Friday, February 7, 2014

Imperfect Progress: Embracing what IS!

I am not perfect. 
Sometimes I fall down. 
Sometimes I let things get the best of me. 
Sometimes STILL I eat to control, I don't work to my potential, sometimes STILL feel a step behind. 


It's not about perfection: its about progress. 
Do not forget how far you have come. 

I was 162 pounds at my highest. I went through many different ways to eat and fuel my workouts over the past 8 years: everything from weight watchers to a competition diet. And today, I am just UNDER my weight watchers goal weight. But that is a little high for me. 

I feel like I eat when I am out of control: Sad, busy, frustrated, confused, tired. And not always "BAD" foods (God help us get good and bad foods off the table. Food is nutritionally dense or it is not. Period.) After doing 2 Figure shows in 2013 and being on a scheduled eating plan from February to October, I enjoyed the last few months, stayed off the scale and ate about 60% like my normal healthy self. The other 40 needed time off, enjoyed the holidays and strayed a bit. 

Here's a look at my journey: 



Overweight, to runner(again) to clean eater 




 

Competitor, aspiring model and close to today, up about 8 pounds 




Here is my point: I have made A LOT of progress. My journey has been one of SUCCESS. 

It's been 8+ years of Imperfect Progress (a phrase I am stealing from Lisa Terkeurst). My journey is NOT about never falling. It is like the picture above says, a HOLY CHA-CHA. Filled with sweet steps forward and a few steps back. 

POINT BEING? 
Just keep those feet moving! 

I am constantly changing, maybe up a little, maybe going from a runner to a competitor, and a lean girl to one who gains because she needs a break or even to gain some muscle! It's all progress, it's all forward motion even if some of it looks like falling. 

BESIDES, the bible says that NONE of us will be perfect until King Jesus returns and we are made like HIM! He WILL complete the good works in us! 

Philippians says: "Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ!" 


Pressing toward the Goal
Philippians 4:12
I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us!



So here I am today, a little up, embracing what is, moving forward with my imperfect progress in faith, fitness and health! Onward and upward! 


Where are you on your journey? Do you feel pressed to be perfect? 

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