Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Weight Loss Isn't a Day Trip

“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. II Thes.3:3.”

How many times have I gone on a diet to lose weight for a particular time or event? Too often I reached a low time and tried the latest diet fad? I looked at weight loss as a temporary period in my life. If I lost thirty pounds or sixty pounds, then my life would improve and I could return to eating “normal.”

I looked at a diet like I do a day trip.

An hour away from my home town is a national wildlife refuge. Surrounded by flat plains, mountains reach for the sky giving magnificent views. Buffaloes, long horns and deer roam free. My husband and I take an occasional day trip to Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains to enjoy God’s wonderland. We leave home in the morning and hike while it’s cool. We stop for lunch at a favorite landmark. We wade in the creek. We take pictures and visit the museum. In the afternoon, we return to our starting place and go back to normal life.

With a weight loss journey, we never return to normal. God’s path to healing isn’t a day trip but a lifetime endeavor. God establishes us day by day and keeps us from unhealthy practices until He takes us home to heaven.

Rid yourself of the notion of “going on a diet” and returning to a better way of eating. We must never stop. Instead, we must turn and do a one, eighty life change.

Prayer: Lord, guide me every day of my life. Show me a new way of eating.


Unknown said...

Amen, Janet. I particularly like the part with the Buffaloes. :D

Beth Reinke said...

You are so right, Janet. Definitely not a day trip. ";o)

Meliaka said...

Good stuff, Janet! It's just so hard to bid my "normal" goodbye..... *le sigh* Thanks for sharing!

JP said...

Janet, this is good! I've been a weight watcher since the 1970s. When ever I gained 10-12 lbs I went back to Weight Watchers. This program always worked for me. Today, with the Lord's help and W/W being a life time member I am within a few lbs of goal weight.

Unknown said...

Thanks for all the comments. I struggle with this "nice" addiction & probably will all my life. I also follow the Weight Watcher plan but lost my weight with the American Diabetic exchange diet. Any plan that includes good, healthy eating is good.

Anonymous said...

Eating healthy--fresh foods at home, not restaurant stuff--helped me keep off the weight. But it has been/always will be a struggle. Like the post a lot!