Day 1 of the 30/30 Challenge
1. 30 New Crockpot Meals for the Next 30 Days
We tried Buffalo Chicken in the crockpot. I just threw in some chicken breasts with Franks Red Hot Wing Sauce poured on it. I diluted it by adding half a cup of water because it is still a bit spicy for me. This was literally just a concoction that I dreamed up given what we had in the cabinet. I have discovered Frank’s sauces have no carbs and no sugar so I am pretty excited about using it more often.
To be truthful, the liquid is not something that sticks to the chicken so I’m not sure cooking it this way was that great of an idea. It mostly tasted like baked chicken. After we were done cooking it, we took Frank’s Hot Sauce and mixed it with Ranch salad dressing then used that as a dip. It was totally awesome!! Next time I will just cook the chicken by itself and then make the sauce as a dip.
Kids gave it two thumbs up!
2. 30 Minutes of walking/jogging for the next 30 Days
I decided that I probably had it in me to run a total of about 3 minutes to start with.
My ultimate goal was to be able to run 30 straight minutes without stopping although I doubted I would reach this by day 30.
On day ONE of this experiment, I was truly SHOCKED at what happened!!!
Day 1 Video—Before I went into the gym
AFTER THE GYM!!
My total time running straight through without stopping!
Yes it was a mostly 20 minute mile pace but “slow and steady”, right?!
3. 30 minutes of Bible Study for the next 30 Days
I read John 5:1-9 where Jesus heals the lame man by the pool. Usually when I hear this story, people talk about it from the angle of “excuses”.
They always say things like:
This man was sick for 38 years and all he did was lay around near the pool not even trying to get healed!
All this man does is complain that too many people are in his way so he can’t get in the pool!
All this man does is make excuses about how no one will help him get in the pool!
I think every message I’ve ever heard on this passage blames the man for making excuses and assumes that he wasn’t even trying!
Today I read this passage from the Life Recovery Bible (which is great for anyone that has a food addiction and/or other addiction as it gives commentary from that viewpoint) and they had a totally different perspective on this story.
What if the truth is that this man was doing the best he could at the time??
He literally was unable to walk so unless someone physically helped him into the pool–he couldn’t get in!
Now was that an excuse?
I mean, the guy couldn’t walk…ok??
But he still willingly drug himself as far as he could ON HIS OWN to get there.
And he kept trying even after 38 years.
Even though no one would help him into the pool and in fact pushed past him not even caring that he needed help.
But year after year, he kept trying to get as close as he could to the “cure”
Yet due to his condition, he could only drag himself as far as he could.
And if that was all he could do…he did it!
He “camped out as near as he could to a place where there was hope of recovery”
Then one day Jesus showed up and healed him.
But in the meantime—he did what he could do on his own—no matter how small.
I happen to like this viewpoint of the story.
How many times in MY life when I weighed 417 pounds did people look at me and say “EXCUSES!”
I could barely walk.
When I took my kids to the pool, I also “camped out” as close as I could without going in.
Because I couldn’t have gotten in without serious assistance.
I most certainly could not have ever gotten out again without a pulley system as I could not get up the ladder.
The best I could do was sit on the sidelines.
People had NO CLUE how much effort I had to put forth just to do that much.
It was extremely hard to even GET to the sidelines because I could barely walk or breathe.
And even then….good luck getting into a chair that wouldn’t break!
But others looked at me for years and thought I didn’t try at all.
That I didn’t even CARE.
I was just full of excuses.
Like that lame man by the pool…right?
Just hanging out complaining and making excuses??
The opposite was true.
Even when I was binge eating and miserable, I still CARED.
I still tried everything.
I tried diets and books and pills.
I failed almost every day BUT I kept searching for answers.
For decades, I prayed and searched for answers.
And one day, I finally got some light in the darkness.
It’s still not all rainbows over here BUT the healing has begun.
All those years I was super obese were NOT years of just doing nothing.
I cared. I searched. I tried. And I wasn’t making excuses.
Like that man from John 5….I was trying to drag myself as close to help as I could on my own.
It didn’t look like much to anyone observing but believe me….I was trying to find freedom!!
And that’s what we have to keep doing.
If we can’t run, we can walk.
If we can’t walk, we can crawl.
We can do 30 seconds at a time.
We can do 1 second at a time.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes.
We ARE trying.
Like that lame man by the pool—keep holding on and waiting for your miracle.
Do what you can and then believe hope will come
And there is hope coming!
4. 30 Minutes of Cleaning for the next 30 days
My desk was so cluttered, I could not find the printer!! It’s looking much better now!! I organized it and now it will be much more inviting! I set the timer for 30 minutes and quit when the time was up. I will continue on tomorrow!
5. Blog daily for the next 30 days
Here I am blogging away…so I accomplished that too!
DAY ONE DONE!
So how are YOU?