So. Everybody’s got a weight loss story…or at least an attempt or two or twenty five, right? There are millions of weight loss blogs out there with tips and pictures and motivations, and I am not about to compete with those! There is WAY too much good information and people who really know what they are doing that are much more qualified than myself for that sort of thing! Well, my previous post, The Awakening, has awakened me to my health and how important it is to take care of it. I have always known this and been so fortunate not to suffer from a reason why I cannot physically exercise and eat right. I just have a very strong, hard-headed mental block against it.
Luckily, that can be changed. Unlike most of these millions of weight loss blog, I don’t have before and after pictures and a wonderful new product to promote.(I won’t promote products, either. I also will not post every meal and every time I go to the gym, so please don’t worry. 🙂
What I would like to focus on is the enormous struggle that has hindered me for years and what I now believe falls under an area of spiritual weakness for me, personally. I struggle with weight loss, and since I have the resurrection power of Christ within me, I need to look at this in a new light. Literally.
This may seem really silly to some people, and that’s okay. This isn’t an area of weakness for them. They may struggle in other areas that aren’t particularly an area of weakness for me. How about this. Instead of judging others where they are weak, what if, we instead lifted each other up in the places we know God’s strength will not fail us?
This is what kicked this off in my brain today. There was a girl I know who has been very successful in her weight loss journey. She posted something today about how people on another forum kept asking her for advice, but they told her they couldn’t give up some of their habits. She came from a place of tough love, which I totally understand, but at the same time; I also realize where some of these people are coming from. Sometimes, we feel stuck in a cycle of unhealthy habits, behavior, sin, guilt and shame. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, sex, lying, or food, it is not our place to judge. It’s our place to encourage and pray for that person’s ability to hear from God in his or her situation.
We can know what to do and not do it. Even the great Apostle Paul suffered from this frustrating cycle.
Romans 7:15-24 New International Version (NIV)
15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
So here goes. No specific diet named or supplements or things, just a girl seeking her Savior to help her in an area of weakness. Encouragement and prayers welcome for me and for anyone else going through any kind of journey. 🙂
Great Bible verses for weight loss here: http://biblereasons.com/weight-loss/