says

    I really need this when I focus on exercising my eating habits go to the way side and vice versa. I need to learn better disapline so I can be healthy for my family and lead by example!. Thank you so much for this study it is easier to do it with others!

  80. says

    Thank you!!!! I have been feeling so defeated in so many things because of my lack of discipline and just haven’t seemed to be able to put the focus into it I really need to! So here goes!!! I eat pretty healthy most of the time – but I need to exercise more so my goal is to walk 30 min. 4 days a week.

  81. Carly says

    Yup, I’m in too. Exercise is the healthy habit I always seem to find time to put aside! More veggies and fruit!

  82. says

    I’ve really improved my diet over the past year, but I’m still a bit undisciplined on exercise. So, my goal will be to exercise at least 4 days every week, at least 40 minutes each time.

  83. Sherry says

    Zumba is a treat for the mind, body, and spirit! I tell myself I’m going to dance class, not going to exercise.

  84. Darcey says

    I am in on this also. I don’t exercise much because I have a 10 month old, a five year old and twin 8 year olds. That is exercise enough. I am breastfeeding so the drinking water and eating better are definitely something I need to do. What a great challenge!!

  85. Robin Padgett says

    I do the same thing. I start something strong for a couple of weeks and then stop. I also lack discipline. Thank you for the chart! I need to start with something, anything as a form of exercise….just move! And I need to increase my water.

  86. KariAnn says

    I love the idea of this series! My personal goal for this challenge is to have Green smoothies for breakfast. I have read how great they are for you and been wanting to try them out, so this came at the perfect time. Time to have a healthy breakfast of fruit & vegs every morning.

  87. Heather says

    My focus this week will be on planning my meals and snacks which will help me avoid eating out and making unhealthy choices. I also want to start exercising.

  88. Jill Price says

    Thank you so much for this!! I love it! I need it very much right now. I am going to focus on drinking less soda and doing some sort of exercise every other day! To God be the Glory!

  89. Charlene Clemmons says

    Well, I too am in the same boat! I am a BLESSED homeschooling mother of 3 (amongst 10 other hats I wear at home & church). I too, have been in the SAME routine…year after year. My goal is to get the kids out to ride their bikes for 30 minutes a day, while I jog next to them. It was easier when we had a dog to walk/run…but we no longer have him. I know once I start the routine, my eating habits will follow (my trend anyhow). The warmer weather is usually a jump start to get me motivated!
    I look forward to coming alongside all these like-minded women…thanks for the accountability!

  90. Leslie Sampe says

    I am not a blogger, but other than that I can completely relate with all you have said. My goal is to no longer make excuses to take care of my self. Thank you soo much for your obedience to Christ & helping the rest of us who struggle in the same way. <3

  91. Cindy F. says

    Saw your link on Karen Ehman’s site. Need to be held accountable. I’m going to aim for more water, less diet coke and some sort of exercise. Looking forward to succeeding.

  92. Tara says

    Im kind of new to your blogging. I have looked several times and read a little but never follow through or finish the reading :(
    First thing to change is more time with your blog and more time with God!!
    I not only lack disipline but control. If it is in the house I eat it :/ If Im not of a STRICKED diet then forget it. Nothing else works. But I can add things back in once I have control and am ok. Well till I lose it again…lol Long term goal is to enjoy things but not all the time. I love organic and I don’t drink soda. Have to say I do, do Splenda though. Not sure about all the sugars. Id love to go to all organic sugar but Id gain weight. So when I lose it and have everything in moderation Ill introduce Organic sugar back in :)
    Looking forward to doing this!! Hope to stick with it!!

  93. Amanda says

    I’ve been working on losing 10 lbs for a friends wedding at the end of May. I’m down 4 lbs already! Hurray! I have been using the Lose It app for my iPhone to track my calories and it has worked so well. My goal for the next 5 weeks (and beyond) is to exercise 4 days a week. I want to not only lose the weight but to get back into the habit of exercising for better health.
    Blessings!
    Amanda

  94. Kim says

    I have struggled with excess weight for a long time – but was successfull in losing and keeping off weight with two methods. First, a food journal. It takes some time at first, but then you start repeating meals, and then you only have to copy the information. I wrote what I ate, and then using a free website to figure calories, I knew exactly what was going in.

    Secondly, I started using WhollyFit. It is stretching/yoga type exercises but set to scripture meditations. I am no longer repeating all of the destructive thoughts I would have about myself – instead I am meditating on scripture. This has been great for muscle definition, core strength, and stress reduction.

  95. Lauren B. says

    What a great idea for a series! I am up for the challenge. I would really like to be more mindful of my eating habits. Sometimes, I let my emotions (and hormones) dictate how, when and why I eat. I need to improve on respecting my body with a “food as fuel” mentality. Prayers to everyone who posted comments!

  96. Christina Zigler says

    I have lost 130 lbs over the last 18 months. I am 15-20 lbs away from what my doctor says that my goal should be. I haven’t lost any weight at all in almost 6 weeks. I eat a vegetarian diet currently, but I have begun to slip in my commitment to healthy, protein rich food sources instead of using processed carbs as fillers. I also have not been as committed to logging in my food intake (especially on weekends). My goal will be to also loose at least 5 lbs in the next 6 weeks by decreasing my intake of processed carbs, and by journaling every bite that I eat into myfitnesspal.

  97. says

    My blog link didn’t work but will try again. I am excited to do this and thank you for sharing your worksheet. Over the past few years I too have let the pounds add up and have started working to loose them (15 so far) but would like to loose at least a pound a week and for the rest of April 2 pounds a week. For me that is changing eating habits, limiting sweets and soda, and exercise more. I have fibromyalgia which makes a lot of different types of exercise not possible.

  98. says

    Love this idea!! I want to lose 10 pounds in the next 5 weeks! I have lost 18 pounds the past nearly 3 months but, I’ve struggled on weekends to stay committed. The EE quotes were so so good!

  99. Kim says

    I am joining with you on this one. This is already something I already started doing recently and also struggle with consistent discipline, where I do good for awhile and then am off for a week or two. I need to really focus on being consistent in those things that help me take care of myself, so that I am healthy for me and those I serve. I am currently doing Weight Watchers, so my 5 week goal is to track everyday, to write down everything and also lose 5 pounds in 5 weeks. I usually make my goal harder and really want to lose 2 lbs a week, but if it is achievable, I am likely to meet that goal, so 5 lbs it is with you.

  100. Kristin says

    Things are about to get busy for me…But then God reminded me that’s why I need to try this challenge as a way to focus on Him! (Especially since I just used a chunk of time on the computer.) My goal is to work out at least 6 days a week. Thank you for the challenge!

  101. says

    You hit the nail on the head on several things you said. The biggest point being that we don’t exercise, eat healthy, get enough sleep, etc, not because it’s impossible but because we lack discipline. I am encouraged to know that even a godly woman like yourself struggles with this too! I’m looking forward to the rest of this challenge.

  102. Christi says

    I need to lose about 20 pounds, but 5 is a good place to start. I have NO discipline whatsoever when it comes to exercise (never have), and there’s no good excuse for it. This particular time in my life is very stressful & a bit overwhelming, as my husband is deployed, I’m working full-time, and have 2 teenagers at home, however there’s no reason why I can’t find 20-30 minutes a day to exercise. I also nee to watch more closely what I eat – I’m a sucker for junk food :(

  103. Kristin says

    My goal is to exercise at least 20 minutes per day 5 times per week. I have about 5 pounds that I would still like to lose but am currently at my lowest weight since I have been an adult and I would contribute the huge progress over the past year to giving up 3 things: 1) soda, 2) fried foods, 3) trans fat. Just those 3 changes along with exercising at least 3 days per week helped me lose 15 pounds over the past 6 months! I used to be a Diet Coke addict just like you, Courtney! Trust me – you can give it up and the feeling of not being dependent on it is amazing! There are still times that I miss it but I will not go back to that again. I feel so much better now then I did then. I have instead switched to at least 1 cup of green tea daily to help give me some caffeine and try to limit my coffee to 1 cup per day also (the calories can really add up since I like some cream and sugar!). Good luck to you and I will be praying for you.

  104. Darla says

    Oh Yeah! Courtney I (and so many others it appears 120 comments!!)
    need this challenge & the accountability very similar health habits here I do good for about 2-3 weeks then slip back in the last 5 years i’ve slowly added about 30 lbs UUGGHH!! next year I turn the big 5-0!! and my metabolism is slowing down (oops think that is another excuse) I never really had to worry about weight gain before, but now OH MY!! any way I would like to lose 10 lbs in the next 5 weeks I have extra motivation because my son is getting married on the 19th of May :) and the wedding is in Florida! I need to drink more water & lots of fruit & veggies NO JUNK FOOD!!! and 20 min or more of exercise 5-6 days a week LOVE your chart thanks for sharing! Let’s do this together!!

  105. Jane says

    This was really on my heart this morning & again God is using your blog to confirm things in my life. THANK YOU! I am going through and emotional journey and have allowed myself to use food as my comfort. It is holding my back from making progress in other areas of my life. My biggest desire is to follw God’s word & treat my body like a temple. I’m going to write a plan of all the ways I can do that. To start I’m going to join this challenge, get more sleep, spend time in His word, exercise 5 times a week & drink less coffee & more water. I’m tired of feeling tired! I have 20 lbs to lose & I know I can do it…one day at a time. My end goal is not a certain weight but to feel good & be the person God created me to be. Thanks for your support!

  106. Rhonda says

    I so lack discipline in my life, from taking care of myself, getting more sleep, being more attentive to my home and family and spending time with my Creator. This challenge has come at just the right time. My first step is to eliminate sugar for the next five weeks. I desire to start loosing weight but to feel better is even more important to me. I am happy to be on this challenge with you all!

  107. says

    I am going to give this a try, I have been struggling with My walk with the Lord and with my body so I pray this is a good start to get back on track!

  108. Dianna says

    I am so excited for this challenge! Thank you for the printable….it’s awesome! My goal is to drink more water and have a more routined sleeping habit. Thanks for doing this!

  109. jennie T says

    I will work on exsersize and eatting write I need to lose wait. But don’t like to waigh my self.I lac disaplen too!! Thanks for the study

  110. Sherry says

    This is so Awseome! Sunday I too decided to step up and make some changes within myslf n discipline was one of them. God has shown me first that I need to stop trying to be perfect. Wow! One of many loads off my back. Over the past 20 yrs I’ve tried every thing in ‘my’ power to get a handle on this weight loss thangy n of course have failed time n time again. I have finally realized to be successful my thinking needed to change.It’s not about me, it’s about God. He’s helping me see that we’re a team and I need to be obedient. So, instead of looking at the past an feeling like a failure I’m seeing my ‘mistakes’ as victories of what didn’t work and modifying. I’m excited! I came across a blog where this girl took a pic w/ her wt. on the scale – once a wk n log her weight loss journey. I thought, hum? I like that idea, I’m a journaler n visual person so how cool. So, I got me a notebook and I’m off. Ha! Then, I see your challenge on FB and I’m like…I hear you Lord, I’m getting it! What a blessing you are…Courtney! Thanks~Sherry

  111. Kathleen says

    Are you sure we aren’t sisters? Your journey describes me to a tee. I am looking forward to gaining some discipline and losing some weight!

  112. Theresa says

    I just signed up atLindora a week and half ago and have lost my first 5 pounds (trying to lose another 20 on top of that. But I have ALWAYS struggled with a lack of desire to excercise, so that will be my focus with you girls over the next 5 weeks. Let’s get MOVING!

  113. says

    There are so many areas that I need to focus on, but one that causes so many problems in other areas, is my sleeping habits. I need to try and get to bed earlier so I can get up earlier. I am always running on a sleep deficit, which impacts my ability to be a good mom and home educator. Thanks for this 5 weeks challenge.

  114. lisa says

    I am in! I just finished the GMG Ephesians Bible study…being a part of something bigger to keep you accountable is just what I need and proved itself true over the last 12 weeks! What I need more discipline in (among other things) is time mngt. But it looks like we will get to that…so this week to work on my body I challenge myself to drink more water, exercise, & journal it! I will let you know how it goes

  115. Brittney says

    I’m in! I have been saying I need to do something like this but lack motivation. This may be just the encouragement I need. My main problem is sugars! I need to cut back on my sugar intake. I am pre diabetic already so this is top priority for me right now. Thank you, Courtney! Blessings and prayers to each of you!

  116. Dee M. says

    I just gave up Diet Soda for the first time in my life…I just turned 56! It has been almost 2 months since my last one! My son in law sent me an article about how bad the brown coloring agent in most colas is for your health and that was all it took! But now I need to focus on getting my extra weight off. I have found I eat way less not drinking soda so excited about that! I think losing 5 lbs in 5 weeks sounds manageable! Thanks for the inspiration! I’m in!!!!

  117. Lyndsey B. says

    I think I could do the 5 pounds in 5 weeks – my biggest struggle with that is going to be cutting back on sugar!

  118. Vickie says

    Count me in. My area of weakness is – focus & exercise. My strenght is – “Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strenghteneth me.” Just need to apply this truth faithfully.
    Thank you for the encouragement…..

  119. says

    this is incredible! I just told my hubby last night that I’m tired of making excuses and losing a couple pounds, only to gain them right back. THIS is the summer I want to feel confident about myself again and I know I can do this! I am so excited to be part of this!

    My goal for this week is to track every.single.thing.I.eat. I do SOOOO much better when I write it all down. =)

    Kathy K

  120. Emily says

    I need to start working out again. I have a 3 year old and an almost 4 month old and have struggled finding time. My goal is to start working out 3 times a week. You motivated me to start today and I got in a 30 minute jog, followed by a Denise Austen ab workout during nap time today! Thanks for the suggestion to search for workout videos on YouTube!

  121. Denise says

    I would like to change my eating habits for good. I tend to start and do really well for a while and then go back to my old eating habits especially when the winter months start to set in. Looking forward to this :-)

  122. says

    YAY Courtney! My husband has been really wanting me to work out with him, mainly to keep him motivated! (or maybe to use me has his excuse why he isn’t doing it, lol!) For whatever reason, I am sure it is something I should be doing, but my closest companion(aka my flesh) does not want to! You have motivated me to start today! (with my hubby when he gets home!)
    My healthy discipline is to work out 3 times per week with him. I will, now that the weather is nice again lengthen my dog walking in the evenings that I do not work out to an hour of “good-walking” not strolliing. Thanks for the challenge!
    Kelly-“your fellow Ohioan”

  123. says

    I am so excited to join this! My challenge to commit to doing 5 minutes of exercise each day – I read the story of a lady who committed to 5 minutes but always ended up doing longer, and I have a set of dvds that have 10 minute sections – so I am hoping if I commit to 5 minutes, whether I put on a dvd or go for a walk, that I’ll get my enthusiasm back and really get going on my weight loss journey. Thanks for the encouragement :)

  124. Elizabeth says

    This sounds like a great study!! I would like to lose 5 lbs also Need to not drink as much coffee : ) and drink more water instead. I work out twice a week for a hard hour but need to fit in others times that I can run. I want to run when my husband gets home from work but there is always so many other things that need doing.

  125. says

    Have you been looking in my bedroom windows again? This sounds just like me. With Gods help and yours I want to get back into the exercise routine, not only for my health(which I need), to loose weight(which I REALLY need), but to use this time to prove I can be disciplined in what Gods wants me to do.
    Thanks for all your encouragement!!!
    Lauren

  126. says

    Count me in! I so desperately need to do this! Knowing that other women are out there working on discipline at the same time will make me feel better – no one wants to suffer alone! :)

  127. Christie says

    Thanks for the motivation to get healthy, physically, mentally and spiritually.

    My healthy goal is to drink more water daily, take my vitamins and add exercise into my daily routine! Now that it’s written down it’s got to happen!

  128. says

    I struggle with this as well! I used to think before I had kids that I was oh so organized and self-disciplined. I have fallen flat on my face since having children! I certainly struggle in those areas!

    I am going to commit to going to bed by 11pm – lights out by 11:30 at the latest. I naturally gravitate towards 12 or 12:30. This fits me, but not my life or my family. This is probably my biggest struggle when it comes to taking care of myself.

    One tip I have for you in regards to getting more greens in your diet… smoothies. I struggle with getting enough greens in. I like salad, but a huge plate of it everyday? It becomes a chore. And cooked greens? Yuck! About a year ago we gave green smoothies a try. They quickly became a staple. We all eat a lot more greens now. We do them at lunch most of the time. My standard is this: 1 small/medium carrot, 2cups greens (baby spinach and baby kale – both at Costco in big containers), 1 c mixed frozen fruit, 1/2c almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup frozen berries, 1T of flax seed or chia seeds. This is close to 300 calories, so it’s almost a meal on it’s own for me. I’ll just add a little complex carb or protein of some type to it. For the kids I make it the same, and they each get half. Today they each had a half smoothie and a half of a pb&j on sprouted grain bread. It’s hard for me to sit at lunch. This makes for a healthy, on my feet lunch. For the kids and my husband sometimes I’ll add more fruit or switch the nut milk to juice to make it sweeter. I will sometimes cut back on the greens too if I get the sense that I’ve been shoving too many nutrients at them and they’re getting bored with it. We worked our way up to this. I started out making them with just fruit and 1 cup of spinach. I worked the greens up, then added the carrot, then the seeds… Occasionally I’ll swap some small beets for the carrot. This is great for getting good greens into persons who don’t like them! It really tastes nothing like spinach or kale!

  129. Jane says

    I’m taking the challenge! I really need to exercise. My goal is to walk for a minimum of half an hour each day. Lord help me to do this. I pray that you all succeed in your goals for exercise and healthy eating and sleeping.

  130. Brooke says

    I am thankful you posted this challenge. My biggest problem is lack of sleep. I under sleep on weekdays and over sleep on weekends. My housework is not getting done & I’m fed up with being tired all the time. I can’t focus on my work. I will work on being more consistent..and using my dvr…im typically watching tv.

  131. Lyndsay says

    I am so excited about this challenge!! I need to drink more water, eat more veggies and less salty snacks, and exercise at least 4 times a week. I would like to lose 5 pounds over these next 5 weeks. Thanks so much for all that you do!

  132. says

    I am in, the more encouragement the better. I will continue to work on chaning my eating habits, working out and running a little more and drawing even closer to the Lord by spending even more time in the word and on my knees. Thank you for all these challenges what a blessing they are to me and always come at the times I need them, Lord knows! You are such a blessing to me thank you soo much!!

    God Bless you sis,
    Adrienne

  133. says

    I thought of something else… some issues are self-discipline, yes. But often when we are in a cycle of failure with something, there is more to it. There is a spiritual problem. I have really benefited from the book Made to Crave. It does a good job of addressing those spiritual underpinnings of the choices we make. Just wanted to throw that out there!

  134. Crystal says

    I will most definitely be joining you. I need discipline in so many areas of my life. My goal is to get healthier by drinking at least 5 glasses of water a day AND getting at least 20 minutes of exercise/5 days a week. I know I need more of both, but baby steps, right???

  135. says

    This comes at the perfect time Courtney, and I will be working on getting more sleep and elimination of all pop! I’ve already pretty much cut it out but for the sometimes at restaurants. Sleep will help me to no longer snooze! -Nicole @ Working Kansas Homemaker

  136. Kory says

    Planning on doing this-trying to start jogging again, doing kettlebells and eating more veggies! Can’t wait for each week’s challenge!

  137. says

    I was so happy to read about this challenge! Had it been August of last year, I would have jumped right in on the plan and posted my link, but since I am currently 5 months pregnant and on bedrest, I can make some small changes. One of them would be to drink more water and the other would be to exchange some of my sweet cravings for a piece of yummy fruit. With some accountability, I know that I can do it! Any tips on bedrest exercises?

  138. Suzy Negrette says

    I love how God leads us to just what we need, right when we need it. I too would like to join this challenge and pray it is actually something I will stick with. My 40th birthday is in May and I feel awful. I have a goal to lose 25 pounds. I feel like my weight and outlook of myself inhibits me in so many ways.

    I desire to be the Christian, wife, mother, daughter, friend that God has created me to be. I keep getting in the way! It is time to move over and let Him take the lead!

  139. Myfawnwy Stephenson says

    Count me in.I am in need of this study.I will be working on denying my sweet tooth this week and replacing it with a glass of water or fruit.I am sure it will go down kicking and screaming.So if you hear it just ignore it. Looking forward to this.

  140. Bek says

    I so need this! I am 16 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 and I’m gaining weight too quickly!! It is stressing me out. The nausea for the first trimester had me eating bread and crackers WAY too often. Now that that is gone, I am going to be eating mindfully: lots of plant based foods, drinking the daily recommended amounts of water, skipping the sugar, and making sure I get my ever-expanding booty to the gym 5 days per week. I’m not trying to lose, I need to gain for the sake of the baby, but I would like to slow it down a bit so I keep my weight gain within the healthy range. I’ve always had a sweet tooth, but when I’m pregnant, I want sugar even more, so this is going to be particularly difficult. Please pray for the ravenous pregnant lady in Los Angeles! It will be a minute by minute denial of the flesh.

  141. Deb says

    Thank you! I need this as well!! I am excited to do it along aside of you!! I need to commit to exercising and I would like to give up all sugar.
    What book did you quote from of E. Elliot’s?? :-)

    thanks again!

  142. Dawn says

    I need self control with a capital S! I have the exercise part down…been exercising 5-6x per week since November…but what I put in my mouth…well, lets just say I have gained weight since November, not lost weight. Now…last week, I sprained my ankle…so no cardio for me right now. I am freaking out!…and yet I know God is in control…so I ask myself why? What is it I am to learn? Obviously, the answer is in front of me. I need to stop making food my god. I turn to food throughout my day rather than God, and then “feel” better that I ate so much junk because I do some cardio…and He has had enough. I just got the book Reshaping It All yesterday from the library…good so far! So…my goal for the next 5 weeks: Honor God with what I put in my mouth, only eat when I am hungry…stop all the snacking, and eat healthy choices. Thanks for doing this!

  143. says

    I, too, judge the way I look by the people I am around. The problem is, I am an elementary teacher and I am around lots of skinny, young teachers! I have no self-control with food (I am known for my cooking and baking) and I have not been able to exercise due to 3 herniated discs in my neck and back and a recent foot surgery. I am so ready to get on track and stop feeling like a blob!

  144. says

    I’m in! In my almost 30th week of our 4th pregnancy I will commit to drinking water only, and getting enough rest. Too many nights become early morning before my eyes close on the pillow. I lack a great deal of discipline in this area. So, to all who have read this–thank you for holding me accountable and backing me in your prayers ;)

    Good luck to all of you others who tackle an area of your life, letting God perfect His vision in You!!!

  145. Stephanie says

    Thank you for this challenge! I’d like to join in as well. It’s encouraging to know we’re all doing this together. In addition to working on the discipline of eating smaller portions and only when I’m truly hungry, I also need to work on my attitude. I need to believe that I really can lose weight and have victory in Jesus in this area. I obviously have failed in my own strength and need to rely fully in His power to help me on a daily basis. :) Thanks for your transparency and letting us join you on this journey! Excited.

  146. says

    I’ve had the same struggles since I was 13 years old. Now 25 years and 5 kids later it’s harder than ever! I’ve got my running shoes on and ready to do this along side you!

  147. Tammy says

    My goal in the next 5 weeks is to get in some kind of movement……even if it’s for 5 min. a day. Also am going to work on cutting down the sweets…….there’s a little addiction going on that I need to break. Looking forward to this challenge and making discipline part of my life.

  148. Charleen says

    I am very excited about this challenge. I have put everyone else first in my life and let myself go. It’s time I get myself back on track! Thank you for doing this!

  149. says

    I saw a post on a friend’s blog about this challenge and decided to join. I posted and linked up above. Thanks for this challenge. I especially need to get going on my weight loss again.

  150. Dea says

    I am going to work on eating healthier and drinking more water while adding 30 minutes of daily excercise into my routine. I know I am happier when I feel better and am a better mommy and wife.

  151. says

    Hi Courtney – I’m looking forward to following this study. I am in constant pursuit of that elusive state called “balance”. I find it easier to recognize and appreciate God’s blessings in my life when my body is happy with me so I’ve recently committed to increasing my water consumption, omitting diet coke (my “treat”), and cleaning up my diet. Both my daughter and I celebrated birthdays in March so the cake-fest is now officially over. Lean protein and vegies are on the menu!

  152. D'ana says

    I’m not a blogger, but I’m so excited to be a part of this 5 week program. I so wish that it had been 5 weeks ago, as I tried on my bridesmaids dress last night (for a wedding this Saturday) and I’m so disappointed in myself for not sticking with my plan!!! I was so ready in January and have just totally messed up!! I’m inconsistent with my exercise (run for a week and then off for a couple….). I eat what I want when I want and I’m just ready to do this. I love it that you reminded us that we can’t be obsessed with ME or we are lose sight of the MOST important thing – Jesus and His plan for our lives and what He would have for us to be doing!!!

  153. jocelyn pethtel says

    I am a stay at home mommy to 3 beautiful girls that have been my excuse for weight gain. I just celebrated 5 years with my hubby but in those 5 years I have been pregnant 5 times with 2 miscarriages…it seemed if I wasn’t nursing I was pregnant so I’ve had plenty of excuses …now I have none. Still nursing my 11 month old…but that’s no reason to not lose weight. I need to drink more water and exercise at least 10 minutes a day. Thats what I will work on in the next 5 weeks. (My girls are 3,2, and 11 months…I have to get healthy so I can watch them grow up.)

  154. LaTrese says

    I love the way God works…I just started an exercise program last week that is twice a week & was thinking it would be nice to have something to motivate me to get off my rear the other 5 days of the week then I found this challenge. Perfect timing. I am excited to join. I will be working on exercising 6 days a week & making this gift I’ve been given a well oiled machine.

  155. Laurie says

    I am not a blogger but I love this challenge. I am so in! Any strength I have is from God. And any discipline in me is definitely from the Lord! I have been so discouraged and have all the perfect excuses lined up: I’m in nursing school, I have five children, no time, no money, no energy…etc, but starting now I’m giving it all to God. Thank you for this tremendous encouragement, I really needed this. We truly need to be living up to our God-given abilities. I will be working on eating healthier snacks, drinking more water and less soda (that’s a hard one for me!) and getting in some must needed exercise.

  156. Mellissa says

    Thank you for this challenge. I would like to join. 
    I would like to have a healthier outlook about my appearance. I have six children ages 1-12 years. I have slowly gained 50lbs since my first was born. I have a burning desire to lose the weight, and have diligently tried many times to do so …at least for a while. I will start out excited and willing to “Die to Self”, but after a while I feel discouraged and helpless and give into the thoughts that “I can’t do this and that I might as well give up and get used to being heavy!”
    I want to break through that obstacle and discipline myself to honor my commitment to getting heathy and trust that the Lord will help me and bring me through. 

  157. says

    Hi! I really enjoyed reading your perspectives in this post/series! I have Elis.Elliot’s book, Discipline, sitting on my nightstand; I brought it out recently, knowing this is an area I should be working on….but haven’t started reading it yet. LOL, and now after reading this, along with your quotes *from Elisabeth,* I am convinced this is something I really need to do! Thanks for the encouragement. :) I’ll be joining you…..I need to be consistent w/exercising & also eating more healthfully. Blessings, Collette

  158. says

    I’m in. I don’t drink soda, but I guzzle juice and tea like they are water. This weeks challenge…….8 ounces of juice a day. When I am thirsty, I will get a glass of water instead.

    Growing Mama

  159. Molly Odum says

    I have been training for a half marathon, that I plan to run on April 21st. We have a chronically ill child & I find consistency to be a super hard challenge. My goal for this week is to really eliminate sugar from my diet. I use fitness pal to track my nutrition. I even work w/a trainer twice a week, but when I’m not working w/ him I struggle to get my workout done. I just want to join!!!

    • says

      Hi Molly — I use fitness pal too. Here’s to our good fortune in eliminating the sugar — carbs and sugar are my demons! Blessings on you as you care for your child and prepare to run the half marathon. I’ll be praying for you on both counts

  160. Tina says

    Courtney,

    I support you! My 1 healthy habit to focus on the next 5 weeks is to eliminate sugar and fake sugar (no more diet cokes, cake, candy, cookies…..) and to eat NO processed meals or foods. Mandy @ Biblical Homemaking started this idea about a week ago…. You may want to check out her blog. I’ve been watching my calorie intake since mid Feb and having losing about 1/2 pound a week. I’m happy… I’m not obsessing and not neglecting… I’m BALANCED— yippee! It feels good.

  161. Michelle says

    Courtney, thanks for getting this started. I’ve found that my self-control (or lack thereof) with food affects every other area of my life. So, count me in! I’d like to lose five pounds in the next five weeks.

  162. Lori says

    Everytime I read one of your posts I feel like we could be best friends!! :) I even sympathize with the siblings thing, my sister is naturally skinny and beautiful and my brother is handsome and buff, sometimes I feel like I’m adopted, lol My goals are to drink LESS Diet Coke – I tried cold turkey once and it was bad, just ask my husband, haha And to get more sleep, I’m not sure how that’s going to work but I’m going to give it a shot. I know this will all be fruitless without more prayer and time with the Lord. I used to think it was silly and narcissistic to pray about my weight. But I’ve begun to think differently the last couple years. Thanks for the nudge I needed to try…again! :)

  163. says

    I lack both discipline and motivation! I know I will never be skinny nor do I wish to be…I admit to being envious of the flat tummies I see but I also know it will never be me. I just wish to be healthy for my 5 yr old boy. I’d love to be able to run around with him but the extra weight is destroying my knees. So I’m going to give this a shot! My initial goal is to drink more water and cut out the snacking after 8pm. Adding more lean meats and veggies will be my next goal – hopefully pre-cutting the veggies will help when I’m looking for something to crunch! Wish me luck as I’m a baker and it’s really hard to ignore the tasty treats I make!

    Thanks for the boost!

    • Marie says

      Ann, I want to encourage you to bless others with your sweet treats! That way you can still enjoy the baking without the temptation in the home. I do that with my bread. I love to bake breads. I give them away and freeze them for future needs outside the home. As for pre-cutting veggies, I keep a bag of carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, and broccoli with a container of sour cream mixed up with ranch dip mix in the fridge for my kids. When they or even my husband gets the munchies, its easy to pull those out and literally throw on a plate and eat up. We even use them to sub a salad at dinner. You can do it, Ann!

  164. Donna says

    This is so timely for me. I have been struggling with getting on track. I lost 20 pounds last year and sadly have gained back about 12. I lack discipline so I am really looking forward to this.

  165. says

    Count me in! But not so much physically just yet. Just had a spinal fusion in December and am still in physical therapy so I’m taking extra care to follow doctor’s guidelines. However, I’m addicted to carbs and chocolate. I also need to learn to stop so much snacking between meals. That’s what I’m going to work on — less snacking and healthier snacks. I can do this!

  166. greta says

    I’m in!! My healthy habit needs to start with setting aside time for myself every day, even if it is just 30 minutes. Whether it is exercise, reading, relaxing on the porch with a cup of coffee, I need to carve out some “me” time on a regular basis.

  167. Marie says

    Well, I am the odd ‘man’ out. I am the one typically with great discipline. The past year has presented its challenges with my husband’s dislocation of his elbow, a home remodel, my father in law passing away, and this being our first year homeschooling along with evening commitments we didn’t have prior to homeschooling. So, with these life experiences, my routine has been challenged and my running has been the sacrifice. I, too, would like to develop the consistency once again. Consistency is my simple goal. I do not set myself up for pounds, inches, mileage, or time, simply consistency. The Lord takes care of the rest. Thank you for the encouragement.

  168. Christine says

    I am going to exercise for at least 20 minutes a day! I feel so much better when I exercise but I never stick with it and I want that to change. For the life of me I can’t understand why I don’t do something that makes me feel good! I look forward to the 5 week challenge. Discipline is something I must work on daily, it doesn’t come easy for me at all.

  169. Lori says

    I definitely lack discipline when it comes to my body. I am going to eat smaller portion sizes, eat at a slower pace so my stomach and mouth are on the same “page,” and also incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I also plan to increase my water intake to at least 80 ounces of water a day.

  170. says

    I am so up on this challenge! I do believe I will print that out. When I read “Made to Crave” (twice), I did wonderful. Then had this one job (a temporary one) where they ATE A LOT OF TREATS and I succumbed to the flesh! Now I am not working at that job, and in between jobs. I need this challenge while I search for a “new job”. Exercise is not problem, I am totally hooked on that. Just the “carried away” and not portion size good. Also I probably could use more sleep. Let’s go women, let’s go!!!

  171. Kristen S. says

    I am looking foward to this. Over the last year I lost 30 lbs with Weight Watchers and exercise. I have wanted to lose 10 more but have let myself get back into some bad eating habits.

    I will use this challenge to tighten up my eating habits and be more mindful of what I eat by committing to sticking to the WW points. I will also be more dedicated to my exercise by. I’d like to lose 7 pounds in 5 weeks.

    I am up for the challenge. :-)

  172. Mandi says

    Oh glory! It was like reading a page out of my journal! Dumping junk food… again. On WW and had already lost 10 pounds, got a little cocky and gained some back already! Back on the wagon! Excited about the next 5 weeks!

  173. Everwillow says

    I need this topic and challenge. I need to dig deep and figure out why my eating is SO out of control. I need to stop this madness of gaining weight and start losing weight.

    Over the next 5 weeks I will commit to recording my progress and sticking with this study.

  174. Jen says

    I would like to also lose five pounds in five weeks by decreasing my sweet intake and with regular exercise. That would be wonderful. God bless you and all of the women up for the challenge of being disciplined. Looking forward to honoring God with my choices.

  175. Carmelinda says

    Hi Courtney!
    Don’t know if you remember me or not but you blessed me a couple of years ago with the ticket to the One Conference! Anyway… still following you and still adore your blog. Totally down with this challenge! Self-Control is a fruit that I lack big time! It’s unreasonable! Last year, I did a special diet and lost 80lbs… was so blessed by the peace the Lord gave me through self-control. But at the beginning of the year, I found out I was pregnant (our first child…well, on earth…one with Jesus…after trying for a long time)…anywho…long story short… self-control…what’s self-control? Yep…totally flew out the window as I’ve been battling with wanting to have a healthy pregnancy and wanting to “enjoy” my pregnancy… ugh. I know they can be the same thing…but not with my mindset! ha! Okay… probably more than you wanted to know but I’m with you on the challenge. I’m faithful with my exercise and will continue to be, it’s my eating I need to work on. Gonna try to be faithful with watching my sugar and carb intake. I know I can do it… with the Lord, I’ve done it before….just gotta get my head in the game! For my baby’s sake! And most importantly, to seek His peace…

    Okay… rambling again… much love to you and your ministry. Carmelinda

  176. Missy says

    I’d like to lose 30 lbs. thru exercising and eating right. I work 4 days a week and have a 17 month old. I have a desk job so I don’t get to exercise a lot.

  177. Bev says

    I’m not as concerned about losing weight but I’d like to be in better condition, better muscle tone. I started walking my dog in the morning before we get going for the day. My grandson just moved in with me and we all need the exercise and discipline. First for me so I can pass it along to him. Thanks this is such a great idea.

  178. says

    THanks for the printout! That will be helpful, the reality does boil down to discipline for me as well. Never been something I did well :) This week I will try to get back on track but just making sure enough water is going in

  179. Twila says

    I just found your blog and decided to go with you on this 5 week journey. My goal this week is to drink more water and less soda.

  180. Stacey says

    I just found your blog and it really it home with me. I go back and forth on the weight loss. I put the needs of other before my own. But My body is a temple. God wants to remind me of this. My weight is holding me back from being a better wife & mother. With that said I want to track like I mean it. Food, water and excercise. God graced us with our miracle son after 5 years of fertility issues. At that last moment of that last hour He allowed us to be parents. I gained a lot of weight with the fertility treatments and almost 7 months of bedrest. Thank you for the reminder that I am worth it. That God has my hand during this struggle too. It might be 10 pounds or 150 pounds I know that with His help we can do this! Thank you again for lifting my eyes to him this morning. Now I am going to get my work-out on!

  181. says

    I can really relate to your commitment to do something and then fall off the wagon. Four years ago I was really fit, instructing others even. We moved and I am ashamed to admit I slipped into some bad eating habits and due to a knee issue stopped exercising. I would like to suggest to you that what motivates me is seeing a difference in my body, after about 4 weeks of consistency you will feel a difference. In 8 weeks see a difference and in 12 weeks others will begin to notice and comment. I have stayed home exclusively before and am working again part-time. My kids are little older than yours and I have to juggle their busy after school schedules. My husband is very supportive of me and I take a late class on Monday and Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. He puts them to bed for me and I get some Mommy time. Having that accountability going away from your home might work for you. If I don’t show up people are wondering if I’m sick. I am a people person and it sounds like you might be one too. The other days I work out at home or take a class after I teach during my work days. It has really worked for me. I have lost 15 lbs so far since Jan. and have about 16 more to my goal weight. What keeps me going is how I feel after I’m done and it doesn’t hurt to drop a pants size either! It sounds like you have quit too soon before seeing these results and then think, “What am I doing this for?” It takes time but your body will change. I will be turning 40 this year too. You can do it!

  182. Melinda McCormick says

    LOVE this! Was just commenting to a friend how impressed I am that she can somehow get out and run regularly. BUT you are right – 20 minutes of cardio is sooo doable…as I sit here eating leftover Easter treats. BUT I am excited to do this. Had my third baby (c-section) March 1 and am ready for some activity now. Been walking with the kids 10 minutes around the block but can probably work in 10 more minutes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  183. Jana says

    I want to join, but couldn’t figure out how to do the above, so I’m just going to leave a comment. I want to get more sleep! Not doing very good with that one, may need a little encouragement. Have a blessed week!

  184. ify says

    been having a lot of image issues lately so decided to start eating better and exercising … i started 4 days ago and i feel like giving up but the Lord sent me here (this is my first visit ) to give me encouragement. I will lose 30 pounds before the end of the year and i would maintain it by the grace of God and anytime i feel discourage i would come back to read all d amazing comments here. thank you all

  185. Lani says

    I was want to second the comments on tracking food. I, as many others, have often struggled with keeping my weight consistent. It would always go up and down, and trying to go down would always be this huge mental and emotional issue for me. I would always feel like I was denying myself something and then it would make me want it more.

    Starting in January, however, my goal was to track what I ate and see if I can keep it within certain guidelines. I didn’t think about it as a “diet” or even about trying to loose weight. I have no issue staying within a financial budget, so I challenged myself to think about it as a food budget (“do I want to eat dessert now or later? My budget only allows for once”). I can eat whatever I want, so long as I stay within the budget.

    I have downloaded an app on my phone and track everything on there. The app automatically calculates the number of calories, grams of fat, grams of sugar, etc, so it is super easy to use. I highly recommend it to everyone who has struggled with weight and the mental roadblocks in the past.

    I have lost twenty pounds since January. The only difference between now and December is that I track what I eat and try to not have the numbers go into the red.

  186. Lori says

    Just returned from my morning walk and I kept getting the message that I need to focus on discipline. Hmmm…as I sit at my computer and get caught up on my reading, I find this Challenge. Although I’m late, I’m in!! I’ve printed out the tracking sheet and am looking forward to eating fewer carbs and sugar.
    Thanks! Blessings to all.

  187. Billie says

    Well, hopefully I will not be the last to join this challenge, and certainly not the least. There are so many aspects of my life that need discipline. But, I am going to start with drinking more water for now. I am looking forward to hearing about everyones growth in certain areas of their lives. Can’t wait for a change in mine! Much ecouragement and prayers to you all!

  188. Laura says

    Billie – you weren’t the last to join. LOL. I don’t know why I didn’t start this 4 weeks ago! I know, because I too lack discipline. On the ball now tho and praying hard it sticks! I will fail I know, fall off the track. But that is the beauty of God’s Grace. I can get up, brush myself off and hop back on again, and again and again………until I have become who He and I want me to be. Not perfect just forgivin….
    I will get up off the couch while watching my shows and exercise and watch at the same time.

  189. christina says

    I would like to start exercising and/or walking at least 3 days a week. I start a workout and after a week, I usually give up. I want a treadmill or elliptical so that I can watch t.v. or read while I work out, then I would have no excuse.

  190. says

    I will go to bed at 10pm up @ 5am.
    Drink more water, watch my portions!
    Pray first thing!
    I too have started and stopped over and over again.
    I am reading a great book called Crave God not Food by Lisa Terkerst
    It is wonderful and personal, It gives a set of questions at the end of each chapter, and I am journaling my progress.
    I am very convicted over my laziness and my choices. By chosing to stay up late and sleep in and get on the computer for my Business every free minute HAS GOT TO STOP!!
    God commands us to be:
    Busy workers Prov 31
    Keepers at home Titus 2:5
    Whatever we eat or drink and do, DO all to the GLORY of GOD 1 cor 10:31
    I am disobeying God everyday, and everyday I tell myself I will do right and obey and be a better wife and mother and everyday I stay in the same pattern and do not change it.
    I say I want to do right, but my actions clearly show I would rather be lazy and rush through the important things. I need help in all of these challenges!!!
    I want my children to know how important they are to me and train them better as well:)
    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phi 4:13
    I will get victory over this:))
    Thanks for this challenge.It is definitely and encouragement. I am catching up… Thanks for posting all of the challenges:)

  191. jan says

    ok, so I caved! I decided to do a quick read of each of the 5 challenges and do as much of them as possible at one time even though you are currently on week 5. Maybe I can make a really big chart? lol anyway, I do need to lose weight, but I feel like if I am doing some of the other disciplines (such as working hard, or not wasting time sitting around), it will help in the weight loss department as well. Love your writings! You are a blessing!

  192. Steffanie says

    Well, I used to work out five days a week and then had a tonsillectomy so I am still in the recovery stage. I would like to work on drinking more water though. I am going to drink 4 water bottles a day (16.9 oz) size. This will be my goal. Then, when I can exercise again, I am going to go back to my 5 days a week of exercise- only 5 weeks left of P90X!

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