It’s been no secret that I’ve been eating better and regularly exercising. Since starting my healthy eating plan (HEP) on May 1 2012, I’ve slowly watched the scales go down. I have not achieved my goal weight yet but I have managed to comfortably fit into my size 10 jeans (American friends that’s size 6) just three days ago!!

Yes I’m very excited by this achievement but what I’m excited most about is how God has given me the strength and perseverance to get this far! I still have some days when going for a run is just something I don’t want to do. Lets face it, I review books and I love books more than I love running so it can be a real battle sometimes to get out that door and run. When I know I’m feeling this way I just ask God to give me the will to run and 9 times out of 10 I get out the door and do my run and I’m happy for it at the end.

The battle to chuck in my HEP has started to enter my thought process more and more lately. It’s funny the closer one gets to a goal the more we start to think we can give up and stop once the goal is achieved. I need to keep reminding myself that I’m not dieting, I’m eating healthier for life with allowances for the yummy food every now and then. I have to remind myself that I’m eating healthier as a sign of love and respect to God who gave me this body to cherish not abuse with my emotional eating. I have to ask myself how long it would take for me to start emotionally eating again if I were to give up my HEP. The only way I’ve found to conquer this is through prayer, reading the Bible and through support from other people on a similar journey.

A parting note. I always remember this comment my former pastor made during church one morning:

“Just when you think you’ve finished one degree in God’s university, he starts you on another.”

Jess’ favourite genre is contemporary women’s fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women’s fiction/romance set in a small country town.