Dec 1, 2013

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21 Days to a Hunger-Free {and Healthy!} Holiday: Week 1-Sacrifice

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Hey all! I am so happy to see that this challenge excites you as much as it does me! I am ready to do a bit of a detox after a long weekend of Thanksgiving goodies and whacked out exercise! :) (For more info on the challenge, go here!)

Here is your checklist for this week:

1.) Get your jar/container that your notes and/or money will go in

2.) Print off the verses to glue on your jar or carry with you

3.) Establish a money or service amount that you will “pay yourself” every time you make the healthy decision

4.) Get to it!

Every Monday for these next 3 weeks, I’ll be talking a little bit about what I’m processing through this challenge. This week, I want to start out with the word SACRIFICE.

I want you to know that even though you are going after this with great intentions, it won’t be easy! We are indeed SACRIFICING something in our lives, be it our taste buds’ satisfaction, our time, or our talent.

(Photo taken by Grace Designs Photography)

But as our verse says,

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16

God is pleased with us doing good, and sharing with others. We are SERVING others, which means that we are humbly putting ourselves in a different position, sometimes bringing on heartache and pain, to help another. I guarantee you, that at sometime during this challenge, you will feel a little sting as you put that money or act of service in your jar! But as Christians, we are to be living sacrifices in everything we do…

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1

The exact “reason for the season” is the greatest example of this sacrifice for us!

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

I am so thankful for the birth of Jesus–the One who sacrificed His life to take away my sins!


I know that God will be teaching you some things through these 21 days and I would love to hear about it! Please be sure to check in on my facebook walltwitter, or even in the comments below here.

Finally, I would love to have a tally of how many are going to take part in this challenge. Would you mind leaving a comment below telling me that you are in?!  (If family is doing it together, I’d love to hear that too!)

Ready. Set. GO!!! 21 Days to a Hunger-Free {and Healthy!} Holiday has begun!!

P.S. It’s never too late to join us!


  1. I’m in! Great challenge for the holidays! Thank you for doing this!

  2. I would love to do this challenge.

  3. I’m totally in!!!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I’m in. My will power has been low lately. I’m hoping that this challenge will give me motivation to get back on track because I do know that we all need to take care of the bodies God has given to us in a way pleasing to HIM.

  5. Lynette B says:

    I am IN! Excited to start tomorrow!

  6. I am in. I have been so messed up on my eating lately that I could use some extra motivation. :)

  7. I’m in! I’ve not been on track with my eating at ALL…to the point i’m losing weight in an unhealthy manner and getting sick a lot. Hoping this can teach me what healthy means :-)

  8. I’m in! I’m looking forward to focusing on the good habits, and not the bad ones!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Definitely in. What a spectacular idea!!! Thank you

  10. I’m in! Great idea!

  11. I’m going to try my best!!!

  12. Sheri Conant says:

    I am in. can’t wait to get started! :)

  13. I’ll be doing this while I’m in the NICU, I need something to keep my mind on track:)

  14. I’m in. I think this is a great idea!

  15. My husband and I are in….can’t wait!!!!

  16. Looking forward to this. Exactly what I need!

  17. My daughter and I are in! I am excited to get started with eating healthier, exercising, bonding with my daughter, getting closer to God plus helping others!

  18. I can’t wait to get started!

  19. I’m in. Or at least I really want to be. And I’m really going to try to be – but that doesn’t sound determined enough, so I’ll go back to “I’m in.” :)

  20. I’m so excited to try this (well, really, “do”)! I’m going to see if I can get some of my friends in on this, too – I’m certain that I’ll need some support! :)

  21. This is a great challenge! Excited to get involved. After losing almost 30 pounds this past year, I know the holidays are going to be tough so this might be the motivation I need. Thanks!

  22. Count me in, please

  23. I am so in! Just the motivation I needed to start making healthy choices!

  24. I’m afraid if I DON”T take this challenge I will literally explode…

  25. I am in! So excited!

  26. I’m in! I just read up on the challenge tonight but will get my jar ready tomorrow! Heading to bed now for sacrifice one. :)

  27. I would love to try!

  28. I’m looking forward to this challenge! Count me in!

  29. I am in! What a great idea!

  30. Evelyn Crispino says:

    I’m in…be challenged to try it, for physical and spiritual benefits!

  31. I am ready! I have lost 38 pounds and I enjoyed the holiday food a little too much this last week. I’m ready to get back on track, thanks for the challenge!

  32. Great idea! I’m in!

  33. Count me in!sounds like just what I need to start my weight loss

  34. I’m in! This is a great idea, thanks!

  35. I can’t wait to get started!! Thanks for the challenge to get back on track and hopefully get my husband on track to!

  36. I will decide for sure in the AM. Decision is whether it is me alone or family. Gotta talk to hubby.

  37. I’m in :-) Starting today with packing up some boxes to be shipped to the Philippines full of clothes, bags, canned foods, school supplies,… to be distributed by my friend’s family who comes from one of the areas affected by the Typhoon

  38. Excited. Need to get back to healthy eating and exercise.

  39. I doesn’t hurt to try .

  40. Can’t wait to start!

  41. I am in! Thank you for this challenge.

  42. Sounds wonderful

  43. I’m in and thankful I found this!

  44. Grettacardwell says:

    I’m in. I’ve been looking for something to help me get started!

  45. Jewelsmile says:

    I am in…thanks and God bless!!

  46. I am starting this with my husband! Thank you for sharing.

  47. Sarahness says:

    I am in! So glad to have found this. Thank you.

  48. love this…I’m in!

  49. I need this. Thank you!

  50. Merry Christmas. Thank you for the inspiration and suggestion.

  51. I’m in! Started a couple of days ago

  52. My family and I are doin this challenge together :). Thank you for doing this :)

  53. Im in. I am not 100% sure of the entire challenge but I want more of the reason for the season in the season this year.

  54. I’m in. Glad I found this!

  55. I am in! Thanks for the encouragement.

  56. I’m excited about this challenge! I’m in!

  57. I’m in and really appreciate your ideas.

  58. Getting my jar ready as I type… :)

  59. I’m starting this and am very excited about it!

  60. I’m in. Trying to get a group to join.

  61. My mom and I are doing this together :)

  62. We are in! Hubby, Me & our 4 kiddos! Thanks for leading us!

  63. I’m in!! Love the positive approach in the challenge and the giving part.

  64. I’m in and can’t wait to see how God uses this in many different ways! =)

  65. I am in! So glad this reminder showed up in my inbox today! I’m going to encourage my kids to do this along with me and I think I’m going to do both $$ and service – things we can do as a family. Thanks for the encouragement.

  66. Ann Fredericks says:

    Hi I just saw this this morning and I am in…Thank you for being a blessing. I struggle SO with my weight.

  67. I’m joining this challenge. Our family focus is to serve so this is great. Thank you.

  68. I’m in. Thanks, Clare, for leading the charge!

  69. I’m in! Thanks for doing this. Always helpful to have someone else lead the way and assemble a place for people to support each other.

  70. Yes, I’m in!!! Started this morning. I weighed, took measurements, and some “awful” selfie pictures.

  71. I’m in! Looking forward to it!

  72. Heidi Clark says:

    this is a great idea, but what if you have no money to “pay” yourself? And at the end of each week what do we do with the money?

    • Heidi:
      Great question! I addressed this in my original post about the challenge, but you can pay yourself by doing volunteer work, so use minutes instead of money.

      Just keep a running total of your money each week and at the end of the 21 days, you will deposit /give it to charity of choice! (Unless, you decide to volunteer time)

  73. I am in! I loved this idea last year and so glad to see it back! Thanks Claire! Merry Christmas!

  74. What a great idea! My husband and I are in! God bless you and your family!

  75. Excited to do this!

  76. I’m in and I’m going to share this in our family devotions tonight to encourage the entire family to do this.

  77. I’m in! I’m also glad you are doing it again this year…

  78. I am in!!!! thank you!!!!

  79. I’m in! What encouraging words! Thank you.

  80. Wendy Nelms says:

    I am in. SO excited.

  81. Happy to say I’m in!!

  82. Great idea…I’m in!

  83. I’m so in. Isn’t it crazy how we are more motivated to do something that benefits others than to do something to benefit ourselves? Human beings are crazy. :-)

  84. This is a great challenge! So glad I found your blog :)

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