Sunday, April 07, 2013
I have come to the realization that I have been approaching the area of weight loss as though it were a purely physical issue and IT IS NOT!!! There are many struggles that come along that I have determined are not merely physical in nature... though sometimes they would appear to be so. What do I mean? I hope I can explain this in a way that makes sense to everyone else, but if not, I'm just glad that I finally figured this out for me. What I mean is this:
I have been worrying about the physical side of things - do this, do that, don't eat this, drink so much of that, etc., etc.,. I have been following man-made rules of every kind, while failing to really take a good hard look at the spiritual side of things. I know the Bible tells me to get knowledge, so it's not bad to understand how different foods and water and exercise and eating patterns, etc. can affect my body for good or bad. However, what is wrong and incorrect and something that I have been doing is relying completely on these man-made rules to help me become the person God planned me to be more than relying on my Maker. If HE created me, he knows what's best for me. He knows what I should eat and drink and what physical activity I should do. He wants what's best for me. He loves me. He desires me to be useful for his service. So tell me - Is there anyone who will be able to guide me to success better than the ALMIGHTY GOD? I don't think so!
From now on, I will not be running to Sparkpeople to give me the answer. I will be running to my Savior. I will not be depending on some diet for the solution. I will be humbling myself before my Lord and begging him to show me truths from his word that he wants me to apply to my daily life. That's not to say that I won't be using Sparkpeople any more. It just means, I must find my sufficiency in God. I have to stop counting calories and start listening to his still, small voice. There are times that I have not even been hungry, but I have eaten to "meet my quota" set out by man. Why did God put the hunger mechanism in us? I believe that it's because we are all different!!! He knows that if he told us in his word to all eat every 3 hours, these certain foods, it wouldn't work. He created us all differently. We are all unique. There is one sure method that works for me and I have experienced it, when I am really "tuned in" to my body (which God so wisely created to give us signals) - eat when I am hungry and don't when I'm not. Really... do you think that a scientist can improve on God's system? He is the Creator. "...for the foolishness of God is wiser than man..."
Alright. That's it. I am turning over a new leaf, so to speak. You have seen my achievements up to now. From November of 2012 through April of 2013 I have gone from 246 to 231.5. Starting today, I am on a new plan, that I'll just call "His Way".
Let the results speak for themselves. I am going to get a new scale, because I read that Taylor (which is the brand that I have currently) is not reliable. I have noticed that it can say 3 or 4 different things if I weigh myself that many times in a row. Not good! So, once I get the number from my new scale I will enter it in and go with it. In just about 5 months I have lost 14.5 pounds. Let's see how well I can do "His Way" for the next 5 months. I know that God has given me great blessings and victories in other areas of my life and I am excited that you will be able to share this one with me. I will keep you all posted. Pray for me that I will be consistent and not fall into the "man's way" trap all over again.
Father, thank you for speaking to my heart through the preaching and for giving me the opportunity to show and share your goodness and faithfulness with others on Sparkpeople through this experience. Show us what you can do to one who yields control of their life to YOU, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Change me for Your honor and glory. I can do nothing without YOU, but I can do ALL THINGS through YOU! Thank you for being touched with the feelings of our infermities, tempted in all points and yet without sin. Lead me on to victory. I trust You to show yourself faithful to all the people waiting to see the outcome of this new way, Your Way. Lead me every day. Teach me what to eat, when to eat. Make me willing to listen. Don't let me harden my heart. I trust YOU for a great and mighty victory, for YOUR glory, my Father and God. I love YOU. Thank you for touching my life and opening my eyes.