Thursday, April 17, 2008
Seventeen long days ago, I reported that I'd lost a total of seven lbs. In the days and weeks that followed, I lamented the fact that I was stuck on a plateau. But God reminded me of several things.
1. I dedicated my goal to him when I began this journey.
2. I knew it would not be easy.
3. He promised to walk beside me. God does not break his promises.
4. Plateaus are simply pauses.
God has remained faithful. When I felt discouraged, he sent an encouraging word, often through Spark friends who are struggling in the same areas. When I felt like skipping "just one day" of exercise, he gave me a mental reminder of how he would bless me if I remained faithful.
Plateaus don't last forever. At first, I felt like there must be something wrong with me. I was eating only when I felt hungry, and stopping before I felt full. I was exercising twice a day, and getting 7-8 full hours of sleep. Drinking water like crazy, and steering clear of areas that used to be my downfall.
Now I realize that the Lord wanted me to camp out on a plateau for a while so I could take in the view. During that time, he gave me a clear picture of better health, and what that would mean for the rest of my life. He stuck with me and assured me that plateaus are temporary rest stops.
This morning I dropped out of the 190s. What a nice feeling, to see a 1, followed by an 8! I'm on my way, and I praise God for helping me to stick it out.