October 28, 2016 / Jack Elder
Impossible = I’m possible. One of the local colleges uses this saying. When things seem impossible, remember to turn it into I’m possible. When it comes to weight loss, there are many who say it’s impossible. “I’ve tried every known diet, and made up a few myself, and I still can’t lose weight” they say. I once was taking my turn as a student minister in the prayer room of a large church. My assignment was overseeing the trained volunteers who helped people with salvation. One of them called me over and said this lady was having problems with believing what the Bible said and gave me a list of about 20 problems she had. I looked at the first one, and it said she couldn’t believe a man could be swallowed by a whale and live. She was on the outside, where things looked impossible. I put the list in my pocket and told the volunteer to tell her about Jesus. When you are on the inside, a man living in a whale is no problem. It’s easily possible with God. He could have an air-conditioned apartment in the whale. It’s all about knowing the God of the impossible. At the beginning of your weight loss journey it might look impossible, but you are possible in Christ. You are on the inside where impossible things become possible.
October 27, 2016 / Jack Elder
Fail to plan = plan to fail. Another cliché, but remember you remember them because they are true. I once talked with a person who hated clichés. So much so that it was her excuse for not going to church because she couldn’t stand hearing the preacher’s clichés. My counsel was that this hatred would be her Achilles heel. All that glitters is not gold and every cloud had a silver lining. She needed to mend her fences and burn her bridges or the rolling stone was going to roll over her. Not really, but I thought of it. No one I know gets up each morning planning to fail. “Today I’m going to fail just like every day.” No, of course not. But not planning is not knowing if you are going to fail. You might luck out one day but two things happen. First, you don’t plan so you don’t have any idea what to do. Second, you don’t plan for contingencies. What if you have to go out to eat lunch with the boss today? What if you went off and forget your lunch? You probably wouldn’t have forgotten it had you planned ahead. Weight loss takes planning. Know what you are going to eat today. Write it down. And succeed at weight loss.
October 26, 2016 / Jack Elder
If you are struggling to lose weight even though you think you have a healthy diet, there may be some hidden food in your diet that is impinging on your weight loss. Dr. Axe calls these foods “metabolism death foods.” Here is what He says about these foods. They can cause:
Drinking fruit juice and consuming too much sugar will absolutely wreck your metabolism!
Whole grains may be the No. 1 offender when it comes to ruining your metabolism and weight loss efforts. Three of the main compounds in grains hurt your metabolism include gluten, starch and phytic acid.
Using the wrong type of oil can keep you from losing that last 10 pounds and put a halt to any results you might see.
Yes, peanut butter is tasty, but it can also kill your gut health.
Today’s granola has many issues because it’s made up of whole grains and sugar
Of all the metabolism death foods, artificial sweeteners including aspartame and sucralose are probably the most deceiving.
If you struggle with food addiction, believe that you can overcome it, because you can.