Mountain Tops and Valleys

You are in it. The daily grind and trenches of your life and hard work to get to your goal. Have you ever been in a place where you are thinking can I keep doing this? How much longer will I be stuck in this place of turmoil? How much longer till I reach my goal weight? Can I actual do this?

Each day is a new day to wake up and realize you are on a journey that God has planned for you. You get to decide how you are going to look at your life, habits, plans, goals, dreams, and purpose. The journey of living healthy has taken me through many valleys and mountain tops. I have always struggled with my weight. I am athletic and yes sirree God gave me a booty with some strong thighs. During my years of high school and college ball I was always striving to be thinner, stronger, jump higher and work to be a starter. My plan was cutting those calories, working out at practice and outside practice.

Fast forward out of college and not working out three to four times a day the weight started coming back. All through my adult life, dating, marriage, kids and now empty nester, if you name a diet I did it. They all were successful, but when I stopped following the strict pills, packaged food, cutting out a macro, adding in those points and drinking those shakes the weight found its way back to me. In reality, I quit applying all the rules of each plan, quit buying all the expensive pill, meals and shakes, and went back to my “dieting” ways of eating or “all or nothing” thinking of, “I’m not following the plan mine as well eat what I want to.

When starting the FASTer Way To Fat Loss as a client I did not realize I was a perfectionist type of thinker when it came to eating. The “all or nothing” I had never heard of until I started studying to be an ACE certified health coach. Once I started listening to the education, following a whole food eating plan, with carb cycling, intermittent fasting and seeing my journey as progress not perfection did, I realize I am not on a diet and I am following a lifestyle that is sustainable for life.

During this year long journey, I have been reflecting on my purpose God wants for me, my thought of body and self-image. In a million years, I would have never put down on a resume- writer, blogger, Christian writer, health coach, or motivator. But here I am.

The mountain tops through this year have been my non scale victories, losing 33.5 inches of fat, my first published blog to my Red Dirt Road series, becoming a FWTFL certified coach, expanding my writing into recipes and words of faith. This is what I shout from the mountain tops. It is my testimony. It is a place where I can show others hard work will pay off. It is where I can help that one person find Christ as their Lord and Savior. It is where I have found a community within the FWTFL that aligns with my believe in God. In the FWTFL we strive for generosity, integrity, excellence and bold action. Each one of these propel me through my valley to get to my mountain top.

In the valley some days are not pretty. I still think am I really a health coach? My weight is not coming as quickly I want it to. I want the ice-cream today, not on Saturday. I also have the stress of college kids, family life, medical illnesses in my family, appliances breaking down, losing friends and family. Probably more than what comes to mind, because this is life. This is when I am in the valley that I know God is still in control and my joy and peace still flow outward in my words and actions.

I can make the choice that is going to have a positive outcome. When I make the healthier food choice, schedule time to complete the 20-minute workout, learn to rest and recover, practice self-grace, spend time seeking God’s direction my valley time is more peaceful. I have more energy, feel better physically, mentally and spiritually. I don’t have that knee jerk reaction to problems or turmoil. I pray and know it is well.

Knowing each day, I wake up I have a purpose. I am on a journey to a kingdom. During this time, I will continue to live my life with joy, love and passion with helping others be the best they can be physically, mentally and spiritually.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV)

We all want to be on the mountain top. Just remember getting to the mountain top is the best part. You must take the journey of one choice, one decision, one step at a time in the valley to get to the top. It will be difficult some days, it will be a struggle, but when you get there it will be worth it. You are writing your testimony

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