Recently I completed a 7 Day Prayers for Weight Loss Challenge with about 200 women. It was a wonderful experience, bringing new insights.
(Prayer for weight loss).
Lord God, so often I don't want to do the things that would help me be healthy. I would rather eat chips than carrots. I choose cookies instead of fruit. I sit rather than move...I pray for your strength to make better choices today. My desire is to lose weight and honor you by taking care of the body you have given me. Please help me, Lord. I know this is only possible by Your strength and power at work in me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Some of my reflections:
It was startling to realize that there are still times when I don't WANT to do what I need to do to be healthy. Most of the time, it's no problem. But there's that tiny nanosecond when my brain wanders off into stinking thinking. No wonder we are advised to take every thought captive. When I consistently do what I should, I feel strong and invincible and in control.
This is not to be mistaken with all or nothing thinking. That is not what this is about. This is deliberately choosing behavior that I would not choose when I am strong. It is choosing short term satisfaction (shabby at best) over long term satisfaction.
Being inconsistent, wavering, reminded me of James 1:5-8. A doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way and then that.
In the past I have blogged about the bewildering puzzle of losing and gaining pounds each month. It is the result of inconsistencies. It is not anything big, like binging. It's going a little over on calories for the day. It may be ignoring fullness because I don't want the experience to end. It's caving and snacking when someone else is eating after I am done for the day.
Life happens. Stupid decisions happen. The important part is letting it go as soon as we realize what happened, and shift right back into a healthy lifestyle mindset. Don't let it start a trend, a lessening of resolve, laxness in discipline, and apathy. One of the biggest changes I've made over the years is getting right back on track immediately. I do not want to go back to unhealthy habits.