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We have all heard of the numerous resolutions to lose weight when the New Year begins. And we’ve heard the sighs of surrender when it comes to fighting the battle of the bulge during the numerous planned Christmas parties and Holiday meals. The month of December has, in some circles, become synonymous with weeks of regretful overindulgence and fearing the scale.
But, this year, with resolve and joy, my son, Josh, and I are getting a head-start on the holiday, by beginning a Holiday Melt. But first, a little backstory…
Three years ago, I found myself in the predicament of being bed-ridden over 60% of the time, unable to even walk to my kitchen for a glass of water. For years, my health had declined from simply not feeling great, or being a little tired, to continuously gaining weight and feeling very fatigued, to a complete health crash. All of my vitamin levels were far below the “low-normal” acceptable range; some were barely registering, as were my hormones. With handfuls of hair falling out, I was pre-diabetic and also anemic. None of my body systems were working properly, and I was in a dangerous place health-wise (life vs death per my Dr.)
But, I had done everything I physically knew to do: nothing fried, no soda, no caffeine, no sugar, only using olive or coconut oils in cooking, and no processed food. I was prescribed a protein shake recommended by the leading medical center in our state, yet my body was not absorbing nutrition properly, my health was deteriorating and my weight was increasing. Nothing was turning around, and I was declining rapidly.
I wasn’t just working on the physical aspect. I was meditating and praying, and learning to be still and know; working on being, rather than doing.
Through nothing short of a God-ordained connection, I was introduced to a specific superfood protein shake sourced in New Zealand. I began using this product per my doctor, and over the next few months, my health began to turn around.
Look what happened!
We all know that we have one body to live in, so being a good steward of our earth-suit is imperative.
And then came 2017.
Ever had a day that was a battle; how about a warfare year? Such has been 2017 for me. This year has been a tough one in many ways, dealing with several losses in prior months. We all have to be very mindful to stay out of stress, and watch the quality of our nutrition as well; but for me, it’s absolutely imperative. Stress causes my system to crash. My health has suffered because of the blows that have come down the pike. It has been scary and frustrating; difficult and trying. And, after doing so well for a season, it’s even embarrassing; like… failing. Those are the facts.
But the TRUTH is that I really am an overcomer, because the Overcomer is in me. (Truth trumps facts.) Yes, it’s been like treading water this year; but, as my son so eloquently said to me, “Mama, it’s time to #RISEUP.”
I have had to somewhat start again, with tiny baby steps in this healing journey. But I am NOT where I once was (worn down, crawling on the floor from my bed to bathroom, at times, with no strength to even stand) Praise the Lord!
I am rising up. And declaring this: “2018 is the Year for Faith over Fear”.
Now for the Fun! With that very long, rollercoaster-ride intro, welcome to our #HOLIDAYMELT. Here’s the plan: to maintain weight throughout the holidays, and even, (dare I say it?) lose pounds, starting next year ahead of the resolution crowd.
My son, full-time college student, Josh, and I are striking out in this epic adventurous journey of healthy freedom, burning up all the excuse bridges by putting it out into the You-Tube-iverse.
And away we go….!!!
Whew! There it is!
Each post, we will talk about resolutions that work, those that don’t, things we learn at the gym, and maybe some epic fails (hopefully not many!). Of course, there will be bloopers, because… Josh and Alicia.
We WANT cheerleaders, prayer warriors, friends and strangers to join with us if you are willing, in the continuing saga ….
OK, so here are the products + gear we are currently using as we begin, for those who need to know:
FitBit Charge 2
Brooks Running Shoes
Josh’s Fave H2O Bottle
Alicia’s H2O Bottle
Our Body Analysis Scale
Comment, share, and PLEASE Subscribe if you’d like to keep up! If you’re joining us in your own health resolution now, make sure to let us know and hashtag #holidaymelt!
Have a very Merry Christmas,
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