June 27, 2017 / Jack Elder
Excuse – I won’t give up my coke. Coke is just an example. Many people have something they just don’t want to give up. Using coke as an example, let’s look at this excuse. A 12 fl oz. can is 140 calories with 39 grams of sugar. Most people who won’t give it up drink more than one coke a day, in fact, several a day. You can see that this coke is going to keep making you fat and unhealthy if you refuse to give it up. It won’t fit in any diet. This excuse is basically ‘I would rather be fat than give up my coke’. A diet coke has one calorie. Would you be willing to switch to diet coke even though experts will say it’s still not healthy?
Health apparently isn’t a concern for this person. We are talking now about fitting this into a diet. I know a person who won’t give up Coke Zero. He has several a day. Though it’s not calories, it has caffeine, artificial sweeteners, caramel coloring, i.e., not too healthy and possibly inflammatory. Everyone has the choice to make. Some foods will just not fit a weight loss lifestyle. You have to choose what you want most.
June 26, 2017 / Jack Elder
Your weight loss success will be contingent on your weight loss plan. There are thousands of plans out there—somewhere. I’ve been on many, and many didn’t work for me. You have to have a plan that you actually like. Someone said, “The best diet is one you don’t know you are on.” That simply means you consider the plan so normal you don’t realize you can actually lose weight on it. Most diets restrict, because you have to eat less than your body uses in a day. It depends on what is restricted which might mean a completely new way of thinking about what you eat as normal.
Almond milk might become normal instead of non-fat milk, for example. You might eliminate your evening ice cream and have a baked apple instead. Your changes will make your diet a new normal. Weight Loss plans have to be somewhat flexible. The more restricted they are the more abnormal your eating will be. You will be subject to cravings, both real and imagined. You will be plagued with hunger, both real and imagined. Most of all the weight loss plan must help you lose weight or what’s the use in following it. Pick the best plan for you and stick to it.
June 25, 2017 / Jack Elder
Pray for me. I’m starting a weight loss diet. You are asking for the right help. However, did you know that the Apostle John prayed for you? “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1:2 NIV2011). However, he didn’t say diet. He said health and you are dieting for your health. Every time you look at that scripture, John is praying for you. The words of God don’t expire. This prayer is a valid today as when he prayed it 2000 years ago. Someone is praying for your success.
I will be the first to covet prayers for dieting. You really do need all the help you can get. Grace is the favor of God to overcome every situation, including weight loss. In the flesh, dieting is hard. When a business is multi-billion you know there are many people needing help. The world is a mess. So reminding yourself each day that John prayed over your day’s health is a blessing. Read it often. Read the “you” as you yourself. Accept it as God’s favor on you and take hold of the promise for your life.
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.