Wow Baby it’s cold outside! It’s so easy to stay inside on cold days and eat comfort foods. Or curl up with a good book and a sweet drink. We can be lulled into thinking that we can take a break from healthy eating and exercise. Our old habits are so comfortable and way to easy to go back to. This healthy life style takes lots of little steps and some falls too. But let’s not let the falls discourage us; they are part of the learning process!
We’ve all watched a baby learn to walk. He takes a wobbly step or two and falls down. He rights himself, gets his balance and takes another couple of wobbly steps. We know that for him to learn to walk he will have numerous falls. We would never say, “ oh he’s falling too much. He’ll never be a walker”.
Yet, when we have a ‘fall’ with our healthy lifestyle our inner critic says, “ you failed again. You’ll never get it right. Just quit…. again.” But, just like the baby we must keep taking the next step forward.
Don’t give into feelings of defeat! Silence the inner critic, the perfectionist that tells you that if you can’t do it perfectly to quit! Keep fighting the battle!
You are making a difference in your health with every little fall you take and every step you make!
So if you’ve had a little fall let’s take a little step forward together. You can do it, my friend!
Here are the little steps we are working on for Base Camp.
Switch to a smaller plate or bowl at each meal or snack.
10 minutes of exercise a day
Repeat this healthy self-talk statement-‘I am a beautiful beloved daughter of the King. I am making small changes to be healthy. Taking care of me is important’.
Learn a Bible verse like this one, “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you”. Isaiah 41:13
Camp #2 little steps are:
Drink water in place of other beverages. Continue with the smaller plate or bowl.
15 minutes of exercise per day.
Become aware of your inner critic and negative self-talk. Repeat this healthy self-talk statement daily. ‘I am a beautiful beloved daughter of the King! I am making small changes to be healthy. Taking care of me is important’.
Pray and share your concerns with Jesus. Memorize a verse. Here’s a good one. “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. My hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4,5b
You decide which camp is best for you or maybe a combination of both. Take the next little step, because they all make a difference.
Every mountain is climbed one step at a time!
Remember our core scripture verse. “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation
Today’s little step: Take the next little step that is best for you! Silence the inner critic! Remember the baby and keep taking little steps.
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