New Weight loss challenge, Day Two- Counting the Cost

Scripture given for the day. Matthew 16:24 If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Ok, so maybe this isn’t going to be so easy. I am to tired to take up a cross, they are heavy.

There are preparations and plans that have to be made. But instead of buying special diet food, cleaning out cabinets that are loaded with junk food, we are traveling on a different road. Suddenly this seems to be getting more interesting.

We are told to think on the fact that there is a difference in the mindset of those who live a healthy life and are thin and those of us who struggle to lose or maintain their weight. The thin, healthy people make distinct and definite choices every day with regard to food, their health, their bodies, exercise and they probably look at life differently in general.

Maybe it is just me, but doesn’t that seem just a tad bit like a struggle and not a whole lot different than what we do every day. I think about what I eat, I think about exercise and my health. I think about, but avoid looking at my body. However, the difference that the founder of the group is trying to get me to see I believe, is that where I think about these things, those people who have achieved a healthy weight actually DO THOSE things.

If getting healthy and losing weight is really what your plan is, you have to do more than give it lip service or put on an outward show (as written about previously). If this is truly your goal, and mine, then we are going to have to make the changes necessary to do it. There is no magic bullet, we have searched and searched and not found it yet. I am quickly coming to the conclusion that it simply doesn’t exist.

Cathie told us to determine what we were willing to sacrifice to achieve our goals. Because at the end of the day, no matter what diet you are on, no matter who you are listening to, are you willing to accept that you, only you are one hundred percent responsible for your success or failure. I think that if we are honest here, we have simply avoided this fact. It can’t be our fault, we think about food every day, plan what we eat, when we eat it and how we eat it. Maybe it is time to step up and take that responsibility, you know, the one where you are responsible for what you eat, how you eat it, where you eat it, how much exercise you get and even how we think about life in general.

She points out the awesome example that the Bible gives us in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. There are plenty of others also. Gideon, Samson and David, Daniel, Paul, Samuel and all the prophets. Take a look at these examples, they are motivation for what is possible if we only try. If it is going to be successful, the fact is, it is going to be hard work.

This is such a different approach for me however, not so much talking about what to eat or not to eat. Rather, asking if I am looking at the deeper issues of why I gained weight in the first place. Am I underestimating the efforts that are necessary for success? Getting real personal and deep into the. closed off parts of me that no one gets to see, such as do I feel worthy of being my best, am I sabotaging my own efforts? Again, I say, ………………oh……………

Matthew West says it best, (yes, we were given this also) “There is a way between guilt and grace, they are fighting for a sacred space. And the phrase that I should be looking at more deeply than any other, I AM LIVING PROOF THAT GRACE WINS EVERY TIME. Grace can reach us, it does reach us.

 Hallelujah, be certain that Grace will win every time!!!!

Let’s do this!


……………and so I ride

Coasting through yet another weight loss plan. Day One

I decided to participate in another weight loss challenge. I thought to myself that surely one of these days, one diet or another would miraculously make me thin. I saw the Healthy By Design- Weight Loss God’s Way 21 Day Challenge by Cathie Morenzie and I thought, what the heck, I will give it a whirl. Maybe this was my miracle.

 So I signed up, bought the book, (you know, to add to my collection) and settled in to see what happened. Thinking back on the last couple of days, I can see that I wasn’t really committed and not sure I wanted to put forth the effort it would take to give this a go. I guess I wanted to give it a shot to prove that I “was trying” to do something about my health And weight. I needed those around me to see (think) that I was putting forth an effort but I didn’t necessarily actually want to do it. . The fact is that the effort looked a lot more impressive from the outside than it did from the inside.

Quick overview of Day One- We were given Psalm 139:23,24 as our scripture. There was encouragement in the reaffirmation that there are no quick fixes and that change is a process. We were to begin doing the things we wanted to see in our lives, whether or not we felt like it because permanent change best comes through small but consistent steps. Healthy living and a healthy weight isn’t about eating the right foods and exercising, it is about a mindset, it is about behaviors and following healthy patterns.

Yea, yea, yea, I knew all that, had heard it a thousand times. I was still waiting for my miracle, my straight shot to weight loss. I was discouraged and my eating that day reflected that. Cookies for breakfast, deep fried pork sandwich for lunch and Alfredo for supper. Yes, it is true that I tracked my food as promised (another thing I could brag about) but I really had no desire to eat healthy. So far so good with this challenge.

Determined not to drop out of yet another challenge/weight loss plan, I decided to re-read some of the emails for encouragement. There was one short line that grabbed me and has not let me go yet.

“The answer to lasting weight loss lies in unlocking and ACTIVATING biblical principles and breaking the chains of bondage that bind us.” …………..oh…………….wow. Let that little phrase soak in a moment or two.

God has given us principles to govern our lives. What would happen if we actually put them in place and activate the authority and power that we possess as children of God? You know what? I want to experience victory, freedom and peace. God has already given me the tools, let’s see what happens if I own those things I already possess and use them in this weight loss/healthy living journey.


…………and so I ride