So are you still as determined to become weight-loss successful? I hope so! However, you might be slightly discouraged, wondering if getting healthy is worth the sacrifice now, right? Dig deep and talk yourself into success!! Getting healthy must come from your own inner desire to please God and in doing so, becoming a New Creation.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Becoming healthier is an independent journey. Your counselor can educate and encourage but she can’t lose the weight for you. But don’t fret.That’s actually wonderful and encouraging because when you succeed, you’ll realize that you CAN keep it off for a lifetime due to educational processes and challenges you’ve overcome.
To become successful, it’s best to establish goals.
Recognize that accomplishments don’t happen overnight. If you were taking a 3,000 mile cross-country trip, the thought of it might seem overwhelming when you take out a map and stare at all the states in-between Virginia and California. “3,000 plus miles of interstate traffic, oh my!”
So revamp your thinking. Breaking up your travels into smaller, reachable day trips is a lot less intimidating. Say to yourself, “When I reach Ashville, NC, we’ll visit The Biltmore Estate. When I get to Memphis I’ll tour Graceland. When I get to Arizona, we’ll see the Grand Canyon” – all of a sudden you are looking forward to it because you’ve divided a burdensome task into smaller, accessible goals. Apply this same strategy to your weight-loss endeavors. Create smaller steps for exciting, reachable goals.
Don’t feel guilty about doing something for yourself if it’s God-honoring. It is not selfish to desire to be healthy for God! In fact He commands it.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)
God says in 1 Peter 1:16 commands, “for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” A Christian should always strive to be holy in all they do, That means not making idols out of food.
Everyone knows how to lose weight: eat smaller portions, exercise, slow down, drink water . . . so why don’t they? Don’t know? That’s where a counselor comes in. Ask yourself: what is more important than health in your life?
Every one has a different reason:
Sometimes a heavy girth is very forceful and intimidating. It creates a powerful tool they want to keep. I’ve also had patients who have been sexually attacked and feel it was their fault for having a seductive figure, so they put on poundage to avoid being a victim. (News flash: you’ll be looked at no matter what size you are.) Others have been beaten down in life when told consistently, “you’ll never amount to anything. I told you you’d fail!” So why should you attempt something that 80% of dieters fail at time and time again?
Some simply love food! “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.” (Philippians 3:19) The Word tells us not to make idols out of food. We should eat for nutrients! By striving to become the healthiest individual you can be, you demonstrate inner strengths to your children and your spouse that God creates determined, strong quality material! You!
Remember you are setting disciplined life-goals, not weight-loss goals. Don’t you want to feel this great for a lifetime, not just for an event like a class reunion or wedding?! Why go back to your old, unhealthy self after one goal is reached? That was your old, unhealthy, undisciplined self!
Everyone needs a goal. What’s yours?