Hi Friends! Ashleigh here.
I can’t believe we’re already on chapter 3 from Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness.
If you haven’t had time to weigh in on chapter 2 yet, don’t worry. We’re still talking about it here. Because of the way our schedule for this book club is set up, we’ll chat about multiple chapters at a time.
Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started on chapter 3. This time, we’ll hear from Darlene first.
In Reshaping It All, we learn that there is a better alternative, which is delicious food that works to benefit our bodies — yum! With a deeper understanding of what works to benefit our bodies, we increase our chance of success.
Healthy food is not the enemy, and neither are treats. When we teach our body to enjoy food in moderation while seeking a balanced diet that includes both fruit and vegetables, we are building a lifestyle change rather than seeking a quick fix.
In laying this foundation of good eating habits, I’m reminded of Matthew 7:24-25:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
Enjoy the journey, and until next time, live well!!
When it comes to my history with food, I’m thankful to have a mom who taught me moderation. She prepared healthy meals for us — in fact, I developed my love of spinach, brussel sprouts, and broccoli from her — but she also allowed sweets. We had a “chocolate drawer.” In it, she would keep a bag of Hershey’s miniatures. This way we could have a taste of chocolate — enough to fill a sweet tooth craving — without going overboard. Although, I admit, I’ve become spoiled and allowed myself more sweets than I should.
My mom also modeled for me the importance of daily exercise. I just wish I’d followed her example more consistently the last year or two. If I had, I’d probably fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans by now.
I gained a lot of healthy habits growing up, except the discipline of drinking water. It just wasn’t something I remember us doing regularly. To this day, it’s still a struggle. I’d much rather grab something with flavor from the fridge then fill up my water jug. But, as I mention in this chapter’s vlog, I’m being intentional about getting more aqua.
Drinking more water is one of the five tips in this chapters “A Pinch of Practicality.” I love these practical ideas for slowing down and improving meals. I’m already incorporating several — which include having a glass of cold water with my food and using a smaller plate.
So, what are your thoughts on chapter 3? Here are a few questions to get the discussion going:
- What is your “food history”?
- Which tip from the “A Pinch of Practicality” can you add to your daily life and how do you plan on doing so?
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