“For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!” (Deuteronomy 20:4)
It can get very discouraging after weeks of success to step onto the scale and see not one iota of movement downward. You might be tempted to throw in the towel and professing your discouragement ask,”Why bother?! If this is the way God wants me to be, so be it! I’ll simply eat whatever I want and show HIM!” (Although we are a child of God, he prefers us not to be childish.)
Don’t be like the Israelites wandering in the desert, moaning, “Oh how I wish we were back in the land of leeks and garlic. Even if I was enslaved, at least we ate well.”
Having an addiction to food enslaves us. Release the chains – break free!
Sometimes reaching a weight loss wall is simply physiology. We might previously have been at this weight for a length of time and our incredibly designed body believes this is where we want to stay. It thinks it’s protecting us while all we’re asking is “Why am I not losing?!”
By consuming water-based foods for a few days, (salads, soups, juicing) different exercises or diverse caloric values, (1200 one day, 1800 the next, 1000 the next) it jumpstarts the metabolism. Try it.
Or perhaps God is testing our faith. Yes it’s true that only we can lose weight for ourselves, but we must rely on the Lord for strength. Are we getting too “big for our britches” as my mom used to ask? Remember: lose for the right reasons – because God wants us healthy. He desires what’s best for us. Maybe getting down to 105 pounds for personal reasons is not what God wants and would in fact, make us susceptible to illness.
It takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline to keep on going when the body stops losing. So here’s a tool to keep you motivated:
Keep a Quarterly Weight Loss Chart:
- Create a graph on a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper with twelve rows across. and about forty blank spaces vertically down the page.
- At the top left hand corner (off to the side) place your starting weight.
- Under that, place the date when you began.
- Using the top row across, once weekly write in the date you weigh yourself. HINT: do this in the morning with no food in your stomach and wearing the same clothes each time. Don’t drink anything because a pint equals a pound. If you have coffee/tea and weigh yourself, you’ll think you’ve gained weight when it’s only water weight.
- Each vertical block represents a pound of weight.
- Each week, fill in a blank space downward representing each pound you’ve lost. (If you gained, indicate the correct weight you’ve reached on the graph. It’s normal to go up occasionally.) If you’ve gained over two weeks, check your food diary and figure out if you’re eating emotionally or changed your habits.
- As you look at your graph week after week and notice the successes you’ve sustained, why would you ever want to return to where you are? A graph allows you to tangibly see how much you’ve accomplished. Sure you might be two steps back occasionally, but you’re twenty-two steps closer to your goal! Don’t give up!