The Sluggard in Me

Ladies, ladies, ladies. I sort of have an addiction to sugar. Give me chocolate any day of the week, and you’ll be one of my new besties. Don’t even get me started on Reese’s Eggs during Easter season. HOLY MOLY. The cups have absolutely nothing on those scrumptious eggs. AND Oreos. Oh gracious. I can do some major damage to a package of Oreos. The two perfect “chocolate” (who knows what they really are?) cookies smothering the amazingly fluffy white cream on the inside. Dunk them in a nice cold glass of milk, and you’ll hear the hallelujah chorus as you put it into your mouth. Let’s not even talk about a refreshingly cold bottle of Dr. Pepper. The sweetness. The fizz. The YUM.

If those yummy treats don’t tempt you to break out the fat pants and run down to the nearest convenient store, I don’t know what will! Maternity pants…where did I put you?!?

I have had an extremely challenging month…in a great way! I’ve known since the day after Liam was born that I had a long road ahead of me to lose this baby weight, but I certainly didn’t understand how hard it would be. It started with overindulging in Dr. Pepper because I could finally have “guilt-free” caffeine. Then I was so exhausted all the time that I never felt like making myself anything healthy, so I would grab the easy to heat Hot Pocket (that burns the roof of your mouth-HOT Pocket). All the while, I sat on my behind and never got active. This is a recipe for DISASTER, ladies. Rolls and flab and things that shouldn’t sag—THAT kind of disaster. I’m 24 years old and SHOULD NOT be lazy! However, there I sat. And there I gained more and more weight…not to mention I simply felt AWFUL. Much more important than my physical body, I was neglecting my walk with Jesus. The laziness was affecting every inch of me.

Eight months later, February came. Some truth about laziness hit me:

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Proverbs 13:4

“The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing.” Proverbs 20:4

I knew it was time to get myself together. At this point, I’d only lost a little bit of weight…mostly just because I birthed the weight that I lost. Everything else stuck around. I ran across this accountability group on Facebook where we all check in every day in March, track some of our eating habits, and have a workout plan. I told Tyler I NEEDED this. I couldn’t do it on my own. He was 100% supportive. So, here I am. 24 days in, and I’m beginning to feel like a new woman! I’m not sure I’ve lost much weight and am certainly not in my pre-pregnancy clothes JUST yet, but I have come a long way internally.

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Sweets don’t scream my name QUITE like they used to. My self-control and will power have greatly increased. And most importantly my walk with the Lord has grown much more intimate. This is in no way, shape, or form a way to toot my horn. Trust me, I still have a long way to go. It’s a battle DAILY. (I even failed today and drank a Dr. Pepper.) However, there was no more room for the amount of laziness I was allowing in my life. It’s amazing the changes that can happen when you learn to pray for self-control and discipline and have accountability in your life. Laziness and lack of self-control are tools Satan loves to use to coerce us into his schemes. When we realize our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 16:19-20), our desire to take care of them, inside and out will increase! While taking care of our bodies is important, the ultimate goal is to grow deeper in love with Jesus. 1 Timothy 4:8 says,

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

Yes, it’s important for us to take care of the only physical body God has given us, but more importantly we should allow Jesus Christ to etch away the negative and grow us to be more like Him…people totally lost in love with Him; seeking Him every day. Even if a physical workout doesn’t get accomplished today, work toward knowing Jesus more intimately. That is exactly where you get the greatest reward.

“…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Find people who push you to grow closer to Jesus. Also, find what works for you to get healthy! Whether that’s a Facebook accountability group, or walking every day with your best friend. You’ve got this! Make it fun. Make it count. Pray for self-control, energy and time to get active! And most of all, breathe in the Word of God and spend time with Him today! Press on, sweet ladies!