Here’s to another day promoted to challenge dieters. Oh well. Valentine’s Day should be everyday. Charlene and I are in the middle of a diet so we are swaying on whether to sneak a treat. We have a trip coming up Sunday so maybe… or not. The dieters dilemma. Always something. A decision to ponder. But enough about our dieting and on to wishing you love and happiness this Valentine’s day.
Excuse – It’s a bad time to diet. I saved this excuse for the end. For most people, this time of the year is a bad time to start a diet. They may be off work, going on a trip over the New Years, and still finishing the Christmas cookies. When you really get down to it, is there a good time to diet? In most lives, something is going on all the time. Weight loss diet would just add to all the stuff.
Last year at this time, Charlene and I began a weight loss diet. By January 1, I had already lost 6.4 pounds. By the last week of July, I had reached my goal of 50 pounds gone. I could have said this was a bad time to diet, and would now be thinking about starting to diet,and probably with the old excuse, it’s a bad time to start a diet.
Only you can decide to get rid of those excess pounds that are weighting you down. I was carrying a 50-pound backpack wherever I went. Can you lift 50 pounds? Today is a good time to start a diet. Don’t just think about it. Do it, for your health and for those around you. No more excuses.
If you believe you can reach your weight loss goals, you can. So believe it and you will. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you may feel you’re standing at the bottom of Mt, Everest looking up and thinking no way can I make it to the top. However, see the trail up the mountain others have used before you. If anyone can do it, you can. If it can be done, you can do it.
Believing has power. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours” (Mark 11:23-24 NLT).
The power of believing is real. Weight loss is that mountain you need to move. Tell it to go jump in the lake and believe it will go jump in the lake. Don’t start a weight loss diet if you can’t believe you can do it. Simply believe. Say it—I believe I can do it.
This year I spent most of the time on the mental aspects of weight loss—excuses. In the past, I have written articles on exercise, so before this year ends I want to reiterate the importance of exercise.
Although in my opinion, getting the weight off is supreme, the journey can be different for each person. We all have different time considerations, follow different plans, and have different goals. Diet is primary for weight loss, but exercise is important to the wellbeing of the body and mind.
As we approach the end of the year, it’s a good time to evaluate your exercise goals and maybe step them up a notch. I know I’ve slacked in the area of weight training. I have the needed equipment so one of the things I’m doing is getting the weight training going at least three times a week. I hope you have some exercise goals, also.
Even the senior can benefit from exercise. Regular exercise helps older people remain independent and by helping prevent falls. It can strengthen the muscles of even the frailest older person. It tends to increase appetite, reduce constipation, and promote quality sleep. All this and it also helps change your attitude and mood. At the minimum—walk, walk, walk.
Build the new you. As Socrates said, it’s better to work on building the new you than trying to work on the old you. Weight loss dieters have a great opportunity to do just that. Since it provides a good time to make major changes, weight loss dieting is a good way to build a new you.
The Bible talks about renewing the mind, (Romans 12:2) which means to renovate. You might have to eliminate some old stuff and replace it with new. With the change in weight, looks, health, and outlook, there comes a new approach to life in general. You can get rid of excuses and begin to take responsibility for your life. Build new goals, dreams, desires, mental and emotional strength, as well as moving into a positive thinking world.
This is your chance to be the best you that you can be. Are you having relationship problems? Then now is the time to change your outlook on people, forgiveness, compromise, love, and hope.
You say this is all because you are going on a diet. Yes, not just a diet, but also a weight loss diet that will restore you to what God designed you to be. Making changes will be easier and you will be happier in your own skin.
Okay, I just wanted to get in one more talk about the scale and weighing in. I’m sorry it has to be the day after Christmas. Don’t worry about it. Remember the scale doesn’t care what you weigh. Don’t use the excuse that you may have overeaten a little yesterday. It is what it is. This week is one of the most difficult of the holiday seasons. You are doing some visiting, eating cookies and candies people made for the occasion. Don’t despair.
Last year at this time, Charlene and I were starting another diet. We decided we didn’t want to wait until New Year’s like so many people do. We wanted to put ourselves on a diet through this difficult time and make it a good start for the next year. We reached our goal this year. I might want to lower the goal a little for the coming year. I know I can do it, because I’ve already done it.
I continue to weigh each day in order to keep an eye out for any problems developing and nip them in the bud. For you who hate the scale, learn to see it for what it is—a tool for success. Weigh on fellow weight loss travelers.
Merry Christmas to you all. What a day to celebrate, first for the coming of our Savior Jesus and second, for family gathering around the Christmas table. This picture was one of Charlene’s Christmas table settings. Bright and colorful invitation to sit and eat together.
Speaking of eating, I say take the day off from the strict weight loss plan you are one and enjoy a treat. By now in your weight loss journey, you are well aware of portions and calories, so you already know what to prepare to make this dinner a healthy choice for everyone.
Protein, veggies, and a treat or two, such as cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes with maple syrup. Yes, you can cut the calories on your favorite recipes making them more weight-loss friendly. Maybe you can try a new recipe. Most people fix their traditional foods, but branch out a little and try something new this year.
Every time you sit down with family, you are making memories. So enjoy the day. Merry Christmas to your family from ours.
If you are having trouble with excuses, then you need to make some changes. In my opinion, an excuse is a mental coping mechanism that helps you excuse your failure. No one likes to fail. An excuse helps you hide your failures. At least in your thinking. It becomes a rational reason excusing the failure, thus lessening the blow.
If you are struggling with weight loss, perhaps your excuses are to blame. My suggestion would be to sit down in a quiet place and have a heart to heat talk with yourself. What excuses are you making that has hindered your progress in life and specifically your weight loss goals? Write them down. Ask the Lord to help erase these excuses from your life. Then tear up the paper and throw it away symbolically saying, I’m not going to make these excuses anymore.
Put the excuse thinking out of your mind. Be solution minded. Don’t see life as one failure after another. See yourself as a winner. Look for the good. Change the old patterns in your life into new patterns of success. Look for your success each day. You ate on plan today. You are a winner. No more excuses, please.