My Healthy Living Challenge to Start 2013

I thought I would share/divulge some personal information here on the blog so that my readers can send prayers and help me stay accountable – in an effort to get healthy in 2013, I’m kickstarting my year with the Whole9 “Whole30″ challenge. Obviously this is not the “Patheos Diet Channel”, but for me there is such a strong connection between my spiritual life and the physical body God has given me that not to make the connection between healthy living and prayer would be to declare defeat before I’ve even started.

One of my major inspirations is my dear brother Mike, who has undergone a major lifestyle change in the last year and is blog/coaching me at https://gowestyoungfam.wordpress.com/ – if you feel like you need a kick in the pants to get yourself going, feel free to join me on this quest. For me, it’s more about feeling healthy than a number on a scale (although I’m not opposed to that) – I want to feel my best when I turn 50 later this year! So send prayers, but no sugar, alcohol or flour… And drop me a note in the comments if you’re doing something similar so that I can pray for you.

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Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Visit her at LisaHendey.com.

  • Kathy Schiffer

    My dear husband, who loves me and wants the best for me, gave me a copy of “The Virgin Diet” at Christmas. We’re both going on it after my upcoming conference. I think that means that I will eat only nuts and berries for three weeks, after which I may once again eat green leafy vegetables. (Kidding, but it’s stringent!) This may end my occasional bouts of arthritis and planters fasciitis. Or, we’ll end up throwing in the towel and going out for ice cream.

    • http://quoineuf.wordpress.com LeAnn

      Good luck with this, I believe you will see results. Be patient.

  • Kim Whelan

    Good Luck Lisa! I’ll be praying for you and for all who are striving to be healthier in 2013. I too have taken on more exercise and joined WW in hopes to get into better shape. Thanks for your post!

  • http://quoineuf.wordpress.com LeAnn

    Hi! I started with the Paleo Diet back in 2010. So, I wish you best of results with your goal. I have nearly eliminated high fructose corn syrup from my diet. Absolutely no pop and I read ingredients on other foods. I have an intolerance to all things “fowl” chicken meat, chicken broth, eggs, extracts from eggs, turkey meat. So I eat grass fed bison meat, lamb, and try to get grass fed beef. Here in Iowa that is not easy. The butcher at grocery says the only feed the cattle corn right before the end, for Angus beef. Anyway, I also try not to eat any nightshades, which includes potatoes. I went from a size 18 to a size 12. I don’t get on the scale except when I am at the doctor.

    Okay, now my prayer request: my husband has brachial plexis neuritis. Severe nerve pain in right shoulder, arm, hand. It is slowly healing (started June 9, 2010) and we are trying to get disability. It is a true challenge of my ability to trust God, do not fear. Money is more than tight, it is gone. There is a lot of anxiety. I would like my husband to be free of all pain and be able to lift more than the remote control. Until that happens, I would like to have it recognized that he cannot work and start receiving disability payments.
    Thank you for your prayers.

  • http://www.snoringscholar.com Sarah Reinhard

    This sounds impossible to me. I’ll pray for you! :)

    • http://www.catholicmom.com Lisa Hendey

      What’s that bible verse?…. “I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.” Philippians 4:13. I’ve been reciting that to myself a lot today!

      • http://www.catholicmom.com Lisa Hendey

        and thanks for the prayers. Keep them coming!

      • Kim Seidel

        Hi Lisa, I will keep you in my prayers as you meet the year with this healthy challenge. I know you can do it…through prayers in Christ. The Bible quote you cited is one of my favorites – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I say it a lot throughout my day too. Good luck, Kim

      • Kim Seidel

        Hi Lisa, I will keep you in my prayers as you meet the year with this healthy challenge. I know you can do it…through prayers in Christ. The Bible quote you cited is one of my favorites – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I say it a lot throughout my day too. Good luck, Kim

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  • http://Www.thepracticingcatholic.com Lisa Schmidt

    Prayers for you! Kudos to your bro as well.

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  • Dianna

    Lisa, I’ve been doing no sugar and working on cutting anything else white out of my diet for a few months and it felt great. Christmas came and I fell off the wagon hard. I feel awful right now. Which tells me how bad all that stuff is if my body is rejecting it like this. So stay strong and know your body will thank you for it!

  • Diane

    Good luck! Will be praying for you. I did a 40 day Daniel Fast last September before our parish trip to the Holy Land and it bore tremendous spiritual fruit. Experienced a real healing miracle at Calvary from old childhood trauma. Daniel fast is similar, a bit stricter – I ate veggies, fruit, some nuts, brown rice and water. First 3 days were rough, but felt fantastic and slept really well after that. Am still off wheat 90% of the time – turns out it affects my cholesterol! – and mostly eat paleo. I like Mark’s Daily Apple for info and encouragement.

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