Alie Edwards shared on her blog about choosing ONE WORD for the 2008 to signify your goals creatively and otherwise for the new year. There is a list of words if you are looking for inspiration.
It shouldn't surprise you that my word for the year is WHOLENESS. I will be using that word to screen everything that comes into my life. Does it contribute to it? Does it prevent it? Will it be helpful? It is amazing what you can say no to, when you have an effective screen!
When I chose "My Journey to Wholeness" as a blog name, it was with a purpose and concept in mind. For me, the changes I am making are not just about the large amount of weight I need to lose. They are about being complete, being the person that my Heavenly Father created me to be in the first place and allowing Him to heal me in all areas - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. He created us as complex and marvelously wonderful beings and I don't see how it would be possible to extricate one facet of one's self to work on without it effecting the others. When I work on physical health it causes changes in my emotions, in my mind, possibly even spiritually and when I work on my emotions it is easier to make positive changes in my physical health. What binds it all together is my relationship with God. His Word (the Bible) is my primary guide book for my life, all of my life, including the physical aspects such as my body.
Now that the holidays have passed, I hoep to writ emore here. It helps me sort through things, keeps me focused and encouraged and I love the input I hear from you all.
So, I am wondering? Did you make any New Year's resolutions? Did you set goals? Below is an extract from my Wellness Wednesday post for January 2, 2008.
Happy New Year Everyone! I always love the change of the year as it seems like a fresh start. Have you seen those Valerie Bertinelli commercials for Jenny Craig where she is in near tears because she no longer has to make a resolution to lose weight? I know exactly how she feels! It has been on my perpetual resolution list!
Did you make resolutions this New Year's Eve? I did not. This year we had a wonderful sermon on December 30th which talked about having a Godly perspective. Hubby and I sat down and prayed together and then made a list of goals for the year. We prayed that our goals would have the proper perspective, that God would give us discernment in whether or not they were realistic and that the goals and/or the end result of the goals would be glorifying to God. It was a very satisfying process and nice to share that with Hubby.
Some of the goals are fairly ambitious, due in part to the fact that we are hoping to sell our trailer at the end of the year. There are a lot of things to do in preparation for that. Some of the goals are small and some of them are mundane and practical. Health is a shared goal for 2008.
In addition to making goals, we wrote down and prayed about the steps we would take to attain those goals. Goals are meaningless without a plan.
My personal health goal this year is to be under 300#. Today I weighed in at 320#. I think this is a realistic goal for someone who is not actually dieting but re-learning how to eat healthy. Naturally I hope that I will lose more, but I am going to work towards that 20# as a goal.How I will attain that goal:
1. Draw closer to God through prayer and reading His word, focusing on who He created me to be vs who the world says I am or should be.
2. Continue blogging for Wellness Wednesday and also at My Journey To Wholeness so that I have some accountability and encouragement. I also plan to pray for each and everyone of you who comments on these posts. We are in this journey together!
3. Work towards having a whole foods "repertoire" of meals to adapt or replace the old unhealthy menu.
4. Organize my pantry and settle into a rhythm of purchasing products for my kitchen and home.
5. Experiment with healthy whole foods, recipes and natural household products, including making some of my own.
6. Add walking with my Leslie Sansone DVDs when the weather does not permit.
7. Become more physically active, playing with my children.