"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Monday, January 31, 2011

FOCUS is My Word

Short Story: FOCUS is the word I've chosen to keep in mind this year as I accomplish all God wants for me, including reaching my weight loss goals.

Long Story:
During the month of January the morning radio personalities on the national radio station K-Love have been talking about picking out a word for the year 2011. They were making a big deal about having a word for yourself for this year and how it helped each of them last year, yada. yada. Honestly, I thought this was silly every time I heard them talk about it, but nonetheless it got me thinking.

If I had to pick one word to encourage, motivate, describe or in any way keep in the back of my mind this year what would I pick? hhmmm.... Overcome? Finish? "Ah well", I'd think, "I'm not picking one anyway, so it doesn't matter."

Of course, it kept nagging me, because I thought, "It could be a good thing to have one word to remind me what I'm doing in life." hhmmm... more thinking....

Then our pastor preached a week or so ago on staying focused. He used the scriptures around Philippians 3:14, which happened to be my scripture on my high school graduation announcements.

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. "

He preached on staying focused on what God wants of us; watching out for distractions that would take us away from serving God. It was an answer to prayer, because I tend to get distracted and lose focus in many areas of my life.

I've always known this, but it was really brought out to my attention when I kept wondering what it is that keeps me from losing weight more steadily. As I began some serious introspection I realized, er, was willing to admit, I get distracted easily and lose focus on on projects and goals.

I set out to start something wonderful and then I end up not finishing it. Okay, I do get some things done, but I have a box full of unfinished projects and half a room full of craft stuff that's waiting to be made into the perfect "______". I even have cards that never got mailed and, more than I care to admit, I have days that seem to fly by with really nothing to show for them. Put me at work or with an appointment and I'm fine, but left to myself...*shaking head*...slightest distractions can keep me from getting things completed in a timely manner.

Okay...focus...focus...for the sake of my blog I'll stick with the weight loss area of my life in this.

Gosh, countless times I find myself doing well part of a day, part of a week and then not the rest of the time. That's what leads to great losses some weeks and not-so-great losses, or no loss, others. I know I'm not alone in this, but it's not something to be taken lightly when it's stopping me from reaching my goals.

I know it's okay to lose slowly and if it takes forever, then fine...unless it's simply because I'm getting distracted and not staying focused. Then, I don't think it is okay. I need to get with it and "git er done".

So, I prayed and committed to being more focused. Focused on what God wants of me as a woman, wife and mother, including being focused on reaching my weight loss goal. I know making it to the end of this journey ultimately is up to me. As I pray and work on staying focused I'll have to remind myself of that fact often. Like it says in James 2:26:

"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

Post Script
To start I bought a weekly calendar to write down chores I need to complete daily, just one or two things that HAVE to get done...and "workout" is one of them. :)


  1. Hmmmmm....very interesting exercise. Now you have me mulling over MY word...I'll continue thinking about it, but off the top of my head I'd say BALANCE. I tend to get myself all weighed down with the extremes-- I have this mental image of myself one day learning to stand in the middle of the seesaw, balanced perfectly over the center, so that the line is a straight, even plane. Ahhhhh...yes. Balance!

  2. "I know it's okay to lose slowly and if it takes forever, then fine...unless it's simply because I'm getting distracted and not staying focused."

    THANK YOU for this important reminder. I am constantly frustrated when my weight loss slows down. This is a lifetime journey and each healthy choice I make moves my further in the right direction- even if it's at a turtle's pace.

  3. Focus is a great word to choose! I know the feeling of those 'unfinished' projects..I'm trying to play catch up with my scrapbooking projects I have everywhere.