October 20, 2017 / Jack Elder
Have you ever said, “I just had no choice.” I hope that was a rare occurrence, because for most things in life that we can control, we have a choice. It’s funny, but as I was writing this, I had helped our son put some rain shields on the truck. When the stick, they stick, and as we put it on it wasn’t exactly right, but my son said at this point we have no choice. He was right; you can’t pull them back off and try again. The choice might be to do nothing or may be just to move on, as was the case of the truck rain shields. When it comes to weight loss, there is a choice. Food doesn’t just fall into your mouth. You have to choose what to put in your mouth. Every bite is a choice. Every item you pull off the grocery shelf is a choice. Every item on the restaurant menu presents a choice. Every weight-loss diet requires you to make choices. You really have a choice whether or not to eat that brownie. Stuff happens in life which you have no control, but in eating you are the master of your success.
October 19, 2017 / Jack Elder
Wake up and love the day. It’s another opportunity to enjoy your weight-loss journey. We often say that weight loss is hard, but it’s neither impossible nor depressing. It is just another part of your life. Your life is much more than weight loss. When you wake up each morning, you should be ready to enjoy the day. As the Psalmist said, “This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV). This is your day. God made this day for you. Whether you are on a weight-loss diet should have no negative effect on how you approach your day. It shouldn’t be, oh no another day of dieting. Make it positive—another day to get this weight off. How do you see each day? Are you ready for the adventure, or would you rather pull the covers over your head and stay in bed? Find the joy in each day. Approach it as a wonderful gift. Be grateful for each day and love what God has in store for you. He has given you all things to enjoy. So relish the day from morning until night. Treat each day as if it was specially made just for you.
October 18, 2017 / Jack Elder
Many of these topics overlap. When I say some are making excuses and some are making changes, we’ve talked a lot about both. In fact, this whole year we are concentrating on excuses and how they affect our weight loss but also our life. With 95% of weight loss dieters failing, most people are making excuses, and few are making changes. Moreover, the country continues to grow fatter. We know that doing the same thing repeatedly, thinking we will get different results, is the definition of insanity. Do you remember Susan Powter and her Stop the Insanity diet? We went on that. Don’t know why we quit. Published back in 1993, I think it rang a bell in dieter’s heads saying we need to stop all this crazy dieting and get to something that works and is healthy. I don’t know how many diets there have been over the years, but all the individual nutritionists and fitness guru’s that have their diets for individuals. Nevertheless, getting back on topic, we need to trash the excuses, and get to making the changes need to restore our health and take America off the top overweight list. It requires individuals making permanent changes.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.