We are well established into October and while I won’t be overwhelming you with eating details, I am going to give you a brief synopsis of what we will be covering in our coming meetings.
One of the first things we are going to address is the difference in a diet and lifestyle.
Diet – noun
- the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
“a vegetarian diet”
- a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons. “I’m going on a diet”
Lifestyle – noun
the way in which a person or group lives. “the benefits of a healthy lifestyle”
This is, of course, rhetorical, but how many of you have been on a diet? I know personally, I have probably tried a good part of them that float around out there. I even lost weight on some. But you know what? It is very unlikely that you are going to stay on a diet for the rest of your life, and when you go off of the diet, you usually gain back anything you lost and then added a few extra pounds for good measure. Been there, done that…
I am still a work in progress, but one thing I have definitely learned over the past several years is that if you want long term success, you have to have a healthy, satisfying, sustainable change of lifestyle. This is one of the first things we learned in The Daniel Plan.
As a reminder, our original plan, The Daniel Plan is based on five essential – Faith, Food, Focus, Fitness and Friends. It is the combination of these five things that help you form a healthy, balanced, fit and supported lifestyle! Faith is the foundation; Food is the necessary and delicious way to be satisfied. Focus is when you can finally see that this is a lifestyle that you can love and that the hand of Jesus is there for you all the way. Fitness is not only a way to burn calories and build muscle, but a way to strengthen our bodies and minds. Finally, Friends, the secret sauce that you can always depend on, any hour of the day.
You don’t have to need to lose weight to change your lifestyle. You just need the desire to feel better, to be healthier and to have more energy than you had before! It’s a way to do, not only that, but to walk closer with Jesus and deepen friendships. That’s the lifestyle I want. How about you?
In His light,