“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthian 6:19
It seems like just yesterday I was wondering what it would be like to be my mom’s age. Then suddenly I looked in the mirror one morning and there she was. Not that it is a bad thing. My mother is a beautiful woman and I have been the recipient of some wonderful genes from the women in my family. Other than the whole going gray in their twenties, they all seem to age gracefully. But I never thought that I would be staring at the end of my 50’s so quickly. Where did the time go used to be a saying for everyone else. Now I say it way too often.
Two years ago I began training for a 5K. It was brutal. Especially for a middle-aged woman who had never even run to the end of the driveway. I used a really good program called C25K which, though there were times I was sure I was going to expire right there on the side of the road, really helped me get into what I hoped was a healthier me. I did run two 5K races and I was pretty proud of myself. Then disaster happened. Or rather an overly excited grand-daughter with a shopping cart happened. Enter one torn Achilles tendon. Two years and surgery later, I had completely regressed to my unhealthy self complete with an additional 10 pounds. Bah.
One day I stepped on the scale to a harsh reality. I had to make some changes if I intended to grow old with my sweetheart and spend time with my grandchildren.
My first step was to completely remove sugar from my diet for 30 days. The first 7 days were hell. Worse than childbirth. (not really but close) The withdrawals, the headaches, the nausea were at times overwhelming. But I woke up on the 8th day feeling encouraged and having more energy. During the second week I gave up processed food. During the 3rd week I gave up white bread. By the end of that month I was on a completely natural diet of protein (sorry I won’t give up steak or chicken or did I mention steak?), fruits, vegetables, and grains. I loosely followed Shanti Landon’s 30 Days To A Life Made Full which really helped me with some basic exercises, some great recipes and a lifestyle change.
Fast forward 7 months. I finally feel well enough to start running again. This time I decided to use a great program called Run For God which trains you for a 5K but with a spiritual foundation. While it is best done in a group (great for a morning mom’s group or a small group), with my wacky schedule I used the app on my Iphone, downloaded uplifting praise music to listen to while I am running, and headed out the door. Four weeks in and I am up to 2 miles every other day. That combined with a once a week boot camp, twice a week bike riding, and a saturday morning reward of an almond danish at the farmers market has really turned my health around.
Last week I received a book which was an answer to the question of what was the next step on my healthier me journey. Devotions For A Healthier You by Katie Farrell (whose website Dashing Dish is FANTASTIC) is a 71 day healthier you devotion journey.
It’s a little over 70 days to my first 5K since my surgery. Since I have changed my eating habits, started exercising again, and have been seeking God’s favor in this struggle I could not have asked for a better boost to get over the “what now” hump. When I saw the tag line “feeding mind, body, and soul” she had me hooked.
In the book Kate reminds us that how we treat our bodies is how we honor God. Because He loves us He has given us verse after verse in the Bible to help us in this journey to honor our bodies. Her simple prayers to pray over yourself every morning using His Word and His Love will open your eyes to “the victory you can have in Him!”¹ This book is more than a how to. It’s a daily journey of blending the Word Of God with healthy lifestyle changes (even a menu plan and shopping list) as you seek to live out 1 Corinthians 10:31 ” So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
I am so excited to share Devotions For A Healthier You with you, my sweet friends. I know, because of the messages I receive, that many of you are on this healthier lifestyle journey with me. No doubt it is hard. There are days when you will fail. In epic fashion. (I say this as I am recovering from a painful reminder that stuffing my face with bread pudding is torture a few hours later.) But with God all things are possible. All things. Even getting healthy and running a 5K in your 50’s.
Blessings and have a beautiful day,
You can meet Kate Farrell at Dashing Dish, find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dashingdish, and on twitter at @dashingdish. The book is available HERE. The book is published by David C. Cook. ¹quote from page xi of the book.
©2015MichelleWelch, team member of Breath Of Life Women’s Ministries and Single Matters Magazine
photography by Michelle Welch, all rights reserved (other than pictures of book cover)
Scriptures from English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers