I’m thinking about trying a new post series: Motivation Mondays. ‘Thinking about trying’ doesn’t really sound like I am very committed because I’m not. ‘What if I don’t get to it on Monday-am I going to feel like I failed?’ ‘Do I have any motivation? What I need is motivation. Can you motivate me on Mondays?’ ‘Should it be the same subject every week or different subjects?’ Give me your thought and motivations in the comments below the post.
For now I am just going to write this Motivation Monday post and not think about next Monday yet. I have two subjects on my mind today. First – I need motivation for losing the 10 pounds that I have put back on after losing 30 at the end of last year. I don’t seem to be able to stick to any plan long-term. I am motivated for a few months and then the newness wears off and I fall back to my old ways – for example the pancakes I chose for breakfast this morning, with bacon. I’m not sorry for the bacon though, I never apologize for bacon.
Here’s my goal for the next 6 months — low carb and low sugar! I am motivated at the moment. I am looking forward to getting these 10 pounds back off. It’s not going to be easy for me because all my favorite snacks are carbs. To help me get through the whole 6 months, I am going to have a cheat day each week, I think I need to do that instead of thinking ‘no carbs for 6 months’. Also I’m not going to be fanatic. I will be allowed a few carbs, I’m still going to eat fruit and if something has a few carbs, that’s ok. I may adjust to a more strict rule once I get a few weeks in.
If you want more details, here they are; if you are not interested, skip to the next section.
I’m going to eat mostly meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, yogurt, basically all proteins. and veggies, and I’m not going to omit fats. As usual, I will focus on coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil and butter. I’m not going to be counting calories since I’m sick of that from doing it last year for four months, even though it is thanks to doing that, I lost 30 pounds. I need to switch it up, I can’t stick with a plan for too long. I get burnt out on it.
I’m going to continue drinking coffee, tea, water, sparkling water, no changes there. I would love to up my water intake though. I haven’t been drinking enough water lately.
By cutting out carbs, I will be cutting out the processed food and focusing more on unprocessed foods. I know for sure the cookies, crackers, chips are what trigger eating too much for me. Sugar is addicting for me so I’m excited to get that out of my system.
I think I will update you on how it’s going every week – for the next 24 weeks!
The second thing on my mind is to motivate people to love on your kids. When things are crazy and the house is a mess, maybe one of you is not feeling well, stop and remember how much you wanted your kids and how much you love them. Pray for God to remind you, if can’t do it on your own at that moment. Pray for patience and priorities. Loving your kids is a natural instinct but sometimes when you are sleep deprived or sinking in housework, and refereeing arguments seems to be your life, sometimes human nature makes us unloving. God calls us to love our children so He will help you when you call out to Him to let you feel love at that moment.
If you are a grandmother, you need to help the moms be loving and remind them that motherhood is a privilege. Be encouraging to them and help them when you are able.
Mothers seek out classes/ books about raising Godly children so you don’t raise dysfunction and selfish children. Look for mothers that you admire and older women who have raised Godly, good children and hang out with them, learn from them.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Do your kids, whatever age they are, know what you believe? They should know it by how you live. Do you follow the ten commandments? Talk about God’s Word with your sons and daughters, as it pertains to your lives, as you go about your day. This is our job as parents, grandparents, nannies, or other care givers.
Be a Godly mother. Love the Lord with all your heart and soul and teach your kids. Don’t be too busy and squeeze God out of your day. NOBODY has more influence on your kids than you.
Pray for them every day. Teach any child that is in your life. Love them, regardless of their age, how they look, how they act, what their grades are, or even whether they respond to your love.
Children are a good thing, a blessing from God. Leave your mark on the world by raising a child who grows up to love and live for God. Then they will have children of their own and pass it on to the next generation!
That completes my sermon. I hope it wasn’t too much or sound like I think I have done it all right. Quite the opposite. I always wonder if I did things correctly with my kids, who are full grown adults now. Whatever mistakes I made, I loved them then and I love them now! That I know for sure.