Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

“Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”
1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV

We have reached our final fruit of the spirit; Self- Control.
In my opinion, Paul is the epitome of Self-control and also discipline. Like an athlete who strives for a trophy; Paul lived for an eternal prize. His life in ministry was tough and he made sacrifices for his calling.

Early in 2022 I decided it was time to be a big girl and get all my labs checked and have a yearly checkup. Low and behold my whole lipid panel was out of whack.

I found myself staring at a prescription for a lipid lowering agent.

Hold up! I’m only 35…. No way I’m getting on “medicine”!

After the initial shock wore off. I called up my primary care and asked if I could have some time to “get myself together”

I had all the chatter around me…
“Emily just get the medicine and then you don’t have to worry about it.”
“It’s pointless to adjust your diet and exercise, you’ll still end up on meds”

They weren’t being rude; they were just telling me their experience. Not a thing wrong with it, but I knew within my heart that I was not living a healthy life.

As a healthcare professional I know I need certain amounts of exercise, vitamins, and minerals to maintain a well functioning body.

I was missing something important in my life.

Self-Control and Discipline.

This past summer I embarked on an 8-week journey to a healthier lifestyle. The process was tough but I learned to “trust the process”.

I didn’t ask a ton of questions I was able to see the results of other people and I trusted. This meant I couldn’t eat certain things and I had to work out.

Guess what?!?

I was successful. I was able to change the course of my lab values and they starting trending in the right direction. I had an added bonus of losing weight and felt amazing.

After those 8 weeks, I got slack with my plan. I quit planning. I made excuses to not go to gym. I got lazy and let my guard down. I spiraled and derailed.

Sound familiar?

What happened?

My first mistake
I prioritized meal planning and exercise over my quiet time.

How does that make you fail?

Everything about fitness and health is MENTAL! If you don’t feed your spiritual health the physical health will fail.
If you don’t exercise you physical body your spiritual health weakens.

We are going into a new year and it’s the age old story of setting goals and inevitably failing. I want to urge you to set small goals that build on each other and self assess why YOU failed before.
I failed because I didn’t prioritize and now I’m gonna start again and this time I won’t fail.

One of our big quotes in anesthesia

“Don’t keep trying the same thing over and over; it’s the definition of insanity”

Don’t be crazy, make a NEW change and rely on God to help you through it.

I am in no way comparing my health journey to Paul’s life, but his example is what makes me know there is room for it all. Room to foster my relationship with God, room to eat healthy, room to exercise, room to spend time with my family, and room to write for you guys! I must plan and I must make the room. I will set small goals and be prepared for mistakes. When the mistakes come along, dust off and try again.

Here are the steps I’m personally taking this time to ensure I don’t fail! I hope you’ll come along side me and let’s try it out together! No particular order because they will all be happening simultaneously.

Step 1
Utilizing a prayer journal. I’ll attach a link to bottom where I get mine. (I do not get any kick backs or money for sharing this)

Step 2
Setting my alarm ten minutes earlier than usual and praying. I’ve been doing this since Dec 1st. Some days I physically get out of bed and some I just lay there and pray over the topics and people I know I need to pray over.

Step 3
I’ve made personal goals and I’ve shared them with my spouse and close friends. They will keep me accountable and encourage me.

Step 4
Find someone to mentor. Start by praying for them and asking for wisdom on how to serve them. Don’t tell them you’re doing this. Just be a friend. Pray for them and be aware of what is going on in their life. Encourage them and go out of your way to be there for them.

Step 5
Healthy eating, meal planning and prepping in a sensible way.

Step 6
Exercise daily for at least ONE HOUR!

Step 7
Pray continuously. Pray over everything. Pray with the faith and belief God will answer in a way that is in your best interest.

Y’all ready for 2023?
I know I am!

I can’t wait to share what’s next here at

Prayer journal –> Val Marie Paperr

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