No, I don’t weight 300 pounds.
This is my 300th post.
I have posted sometimes erratically over the last six years, so really that isn’t very many posts considering how long I have had this blog, but, hey, it’s a milestone nonetheless. So, there you go!
So, what have I learned this week, people?
Well, today is the first of the month, which means weigh in and measure. I am down 5.2 pounds, which is skewed a little because I weighed in the afternoon the first time and before noon this time, which makes a difference, but still in the negative either way. I’m taking it. I am also down 1.5” in my thigh, 1” in my waist, and 1/2” in my arms. What? Can anyone say “Bye Bye Bingo Wings and Booty??”
I am also stepping up the food journaling. Keeping track. Measuring many things, like cereal and milk. It makes a big difference when you pay attention to what and how much you are putting in your mouth! What’s the rule? NO MORE MINDLESS RECREATIONAL EATING! Say it with me!
Yes, that is actually me in the picture, planking. A full 15 seconds, thankyaverramuch! Arms and legs and abs all a-quiver, but I am doing it, y’all! And the ladies I am doing this with? They are AwesomeSAUCE! They are all so amazing and inspiring and working so hard right alongside me.
Relationships. This is an awesome, and truly unexpected, bonus of the journey I am currently taking.
I am loving the physical benefits I am beginning to see, but I am also meeting some incredible ladies. Ladies who encourage me and inspire me like you wouldn’t believe.
Isn’t this what God designed us for? Relationships? Relationship with Him, first and foremost. But also relationships with others. After all, in the end, that is all we have. The only legacy we have is our relationships and the love we have poured into them. I feel so blessed by getting to know them.
Watching some of these women work so incredibly hard and knowing some of the personal stories about where they have come from, makes me want to work even harder. I am so proud to be in their company.
Don’t you find that we need people to come alongside us to encourage us when we feel weary or discouraged? Don’t you find that you can endure something just a bit longer when you have those people by your side and you don’t feel so alone? We need them. To fellowship with and to help celebrate our accomplishments. And to hold us up. And we need to hold them up.
I am reminded of Moses, that great, yet reluctant, leader of the Israelites. When the Israelites were attacked by the Amalekites, Moses told Joshua to choose some men to fight and while they were fighting, Moses said he would stand at the top of the hill and hold the staff of God in his hand. Well, they were fighting for a long time and don’t you know that Moses got tired? And when the staff was raised the Israelites were winning, and when his arm got tired and that staff dropped, the Amalekites would have the advantage. Well, it is a good thing he had his buddies Aaron and Hur by his side.
Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle. ~Exodus 17:12-13 NLT
There are times in life when you get tired and you need people to help you. So that while you are holding on to God (the staff) with all your might, they can also hold on to you and literally hold your arms up during the battle, so that you can come out victorious in the end.
Sometimes we need to be the people doing the holding up of the arms. Note that Moses did not have to ask Moses and Hur to come help him. They instinctively knew. They knew that without their help, God’s work could not be accomplished through Moses.
So, I hope to be able to help hold others up, and to allow others to hold me up as well. The combination of me holding on to God and my friends holding on to me and holding me up is destined for victory.
How about you? Who is holding your arms up? And whose arms are you holding?