I am on a quest. A nutritional quest. A quest to eat healthier. A quest to live a healthier lifestyle. A quest to utilize natural, unprocessed food to reverse the effects that years of eating unhealthy, overly processed “food” has done to me. Not a diet, but a true overhaul of how I look at and consume food and getting this old body moving in the process!
I decided to Google the word “quest” – because clearly I am just too lazy to get up, cross the room and look it up in the dictionary (not a great start to my quest) – and I found the following definition:
“A long or arduous search for something.”
Long and arduous…hmmmm, now that doesn’t sound so good. So I looked up “arduous”:
“involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring”
Strenuous? Difficult? Tiring? Well doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy! I already have difficult and tiring in my life! I’m not sure I’m ready for more of the same! It this is what people see as how a quest should go, then it’s no wonder that most people don’t get very far on these things!
My husband and I spent this past weekend kicking off our quest. Yes, he has decided to join me – both in support of my efforts and to jump start his own! We cleaned out the refrigerator, removed all of those tempting and unhealthy items from our pantry area, restocked with healthy snack alternatives and fresh foods and worked on meal planning for the upcoming week. I even pulled my home strength training bag out of the closet and set it right next to my desk! Cut out the bacon every morning for breakfast and dessert every night, get our veggies and fruits in and ourselves moving each day. A good initial plan, we think!
So I look back at the definition of quest. At the heart of it, a quest is simply a search for something. Maybe it’s something you are looking to find or learn. Maybe it’s something you knew once, or had before, and over time it got lost and you just need to find it again. In any case, you can make your quest as difficult or simple as you choose. I believe this!
I have chosen a quest to learn and follow a lifestyle that is quite different from how I have lived the last few decades of my life. Will it be easy? Well that remains to be seen! I can tell you that I’m not doing this on my own. I’m not talking about my husband – even though I love that he is by my side. No, I’m looking to God to help me break this stronghold of unhealthy living.
You must believe Him.
Believe He can do what He says He can do. Believe you can do what He says you can do.
Believe He is who He says He is. Believe you are who He says you are.
~ Beth Moore, Living Free
Our quest started with a determination and then preparation. Yet that does not do anything to help curb the temptation that happens each day. The temptation that pulls me to sugared cereal, decadent sweets and all those carbo-loaded foods. For that I need a stronger power – one that is always with me, urging me on.
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13 (MSG)
I am only a few days into a lifetime quest. I’m feeling pretty good today, but I know that there will be days that are not so good. Isn’t that true of life, in general? I have tried and failed at this before – so why do I believe I can do it this time?
I know I can do it, because I am taking myself out of it. Not meaning that I am in no way involved, because of course I am, but I am no longer relying on my own strength and perseverance to meet these goals. I believe that God has intended this quest for my good. I feel different this time. I can’t explain it – I just feel like I can do it. I may stumble. I may even fall a few times. Yet I am trusting that God will not let me down. I am looking to him to show me the way, to help me through it. With His strength and guidance – how can I fail!
At many points in my life, I have felt completely out of control. I realize today that as hard as I try, I can’t control everything. However, I can control where I go to for my strength and I can trust that He will provide. My quest for a healthier life will happen one day at a time, one spoonful at a time, one step at a time. But I will NOT be alone!