Category Archives: habits

Change Isn’t Easy

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Today is day 17 of my 40 day juice fast. I haven’t been able to share the information I wanted due to technical difficulties BUT I am going to fill my blog up with all the information I can today. For now, here are some thoughts from today (I’ll share a confession post later this afternoon):
If you are seeking to live a healthier lifestyle, perhaps in unconventional or seemingly “trendy” ways, do not get discouraged when friends/coworkers and loved ones don’t always provide you with the encouragement you need. Especially if they’re close minded to new ideas/habits. 
Continue to do what you know/are learning to do. Don’t give up or consider yourself a failure if you eat a meal of veggies when you’re juicing or eat meat while attempting to eat vegetarian/vegan. 
When it comes to living a better life and being a better you, do what it takes and continue to be an example for those who have yet to find the strength you’re gaining!
I’ve had a terrible tension headache all day. I’m stressed, frustrated and want junkfood. I want cupcakes, something fried and some bread. 
I don’t want these foods because I’m actually hungry for such foods but because out of habit, these are the things I allow myself to eat for “comfort” when such feelings come upon me.
INSTEAD I am standing fast and will remain disciplined. When I crave something sweet, rich and comforting, sweet potato and apple juice with ginger has been my go to. 
I’m learning that the key to replacing bad habits is to find good habits that triggers the same feel good emotions. This takes a conscious effort on our part as change begins first in the MIND. When we find ourselves discouraged or down in the dumps because of stress, laying around sulking or pigging out on our favorite junkfood is not conducive to permanent change. 

To BE the change you want to see you have to DO the things that need to be changed! (Wow! What a concept!)

*BEAM*

#ThrowbackThursday – The Habit of Disappointment

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From the archive: 1/30/11 – I woke up feeling quite disappointed in myself. From my excessive use of blue cheese dressing to my failure to write consistently, I’ve been slippin’…

Layered in between the blue cheese and my loss of significant use of words you can find too much sleep and not enough prayer. Over-eating and lack of cardio…

It is believed that it takes 21 days to form a new habit – whether that habit be good or bad. I have found this to be true, which is why it is detrimental to our continued growth that we not “wait til Monday” to go back to the gym or the beginning of the month to start eating right.

If it takes 21 days for a new habit to be formed, NOW is as crucial as ever. Although I woke up disappointed for various reason, I can’t allow myself to remain disappointed for too long. NOW, not tomorrow, not next week, NOW is the time to take an honest assessment, shake off the disappointment and keep it moving.

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

Romans 8:1 shares a great promise to those who are in Christ. Now to just STOP walking according to my flesh…self-control in every area…

Every day that we wallow in what we didn’t do yesterday is throwing God’s gift of today back in His face! 

TODAY is what we have. Shake of the habits that keep you bound in disappointment and GO FORTH in the gifts of grace and mercy that we receive with each new day! 


Today Is When

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Today is when your life is happening. Now is when life’s opportunities are yours.

Within you is a dream, a longing, a purpose, a desire to experience life’s richness in your own unique way. Surrounding you is a universe filled with energy and abundance, and possibilities.

Now is when you have the opportunity to connect your most treasured dreams with that abundance, and to bring them to life. Focused, purposeful, inspired action is how you can most effectively do so.

On this day, in this moment, the possibilities are more than just intellectual curiosities. Right now, the possibilities are real.

Today you can choose, you can take action, you can make a difference and you can make real, satisfying, lasting progress. Today you have the priceless opportunity to live your life as you envision it.

The best life you can imagine is today within your grasp. So go beyond mere imagining, and live each moment in the direction of the very best you know life can be.

— Ralph Marston

The words above are one of those “right on time” posts.  An email sent to me from a friend. Although I was included as part of her daily mass email, receiving this one is like sitting in church with a thousand other people but feeling like the preacher is speaking directly to you. This goes beyond assumed fortune cookie type coincidence, not that I believe that anything is by happenstance or coincidence but this truly spoke to me.

Recently being bombarded with feelings of inadequacies and doubts I have come to the realization (again perhaps…) that I have a terrible habit of limiting myself in an attempt to avoid disappointment. I’m certain that I’m not alone in my feelings but I don’t want anyone to live according to the limitations of doubt and fear. In order to truly experience the full manifestation of the promises of God, we have to overcome our uncertainties.

Our confidence in God comes when we truly seek to live according to His will for our lives. Today, I choose…faith.

Bad Habits

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I understand why he’s so scared

That love ran deep
It’s still in his veins
Bad habits are hard to break
Although adopting them as
Part of you

Is easy to get into
Like taking a hit for the first time
Knowing…
…addiction is real
Knowing…

That you could get use to
The taste

The smell
The longing for it

That thing runs so deep
A recovering addict can’t commune with the saints
Just a sip will have him backsliding

Just the sound of her name
Triggers memories marking the beginning of the obsession
Like sin
It’s still in his heart
I understand why he’s scared
He’s afraid of what he’s worked so hard at getting over

I understand…
…I’m scared too