Month: June 2014

Eat Clean: Live Clean

Cleaning out things!

Cleaning out things!

When I eat clean, I live clean.  Have you ever noticed that about yourself?   It certainly is true for me.

When I let things slide:  dishes, closet, bathroom, car….that is a sure sign that my eating is sliding too!   The cleaner I eat, the cleaner I live.  I guess discipline effects everything, doesn’t it!
When my closet is in order, it usually means the rest of me is in order.

When I am eating well, excercising effectively and faithfully, many other things seem to fall into place.  My bank account/check book is up to date.  My bills are paid early, my kitchen cabinets stay cleaner, my dishes are never in the sink, the laundry is caught up, my focus at work is more accurate, I seem to have more time, I return calls (instead of throwing out a text), I keep my calendar updated, I am on time to appointments, my mind is in order and  …..wow….the list goes on and on.   So the question is:  why don’t we do something about it when we notice we are sl!ding?  These are sure signs that we’re off, so what can we do to catch it before we wake up one morning and we have gained 20 pounds and our entire home is out of order?
Look around you.  Notice what isn’t getting done.Start making the extra effort to pick up, clean up, and sit up! Probably becuase you’ve quit really counting calories; open up your app and start today again…counting every bite. To kick start yourself, try cutting everything you eat in half.  Or, drink a protein shake only for the 1st day.
Clean out your closet.  This is a great mental exercise for me.  You’ll end up trying on clothes and ‘ut-oh’some may be tight.  You also might find a few things you forgot about that you love!
Put your shoulders back and stand tall.  Really!
Write down your goals.  For the month, for the year.  For 5 years.  This really is important; when you write it down it is imprinted into your mind and you will feel accountable to the outcome, even subconsciously.  The best reward is going back and reading them to realize you’ve met so many (if not all) of them!
Realize that every excuse you make is only a detrimet to you..and no one else.
‘Living’ is not always easy.  It takes discipline to experience life to the fullest.  Don’t we all want that?  We have the tools at our fingertips…just listen to your body, watch your actions and eat clean to live clean!

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The Abundant Life

Do you ever wonder what the Abundant Life really is, and what (if anything) can we do to get it?

ahhhhh livingl life on the beach!

ahhhhh livingl life on the beach!

Well, first we need to understand what the Abundant Life is.   It is life abounding, fullness of joy and strength, of body and soul!   It is to have a super abundance of a thing.  Abundant Life signifies a contrast to feelings of lack, emptiness and dissatisfaction, and such feelings may motivate a person to seek for the meaning of life and change.

We like to complain that we don’t have it, but are we willing to do what it takes to get it?  Can we have the abundant life when our bodies or minds aren’t physically or emotionally prepared to receive it?  We can have it, but wouldn’t we want to have it at the highest level?  To be able to receive the very best?

I remember a scripture in the Bible from Matthew 28 that says for us to ‘go ye therefore and teach all nations…”   I notice two words in this scripture that jump out at me….GO and TEACH.  Go means to move physically….and that means we need to be in the best shape possible in order to have the stamina to endure the process of really going.   Teach requires us to be mentally sharp, to be fully prepared so that we can put feet on our passion for the message.    This means to me, that we need to discipline ourselves mentally and physically in order to keep up with our mission.   The bottom line is; we can’t reach our full potential unless we are in good condition.  Many will disagree with me, but i know from experience that when our bodies and minds are dull….our production is usually lacking, or dull.

This is a simple concept, and very powerful for me personally.   If I am to be a responsible messenger, I need to be sure my delivery of the message is well thought out, well planned, worked on, disciplined, and I will need the stamina that is required to continue on without faltering, so I can be highly productive, alert and protect myself from burnout.  So, that is my motivation to take the best care of my mind and body that is possible.  Working out, counting calories, and being active, using my body and my mind daily, facing challenges with a zeal that comes from knowing this will help make me the winner I want to be!

The Abundant Life?  You really want it?  Begin now to prepare your body and your mind to receive it, so that you can fullfill your passion and give the best you possibly can.   The spiritual side of the abundant life?  Well, that is another article to be written!