Have a plan, That plan can be as simple as starting a food journal and exercise as an accountability tool and a visual. Schedule your meals and exercise on a calendar just as you would other necessary daily tasks. This is part of purposing to do something “Daniel Purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies,…” Daniel 1:. This whole chapter is very inspiring and applicable to having a plan, following a plan and the reward of the obedience to sticking to a goal and a purpose that you believe in. Have faith and put that faith into practice. Sometimes we have to test that faith just as Daniel did, but as you can see and will see the testing is well worth the sacrifice no matter how hard it may seem or feel in the moment.
RECOVERY is a process, day by day, step by step, one change at a time. This goes back to where we started in January when I shared the 4 Legs of Success in your health journey. View the video below
1) MOTIVATION – your goals and the reasons for those goals
a. Nutrients (food & supplements)
c. Oxygen (deep breathing)
4) REST & STRESS MANAGEMENT
b. Time Management
It is important to continue to work on each aspect daily and continue in the lifestyle that works for you with honesty, perspective and purpose to not defile yourself with past choices that you know are
harmful for your personal growth. Lets do this together
Winning the Recovery Battle
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If you have not been exercising regularly you should check with your doctor or health professional before beginning an exercise program.
Benefits of Exercise
Strengthens Muscles and Bones
Counters the Effects of Stress and Improves Sleep
Almost 19 million Americans are thought to suffer from depressive disorders. However, researchers may have discovered a new “drug” for depression that anyone can take advantage of and utilize: Exercise.
“Either we can be victimized and become victims, or we can be victimized and rise above it. Often it is easier to play the victim than take off our masks and ask for help. We get comfortable with our victim status. It becomes our identity and is hard to give up. The Israelites often played the victim card, and I love what God finally tells them, “You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north” (Deuteronomy 2:3). Turn north! It’s time to move on! Self-pity, fear, pride, and negativity paralyze us. Taking off our masks takes courage, but if we don’t do it, we will remain in our victim status and end up stunted.” Ruth Graham.
The primary benefit of proteins is that they are used to regenerate and repair body tissue, especially muscle tissue. Proteins are also essential for creating infection-fighting antibodies. Our skin, muscles, hair, nails and eyes are mostly comprised of protein. When you begin exercising it is important to increase your protein intake to provide your body with adequate nutrients for muscle growth and repair.
Good Sources of Protein:
Low Fat Milk
Slow release (low glycemic, complex) carbohydrates such as vegetables, whole grains and beans are generally the better choice for two reasons. First, they will not spike the blood with too much sugar so the body is not required to release a lot of insulin in a short time. Second, they contain a lot of fiber which is necessary for overall good health. Fiber helps prevent colon and rectal cancer. It also binds with oils (fats) and eliminates them from the body.
Simple carbohydrates (especially high fiber fruits) are good if you need a quick energy boost; for example, before a short duration athletic event, or when you are tired but have to keep working a little longer. Otherwise, simple carbohydrates are best consumed in conjunction with, or immediately after, other foods – e.g., proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates. This will help balance the amount of sugar released into the blood.