Tuesday, April 28, 2009
In late March I signed on for the "Lose 10 lbs in April Challenge" but soon I began to doubt that I could do it, and furthermore I began to question the wisdom of trying. I have learned from Spark People that attempting too much too soon will most likely land you among the 95% of dieters who fail in the long run, and I didn't want to be among them--again.
So, I decided to keep my name in the game but not to focus on weight loss. Instead I would focus on doing the right things and letting my weight land wherever it lands. The "right things" are (1) eating a proper balance of foods each day, (2) staying within my cal limits each day, (3) exercising at least 30 minutes 5-6 days per week, (4) engaging with a positive group of people like Spark People each day, and (5) learning to take my joy from living a healthy lifestyle and not from superficial things like current weight, clothing size, etc.
For the most part, I have succeeded in keeping my eyes on these key things and to my great surprise I also lost 10 lbs in April. Wow! Honestly, I don't think my overall joy would be so high if I had obsessed with the weight itself. It does feel good to be lighter (especially when I'm riding my bike up hills) but it feels even better to be enjoying a new way of thinking and living. With each pound lost it is tempting to shift my thinking toward superficial things, but with the Lord's help I'm going to keep striving to focus on the right things because i think that this is where the real joy is in the long run.
I'll say more about that tomorrow--bye for now and praise be to God!