If you've ever struggled with weight loss, maybe you'll understand this little rant. It feels maddening to keep repeating
this same cycle over and over again. Perhaps my story is
similar to yours. I find my motivation from any number of sources -
someone's inspirational story or maybe from the scale or the way my
clothes fit or simply how awful I feel - and decide I'm going to get
back on track. I start exercising and eating better. It's hard to get
started but soon enough I find my rhythm and I do great for a while.
Then something happens. I get injured - I've suffered through multiple
shin splints, back problems, a bulging disk in my neck just to name a
few. Or I get sick and am laid up for while. Then there's the holidays; they're always a
lovely bump in the road and before I know it, I'm derailed, discouraged
and defeated. Some time passes and the cycle begins again.
hate this cycle. The beginning part is great. Who doesn't love feeling
all gung-ho, like you can conquer the world and if not the world,
certainly the excess weight that's been hanging on you like an albatross
threatening to drag you down into the abyss of ill-health. The middle
and end of this cycle, however, just plain sucks. I try so hard to avoid
the middle part. I stretch before exercising, get the right shoes, take
my vitamins but life just has a way of happening no matter how careful
I realize so much of this is a matter of mind-set.
Motivation is great and necessary but it can burn out quickly. I very much identify with the "instant gratification" society that's all
around us so I've got to dig deep and find more than just motivation if
I'm going to finally succeed in my journey to good health. With God's
help and strength, I know I've got it in me to do it.
the cycle is maddening but it would be madder still to give up
completely. I know the consequences of not taking care of this body
God's given me. I want to make a different future for myself and leave a
far better example to my kids of what's possible. So, here I go again.
I'm back on track, walking and eating right or trying to
anyway. No matter what, one thing I know is that this WILL be part of my
success story. How 'bout you?
What does it mean to you to "praise God?" I read something this morning that struck me and kind of sharpens the focus a little in the way I'll pray from here on. It said it's telling God "how great He is and why you think so." I should tell Him why I think He's so great. I like that. It's very personal because I have many reasons why I think He's so great.
Now I know some would see this in a negative light, so let me just clarify. We're not encouraged to praise God because He's conceited or egotistical. He's not up there quoting Bette Midler in Beaches saying, "But enough about me, let's talk about you. What do you think of me?" Nor is He forgetful. He knows full well who He is. He does not need us to remind Him. No, praising Him is for OUR benefit. We need to remember who God is everyday. When days are good, we need to remember that all good things come from God lest we get prideful. When days are bad, we need to remember who He is so we remember why He's the one to go to to get through those bad days. If you need more of God in your life for any reason at all, then by all means, begin by praising Him! Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of His people.
Praising God focuses our attention and our hearts on Him and that's just how we need to be. So if you'll please excuse me, I'm gonna go get my praise on!
My husband and I have been married for 19 years and together have two kids - a daughter, 15 and a son, 13. Originally both from NY, we've moved around just a little bit (NY, VA, TX, PA & now FL). I love Jesus, spending time with family and friends, laughing, and getting completely lost in a really good book. Oh and the beach. I really like the beach.
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