Today we kick off a 30-day food challenge! Will you join me? Read on for motivation and helpful resources to make and keep new eating habits.
I might feel better. I could lose some weight. Maybe this time it will be different. I’m tired of feeling bad. I can do it if you can do it. My doctor keeps nagging me to do something. I can try it and stop anytime I want.
These might be some of the reasons why you have tried to change your bad eating habits in the past and are considering taking my 30-day food challenge this month. But none of these reasons will motivate you to keep going every day, when things get tough, or after you make a big blunder. I want to share with you 3 Things That Will Motivate You to Keep Going This Month.
First, let me explain the food challenge. Every year, for the month of May, I like to re-examine my eating habits and make any necessary changes to live a healthy lifestyle all year round. To do this, I write in a log book all the food that I eat for 30 days. Then I calculate and count how many carbohydrates I eat, shooting for the goal of no more than 45 carbs per meal, and one or two snacks of 15 carbs. Once I know what I’m eating, I can make plans to make better food choices.
- Here is a free download copy of my Count Your Carbs Log if you would like to take the 30-day food challenge with me for the month of May.
- And here’s another free download, Handy Meal and Snack Carb Ideas, with some of my favorite meals and snack ideas for the month.
Everyone needs motivation to start something new and keep on going when things get tough. The reasons I listed above, while they may be true for you, ultimately won’t help you because they are too limited and without any power. The basic definition of motive is a reason, but I like the more complete description that motive is a force that produces motion. Motivation means to provide a motive for doing something, or better yet, to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for doing something. Whether you know it or not, the Bible provides all the motivation we need not just to change our eating habits for a month, but to make changes that will last a lifetime or, in the case of salvation, for eternity!
3 Things That Will Motivate You to Keep Going This Month
- We need big inspiration from the Bible: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- We need power from a Powerful Source, the Lord God: “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
- We need to know the big prize, pleasing God: “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
There are many more Bible verses that should stimulate your interest and enthusiasm for making good food choices and should be a force to produce motion to make changes. Here are seven of my favorites; take a look at some of the Bible Verse Art that I’ve created. (I’ve also included them on the Count Your Carbs Log as a reminder.) John 6:35; 1 Corinthians 6:12-13; Numbers 11:4-6; 1 Timothy 6:6-8; Genesis 1:29; Job 23:12; and Deuteronomy 8:3.
One last thing you need to do as we start this challenge: hop on the scale and weigh yourself. Write down the number and then put the scale away until the end of the month. Whether you like it or not, the scale provides one valid form of measurement for our results. Can you think of some other ways to measure the success of this challenge?
Please let me know in the Comments section below if you will join me this month for the 30-day food challenge. For more information, please read my post Count Your Carbs in May and print out your free copies of the Count Your Carbs Log and Handy Meal and Snack Carb Ideas.