Monday, June 25, 2007

That’s it, get your booty back on track, RIGHT NOW!!! (originally posted on June 20, 2007)

That’s it, get your booty back on track, RIGHT NOW!!!

Posted by allyandoscar on June 20th, 2007

Dear Jenn —

Do you remember when you were in really good shape? You had great legs, a good booty, and could wear a 4 or 6 at worst in most anything. Well, guess what sister, if you keep up these bad habits (wine, beer, pizza, ice cream, working out once a week at best, not eating fruits/veggies), you will never see that body again. You know you feel better when you eat healthy and abstain from alcohol. You know you have more engergy, more focus, and a better attitude. You know you look better, can wear more of your clothes comfortably, and even get back into the awesome stuff you saved from the in-shape days. You are 27, not 77 and there is absolutely no excuse for you to not be in the best shape of your life. None.

Therefore, today you re-commit for the last time. I mean it, you do not write those words again. You will meet 6 of the 8 WW guidelines everyday. You will workout 3 times a week. You will do at least 1 Firm workout per week in addition to the other 3. Why? Because they only take 30 minutes and it would be nice to be toned when the weight comes off. You will limit alchohol to wine only, no more than two nights a week, and no more than 2 6oz glasses each night. If it becomes anymore than that, you will elimintate it completely.
Outside of the physical stuff, you will make time each day to do a devotional or work on your Bible study. The Lord has blessed you and your family abundantly and you need to spend some time each day with Him.

Lastly, it is great that you volunteer with BBBS and Crisis Control. But, let’s be honest, you also spend a lot of wasted time in front of the TV. You will limit TV to no more than one hour per day (unless it is a ballgame that you care about, which is unlikely…this is also exclusive of CNN being on while getting ready for work). Shut it off. You will likely be bored initially, but guess what? There are lots and lots and lots of productive ways to fill that time. You can volunteer more (think of all the people in the world who could benefit from some of your time - you could write letters for human rights groups, be a penpal to a Christian who is in prison for their beliefs, work in your local school system, go visit shut-ins or retirement homes, do meals on wheels, etc.), work on some personal special projects, work in the yard, work on home projects, read, work on your devotionals/Bible study, practice new healthy recipes, fix food for the week and freeze, whatever. Just stop sitting on your butt and watching other people live through a little box. The exception will be Saturday when you can have it on as background while cleaning or working on something else…but the rule still applies that you cannot solely watch the TV for more than 1 hour. Additionally, you may watch a movie from time to time, but not everyday….since you are not a movie person, this will not be a tremendous challenge. And for the record, this does not mean you can watch any and all TV for that hour…there is a lot of trash on that doesn’t need to go in your brain for any amount of time…you will be discriminating.

You have a mental image of who you want to be: a Godly woman who is well-read, well-informed, a great wife, a hard worker, and takes care of her body. Now, take all the energy spent on bad habits and wasted time and start working towards that. You will never get there if you don’t stop being scared of failure and start putting in some hard core efforts to make some changes and become the person you want to be, and the person that God wants you to be. You can do this, now do it.



Randi said...

I put a link up to this post on my blog. I hope that's ok. I really loved your letter so I wrote my own! Let me know if you'd like me to remove the link.
Sorry about being presumptuous but I know I'd like links!

Katie said...

I love the letter that you wrote to yourself Jenn! That is such a fabulous idea!! I took a page from your book and wrote my own. Everything that you said I have been echoing to myself. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

SherBear said...

I loved this letter! I've been thinking about a Bible verse that has been inspiring me in the last few days from Deuteronomy: “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!" I really feel that we are given that choice each day. Doesn't choosing junk and out of control overeating feel like a curse? (for me, it does). I want to choose LIFE!