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Adding Joy in the Midst of Weight Loss

Tell me, when did life cease to become a game to you?  When was the last time you played simply for the pure joy in it?

Everyone became so serious! “Well, have you seen what’s going on in the world today? Financial ruin, natural disasters, tragedies everywhere . . .”   Sure, I have. I’ve also read the last page of the Bible and I understand that no matter what man does to me, I am under God’s Will and face eternity with Him. I anchor my life to Christ and it makes this Christian smile.

Philippians 4:11 professes, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”

God will not withhold any good thing from us (Psalm 84:11) and absolutely desires that we lead a joyful life.

What does that have to do with weight loss???  Stress adds weight, so find a way to de-stress. Find JOY!  PLAY! SMILE!  LAUGH! Joy brings contentment in all situations.

When we were kids, we played for the sheer pleasure of it. We ran, climbed trees, rode bikes, played ball . . .  I worry about this generation who sit in front of computer screens playing games and aren’t outside. Fresh air releases endorphins that uplift the spirit. Also breathing through your nose produces a short-lived gas named nitric oxide which reduces stress, creates younger-looking skin, greater memory, and even better hair. Amazing, just by breathing deeply through your nose.

How does one take strides to find joy?  First thank God for your many blessings. There’s always something to praise Him for! Then find ways to play! Make life a game even in your weight loss endeavors.

  1. Remember when you were a kid and your parents placed your artwork on the refrigerator? It was your proudest accomplishment!  When did we stop rewarding ourselves for a job well done?  Get colorful stars and for every small victory, you overcome, (walking the golf course instead of riding) place a star on your graph. (College coaches place stars on their player’s helmets.)
  2. Speaking of graphs, create a weight loss one. Line off graph paper with weekly dates across the top and pounds lost down the side. For every five pounds lost, reward yourself with a non-food item. Color it in solid and you’ll observe your achievements as you see it filling in.
  3. Make exercise fun again. Dance, swim, play tennis, hike, or Zumba. Create active games with your children, like making snow forts and snowmen, piling leaves, and playing catch.
  4. Talk yourself into success by creating mind-games.  For example, I really wasn’t excited about exercising the other morning. Okay, I told myself, I’ll simply have a shorter exercise period this morning. I worked out for five minutes and thought, Okay, I can continue a few minutes longer – by the time we finished I had exercised through my normal routine. It felt so good to conquer my reluctance.
  5. Take a photo of yourself as you are right now, today. Put it aside and don’t look at it again until a month from now.  Chances are when you see it again, you’ll notice your face is thinner and you’re achieving a more defined waistline. Put it away for another month and reward yourself with a non-food item: DVD, nail polish, cologne, pocketbook . . . reward success!
  6. Find something tangible like a belt and mark off the inside as you see it decrease in size. You’ve won again – you get another non-food prize.

Life on earth is a series of actions/reactions until we reach our final destination. You only have one earthly life; is it your healhiest life? Make It Victorious!

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”  (1 Corinthians 9:27)

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Obedience: “Weigh” Yourself in the Balance!

Would God allow us to fail just for the sport of it?  For example, if we discovered we had a debilitating illness, would He pull the rug out from under us and provide no escape from it? Would He taunt, “Haha, gotcha! That’ll teach ya!”  I seriously doubt it. God desires only the best for us. Do we? Be honest, not always. Occasionally we self-destruct.  We give in to temptation and fail miserably.

We need balance in life. We are so intricately made that God wants to keep us balanced. We do that by obeying God’s Word and promises. God originally created JOY and didn’t want to take that away from us! Adam and Eve did that.  I don’t know many people who are joyful when living outside life’s rules, do you? Don’t become that spoiled child we see in a supermarket demanding treats!

A life of strict rules and regulations isn’t much fun. Neither is that chaotic life without boundaries. We wouldn’t reverently pray, “God protect me as I travel today,” and then drive recklessly, without a seatbelt, through stop signs, expecting God to honor us, would we?  As God’s children, He provides limits for a reason. If we stubbornly push beyond them, we risk danger due to our own choices. Even then, as we’re acting as spoiled children, God is faithful.

1 Corinthians 10:13, ” No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

Patients have sat in my office and blamed God for their troubles. “Why would God do this to me?” they cry.  In frustration I’m thinking, God did this to you? Well did He force you to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day? Did God force you to consume fast food at every lunch?  Think it through – make the right choices! It’s your decision.

As much as I want you to get healthy, you must want it more than I want it for you. Please don’t get me wrong, sometimes genetics has much to do with it and it’s our lot in life to inherit illnesses. I learned my father died of a heart attack at 65, and as well as I eat, I still inherited his familial cholesterol.  So my test of obedience is to now live as healthily as I can. It’s my choice. I pray I’ll pass that test.

I praise God that I don’t live in Old Testament times, I’m not sure I could pass the test with all its precise culinary rules, regulations and sacrifices. Today however we live in a world of grace. We aren’t puppets – we get to choose. I choose a vibrant life, will you?

Look at how the Jewish nation was instructed to eat.  Their culinary boundaries were the whole grains, fruits and vegetables mentioned in the Bible: Lamb, beef, fish, cucumbers, figs, raisins,  melons,  olives and olive oil, grapes, apples, wine, milk, honey, grains and Ezekiel bread.  This is realistic, delicious, wholesome food – not a chemically, preservative-based meal in the bunch!

Since today we live under grace, anything’s fine in moderation but choosing processed meals 5 nights a week, isn’t good for you or your family! Almost every illness can be traced back to what is consumed; diabetes, heart disease, liver, kidney damage, IBS, even cancer. Don’t do that to your spouse or  children! Please obey God’s boundaries of health so your family can learn from your example. Or someday, the old comparison of “This isn’t like Mom used to make” is going to be, “This isn’t like Mom used to defrost.”