In the days following the completion of my 40 Days Lighter journey, I have realized that it often takes more commitment to sustain change than to initiate it.
I can be a serial project lover at times, making it wonderful to have new ideas. I feel great starting new projects, but as time goes by, my enthusiasm and general sense of purpose tends to wane.
In light of this knowledge about myself, I spent time in intentional contemplation about what measures I could put in place to prevent the undesirable slowdown. I connected with accountability partners, shared my story publicly, and found scripture to journal and post in my personal space to encourage me along the way.
Yet, over the last week or so, I have found the single most effective way to make the changes I have embraced stick – is to do the work, and keep on doing the work.
With each new day God gives me, I must choose to continue the steps I’ve started towards losing the weight, removing the clutter from my home, clearing my mental space, and keeping my lines of communication with God open. I realize that this journey is not a sprint, but a marathon – because a healthy life means making healthy choices for the long haul.
As we move further into the second quarter of the year, some of us have lost sight of our big picture – a life that reflects our values, worth, and understanding of who God created us to be. Yes, I had that dessert at Sunday dinner. Yes we’ve had some late night cheat meals (don’t judge me). And yes, I have missed some writing days, choosing to enjoy the company of my family instead. There is good news – that doesn’t mean it’s all over. We all have the chance to get back on track.
If you are in need of a gentle nudge to get going again, THIS IS IT!!!
Pick up that project you dropped when the excitement of the New Year faded. Lose those pounds you’ve already started to regain after all you “gave up” during Lent. Start working on your blog or your book that has been a long time coming.
Don’t miss this moment, this new day, this next opportunity to make it happen. Do the work!
Today, I can truly say, that I’m ready to run. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to LIVE free!