I Struggled with the Worry of Weight
I tell you this story from decades ago to let you see how I struggled with the worry of weight, aging, and lack of complete joy for so many years. No longer! This makes me feel grateful and happy. You can too.
Did it really begin when I was 20? Yes, it did. For some crazy reason, I saw myself fearing that I was gaining weight, even though I wasn’t. At age 21, John and I were married. Either we bought a scale or someone gave us one as a wedding present.That darn scale. It only added fuel to the fire.
Can You Believe I Gave the Scale Power Over My Days?
Can you believe I gave that darn scale the power to determine the joy of my day? If it told me I had gained a pound, I was crushed. If it had lost a pound, the day was joyful. What a way to live. That scale was stealing my joy, mandating a new diet each Monday, and chipping away at my self-image in the midst of some of the happiest days of my life as newly married to the one I loved. This could have been the beginning of a never-ending spiral. It did get worse as a few years went on; but thankfully, oh so thankfully, the story turned.
God Directs Our Steps
It is evident to me that God directs our steps, sometimes even before we personally know Him. I didn’t come to know Him personally until 1970 when I was 28; but He knew my heart of searching and he
guided me to the right college, the right man, and even the right decisions as my life progressed. He is such a good God. I can never thank Him enough for his mercy.
You may be thinking: “well, how overweight did you become in those years?” I must tell you that for some (me), you don’t have to accumulate more than 10 pounds or 10 inches in certain places to feel worried and defeated. I seemed to lose and gain the same five pounds and inches back over and over.
Added to this season of despair, our young family was sick very often. I had so many questions: Is sickness part of God’s will for us on earth? Is finding joy and peace a possibility? What would life be like when I turn 30…..40…..50?
The upward spiral began when I came to know Jesus as my personal Savior. Hope began to emerge inside of me. I learned that His Will is His Word. Here I would find many answers. The journey took time as I spent hours each day going through my concordance and finding every scripture in the Old and New Testament that had to do with healing. I had three preachers I listened to each morning on the radio who taught about Faith.
Knowledge, understanding, and faith began to come. I found without one shadow of a doubt that God’s will for me and my family was healing and health. This was the beginning.
To make this story shorter and to save the rest for later, one of my questions was answers and I was eager to search for more.
If You Seek, You will Find
As I kept seeking, I kept finding. Other aspects of action were needed to join with my newly found faith. I read that faith without action is dead. Yes, it was; but it was coming alive.
Soon I put action with my growing interest and knowledge in nutrition; another of the facets of the framework I would eventually put together for my journey of fitness, health and happiness onward into each decade.
As the components of the framework began to come together, it didn’t take long at all for worry to have shorter stays and fitness and health to begin bursting in. Of course, this brought immense joy, which fueled my discipline and consistence.
Since those days in my 30’s, I have continued to study, implement and share. Each year I have learned more and each year I have become healthier even though I am now in my late 7th decade of life. The framework I learned, (one component at at time), refined and walked out has taken me through my 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and now almost through my 70’s. Gratefulness fills my heart.
Sharing these components is what Fabufit is all about.
My goal with Fabufit is to find ones who also are searching for the truth on this path to living long and strong. God has given me the gift of teaching and encouragement, which I would love to share with you via posts, courses, free offers, and/or products. Sometimes it only takes one idea to turn your life path around.
A Starting Point
If this seems to be a path you want to be on too of living long and strong with fitness and health, jump on board with our upcoming course: Engaging Your Energy.
Are you tired of the worry of weight? Do You know what brings you the greatest joy? This is a motivator. Do you know what steals your joy? ZLet’s find ways to overcome and stop that thief. The motivators and the thieves contribute to or steal from, your fitness and health path. The introductory Engaging Your Energy class begins Monday, 7PM Central, April 26th.
Treasures to Leave as a Legacy
As I think on the theme of Fabufit: How to Age Gracefully with Health, Fitness, and Happiness, I begin to think of what treasures one should leave as a legacy in this long life journey. Have you ever thought that thought? Maybe not, as I have not thought about it much before. I would like to leave some financial blessings, but more importantly, I would like to leave memories and wisdom. Most of all, above all else, I would like to leave a legacy of what I have learned through the Word of God.
I’ve tried to begin this legacy by journaling through a new Bible the year before each grandchild’s HS graduation. In the journaling, I have tried to personalize and pray specifically over the child who I would be giving the Bible to. Five are now completed and given on graduations. Four are to come.
Jim Rohn lists three treasures to leave as a Legacy:
Pictures, Your Journals, Your Books
Your Journals contain your wisdom and your thoughts. I have boxes full of journals and planners of years past Actually, I’ve not been so very consistent in recent times with my journaling. When my mom went on to heaven in December, I began going through many boxes searching to see if she had any journals I didn’t know about. She had only a very few entries, but I loved reading them. This inspired me to begin consistent journaling again. It helps to have a dedicated book for the year to journal in.
I also realize how rewarding it is to keep a gratitude journal and develop the gratitude muscle, which just like physical muscles diminishes with age if not used.
Years and years ago I began creating scrapbooks. Back in the early days, there were no digital photos, no IPhone to select photos from, and no easy way to make any kind of a memory book. I remember using my camera to take 8-12 pictures (no retakes or deletes), taking the film to the store to be processed, and then coming home with my few photos to choose from. If I realized I wanted to duplicate any for books I was making for my mom or John’s mom, I then had to go to the negatives and find which ones they were, go back to the processing store, and have copies made. Only then was I ready to paste in a page or two of memories. (And I was creating a book of the entire year:( Yikes! Oh, this was a difficult process.)
I doubt that few of these books given as gifts at Christmas, containing the entire year of photos, were actually appreciated in comparison to the time I had spent, which was hours and hours and hours. I persisted. Eventually, digital photos came into existence with ways to take many photos and delete what wasn’t the best. A blessing!
The Era of Digital Photography
This took my process from the beginning almost impossible process to handmade books putting printed photos into pages in a book and finding captions or icons to cut out and paste also. Next, years later, came a way to create a digital book online. For so many years I used Creative Memories and made beautiful books. They still took many hours to create, but far less than before. They changed ownership and I couldn’t really figure out the new process, so I changed to My Publisher. Loved this program too, but they went out of business.
Then I found Chatbooks. I must admit I miss the wonderful page templates and many formatting features I was used to (especially with Creative Memories), but the ease of creation has almost made up for this. Erin at Crossfit had begun using Chatbooks 3 years ago to capture each month of her new baby’s life with the Mini Books. I began my own Mini book series, which I still use. I’ve also created the larger 8 x 8 books for Graduation presents and many 6 x 6 books.
Chatbooks Code for $10 Off
What I may like best about Chatbooks is the online Chat Support. It is wonderful. Many sales pop up here and there so it is always good to have a book ready to go. If you use my referral code, you will receive $10 off on your first book and they even give me a $10 credit on my next book. You then can get a referral code and give the same gift. Just go to chatbooks.com.
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When you invite friends to Chatbooks, not only will your friend receive $10 off their first book but you will receive a $10 credit! It’s a win-win!
Books You Read
This habit is one of the top 5 Keystone Habits you can develop according to Dream Coach, Terri Foy. Oh the things we can learn from the books we carefully select and read. My favorite is the Bible in many different translations. The Passion Translation has captivated my attention right now.
Find something you really want to learn about and then search of a book. I needed to learn about internet marketing and found Expert Secrets. Years ago I wanted to find out just how to know God’s Will. God’s Will for You by Gloria Copeland opened my eyes and changed my life. All of my library of books are highlighted and filled with notes. Some I review often. My prayer is that these books will be a blessing to our children and grandchildren as the years travel by. Follow the link to the KCM.org website and for a small cost ($2.99) you can get a PDF of God’s Will for Your Healing by Gloria.
What Treasures Will You Create to Leave Behind?
Frame Your Health and Fitness Future
A vision board will begin to frame your health and fitness future. Goals in writing become dreams with deadlines. Goals with pictures become magnets pulling us toward them.
“If your vision is strong, it will pull you through tough times, winter days of your life. If it is weak or, it will easily disappear.”
Steps to Creating Your Vision Board
- Go to Amazon and order a vision board. I ordered the Emfogo Cork Bulletin Board.
- Narrow down your top dreams for this year.
- If you have photos on your phone, save ones that match into a word document. Type in captions or scriptures, quotes that inspire you.
- Print out the Word document.
- Cut out the Pictures and Captions.
- Pin the photos and captions to your board.
- Hang the board near where you spend most of your time.
- Review often as if they were already accomplished.
Goals will Pull You Toward Them
You’ve seen how a magnet works. Wouldn’t you love it if your very own dreams were somehow pulling you right toward them? They can and they will if you have the dreams and begin to focus on them. Make them crystal clear. Begin to imagine them being already accomplished.
It is so extremely easy to drift and think you have goals and dreams when in reality they are vague and have no pulling power. Believe me, you will get excited the more clear your dreams become. You will begin to see possibilities. Options and ideas will begin to arrive, as if, out of nowhere. Expect this. It is happening to me.
Words are Like Coins in the Kingdom of Faith
“Words are like coins in the Kingdom of Faith.” Years ago I read a book by E.W. Kenyon and I’ve never forgotten that sentence.
God places extremely high value on our words. He even goes so far as to say that our words determine life or death. This is pretty serious.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Prov 18:21
Words are Building Blocks
We are where we are today because of words spoken yesterday. Our words create our tomorrows. You set the boundaries of your life with the words you speak. And believe it or not, you live within the confines of those boundaries.
Weight Loss or Weight Gain
God’s method is to call for positive things in line with what He has promised in His word, even though they are not yet there. Call for them until they become. Your body responds to demands on the human spirit. God sees the end in the beginning and instructs us to do the same. This is called seeing with the eye of faith.
What declaration promises are you speaking into existence today? Our Declarations-health
We must capture every contrary thought and make it give up before it becomes words of power. One other principle to remember is that Words are on a higher plane than thoughts. We can overcome thoughts with opposite words.
Great Idea From Terri Foy
Because Words have such power, we must train ourselves to listen for words that we do NOT wish to come to pass and put a stop to the utterance of such words. Terri suggests if she hears those words, she says “And that’s just the way I (or you) want it.” This becomes a wakeup call to turn those words around.