This is an page out of my weight loss journal that I had started a few years back. Reading it again has renewed my determination.
Titus 2:11-12 – For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age
This weight-loss journey has been a journey of self-discovery for me. Along the way I learned that I can do things that I never thought possible. Just saying “no” to the worldly pleasures of food seemed overwhelming a few years back. Now I can be around certain foods without even a bit of temptation.
I have discovered the joy of eating less and being satisfied. I’m not always on the prowl for something good to eat. I’m not tied to the schedule of my stomach. It sometimes annoys the kids who say, “Mr. Loren, It’s 12:00, what’s for lunch. I find I haven’t even thought about lunch because I’m really not that hungry.
I have also found that some things I used to put in my mouth really aren’t that great. My kids made brownies the other night when I wasn’t home. A couple days later as a reward for being good all week I decided to have one small one. I was ready to savor the moment but when I took the first bite I wasn’t really impressed. I actually threw the rest away because it wasn’t the celebration I thought it would be. Yes, it was good… it just wasn’t great. And I was thinking that an apple sounded even better.
When I was bigger I was unable to fast and pray. Yes, I could pray but I couldn’t give up food for more than a few hours. Part of it was that I would get a headache after awhile and the other part was a lack of will-power that lead to me breaking the fast and feeling really guilty about it. I recently went on a fast and preoccupied my heart and mind with getting closer to the Lord. Not only did I not get a headache but I found that I wasn’t hungry at all. And what was really great was the renewal I felt with my faith. I believe that fasting is a powerful, personal thing between a person and God.
Another discovery is that other bad habits and poor disciplines in my life are becoming easier to manage. There is a confidence that comes from overcoming the battle of the bulge. It filters into other areas of your life. The same tools, strengths and incentives that help you in your weight-loss journey can help you to defeat other problems in your life.
I hope you are discovering new things about your life too.
Dear God in heaven, Thank you for freeing me from the sins of worldly pleasures. Help me to find the strength in you to continue to conquer those areas of my life that are not pleasing you and make me feel lousy about myself. I love you, Lord. Hear my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
“It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.”
“A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.”