So, Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Reminder: (Taken from The Lord's Table, Mike Cleveland)
If we set out on this course to lose weight for our own glory we cannot expect God's assistance. Since God is the greatest good, He sets out to work all things for his own glory, and if we seek to lose weight for our own glory we are at a cross purposes with God. He will not share his glory with another (Isaiah 48:11). This concept is very important to understand, so let's look at an illustration of this in Judges 7:2: "The Lord said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, for Israel would become boastful saying, "My own power has delivered me".
Day 1 of The Lord's Table is all about proper motivation. And, No, we are not reading it for this study - but because Younger Next Year is not christian based - I think it is important that we remember who's we are and partner up with Him during this study - giving Him the glory for the things we will learn from Younger Next Year. I want us to remember this first and foremost. Now, onto our featured book.......
WOW, Younger Next year is going to teach us some cool stuff! Just the foreward of the book has given me some 'umph ~ I feel butterflies in my stomach and almost like a veil of days gone bad is beginning to lift! It's almost like we have to push ourselves into a change in our 'Psych'y'.....in our mental state - like before we can go a step further we need to tap into our fight - our drive - our desire. We need to decide we are not willing to settle for the stereotypical roles of middle age - or in the case of my daughter who is in her late 20's - decide we are not going to take after our mothers who have hit middle age! Being 47, I am at a deficit - I yo-yo dieted all my life - but didn't truly make a lifestyle change. It has always been my desire to lose weight quickly - the quicker the better as far as I was concerned - thus why I am fighting to lose the same 100 lbs. yet again.
In the Foreward, Gail Sheehy (an Author) gives us awesome insight - her insight after having read the book and taking a stab at implementing some of the things Dr. Harry and Chris Crowley advise. From participating in a strip-dance class, to 20 mile a day bike rides, to boot camp at the local YWCA.....She quotes some great things our author will cover....
"We urge you NOT to start gradually" (WHAT? this is unlike everything we have ever heard! aren't all programs started gradually?"
'Chris Crowley .....He's a recovery case, years younger at seventy than when he retired from a Wall Street law firm and began wondering who he would be, once stripped of his professional status...he started the usual slide into fat and foolishness but caught himself and reversed direction - he now looks like a 50 year old hunk' - Fat and Foolishness - ouch! Been there, done that - have the t-shirt and the book.
'Dr. Harry Lodge is only 47 (um, my age, only 47?)...M.D., teacher, and man of Science. He tells readers that after 50 we start to decay....Unless we signal or bodies to keep growing by exercising 6 (YES 6) days a week our bodies head downhill. Exercise provides the signal that jolts our cells into repairing and renewing themselves and releases the chemicals that bathe our brains in positive feelings.' - Bathe our brains in positive feelings! doesn't this sound wonderful.......
Gail also talks about giving your body what it needs - rest, spiritual refreshment, and physical jump start.....good habits of mind and body. She talks about what it takes to become committed to continuing our 'Second Adulthood'. ~ this is why I chose this book!!!
Are you ready to get started!? Reading assignments are below.
For my ladies that are Tackling their Temple with me - I am looking for some of you ladies to help with blogging! If you are interested in blogging on anything below, let me know! I really want you to participate and I think the best way to do that is for you guys to help with blogging and sharing!
Tuesday - Read the Foreward Only - by Gail Sheehy, also an author.
Thursday - Read Welcome to the Revolution - by the authors, Chris and Harry
Saturday - Read the Introduction
Monday - Part One - Take Charge of Your Body / - Chapter 1 The Next 40 Years
Read Page 3- 9 (stop at "You Do Have to Age but You Don't Have to Rot"
Wednesday - Page 9-12 Read - 'You Do have to Age, but you don't have to Rot' AND
'What I bring to the Party: A Report from the Front'
Friday - Page 12 -14 Read 'What Harry Brings to the Party: The Truth'
Saturday - Page 14-18 Read 'Meeting Harry and Getting a New Start'
My Prayer for Us
Dear God, I pray today that you will walk beside us as we read this book - that you will help us to work together with you to find the desire to become healthy, that we can find in you the strength and power to do what needs to be done to break the cycle of bad and unhealthy habits. Thank you Father for each person here - for what they contribute every day - for their accomplishments -for their struggles - for all of those things that make them who they are. May all we do bring only glory to you. We love you Father and ask all these things in your name, Amen.