Progress Isn’t Always In The Numbers
Cold, hard truth. June was NOT a good weight loss month for me. I only lost 2.6 pounds. Four weeks….2.6 pounds. Yeah. I wasn’t super happy about that result. HOWEVER, I was overjoyed with the mental and physical changes that happened to me in June! That weight loss unhappiness went buh-bye when I began to think about the things that HAD changed.
First, I realized that my thought life was no longer consumed with my next meal, my next snack or my next dessert. Throughout my life, I don’t know that I’ve ever not spent most of the day thinking about food. While eating breakfast, I was planning lunch. During lunch, I was thinking about dinner. I rarely felt full when I ate and whenever I finally did feel full, I was sick from overeating. Food was my entire life. Everything revolved around it. I can now say with joy, “NO MORE!” I only think about food for caloric planning purposes, but I no longer spend the day obsessing about food. If I could only let you inside my head so you could understand just what a change this is for me. Praise the Lord!
Second, I am happy and excited when I go to the gym. “WHAT?” Yeah, listen, I’m just as surprised as you! I really have never been an athletic type gal. I’ve always known there was one inside me, but I have always shut her up with brownies or chips. HAHAHA! Now, I look forward to going because I see the physical changes that are happening, but I can also feel the emotional and mental changes. These are most important to me. I no longer look at myself and say awful things. I look at myself now and say, “You know what to do and you are doing it. Yes girl! You are amazing!” This has happened through prayer and the Word! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.” This scripture covers not just the spirit and soul, but the physical body too. I want to honor God by taking care of my body. He paid a great price for me, so I want to do what I can to bring glory to Him through it. He is giving me joy through this process and I’m so thankful!
Finally, I am becoming free from negative self-talk. I think and say good things about myself now and rarely have harsh, negative thoughts. When I do go there mentally, I don’t stay there long anymore. I remind myself of what God has done, is still doing and what He will continue to do according to His Word. It is so important to change the tape playing in your head. The devil will keep that horrible thing replaying all day, every day if we let him. It’s time to change the track, brothers and sisters! Psalm 19:14 should be our go to scripture in this journey, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Listen, I don’t have it all figured out. I have a loooonnnngggg way to go. BUT, God has changed me and He can change you too!
Friends, if you need freedom in your life from the bondage of being overweight and from the chains of negative self-talk, E4M is the answer. This Christ-centered ministry will help you understand the source of your joy, peace and life. It’s not just about food. It’s about a relationship with Jesus and putting Him as the King of your heart, where He belongs.