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!
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,