Well, last time I updated you on my progress, I told you that I was going to focus on developing in disciple in one area at a time, starting with health and fitness.
I’ve been trying really hard to be more conscious of the food I eat, which basically means that I still eat whatever I want; I just eat it in smaller portions than before. I’ve also been as consistent as possible in running on the treadmill a few times a week. There have definitely been setbacks over the past couple of weeks. I’ve got some kind of sinus head cold crud that I just can’t seem to banish, and that has made me less than willing to jump on the treadmill for 30 minutes, but I’m doing my best.
The good news is that all of this is starting to pay off: since the beginning of the year, I’ve lost 7 pounds. At this point, I’m only 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight, but thanks to lots of food court meals during my last semester at Beeson, I was up about 15 pounds from my ideal when I got pregnant. It’s a battle, but I’m definitely developing more discipline in exercising regularly.
I’m also trying to be more intentional in the way that I spend time with Micah. It’s easy to turn the TV on and just hang out in the chair while she toddles around and plays by herself, but I’m really trying to limit the amount of time that the TV is actually on in the house. That means that we spend more time playing outside, which, as you could tell from my last post, she loves. It also means that we read more books, color more pictures, put together more puzzles, and chase each other around the house more often. I’m pretty sure that it’s a good development :)
Last week, I read a post from Becky Higgins about “the purpose of the task.” Basically, she said that the purpose of every task we engage in with our children or spouses, or anyone, really, is strengthening the relationship. When I read with Micah, yes, I’m trying to cultivate a love for the written word in her, but I’m also, and most importantly, strengthening my relationship with her. Becky’s post gave me a lot to think about, and it has certainly helped me in my efforts to be more intentional with my little one.
Hope you’re all doing well this week. I’m at the outset of the week number nine, and I’ll be back in a couple of weeks to let you know how things are going.
Until next time, grace and peace.
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