Okay, it’s been over three weeks and your enthusiasm is fading fast. All those NFL play off parties with chicken wings and nachos . . . your resolve is headed South and the Super Bowl’s coming up fast!
Yep, unfortunately around three to six weeks is the time most people give up and return to old habits. Whether it’s been gym memberships, diet programs or vows to quit smoking, most abandon their quest for healthier living after just three weeks. So sad when it’s such a relatively short blip on a life-line toward a longer healthy one.
Must I remind you that you’ve worked too hard to give up now? Review what you’ve already learned:
- Lemon water changes PH making your body alkaline and less hungry.
- Fiber influences your nutritional bodily dissemination functions.
- Chewing and eating slowly releases enzymes, breaking up foods and transporting them to different bodily “rooms” for maximum productivity.
- Exercise improves your mood and increases metabolism.
- Colorful, spicy foods jumpstart your metabolism . . . and on and on . . .
Tell me why, after learning so much, would an intelligent person like you, simply give up and return to bad habits? EXACTLY! It’s not a physical challenge but a psychological one! So let’s address it.
“Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy” Ephesians 4:24
Are you committed to getting healthy? Is it still important to you because if not, don’t waste your time! You have to want to change! You must convince yourself that you are worth the cost. God believes you are.
1. Are you suffering needlessly, believing that if you don’t “suffer and starve”, (the penance principle) it’s not a real diet? Remember 1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.” You needn’t deny yourself, simply discover different choices. Did you know that dark chocolate syrup tastes as good over strawberries as heavy fudge? (Why? Because fat coats the tongue, making it harder to taste the actual chocolate.)
2. Are you aware of why you eat in the first place? Are you seriously hungry or unconsciously eating? All of a sudden a donut is in your hand and you don’t even know how it got there! Think. What were you doing just before that? Did you receive a phone call, letter or did a news program upset you, causing emotional eating?
Something motivated those eating behaviors. Understanding subconscious reasons behind the feeling and food connection, whether it’s childhood memories, stress, helplessness, loneliness, an anniversary of a loss, is essential to recovery. Legitimate sorrow needs time to grieve. Recognize that and create strategies besides eating, to strengthen you, like exercise, positive affirmations or pastoral counseling.
3. Have you addressed the behavior modification issues that need to be achieved? Perhaps you’re not getting much out of this because you not putting much into it! Have you given it “your all” or have you gone back to gulping down your food, drinking less water? A champion didn’t become one overnight. Get back to basics and start again . . . one meal, one day, one week at a time. Renew your level of commitment and reward your accomplishments!
4. Are you still talking yourself into success? Has something occurred which wrecked havoc on your self-esteem; a nasty comment, bullying, a failure attempt? You may find it difficult to behave differently from how you see yourself because if you believe it’s true, you’ll behave as if it is true. Create a series of positive affirmations and place them around the house, on the fridge or the bedroom mirror. Believe in a better self-image, which defines your abilities and overcomes your limitations.
5. Are you fearing failure or success? If I fail, I’ll be laughed at but if I succeed, they’ll expect more of me. Two sides of the same coin, but both “stinkin’-thinkin’.” You and God control your destiny and He’s on your side. He doesn’t make junk.
Psalm 107:9 “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Continue to strive for excellence, you’re worth it!