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Change Quiz: “I’m making plans for change”

Today, I’m going to review the “I’m making plans for change” stage and what it means.  I hope you laid the foundation of your new healthy lifestyle on Bedrock previously!

I’ve mentioned before about the importance of a strong “Why” when you are making any lifestyle change.

Remember, “If you have a strong enough ‘Why’, you can figure out almost any ‘How’.”

weight-loss-blog-change-ladderThe plans that you make at this stage are the beginning of the ‘How’.

This is a critical step in bringing your dreams into reality.

If the ‘Why’ is the Bedrock on which your foundation is laid, then your plans are the Frame.

Ultimately, your goal is to create a healthy lifestyle that you can live with.

The problem with many people is that they approach losing weight or any health endeavor as like a Hobo; they go on severe diets (like the Cabbage Soup diet, the Lemonade diet, and other such unbalanced plans), knowing that they couldn’t possibly stay there!

Their attitude is, “Well, I’ll do it temporarily so I can look good for my class reunion or for this cruise.”

They may lose the weight, but gain back even more. They wander from diet to diet, never staying in one place for very long.

The ‘Stages of Change’ process however, invites you to build a house that you can live in – a custom house that fits the way you live and that is appropriate for the territory that God has given you to occupy.

When you start with that attitude, then you are willing to do the necessary work to make it happen.

You are willing to build your new lifestyle one habit at a time.

Before you can make a plan to implement a healthy lifestyle, you need to clearly define the problems that stand in the way.

What daily habits are keeping you from living a healthy lifestyle?

What are the “thorns in the flesh” (as the Apostle  Paul describes them) that you deal with every day?

You see, I’ve discovered that it’s not what you do every once in a while that gets you in trouble; it is those habits you practice every day that tend to escape your notice!

Again, you want to focus on the habit/habits that you practice REGULARLY.

Working on changing these is going to make the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time.

For example, habits that I’ve had to deal with in the past include:

  • Eating when I am not hungry
  • Continuing to eat after my body is satisfied
  • Not drinking a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day
  • Not eating at least 2 cups of green vegetables every day
  • Not exercising at all
  • Living on fast food

Once you list your current habits, then decide which ones disturb your peace the most.

Pick a maximum of 2 habits to work on at first – the most important ones to you. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself because with overwhelm comes the desire to forget the whole thing!

Then, put on your creativity hat and decide what you can do to change those habits for the better. 

When I really thought about it, I used to eat a lot because I was bored or because I used food to procrastinate on projects. So part of my plan was to list things for myself to do. Then, when my mind said “Go eat,” instead of immediately obeying, I asked myself “Am I hungry?”

Seek the Lord for wisdom as to what plans you can create to change your habits.

Psalm 37:5 advises:

Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”

Take time to write down your plan. Even if you just pick one habit to work on, that will still get you one step closer to where you want to be.

You’ll gain confidence and hope that you will eventually build a healthy lifestyle that is uniquely YOU.

 

Be blessed in health, healing and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

  • Deborah Liddle says:

    This was just what I needed today! I chose 2 habits to work on: eating when not hungry (especially in the evenings) and eating too fast (so I end up overeating). My plan for the first one is to check my hunger level to see if it’s physical or mental hunger; then pray for wisdom for what to do if I am not actually hungry. If I still am not sure, I will drink a glass of water and wait a bit. For the second one, my plan is to chew each bite slowly before taking another, to sip water between bites, to eat the best bits of food first so I won’t feel like I’ve missed out if I am full before I finish the plate.

    Thank you for all the wonderful resources on this site. God bless you

  • Gail Childress says:

    I have the water down pat…I recently gave up sodas..going to practice eating only when hungry and portion control…I appreciate all the tips…

  • Mandi Griffin says:

    The 2 habits I am going to work on are eating only when I am hungry and getting my water in.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Those are great goals, Mandi! I recommend using an app or journal each day to document your progress. Otherwise, it is too easy to forget in the business of life. May the Lord bless you on this day to day journey with Him!

  • BONITA JONES says:

    My #1 goal is to stop binge watching tv. I find that I’m eating mindlessly while watching. Tried giving TV up altogether but that only lasted a day. I have just made a schedule which allows me to watch tv for 1 hour a day, thus not missing my favorite shows. Nothing will be watched back to back. No eating while watching. My #2 goal is to stop eating sugar. Taking this one 1 step at a time. Step one: Stay out of Company snack drawer. Keep healthy snacks in my desk drawer.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Those are excellent goals, Bonita! I recommend writing your goals down on 3 pieces of paper or index cards: One to carry with you, one on your bathroom mirror, and one at your workplace. Read them out loud several times a time to keep them in mind. Ask the Lord: How can I set up my environment to make working on these goals easier for myself each day? Have an accountability partner? Set reminders on my phone? Keep things I want to do, close to me but the things I don’t want to do far away from me? Whatever He tells you to do, do it.

      As for the binge watching TV, here is a quote I heard fairly recently from a manager in a fast food restaurant, talking to some teenagers working there: ”If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean!” Check out your living environment to see in there are any projects that you have wanted to do but thought you didn’t have time. Create a list of them, then apply the time that you used to devote to binge watching to checking off those projects. You will feel better getting those done.

  • Judi FitzGerald says:

    Drinking water is a difficult task for me. Water is sometimes boring. So when I sense the desire for an unhealthy food; I will realize that perhaps, I am not hungry but thirsty and reach for the water first. I have a cobalt blue glass that holds 16 oz. and it’s appealing to drink from. If I fill and empty that just 4x/day. I will have overcome a challenge. Thanks for the suggestion to pick 2 as a starting place and to journal it. I journal my prayer times now, so I will just add my progress there. #2 challenge is I do not leave the confines of my house at all for days on end. I get little exercise and for that matter, little to no sunshine either which is essential to lift depression, generate a healthy sleep cycle and absorb vitamin D. My recent blood work proves that I am deficient of vitamin D. I often stay awake until 4 a.m. and do not get 8 hours in a row of sleep. I will commit to letting the sunshine in, stepping outdoors for a few minutes each day even if it’s just to get the mail. It’s a baby step, but a step. If I can make it a habit, I know something more will grow out of it.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Those sound like AWESOME small steps, Judi FitzGerald! I know you’ll feel better from them and will see them add up. God bless you on this journey Sister!

  • Karen Pilant says:

    I’m so excited to start this journey

  • Cynthia Guillory says:

    It’s time to take back my temple . Thank you for your prayers and help.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      May the Lord bless you on this wonderful and worthy journey to take back your temple, Cynthia! Glad to have you join us on the journey 🙂

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