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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (God’s approval), they will be satisfied. Matt 5:6
Yesterday I was introduced to a song called “Pressure” by Jonathan McReynolds.
The lyrics were a heart cry to God, almost a proclaimation…
“I need to rid myself of the pressure to be someone else that the world has made. Jesus help me be me and only see you, let me decrease and Glorify you. I just want to live for you, nobody else but you. ”
Y’all I think this could officially be the “adjust my focus” theme song for the holidays.
I dislike the pressures of the holidays, which is why I started this Holiday Body challenge in the first place.
Yesterday I walked in Walmart and Christmas looks like it exploded.
Music and all.
I could hardly find the thanksgiving table cloths or pumpkin anything because there were SOOOO MANY snowmen and candy cane colored this and that’s. Now don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love Christmas season. But seriously, the pressure to hurry up and buy & Santa when will you get here, kinda steals the joy.
That’s what happens to us during the holiday seasons. Pressure to hurry up and be. I refuse to do that. I love that so many people use November to spur on shouts of praise and thankfulness. Let’s get a little bit rowdy about our own joy, freedom & thankfulness – get a little crazy for the peace we’ve found in our bodies, our purposes and our passions. Isn’t that what thanksgiving is for anyway? Being thankful?
During this holiday body challenge our primary focus is to get glad and MOVE IT – Move your body, Move your focus, Move the obstacles, Move your food choices toward options that you can manage using the 80/20 principle.
80 % of your food choices should include fruits, veggies, grains, proteins and dairy (provided there are no known intolerance/allergies/sensitivities) & the remaining 20 % available for what I call the guilt free indulgences.
Honestly y’all, this Holiday Body Challenge is full of movement & motivation to get the most out of our holidays!! This will NOT be a BEAST MODE TIL THE BINGEING BEGINS. THAT is dangerous and extremely unhealthy! THIS is about moderation, balance and basics. Knowing what works, what doesn’t, moving more, eating good food and enjoying life. Ok I think you get it.
A few months ago we got Back to Basics in a self-discovery challenge (Eat, Pray, Love) and we were talkin’ about the balance of really enjoying food.
I got to thinkin’ …we are all, or have been at some time, hungry, craving, emotional eaters, closet munchers, bingers, extremists (NO CARBS, ONLY PROTEINS, NO GLUTEN, NO MEAT etc) for whatever reason or another.
Whatever pattern of eating we’ve adopted; misguided and left to our own devices, it eventually becomes harmful not only to our bodies but eventually to our soul, as well.
Consider for a moment that we tend to jump on board the latest belly-flattening trend because we are ABSolutely certain this is for us, this is the plan we’ve been waiting for and FINALLY we can get a handle on how to eat. So we jump in head first! Or should I say mouth first!
Isn’t it safe to say that while it might be a desire to get flatter abs, but it’s more of a craving or desire to finally be satisfied; whether satisfied with food you enjoy, satisfied with the external results, or satisfied with the feeling of accomplishment. When we feed insatiable appetite, they don’t subside they grow. WHATEVER you feed will grow.
As we approach the holiday season, let’s face it, there are some intense moments that we might be dreading. Gatherings we’d rather come down with the flu than attend, and some awkward conversations that no matter how festive we dress the turkey table; someone always walks away feeling uninvited.
Let’s commit to using our every day tasks to shine the Light of Christ in our families, communities, circles of influence and especially on social media. Let’s commit this month to fuel our bodies with good food, fill our hearts with the life-giving Word of God and like Rachel Kinkaid of Influence Network says, let’s #getaftergrateful explore thankfulness in our own hearts and walk a little close to Jesus in November.
“My friend, you must do all you can to show that God has really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won’t stumble and fall.” 2 Peter 1:10
Ok…now here’s where the fun begins. Someone recently said they never trust a personal trainer’s “let’s have some fun”
You know the number one thing that overwhelms us during the holidays?
BUSY? Too much to do and too little time? YES AND YES AND JOIN THE CLUB!
inneractive FITCLUB recently launched “MOVE” a new accountability coaching community!!!
It’s your fitness trackers & community AND it’s only $10! And it’s pretty awesome if I say so myself. I mean seriously think about it.
You bought the tracker, you downloaded the apps, you’re movin’ OR NOT and suddenly you get a “WHOOO WHOOO you go girl” from me in the middle of your day 🙂 !!!!
Once you purchase the access code you’ll receive an email with instructions to join my coaching group.
That’s it. Well, now all you have to do is start movin!
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Over the course of the next few days I will be creating a few workouts you can do at home and while you’re traveling. I’ll also be sharing from some of the most recent books I’m reading The End Of Me by Kyle Idleman, Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning, Crazy Love by Francis Chan and Love Does by Bob Goff.
So tell me…
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” — Oprah Winfrey
As the holidays are approaching what do you find yourself needing more/less of? How will you commit to being mindfully thankful?
Have you signed up for the Holiday Body Challenge yet? Sign up here and purchase your MOVE access pass!!