Mohamed Ali didn’t win every boxing match, Tom Brady doesn’t complete every pass attempt, Michael Jordan didn’t score every time he put up the shot. But they are each considered the best in their field. Why? The common denominator is that they never quit!
Have you ever watched an athlete during practice? Each athlete strives for excellence and when they falter, they dig deep, determined to get their rhythm back once again. I’m sure they never considered quitting because they would have retired defeated. In their eyes that would be a disgrace.
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,” (Philippians 3:13)
As you strive for a healthier lifestyle this year, I’m sure you’ve faltered a bit in the past three weeks, been sabotaged with tempting food, perhaps had exercise set-backs, maybe even gaining a pound or two. But I hope you haven’t quit!
That would be as heartbreakig as heading on a family ski vacation and if you took a wrong turn, throwing up your hands in defeat, announcing, “Sorry gang, I made a mistake, trip’s over – let’s go home.”
Can you imagine the disappointment on your children’s faces if you actually did that? I’m certain you would take out your map, figure out where you turned wrong. Then you’d get back on the right road and head for your destination once again.
Similarly, when striving for a healthier lifestyle, if you make a mistake, get out your directions again and analyze what you did wrong. Then head toward your destination once again: health!
Most of us will never become world-class athletes, but we can certainly aspire to excel. Often however, discouragement sets in because we expect instant gratification.
Tom Brady, Michael Jordan and Mohamed Ali didn’t become “The Greatest” in their field overnight. It was a struggle at times. To each however, the ultimate reward was worth the struggle.
Life itself is a balance of mountain tops and struggles. It’s a typical daily diet of better choices. Humans need nutrients to have a successfully running metabolism!
We are not meant to consume only one food category. Balance your diet plan with many different types of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and herbs. Vary your protein intake with a variety of lean protein. Consume healthy fat. But if you consume a fattier meal one day, so what? Get right back on the ” better selection” routine and eat more disciplined the next day.
When discouraged, or if you reach a plateau in your weight quest and can’t seem to lose those last few pounds, always reconsider your original instructions:
- Are you eating nutrient-dense foods?
- Using smaller plates?
- Drinking enough water?
- Is your routine becoming boring? Change it up. Consume different nutritious foods or create different ways to exercise.
- Perhaps you need a short attainable goal?
- Talk yourself into continuing to strive for excellence!
No matter what challenges you encounter, learn from them and keep going! I’m praying you wouldn’t think of turning your back on your Christian lifestyle simply because you made a mistake. So please don’t turn your back on a healthy lifestyle.
God, the Ultimate Coach, is forgiving and extremely patient with us. He is our Encourager, motivating us onward toward being our best self and yet gently reprimanding us if we tend to not listen to His counsel:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)