Monday, April 22, 2013
This morning I got on the scales after working really, really hard this past week. Imagine my dismay when I looked down and saw a number that was actually a couple pounds more than the week before. Consternation filled my soul. My immediate reaction was to just give up. But I've been starting and giving up for awhile now, which is only leading to slow but steady weight gain.
So here is what I have realized. There is much more to this healthy lifestyle than losing pounds. And so I am making a list of the non-weight benefits to exercising more and eating more carefully--
1. I have more energy.
2. I feel better.
3. I can rest confidently assured that I am being a good steward of my body.
4. I feel good about my self-control instead of disgust about my lack of self-control.
5. I know that I am pleasing my heavenly Father with my healthy, self-controlled choices, instead of disappointing Him with self-indulgent, unhealthy choices.
6. Did I mention that I will feel better?
SO, even if the pounds never come off (and I have had a lot of older women tell me it is almost impossible in the late 40s! How's that for discouraging?!) I cannot sit idly on my sofa eating chips and ice cream. By the time my body is ready to be a little kinder to me it may end up being too late.
Nope. I can't give up now. Even if the scales makes it look like I am. I wouldn't mind a few prayers my direction for me to keep at it. I am easily discouraged, especially with this dynamic going on. I give you my humble thanks :)