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Old habits die hard. You make something a part of life, you focus on learning in that environment and that is what you become. It’s hard to change something that you’ve taken years to perfect.
Cooking for instance. You learn from those who cooked for you. For me, that happens to be my mom and grandparents. And they learned from those before them. Or cleaning? I grew up with a mom and her mom who enjoyed moving furniture around and having a place for everything and everything in its place. —> that part I’m still working on, but I get the rearranging bug honest.
But what happens when something that has worked for years, you suddenly realize it doesn’t work anymore? It certainly helps when someone is on board with you, cheering you on and learning with you for support.
For the past couple of years Brandon and I have been trying to add more and more healthy foods into our lives, building a habit together to make sure convenience isn’t the only thing driving our nutrition. We started researching traditional cooking. Both of us on this journey together. We invested in a Table Transformation Course and learned tons of valuable information from our Foodwifery family. Then we branched out and purchased The Paleo Cure and learned more about the food processing in the world now and how our bodies react to different foods in our bodies.
So starting in January, with all the other health nuts and resolution wellness/fitness gurus, we started on our Paleo journey. We started with the 14 day plan because it came with recipes, meal plans and a shopping list. (The best way to have a new start is by having most of the work already done for you, right?) Then I ventured into finding my own ideas based off of what we tried and ways to improve food we already liked, restaurant and homemade. —You can check out my Pinterest page, there’s tons of recipes I’ve tried or been meaning to try. (By far, our favorite is the Chinese chicken recipe, our two year old even loves it!)
It’s fun, if you like experimenting. But the best part is, we’re in this together, Brandon and I. Seriously, without his motivation and support, I would still be making the same old stuff every week. We’d still be bloated and addicted to sugary foods, because everyone needs a little dessert now and again, but instead we decided to support each other in making a change.
I’ve lost almost 40 pounds since December 31st and people have asked how I’ve done it. I tell them and they say “Good for you! I could never do that!” And my response: why not? Some people will genuinely ask me for advice and say they want to lose weight or do a cleanse or want an “easy fix” but they don’t have the mindset to follow through. I know this because I’m that person too. But when you have someone behind and beside you pushing you to be better and do better, it’s a lot easier.
Ephesians 4:20-24 says “That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Creating new habits is hard, its work, and it takes self-control and knowledge. But, you can’t create a new thing based on corrupted, deceitful desires. You need to use your new gained knowledge to transform you and make you into the person you want to be, you need to be; for yourself, those around you and, most importantly, the person God needs and created you to be.
Sometimes it takes a new health concern to light that dark corner you’ve been ignoring. Maybe it’s a friend or family member who can open your eyes but you’ve been pushing away their advice. Maybe it’s an issue at work that’s helping you realize what’s really important. Whatever it is, use that knowledge to expand yourself. Find the truth in what your searching for and grab someone to support you on your journey. Not just someone who can tell you “Good job! Keep it up!” But someone who can and will call your bluff, someone who knows your strengths and your weaknesses. They can see your deceitful desires and corrupted vision before you even realize you’re straying toward the wrong path. And… be that person to someone. Old habits are hard for everyone, and you can’t expect to receive more encouragement than you give. Help them, help you, help them and go for it!