Surrender to God—Body, Soul and Spirit
“Do I really dare to let God be to me all that He says He will be?” Oswald Chambers
“Where the Spirit of the LORD is there is freedom” 2 Cor 3:17
It’s that time of year again…the sun is shining and summer is around the corner. For as long as I can remember I have longed for the sun of summer while dreading the fashions that go with sun-drenched days. Visions of bathing suit shopping….Well, I think you know what I am talking about.
Truth is, my heart breaks for women and our struggle with weight and image. I have struggled my entire adult life. Whether it’s 10 lbs or 100 lbs, the weight issue adds stress, discouragement and even defeat and depression for some. As Christ followers we have the power of God’s Spirit living within to strengthen us for anything that God calls us to. And, though I am not proud to admit this, I never gave much thought to the truth that my body was not my own. Until a year ago I treated my body like it was mine to do with what I pleased. That mindset left me overweight, stressed, sick and tired…really tired.
Some of you joined the Fall 30 day challenge and know my story. For those that don’t, my cancer diagnosis and wake up call is posted on my website, www.debbiealsdorf.com. The blog post is titled, My Wake Up Call. I am not a nutritionist, diet expert or professional weight loss coach ( though I did train employees for a national weight loss organization in the early 1990’s ).
I am an ordinary woman who decided enough was enough and woke up one day realizing that my weight and preoccupation with dieting was taking too much of my time and energy. I came into agreement with the truth that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, (Philippians 4:13).
I had to face the truth. I can do this, I just haven’t. I can do all things, it’s just that I chose not to.
What if God could give you everything you need to stay on track, get to your goals and renew your health? What if, while doing so you could stay spiritually focused on truth and actually excited about lifestyle changes that would honor God and your body? What if?
This Spring Challenge can be your fresh start! I am 30 lbs lighter than last spring, but still 18 lbs from my personal goal. At the first of the year I was actually down 45 lbs, but after an ankle injury prevented any activity for 3 months…well, you know. At first I almost let discouragement get me, but I choose not to focus on any weight gain because this whole thing is a lifestyle change, attitude change journey. And, I am not where I was last year and I KNOW who can empower me to reach my goal in the mid-range of my proper BMI. Keep in mind, I don’t want you to follow me, I want you to follow Christ into HIS plan for you. He will set you free from dieting and obsession with food and weight when you come to him and ask for his strength, healing and help. Your plan may very well be different than mine, long term.
For me, it is no longer about the weight but about the BMI number, as that number is a gauge of how responsible I am living in regards to health choices. This challenge is more about surrender to God, not withholding anything. It is a fasting of some foods, fasting of attitudes and fasting of relying on self and old flesh habits to get by. We are women in life-long development! We are women who are growing stronger, who are choosing wisely and who are filled with power from God.
We can do anything and everything through Him, especially surrender our self and our health into His care.
Some of you know that I radically changed how I looked at food after a cancer diagnosis. I have been searching for a protein powder what would fit into my new health regimen; meaning no fillers, bad guy chemicals, no gluten, soy, dairy , low glycemic and sweetened with stevia. I tried some nasty proteins over this past year before I settled on one I love. A month ago a friend told me about Arbonne’s new protein powder, fully vegan and it met all my personal requirements, plus it tastes GREAT! So I highly encourage the Arbonne protein powder. It’s good nutrition! You will see below that one of the plans incorporates an Arbonne all inclusive 30 day plan for those that want a quick kick start to health. But, using these products is optional. I am only telling you about them as a resource. I personally like when someone lets me know of something good.
Here’s the details:
Challenge: Monday May 11- Tuesday June 9th/ 30 days.
- Choose a Food Plan
- Come to Jesus daily in prayer and praise
- Check your email box for encouragement
- Create space to seek God and hear His leading while reading WILD book
- Connect on the private FB page WILD Spring Challenge
Meal Plan Options:
- Flex Plan: Concentrating on learning to eat clean.
No processed sugars, grains. No food after 7 pm, no counting calories or points. There will be guidelines for this. I suggest one green shake, two meals, two snacks. But you can make up your own eating plan following guidelines.
This is basically what I did last year. I had a green shake each morning, and put lunch and dinner together using the principles of clean eating. I suggest using the Arbonne shake for it’s high nutritional value, non dairy, non soy, low glycemic index, great taste, 20 grams protein taking the green shake into the meal replacement category. There are many shakes out there, so you can research that as well.
- Structured Plan: 30 days to Healthy Living Arbonne Program
This is for those of you who just want it figured out for you and want to really hit it this one month, being disciplined and being provided with all you need to do so. To do this option you will want to purchase the 30 day healthy living kit from Arbonne. It is basically 2 meal replacement shakes ( that are yum) and one clean eating meal. It also comes with probiotic, fizzy energy drink sticks, 7 day cleanse, fiber boost and detox herbal tea and complete instructions and information.This will give you the quickest results for a kick start and the added benefit of a fast of sorts during the 30 days
- Use any plan of your choice: weight watchers, etc… stay committed for 30 days!
Please note with this option that recipes and ideas will not include points and options from other programs, just healthy eating, clean eating tips and ideas. The menu and recipe ideas you will receive in these 30 days will follow a plan that is about eating whole unprocessed foods most of the time. Those tips can be incorporated into your existing plan. Calorie counting and programs like WW worked well for me before I hit my mid-fifties. But I have discovered that I am insulin resistant and on those programs choose too many processed carbs while counting points or calories. I literally can stay the same weight on 1200 cal a day! But when I eat clean and cut all that out, I lose weight on more food! You pray about what is right for you.
Details about protein powder or The 30 days to Healthy Living plan purchase:
I am a woman on mission and it’s a ministry mission, not a marketing mission. But, I have to admit that once coming across the Arbonne protein and the 30 day program, I was excited for something that was pure and not filled with chemicals, to help women get on track or get to their goals. That said, I signed up as a distributor to get the discount as I plan on using this protein powder in my daily routine.
Any profit from an Arbonne purchase will go directly into Design4Living Ministries to help fund more resources for women and support the ministry, not me personally.
You can purchase the powder or program retail or you can become a preferred customer ( think Costco) and pay $20 for a year of 20% off each purchase. But, here’s the great news for you girls…..
YOU will get 40% off the 30 day Healthy Living Nutrition Pack and your $20 fee will be waived, AND you will receive a $50 product from Arbonne for FREE! ( a good choice is the Greens Balance to add to your shakes if that is more convenient for you)
If you do it this way, all you need for the 30 days will cost you $241.20, ( retail is $402). After the 30 days you can still buy protein powder for 20% discount for a year, or another nutrition pack at the 40% off for the next month if you like it and feel you are on a roll!
If you want to order retail, go to www.debbiealsdorf.arbonne.com
If you want to be a preferred client: you can contact me through private email: just go to the contact form on this website.
If you have questions you can contact my sponsor firstname.lastname@example.org,
A Different Kind of WILD book
My publisher is offering a special May1-May15 for $2.99 at Amazon, CBD or Barnes and Noble.
Some of you have the book but if not that is a great deal! Thank you Revell! 🙂 It is only available at this time in e format. I will publish a weekly reading schedule for our challenge and will be interacting on the private FB page on the material we are processing to be WILD Christ followers! This is going to be FUN! Challenging! Sometimes hard! But a step into FREEDOM!
Serving you is my joy!
founder/director Design4Living Ministries 501c nonprofit organization