Weigh-in day as well as the last day of January. I hope you are marching forward on you weight loss efforts. In fact, I hope your efforts are effortless.
“All lasting change is effortless. If change comes about by our efforts, then that change will last only as long as we put forth the effort. The moment we stop putting forth the effort, the change we made will stop… While change itself is effortless, changing your beliefs is not effortless.” ~Jim Richards, Grace: The Power to Change
If you are dieting, it means having to make changes—lasting changes. It is more than trying to maintain through willpower or even trying to develop new habits. They say if you repeat something for 28 days, you will develop a new habit. Unfortunately, that isn’t true with eating. If you decide never to eat a chocolate cookie and you make it 28 days, as soon as a cookie sits before you, you will take it. You have to move into a deeper level of change.
It takes place in how you handle temptation and cravings. It takes place in how you think about food. “And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).
To transform is to rebuild your thinking. The world has its way of thinking, but that way isn’t working. God’s way works but it means a total overhaul of your thinking.
That’s the direction we must go as successful dieters.