Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Waking Up to Walk

I am oversized. Classified Obese 1 by health standards. At least, that’s where I fell on the scale 5 years ago. I don’t know now. But the fact is, I am over weight. I am not only talking about how my culture typifies me. I am talking about fact.

I have struggled pushed the weight issue aside thinking that as long as I look good, I am ok. People around me have witnessed how I did crash diets. Every time I was on one, I got mocked. I even tried Beyonce’s famous “Master Cleanse”. Two days into it, I vowed it was the most doable weightloss plan. On the fourth day, I woke up nauseated. I vomited and almost passed out. When my father found out what happened, he ordered commanded that I immediately “stop this nonsense”.

I tried working out. I went to the gym. I tried zumba. I tried Tae Bo. I tried walking miles. I tried jogging. Consistency was my problem.

I tried skipping dinner. Bad, bad choice! Who am I kidding? I always had excuses to NOT skip dinner. “I had a long day.” “I will have a long night.” “I am stressed out.” “I am happy I should celebrate.” “I am sad.”

So my weight story was, “I lose some, I gain some.”

Until last year, when I started making an effort not to lose weight but to live healthy. In September, I tried taking Coke off my diet. I was a “this-goes-well-with-Coke” eater. And so, the first seven days without it was a monumental victory. Then I thought how proud of myself I could be if I can make it till the end of September. By the end of September, I challenged myself to a coke fast until the end of 2012. By the end of the year, I was Coke-free. And then, just when I was about to resume my Coke life, I thought if I can do it for one straight year, then I can have one more achievement on my wall of discipline. To date, by the amazing grace of God, I have not had coke and I am losing the desire for it.  I  still have to completely eradicate “Royal Tru Orange” from my body though.

Yesterday, I read a blog by Rica Peralejo- Bonifacio on how she became a vegetarian. She also gave links to some websites that helped her in the process. I was challenged again, not to lose weight but to live a healthier lifestyle. Meat and rice is 80% of my daily diet. I have decided that I will try taking red meat and pork off my diet for the whole month of February.

Having just declared that to you, my stomach churns with fear that I may not be able to sustain it. I  just buy food from the cafeteria so I don’t really know how this will work for me. But I have already written down some options. I know that this looks like a small feat but God knows how this is going to be hard for me. And so, I asked Him to help me do it. And one more thing, I am allergic to poultry and seafood so that leaves me with lesser options. I am hopeful though that this diet will help me cure of those allergies.

I have also began taking rounds at the stadium every morning. Two weeks ago, my friends and I decided that we should start working out. And so, every morning, at 4.30, we jump out of the bed and drive to the stadium. Morning walks are awesome!

Today, the shy sun was peeking while the full moon was still in view. What a beautiful, beautiful world, this is! 

This leads me to the account of Jesus when He healed the lame man by the pool of Bethsaida. He was there waiting because no one would push him to the pool when the angel stirred it. Then Jesus told him, "Stand up, take up your mat, and walk!"

And so, I wake up, I'm folding my long mats of excuses, and I am walking into a healthier lifestyle. 
Me and one of my walking buddies (my favorite among them.hehe!).
Sshhhhhhh! I hope he doesn't find out that this photo is posted online.
This was taken by one of the students walking behind us one night while
taking a stroll in CPU.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A 'Mary' Moment

Hopeful  Anticipation.  Two words that met my 2013.  

Over the holidays, I pondered upon how Mary, the mother of Jesus, went about everything – from hearing Gabriel’s news to running off to Egypt to escape from Herod. In all the accounts of the birth of Jesus, Mary didn’t say much except when she asked the angel how it was all going to take place -
Luke 1:34  “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”.
That, her reply to the angel, and her beautiful short song. Very few speaking lines for a very important character, I must say!

If I was Mary, half of Luke would only  be just about my argument with the angel. No wonder Mary was called “highly favored”. She had a quiet spirit full of faith. She received the task without much question. She believed the ‘Word’ even if it was beyond her imagination.

On January 1st, I left my parents house (despite my mother’s insistent declaration that the holidays are NOT YET over) and went back to my ‘cocoon’. For many years now, it has become my practice to commit the first day of each year to prayer and fasting. It is amazing how much my wonder of God grows when I list down what He has done for me the past year. This year, I made a list again that led me to a “Mary Moment” –
 Luke 2:19 “ …Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
 I don’t know what is ahead of me in 2013, the same way that I never guessed what God  did for me in 2012. But, as my list testified, He has something for me that is way beyond my imagination. I pray for a quiet spirit of faith as I wait in hopeful anticipation.

Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Picking up one of the kids during our Christmas Outreach Party
  Have A Hopeful 2013!!!