I’m kicking it up a notch and adding the “Spiritual” side to the 100five50!
As you may have read over the weekend, I am kicking off a challenge tomorrow (Tuesday). This is the third year I’ve participated in an approximate 100 day exercise in which I implement some lifestyle changes that help my overall health (and body shape). Because of my own propensity to rebel or tweak the system I decided to create a system with tweaking allowed. Therefore, the 100five50 has wiggle room all the way.
For the first couple years of doing this I’ve experienced some great success. The first year summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) went really well, I felt great, lost a lot of weight (about 40 pounds) and really felt good about the disciplines in my life. Last summer, I struggled in the eating discipline side of things (I was bike riding so much that my appetite never seemed to be satisfied), but overall it went well.
Not that it needs to be more challenging, but I’m not one who normally separates the sacred and the secular; so I wanted to add a little element of spiritual discipline to my challenge. You may choose to ONLY do the spiritual challenge, or perhaps ONLY the physical challenge. Or you can join me for BOTH.
The Physical 100five50 is a challenge for 100 days (approximate days between Memorial Day and Labor Day). During those 100 days I will exercise about five days a week (roughly 30 minutes cardio, starting simple with walks and eventually moving toward biking, swimming, etc.) and attempt to eat 50% less carbs (instead of ever counting, I just cut in half each carb item I normally would eat; open face sandwich rather than full, 1/2 cup of rice instead of full cup, etc.).
The Spiritual 100five50 will last those same days. I am going to read through the entire Bible (using BibleGateway and their partnership with Biblein90Days) I plan to follow the plan they have with the slight modification that I’ll give myself 100 Days. In addition I plan to pray specifically at least five minutes each day for an non-Christian in my life. Last I plan on putting my money where my mouth (and prayer) is. Though it isn’t much, I will use the summer to plan a personal $50 personal outreach activity. I won’t define this one yet, but the goal would be to save change (coins) and by the end of the 100 days have at least $50 to spend on doing something with/for a non-Christian so that that person has a need met, a blessing of some sort or an event to go to with me (with the hope of building relationship so the Gospel is shared).
So there you have it. I’m praying this 100five50 be a summer-soul-shaping (and body shaping) challenge! A few have emailed, texted or messaged “I’m in” for the physical. But now I ask you about the spiritual? If you’re in on either, please let me know. I’d love to know who else is doing the challenge(s)!
P.S. I have a date-night tonight with Elisabeth where I plan to eat 50% MORE carbs than normal!