I’ve been mad at myself lately with regards to my HEP (Healthy Eating Plan), somehow in the last two weeks I’ve let things slip – especially in the dessert area (a real weakness of mine). I’m still eating relatively well, but the food that isn’t good for me is starting to creep in. Now I’m going for runs to run off the bad food, rather than run for the pure fitness and enjoyment of it. I’m even getting cranky at myself for not pushing myself enough on my runs. This is a dangerous pattern to get into.
I’ve been trying to pinpoint my problem for a couple of weeks now as I knew something wasn’t right. My food diary was telling me I wasn’t eating as well as I could have and had been. Emotionally I felt I was cheating myself and running wasn’t fun anymore and my motivation was slowly waning.

So with that confession out there, I simply want to say that I’m arming myself with God’s promises, his strength to renew myself each day. I’m still trying to figure out what a lifetime commitment looks like with a HEP and I’m trying to not beat myself up on days that aren’t so great – I have a big God and he can take my good and bad days.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Lysa TerKeurst (author of Made to Crave) that really struck me this morning:
“It is good for God’s people to be put in a place of longing so they feel a slight desperation. Only then can we be empty enough and open enough to discover the holiness we were made for. When we are stuffed full of other things and never allow ourselves to be in a place of longing, we don’t recognize the deeper spiritual battle going on.”

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.