I can't believe it's been three months since I've actually blogged! Obviously, I've been busy - somehow!
During tax season, I got rather complacent about walking - mainly because I was working so much overtime. I've been doing better - but still not where I was last year.
But, I do know I've changed. I just came back from Women's Retreat up at El Porvenir Christian Camp. God blessed us with a great four days, and a co-worker of mine accepted Christ as her Savior and I baptized her in the "unheated" pond last Friday night. It was great. A lot of the ladies I only see once a year at Women's Retreat commented on my weight loss. They all asked how I was doing it - what program.
I explained that what I am doing actually has nothing to do with weight loss. I told them my middle son challenged me 18 months ago about my lack of time spent in Bible Study and prayer. That continues to be the impetus of my walking, and God is blessing that by helping me to lose weight and change my entire eating habits.
That was evident this weekend when, as always, we had plenty to eat at camp, including lots of snacks (chocolate fountain, brownies, ice cream, cookies, chips, etc., etc., etc.). Did I eat any of that? Yes, but not nearly in the amounts I used to. Quite frankly, the bell peppers and apples I took tasted better to me than the sweet not-so-good-for-you things.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that 18 months of working on my relationship with God has changed my eating habits, my exercise habits - everything. He is blessing me because I am intentionally putting Him first.
Am I 100% changed? No, but I see this as a lifelong, step by step process. I'm not dieting - I'm not on an exercise binge. Both of those things stop for various reasons. My lifestyle has changed. Yes, I feel better and I look better. The support from SparkPeople, the chance to see what I'm eating and exercising, etc., has been great. But I proclaim to all of you today that it's my relationship with God that has propelled this weight loss and lifestyle change.
Thank You, God! WOW!