It’s been too long since the last time I wrote. What happened to writing one blog post per day for a year? I lasted what, 50 days? I can do better than that! I know I can! That’s why this time I’m going to have a plan. Not just “write whatever I’m thinking about!” No, it’s too easy to make the excuse that I’m too busy to think about what to write.
This time, each month will have a theme, and each week a sub-theme. The theme for April will be “Commitment”, and the sub-theme for this week will be “Personal”.
Looking forward to writing again!
I saved a life today. A parent at parents weekend was choking on a meatball, so I gave her the heimlich maneuver and encouraged her to spit it out, chunk by chunk, until it was all gone and she could breath normally. It scared me though – what if I hadn’t been there? What if nobody else had known what to do?
Here is how to do the Heimlich Maneuver in case you are ever called upon to save someone’s life:
I thought it would be a lot harder to surrender the chance to be a Leadership Consultant (which I’ve wanted to do for 2 years now) in favor of potentially doing STINT in Southeast Asia for a year, but I have felt nothing but positive feelings. It’s probably because I asked myself these two questions:
- Is God good?
- Can I trust Him?
And the answer has been “Yes” to both of them.
I’m really excited that I am able to surrender this part of my life to God and ask Him to guide me. As I think about it, our lives are so short, and it seems like such a waste of time to be working to retire and to be comfortable rather than to bring people to Christ and help improve people’s lives. Thanks be to God!
I have done it. I have completed the 30 day Paleo challenge. And I feel very accomplished. Yes, I did slip up a few times, but like I wrote yesterday, I followed the diet fully for at least 80% of the past 30 days.
But, I am very glad to be done. While I will still eat healthy by avoiding high fructose corn syrup and other fatty foods, gone are the days of obsessing about it. At least for now. At some point I would like to try a full 30 days, with an exercise plan, and no cheat days.
It’s been a great experience, and its shown me that the mind is stronger that the body. If I can resist delicious food being stuffed into my face, I can resist other tempting things, such as lusting and drinking. If I can resist these worldly temptations, I can resist temptation from Satan. And if I can do that, my relationship with God can only get better and better.
I can’t believe my “Whole30″ 30 day Paleo challenge is almost over. It seems like just a few days ago I was starting on my journey, yet here I am nearing the finish line. Yes, I messed up a few times and had a cookie or a brownie or some ice cream, but I would say I’ve been at least 80% successful, which I am happy about. My only disappointment is that I did not incorporate a workout routine in addition to following the paleo diet, but it’s really a blessing in disguise. Why? Because now I’ve (almost) completed paleo once, and now I know I can do paleo again. And next time, I will be sure to add a workout routine.
So far, two different girls have tried to force feed me cookies and banana bread. Both times I had to decide what was more important to me – to eat the snack that would taste good now but leave me unfulfilled and possibly guilty later, or forego the snack knowing that I’m doing the right thing? Thankfully, I chose to forgo the deliciousness, knowing that it will taste even better at the end of this 30 day journey.
Day two of following the Paleo diet was even harder than day one. I had to turn down a GroundZero milkshake, cookies in the office, chips and margaritas during dinner at La Barca, and cream puffs in the Beta refrigerator. But, even though I would have really liked to indulge in my usual comida, I feel better that I was able to resist temptation, and for the first time in a while I don’t feel the bloated, “I’m sooo fullllll” feeling that usually follows meals. I picked up some Paleo-approved vegan snacks from Whole Foods, and I must say, they are quite delicious. Hopefully tomorrow isn’t as tempting!!!