It’s the end of January and once-determined dieters are falling by the wayside every day. Why? Discouragement, boredom, distractions . . . all influence decisions. The most important reason for failure however, is that their program wasn’t built on a firm foundation to begin with!
Until one asks “Why do I want to do this?” it’s like slathering paint over moldy dry wall. The underlying problem always returns. It’s important to unmask the emotional and psychological reasons why one uncontrollably eats in the first place. It’s painful facing up to the truth. It is so much easier to procrastinate and hide from it than to rip away the revealing scars in our memory.
One of my patients had been horribly abused as a child and theorized that if she hid her body under layers of fat, no man would find her attractive. God lifted her out of her despair when she realized that she had value in His eyes. She began to acknowlege that by physically abusing her body she was destroying herself which was what she subconsciously desired. She believed she had no worth. God became her firm foundation.
One needs a personally strong foundation and an honest evaluation to complete any weight loss program successfully. Some want to lose for an event: a cruise, wedding, class reunion or other function. Those are things. When the event is over, so is the motivation. Real change comes from within and is a forever desire.
Many build their diet on false physiological concepts. None have a strong foundation. They are made out of sand. These seekers are the ones who follow the latest fad because they’ve already tried everything else: the Cabbage Soup, Cottage Cheese, fruit or Rice Diet, liquids, magic pills, even in my opinion, the Paleo Diet. These come and go, popular one day, out of fashion the next. No one can remain on them forever. They wash away with the sands of time as quickly as they come, until someone else builds the next sand castle concept.
Why don’t they remain? Because they do not hold to Absolute Truth. Even if I told someone he could jump off a 50 story building and he’d fly simply by flapping his arms, it ain’t gonna happen!
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7: 24-27.