Ambitious -having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed.

Listed in the 23 characteristics of the Proverbs 31 woman is the word ambitious. As a result of spotting this word, a moment of complete insanity descended today. I rummaged through a box of old DVDs and found my nemesis…Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. I have attempted the 30 Day Shred on a number of occasions and, for a variety of reasons, have failed miserably every time. I’ve never made it to the end of this exercise programme and had resigned myself that I just couldn’t do it.

Today I decided that was a lie!

I will find it extremely challenging, it will hurt, I may need to take a few rest days, but I am perfectly capable of completing this exercise programme.

My new found determination unearthed itself while I read these words from Lysa Terkeurst’s “Made to Crave”:

“Honestly, I am made for more than a vicious cycle of eating, gaining, stressing – eating, gaining, stressing…I am made to rise up, do battle with my issues and, using the Lord’s strength in me, defeat them – spiritually, physically and mentally – to the glory of God.”

Made to Crave – Lysa Terkeurst

I’ve been in this place so many times before but this genuinely feels different. I’m not doing this to fit in my old jeans, get that elusive bikini body, or look mighty fine for my husband. I’m addressing these issues so that I can feel strong and healthy and do the work that God needs me to do.

I haven’t directly told my family or friends that I’m doing this! They don’t know about the blog and they don’t know that I’ve embarked on this journey.  I’m not trying to be secretive and they’ll hopefully spot the changes but I haven’t talked endlessly about it (which I normally would). I just want to keep my reasons for doing this as simple as possible.

If others join me and follow the blog then that’s great if they don’t then that’s fine with me as well. I won’t be constantly checking for likes and comments (although that would be lovely) as this blog is about God and I addressing the things that have stopped me living the life he wants for me. Forty-two is the beginning of that process and to be honest, I’m pretty excited!

In other news, week one weigh in, 3lbs lost!

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