So one of my goals this year is to work on my nutrition. I don’t want to go on some diet. I don’t want to count calories, macros, micros, carbs, bleh, bleh, bleh! I have no interest in it!
My goal is to seek the Lord and be obedient to what HE wants me to do. I want to make lasting changes. I want the Lord to guide me not the world. There is so much stuff out there – eat this, don’t eat that, avoid all of this certain food group, etc. I am just not into that. I feel like those extremes will set you up for failure.
But I know the Lord wants me to make better choices, to be a good steward of the body He has given me. I will probably never have a six-pack and you know what — I don’t care! My goal is not to have 2% body fat (or whatever number you can insert here). My goal is to be fit for His calling on my life. To be the mom, wife, employee, Bible teacher, etc He wants me to be. And you know what,that is all that matters. When I stand before the Lord, He is not going to ask me if I had 2 % body fat, ate 100% clean, had nothing processed, etc. What He will ask is was I obedient to His call on my life. And I want to be able to say yes.
That being said, God has been working on me to set small realistic goals. Nothing extreme but small realistic goals.
So this week my goal has to do with:
Yep – you guessed it —- COFFEE. More specifically, having an afternoon cup of coffee. You see I have gotten into a bad habit of having a cup of coffee in the afternoon at work. I don’t do this on the weekends, just at work. So I end up having 3 cups of coffee a day during the work week, instead of my normal 2 that I used to have.
So this week I am dropping the afternoon cup of joe at work. I survived yesterday. And to be honest, I did it more out of a habit than a need for an extra jolt of caffeine.
How I go about setting these goals is during the week before, I pray and ask God what do I need to set as my goal for the upcoming week. Oh I could come up with a million ideas but I want the Lord to guide me. I believe that is where true success lies. So I ask Him and wait for what He lays on my heart. Then I add it to my weekly spreadsheet I have. I have a spreadsheet to list all of these goals for this year so in December, I can look back and see what the Lord has done in my life.
It won’t be fast. It will be slow. But I would rather be slow and steady, making lasting lifestyle changes than go to some extreme, burn out, and be frustrated at failing yet again.
The time is going to pass either way. I would rather see a pattern of small successes than a pattern of extremes, frustration, disappointment, and failure.
How do you go about setting goals for your nutrition? Do you set small goals or do an overhaul on how you eat? I would really love to know.