First You Believe- A Joy Worthy Journey Day 24

First You Believe

First You Believe

Even though I’ve been focusing on Joy, this week the word believe is what kept coming up. I noticed it in several articles about goal setting. Each one mentioned that believing your goal is achievable is critical. Whether or not you know how you are going to get there, you have to believe it is possible. You have to believe in the person you will be at the end of the process.  Sometimes it’s the hardest part. 

I caught an episode of The Biggest Loser this week. I know there is plenty of controversy about the show and its methodologies, we don’t need to get into that here, but for many I think it opens the door to the idea this kind of weight loss is possible. I know for me, it made me think I had a chance. Even though I wasn’t going to be able to stop my life and take things to the extreme, maybe it would be possible for me to take off this weight with just diet and exercise. I was beginning to wonder.

I’ll never forget the day a friend asked if I had considered weight loss surgery. I was shocked. In my mind, surgery was only an option for people who needed to lose so much more than I did. Watching this show allowed me to believe this kind of major transformation might be possible. This episode was the week where each contestant had to put back on the amount of weight they had taken off. I think about that a lot. Sometimes I wish I could got back just for a day to remember what it felt like. When I pick up a weight at the gym, it seems crazy to think I used to carry all of this around on a daily basis. It seems like maintaining it might be a little easier if I could truly remember what that felt like. 

The idea of belief came up again in a Bible study I am doing on Joshua.  The first few sessions dealt with Moses and the folks who were not going to reach the promised land because of their lack of belief. They did not believe in the promises God had made to them. Their doubt and grumbling ultimately meant they missed out on the blessing which was reserved for their children. How often do you doubt God’s plan? Question what He might be waiting to do in your life?

 You’ve heard my take on this before.  It’s one of those things that comes up over and over because it is such a critical part of the process. Do you believe transformation is possible? If not, what do you need to do to change your belief? What systems can you put in place to remind you to believe in your potential again? 

First you believe… in the opportunity, in the blessing, in the possibility.

Blessings,

Heidi

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The Awesome Power of Discipline – A Joy Worthy Journey Day 20

A Joy Worthy Journey

A Joy Worthy Journey

Today is day 20 of this 31 day blog challenge. Quite frankly, it is not a day I feel like writing a blog post about joy, but here I am. That reality has me thinking about the commitment I made to this process.  Sometimes the benefit is simply in the commitment. I have not been perfect. Two days are missing, but this is the most I’ve written since I started this blog. I find joy in that accomplishment alone. I look forward to seeing where the seeds I am planting with this commitment will bloom in my life and my business.

On a certain level, it is like my food and fitness commitments. Discipline is critical. It is valuable in itself.  A while back, I was participating in a coaching group. The leader gave us the task of asking several of our friends and family members to describe us in three words. Most of the people I asked had known me for many years. Their answers were things I sort of expected.  But one person, my trainer, had only known me since I had been on my transformation journey. Her first word to describe me was disciplined. Really? Me? That is definitely a characteristic of the new me, not the old. It felt really awesome to know someone recognized that in me. It is character trait I want to embody going forward.

I was privileged to have my father, a Lutheran pastor, preside at my wedding. One of the things he said has always stuck with me. “There will be times, hopefully fewer than not, but there will be times when the vow you make today is the only thing that keeps you together.” After almost 25 years, I can say he was certainly right. It’s the vow, the simple agreement to stick with it that gets you through the tough times. It keeps you in the game when you simply don’t feel like being there. It makes you do the work. The same goes for all our commitments. Some days, it is only the discipline, the commitment, the vow you have made to yourself that will keep you on track. It might be what makes you get up and head to the gym. It might be what makes you walk past the dessert section. It might be what makes you open the computer and write. Whatever commitments you have made to yourself, daily discipline is what will get them done.

So where are you at today? What commitments have you made to yourself? What do you  need to do to live into them?

Blessings,

Heidi

If you are Christian woman with food and fitness goals on your resolution list, check out Let God Mess with Your Mindset. A new session will start on February 1st. This amazing group will offer love, support and guidance as we all work together to make peace with our food and fitness choices.

Is this a Blue Monday for you? – A Joy Worthy Journey Day 19

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

“Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

I love Martin Luther King day in the era of social media.  How many of you have seen a post asking about your favorite quote today? There are so many great ones to choose from, but this staircase one always strikes me as perfect for January. 

Here we are, almost three weeks into the new year. I’ve heard that the third Monday of January is known as “Blue Monday.” It’s the Monday when we realize how far off we are on those New Year’s resolutions already. That first Monday, when the gym was so packed I commented that I hoped to see everybody back. I was amazed to see how many less were around on the second Monday, granted is was cold and super rainy, but still, a smaller crowd than I expected. Today, the third Monday, I didn’t make it myself. Hmm… long story there, but no worries, I will be back tomorrow. 

This is when we have to start looking more at the big picture. Go back to those New Year’s resolutions and ask yourself…

  • Why did I make that resolution? 
  • What was my motivation? Is that still true?
  • What would my life look and feel like if I achieved this resolution?

When I think about my life in the last few years, what enabled me to stay on track was doing the mental work, really digging into my motivations. That one aspect of my plan made all the difference. So if you find yourself a little blue this Monday as you reflect on your resolutions, cheer up. Revisit your motivations. Take the first step all over again. Reality is that every morning is a new day, every Monday is a new week. There was really nothing special about January 1st or the first Monday in January. Everyday is a new opportunity to make a new good choice. To take a new first step.

Happy Monday,

Heidi

If you are Christian woman with food and fitness goals on your resolution list, check out Let God Mess with Your Mindset. A new session will start on February 1st. This amazing group will offer love, support and guidance as we all work together to make peace with our food and fitness choices.

Just Say Thank You – A Joy Worthy Journey Day 17

A Joy Worthy Journey

A Joy Worthy Journey

How do you respond to a compliment? It seems most people initially react by dismissing the compliment, making a statement to prove the compliment is not valid. 

Compliments should bring you great joy. “Accepting compliments is not arrogant or conceited. It’s healthy.” Check out this video from Soul Pancake to see what I mean. 

Now make yourself a promise to accept the next compliment you receive. Believe me, it takes practice, but it will bring joy to you and the person sharing the compliment. While you’re at it, throw a few extra compliments around. Spread a little joy this weekend.

Blessings,

Heidi

The Joy of Lifting Up Others – A Joy Worthy Journey Day 16

Celebrate the ones that inspire you!

Celebrate the ones that inspire you!

One of the most interesting thing about having a word for the year is how suddenly you see and hear it so much more often than you remember having heard it before. It catches my attention and makes me wonder if there is something special for me in this article or post. 

That’s what happened in Jon Acuff’s recent blog about Comparison vs. Inspiration. It is something I’ve been thinking about a lot. We often approach the world with the idea of lack. We think we need to be the best, the first, or the fastest to get our share of the pie. Reality is there is plenty. Rather than worry about whether others beat us to the punch, how about we just …

Celebrate others. Clap loud. Cheer for somebody else when you get the chance. (And you always have the chance.) Criticizing people is easier than celebrating them. But one leads to jealousy and one leads to joy.

It can be easy to find yourself in a comparison cycle. The internet makes it so easy. We tend to post pictures of the best of us. We highlight our accomplishments, not our failures or regrets. At times it can seem like everyone is succeeding.  What I have learned from hanging out with Jon and the community he has created is that celebrating each others successes is so  much fun. Promoting each other makes all of us better rather than diminishing anyone’s success.

Today, I was planning to blog about how important it is to know your WHY if you are going to stick to your goals, but my friend Amy Latta wrote that exact post today. She did such a great job, it just makes sense to share her post with you. I love her focus on Worth and Wellness because it really matches up with how I think about things. My favorite WHY question is what does a day in the body you dream of look and feel like. I have so many big dreams. The only way to achieve them is to have energy, stamina, and strength. I know what it takes to feel that way, sticking to my fitness and food routines. It’s not about being skinny or fitting in those skinny jeans. It’s about being strong; strong body, strong mind, strong faith. That is what motivated me as I took off the weight. It’s what I tap into everyday to help me keep it off.

So how about you? What is your WHY? What does your life look and feel like after you have achieved your goals?

Blessings,

Heidi