When dieting gets tedious, remember your why. Do you know why you wanted to lose weight? Was it health? Was it to live a fitter lifestyle? Occasionally when Charlene and I are out on our walk, we can’t help but root for a very heavy person walking along the trail. They are not sitting on the couch but doing the hard work it takes to see their vision come to life. We see very few of these people. It’s a shame because there are many of them that need to revisit their life goals and dreams. Once the weight comes, the dreams leave. That’s why you need a good reason to lose weight that will take you through the mean times.
Every time you are tempted to quit, remember that why. Make your why important—so important that it will carry you through to the end. Make your why specific—something that is part of your vision. If it’s health, then what part of health is your goal? You want to be active—such as the 95 year-old woman who walks the halls of her assisted care home every day. Maybe you want to go on trips or visit friends and relatives. If weight is slowing you down, remember your why and plow through it.
Dump the excuses. When you have a firm hold on your vision, don’t let distractions such as excuses, keep you from realizing your vision. Drop the negativity associated with an excuse. If you are walking on the treadmill in the cold of winter, don’t say “I hate this, it’s stupid.” Review your vision. It’s not huffing and puffing up the stairs. It’s not sitting along the path of life and watching everyone jog by. No, you are working on your vision. You have a blessed person in view with many years of exciting life ahead. Keep walking. Or as Dora said, keep swimming.
I think making excuses is one of the biggest problems to seeing your weight loss goals fulfilled. An excuse is like taking your vision, writing it down, and then drawing an X through it. You just negated the positive view of yourself and said I can’t be that wonderful. You can and you are. Be wonderful to yourself. Your vision is of an amazing person. Don’t let excuses bum you out. Keep seeing yourself as loved, blessed, and resting in grace.
Yesterday we looked at finding a vision of weight loss, health, and fitness that fits you—one you want for your life. Do you have a vision? Are you a vision of loveliness? Does it include who you are in Christ—loved, at peace, forgiven, and blessed? It has to do with what you identify. Are you that fat person? Are you moving forward on a wonderful weight loss journey? How many pounds do you need to lose? Can you see the possibility that you will be at that goal? Lots of probing questions, but your vision in life has to do with your identity. If you’re overweight or not, I hope your identity is not in your size.
You are more than your size, or color, or gender, or any of the exterior trappings of life. Who you really are down deep in your heart is what makes the difference. Your weight may be just a complication to your vision, which causes distraction. Grab hold of the vision you have for yourself. Hold it before you and then do what you need to do to realize that vision. Run with it. Complete it. God is on your side to help make you what He designed you to be.