Feeding Your Change {Healthy Habits Tuesday}

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Last week I told you I was struggling with my sleep pattern. I’m glad to report that this week went much better. I did not get up early twice, but other than that I did it. Slowly this habit is being built. I’ve coupled it with my quiet time. I pray for the Holy Spirit to guide me as I read my Bible, read my Bible, and then pray again for my day.

My deepest prayer is for God to change me. I know myself well enough to know there are areas in my life that desperately need the touch of my Creator. I’m so thankful for the ways He has already touched my life, healed the hurt, and brought forth fruit I didn’t know I had in me.

My goals for this month are going pretty well.

  • Memorizing scripture is going well. I haven’t memorized the three I laid out at the beginning of the month, but I have memorized one a week so far.
  • God is answering my prayers to give me a desire to change that outweighs my desire to stay the same. This is very helpful to me.
  • More water. This is a perennial problem for me in the winter time. I have been doing better. The last few days, I haven’t done as well, but I’m still moving forward.
  • I don’t think I’ve done so well with the veggie adding. This will probably reappear on next month’s goal list with a little more specific wording to focus on.
  • I have done a decent job with the label reading. Since I only grocery shop once a week, this habit will probably take longer than the rest to get to stick.

One thing I am noticing that I need to do is to feed my change. Actually, that’s misleading. I’ve known this for a while. It is why I wrote last week’s post. I know I need to feed the voice inside me a different diet before I can get any change to stick. I still say that scripture and prayer are the best way to accomplish this. This week, though, I’m taking it a step further.

Read books

Find some new reading material. Read material that focuses on practical help for your habit. Read books and ebooks that educate, inspire, and motivate you in your desire to change. I recently read Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews. I can not say enough about this ebook, but I will try to explain in a review here soon. I plan to read either Mindset for Moms or 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life next.

Read magazines

There is a magazine for every topic under the sun. Most of my favorites don’t really relate to my current goals (think Organic Gardening), but I have picked up a couple Fitness, Self, and Shape magazines because reading the success stories in them pumps me up. I also found Eating Well to be interesting, I’ll probably pick up some more of those from my library.

Read blogs

Find someone on a similar journey as you and be encouraged along the way that you are not alone. Find someone who is where you want to be and read how they got there. This is probably the best aspect of blogging, the chance to connect with others.

For more reading list inspiration, check out the list I made for the One Word series.

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  1. What I love about label reading is when you find a product that fits your criteria, you can move on to the next one. A family usually has only a certain amount of food they buy each week and they keep buying the same thing. I always focused on the items we used the most and ended up with the ones we only use occasionally.

    Keep it up!

    • That’s a good system, Dollie! I don’t buy a lot of packaged items, which one would think would make it easier, but it seems to make it harder since I do it less frequently. Diligence pays off though!

  2. Oh, thank you for the reading list! There were several that I may just put on my personal list. I definitely find motivation from continually reading high-interest, worthy books and publications.

  3. Becky Marie says:

    I sometimes struggle with getting enough water too. It was a big problem when I was pregnant. I found adding a very small amount of a drink mix (like tang or crystal light) flavored the water enough without adding a bunch of empty calories. Not exactly the healthiest thing, but it kept me hydrated.
    I also love your reading suggestions, thanks for sharing them!

    • I tried a flavored water once, but I didn’t like the mint. My kids loved it, so that was nice. I want to try some agua fresca recipes I’ve found, too.