His Strength is Perfect

Hope you are having an awesome week!!! I read something today that was a huge blessing to me and I want to share it with you.
“We don’t have to have all the answers. We just have to stay connected to the One who does. Where our strength ends is the exact point where His will begin.” How cool is that?!?! I could let go of so much unnecessary stress if I could get that through my head. I don’t have to have all the answers. I don’t have to live in fear and worry so much about the things that God already has figured out. My strength and energy just needs to stay plugged in to God. He knows I can’t do this alone. His strength is perfect when my strength is gone. I love that!!!

Have a blessed day!!!

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Freedom

I love Saturday mornings! I got up and went for a 3.7 mile walk/run this morning on the beach. It was so wonderful! I love doing it, but nothing is better than the feeling you get when it’s done!

As I ran, I took it all in. The beautiful waves, the sunlight glistening off of the water, the graceful pelicans soaring above. It is wonderful to experience the beach like this. I was usually the girl sitting on a towel watching the runners go by. For years, I watched with envy as the fit girls ran past me wearing their cute workout clothes….thinking my days for that possibility were over. Yet today, here I am. … starting my Saturday with a 3.7 mile trek on the beautiful beaches I call home. Yay!

I have never been to prison, but when I think about this process, I often feel that this struggle is similar to that of being in prison. In many ways, I feel there is a parallel between the bondage of being incarcerated and the bondage to an addiction of any kind. In the same way an inmate is bound because of his own choices, I too, have been confined by my own choices. I have spent years feeling “trapped” and wanting so desperately to have the freedom of good health and energy.  I have longed to be on the other side and made countless promises … “if only…”

I am nearing freedom. I am drawing closer and closer… my chains that have kept me in captivity are being loosened day by day. More often than not, I feel unstoppable. To God be the glory!

Let Freedom Ring!

Pomp and Circumstance

Good evening honored guests, ladies and gentlemen and fellow past and future graduates.

It has been said that Change is inevitable. As we stand on the brink of moving into life beyond obesity, change will be inevitable. It is indeed gratifying to experience a statistical transition such as this. It is inevitable that becoming more proficient in our skills will enable us to tackle this life-long learning process with vigor. It is inevitable that structures, processes and relationships will change in our day-to-day lives. It is inevitable that we will face new challenges and it is inevitable that things may be different in the years ahead. Yes, I would agree, change is inevitable.

To those of you who have supported me with your prayers and encouragement, I thank you. Many of you have been by my side every step of this journey and I am forever grateful. Thank you for being a part of such a monumental milestone in my life!

Ok, in all seriousness, I am ecstatic! Today I have turned a major corner! According to the charts, at my height, over 175 is considered obese. Once I hit 174, I am simply overweight! LOL Since I was 20 years old, I have only been under 175 one time (and it lasted for about three days). Considering that I have been as high as 229, seeing 174 is quite exciting! I have graduated from OBESE to OVERWEIGHT! I have been working toward this goal for a long time and I am excited to see that number, but I’m not stopping there!!

My speech continues…

Furthermore, I would like to thank my Heavenly Father for continued love, support, acceptance and strength. I never dreamed this journey would become what it has…all because I gave up on worldly short term solutions and asked God to be my Guide.

The future is ours to have! It is our choice what kind of future it will be! May God Bless You Extantly!

(Oh, and by the way, I actually do graduate with my BA in 10 months =) LOL


Timing

As I continue to ponder “timing” of a different kind than I referred to yesterday, I am quite amazed. I was one of those people that spent years using the same old excuse of “I don’t have time.” I have always had a plethora of excuses, but time was an excuse I wore out! A new workout plan? No, thanks… I don’t have time. Cooking in a healthier way?…No thanks…. I don’t have time.

At this point in my life, I am probably busier than I have ever been. I am a mother of two…I am going to college…. I work several part-time jobs… I am engaged and planning a wedding… I serve when possible at my church….and of course, I blog. =) How is it that when I would put in a full day before, all I had the strength and energy to do was come home, sit in front of the TV on the couch and pretty much not move until bed time? I thought I had “no time” for exercise or preparing healthy meals. As busy as I am now, I spend much more time taking care of myself than I ever did before. No, I’m not talking about trips to the spa…lol… I’m talking about making sure I work out regularly and eat clean. These daily choices allow for my life to be so much more productive! I have tons more energy and clarity in my thoughts and I love it!

So, oh yeah, I have the time…and I will use it wisely! Thank you God for each and every day!

100 Days to Better Health!

How exciting! The response has been so cool! People are making decisions to add something to their lives for 100 days or eliminate something for 100 days to get closer to better health! How cool is that!?!? It’s not just about physical health, but spiritual health too! There have been commitments to give up sugar for 100 days, read the Bible daily for 100 days, give up aspartame, give up packaged foods (like chips), commit to 5 servings of fruits and vegetable for 100 days, exercise commitments etc. This is so awesome! I am pumped just hearing all of your goals! There’s going to be a MAJOR party on 10-10-10! Remember, we start tomorrow (July 2) and end on 10-10-10! If you decide to join us, even if just by committing to pray for us as we work toward our goals, just send me a personal email at charlihamlin@gmail.com or leave your comments on the blog! May God bless you Extantly over the next 100 Days!

100 Days

Over the past few months, I have been on quite a journey. I have committed to finding my way back to healthy living the way God intended. I have had many triumphs and a few challenges along the way. Beginning Friday, July 2, 2010, I am going to commit to no refined sugar for 100 days.  You heard me right, the countdown begins…. the next bite of sugar I will have will be my wedding cake on 10-10-10!

Why am I sharing this proclamation with you? Two reasons: First, now I have accountability…MAJOR accountability! The second reason…. I’m wondering if anyone out there might be interested in joining me?  Now …now…calm down…put your eyebrows down! I can see it in your eyes…you’re already thinking, No way! Whatever! Not gonna happen!

But seriously, I want you to think about it. What could you do or not do for 100 days to be closer to better health? I have only mentioned this idea to a few people and it has been awesome what people are sharing with me. One of my friends said that she could not do “no sugar” for 100 days but that she had gotten into a bad habit that she wanted to give up. She said that she usually gets a candy bar when she’s at the checkout, but for 100 days, she will commit to no candy bars! I have another friend who is going to commit to no sugar with me and also to an exercise regimen for 100 days. Another friend is deciding what she would like to do (or not do) to join us.

So, I’m asking you to think about it…pray about it. If there is something that you want to deal with and have some of your friends praying with you and for you as you “take back your temple,” join us.

Ecclesiastes 4 even tells us….

9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work:

10 If one falls down,
his friend can help him up.
But pity the man who falls
and has no one to help him up!

The 100 day countdown begins Friday, July2 and will end on     10-10-10! Think about it =)

Setbacks and Discouragement

It is amazing how quick we can get discouraged. We can be so content and encouraged one day and the next day talk ourselves into believing that what we do doesn’t matter. W e can convince ourselves that we are too small to make a difference… in our own lives, in our circle of friends and family, in the world and certainly too small to matter to the Kingdom of God.  Recently, I read an interesting story that I think explains why.

The story is told that Satan was “going out of business.” All of his tools were up for sale and attractively displayed on a table. What an array! There was hatred, envy, jealousy and deceit to name only a few. One harmless- looking tool, much worn, was priced higher than any of the others. “What is that tool?” someone asked. “Discouragement,” was the reply. “Why is it so expensive?” Satan answered, “Because it is more useful to me than any of the others.”

Ahhhh, I get it! Just as David found strength in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6), I will call upon my Lord for a new energy, a new outlook, and a new strength!