Friday, March 04, 2011

Little Changes

When you look at the same thing every day, and things start to change, you will notice the change!

Yes, this is a little update on my P90Xperiment!
I'm into Week 5. I have not lot lost a lot of weight (probably only 4 or 5 lbs.) And, I have cheated several times on diet and skipped several workouts because I was on vacation.
But, I am noticing a change!
It starts when you take a second look at yourself in the mirror. You notice that one of your chins is missing. Then, as the excitement builds, you notice one or two less rolls in the ole tummy! Your neck...even your fat fingers start to look different.
To someone who doesn't see you all the time, the change may seem rather small, even non-existent.
I can feel the change. I can feel myself getting stronger. I can stretch further than I've stretched before. I don't tire as easily.

If you are working at improving some aspect of your life, the best evaluator is YOU!
An ancient Greek scholar (we're not sure who) came up with the wise phrase: KNOW THYSELF.
YOU are the best one to evaluate yourself, because you know who you are!
Too often we base our evaluations on the opinions or results of others.
"Honey, I just don't see how this is helping..."
"Well, when I did it, I lost 175 lbs, so you're SURE to have similar results!"

If I compare myself to Tony Horton (creator of P90X), then I'm a miserable failure! But if I compare myself to where I was, then I'm no longer a couch potato, and this is good!
The Bible puts it this way, "Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load." (Galatians 6:4-5)

Are you down on yourself? Quit comparing yourself to someone else! Learn to see the little changes and be proud!

1 comment:

Theresa said...

Hey, Franklin, good for you! I am with you on the bible reading side, but have not been very regularly exercising - a few times a week maybe. I feel a desire but not the urge to train hard for Colorado, and just to fit into everything again!

I heard something on K-Love the other day that was horribly convicting: people who regularly attend church are 50% more likely to be obese by middle age, according to a study. Wow. To me, that's good news and bad news for the church. GOOD: we are accepting of one another for what's on the INside. BAD: we aren't taking food-worship seriously enough. The article mentions potlucks and the need to provide healthier foods. Bull. Our hearts, just like everyone else here on Earth, are prone to being won over by God's creation than by our creator. The problem isn't needing healthier food, it's in not giving our hearts over to the food. We long for it, dream of it and use it to fulfill deep needs meant for only God to fill.

Good for you, Franklin, for treating your body as the temple of God it is. Keep up the good work!