Wednesday, September 08, 2010
3D YOUR WHOLE LIFE!!! And So We Commence!
Some of you have just received your books, and you haven't begun to dig in yet. You'll find that in the first few chapters are illustrious guides, Carol Showalter and Maggie Davis. Carol started the first Christian diet program thirty-five years ago--don't worry Carol. We won't do the math. Carol tells us the story of how 3D began. Maggie chimes in with her gentle encouragement to us to abandon rigid diets and to take it easy! The changes we make will be gradual, and based on sound nutritional guidelines. We want our changes to last, beloved friends. But don't worry. You simply cannot fail in this group unless you completely drop out. If you do one thing: decrease your portions, walk every day, embrace a scripture you learned in the devotions, you would have changed your life for good. So be encouraged. Maggie says in the book, "During this process you will learn not only to enjoy eating right but also how to know yourself in a deeper and more meaningful way. This is a journey as much as it is a destination. There will be speed bumps, stop signs, and detours on the road--but you will use this program to keep you traveling on your journey to eating right and achieving better health." And that's not all, but before I get to the really good stuff, I've got some other essentials to enjoying this program completely to share with you.
First, I want you all to participate. Comment on how excited you are, or afraid, or whatever! Your comments are so very important. I don't know you're here, or what you're doing if you don't comment. It's all right to be transparent here. Most of you know on this blog I'm Saran wrap. You can see right through me. I know some of your stories already, and I can assure you that I moderate all the comments, and I won't let anyone hurt you for your vulnerability.
Next, do the things that are listed in The Plan section for week 1: fill out the Initial and Quarterly Health Assessment, determine your Body Mass Index and Health risks, and do use the YOUR WHOLE LIFE JOURNAL every day. Carol and Maggie encourage us to use a pedometer to determine how many steps we take in an average day. I have to confess, I need to buy one, fast! But if you don't have one yet you can still exercise. Also, do something to pretty up your world. A fresh flower or a nice plant on the kitchen table would be lovely.
Finally, and most importantly, we're going to fall in love more deeply with God our Beloved. Read your daily devotions, and memorize your scripture verse. Pray for five people, daily, and don't neglect to pray for everyone in our group. I'll start us off with the 3D Prayer in the back of the book:
This is a new day
That means I can expect from your hand
all I need to live.
Help me to know
Your grace is sufficient
Your power is overwhelming
and your peace and joy are here for the asking.
I need you in so many practical ways, Lord
I need you to help me choose the right spirit
at the beginning of the day
I need you to help me with my family
the work I need to get done
and the pressures that come at me
before my eyes are even open.
I need you to go ahead of me every step of the way
You will do that
This day is yours
I am yours.
Thank you for loving me and giving me
the gift of life today.
When I am ready to close my eyes
at the end of this day
May I say with a steady voice:
I have loved you more today than I did yesterday
But not as much as I will tomorrow.
Make it so, dear Lord.
Yummy! That was some good prayer!
here. There are lots of valuable resources available on the site. Use them! I also want to tell you about another helpful book that I'm using. You can order a copy from the 3D website. It's called SURRENDERING HUNGER. It's a wonderful devotional with daily readings for those of us who struggle with food issues. You'll find in it a straight-talking (love that!) meditation, and a prayer to give you strength and hope for this fantastic journey. It's written by Jan Johnson, and I promise you'll find her words insightful.
Every Wednesday we'll check in, but you can post a comment any day this week, at any time. I work from 8-5, Monday through Friday, but when I get off, I'll be around to post your comments. So don't worry if you don't see them right away. We have to do a weigh in, lovies. It's part and parcel of the journey, and it helps to track our progress, though we aren't looking at weight alone as the indicator of our success. But any weight loss program will require a weigh in. It's just how they roll. I'll go first, as horrifying as the thought is. You'll find that number in the comments.
So go, my dears! Exercise, eat right, love God, and bring some beauty and order to your life. You can do it!
Much love, and prayers for all of you!