As this 40 day journey – which I now realize is simply the start to a new chapter in my life – quickly comes to a close, I have been pondering practical ways to continue to live out the lessons I’ve learned, and maintain the changes I have implemented.
I am privileged to have an amazing coach who continues to provide guidance on improving my physical health and encouraging me on my fitness journey. I also now have two committed and inspiring workout partners, who am I honored to also call family, and they help to keep me motivated in the gym.
As I stated in a previous post, I’m more than grateful that my husband and I are now on this weight loss and decluttering journey together, and I look forward to seeing how our love continues to grow and blossom in this season.
I am abundantly blessed to have a multitude of mentors, dear friends, fellow sojourners, and supportive onlookers who continue to encourage me, uplift me, and push me to become my best self.
But the truth is, the only inspiration that will make a difference, the motivation that will last, is what comes from within. I have to believe that I am able to continue down this road. I have to have faith that the God who is doing a deeper work in me will bring it to completion. I am the one who must decide that my life will never be the same as it was prior to the start of this journey.
So how will I stay inspired on this journey?
Well, these are the promises that I have made to myself:
- I will continue to affirm who I am in God, searching His Word, and seeking His face to find out what HE has to say about me – and then I will repeat those words to myself, especially on days when the road gets rough, the sun won’t shine, and all I really want is a pity party with some cake.
- I will be an intentional participant in relationships that encourage accountability and community – not just receive wisdom and encouragement, but also to give it. Because there is always someone who needs what you have.
- I will tell my story, without shame or regret. I will celebrate the changes that have taken place in my life without beating myself up that I did not make them sooner.
- I will treat this body as the most expensive, valuable, and irreplaceable asset I own – because it is. I will make sure that the care I give to it reflects the care that my Creator has for me. I will care for others in light of understanding how precious we all are in God’s sight.
- I will choose the meaningful and the necessary over the cumbersome clutter.