I tried to lose 10 pounds but gained 5 instead!
I read a study that says if you’re in a good marriage, you usually gain weight. If you’re in a bad one, you typically lose weight.
I have good news:
According to my bathroom scales, my marriage is thriving!
More good news:
After a long history of anorexia nervosa (years ago), I rejoice that my present weight doesn’t devastate me. Even as I see the scales creeping back up to my highest weight ever, I’m overjoyed that I’m not tempted to starve myself or purge.
Don’t get me wrong. I want to lose weight. In fact, I recently tried to lose weight for an upcoming writer’s conference, but I gained weight instead. I hate the way my clothes fit (even at a larger size), and it’s not as easy to bend over to tie my shoes. Sometimes I even avoid meeting old friends due to this “extra” evidence of my thriving marriage.
I want to reach a healthier weight, but I want to do it the right way. Slowly. Wisely.
Meditating on this week’s Bible verse helps me make God-honoring choices regarding my health.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV) gives us the correct perspective about everything we do, including eating:
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
If you are in the same place I am, in need of better eating habits and a more consistent exercise routine (especially now when it’s even more important to keep our immune system healthy during this pandemic), let’s ask God to help us pursue healthier habits, one small choice at a time.
For example, this week we could set goals to eat a large green salad before every lunch and dinner with an apple for dessert and to walk twenty minutes three times per week. Next week, we can increase our walking time and begin working on portion control regarding starches – one meal and one day at a time, with God’s help.
Finding accountability partners is another great way to succeed. Share your goals with your friends (even on social media) and invite them to share theirs.
Today, decide what steps you’ll take to become a healthier person. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to depend on your bathroom scales to prove your marriage is thriving? Or to not gain weight when your goal is to lose it?
What do you think?
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- What steps will you take to become a healthier person regarding your weight and your immune system?
Please take the necessary steps to stay healthy and to keep the coronavirus from spreading.
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Thank you, Sheryl
Extra weight has been a challenge my whole adult life. But I praise God that who I am in Him helps me to know I am loved and He helps me stay walking in His light.
I’ve come to know that focusing on His word and reading daily through the Bible in a year is what will keep me from focusing on my own vanity. I am blessed to continue teaching in a children’s ministry called Sidewalk where we meet kids on the street. I have great joy and peace with The Holy Spirit within as I prepare and lead.
May God continue to bless your ministry within His will,
Indeed. focusing our hearts and our thoughts on God(and His Word) keeps our minds and emotions healthier.
And God bless you, Sharri, as you continue ministering to children!
Sheryl, I know the feeling of not being able to bend over to tie your shoes, or much else for that matter. After we moved here (to TX) my weight soared to the highest it’s ever been. So one day I decided to just cut the amount of carbs in half. If I ordered a burger, only half the bun was what I ate, and so it went, except with pasta. You can’t take pasta away from an Italian. Anyway, 18 months later I am some 40 lbs. lighter and loving it. Nothing fancy, no real deprivation, just a slight adjustment. Now to find an workout program I can stick with,
Wow! That is so impressive, Diane. Congratulations on sticking with a plan. PLEASE pray for me to stick with a plan.
About a workout program: I find when I commit to a short time segment (such as 15 minutes), it gets me started. Then add a few minutes each week, until you reach your exercising goal. Maybe that will help you get moving.
Thank you, Diane, for stopping by Today Can Be Different. Please stop by again!
I sgree stress puts on weight!
Iam so thankful 3 years ago .I made up my mind to lose weight and get in better health. Try not to think of a as a diet but a lifestyle change. The hard part now for me is building muscle. Thankful now hubby is working on his health too! Thank you for this article!
Hi, Susan. I need to remember to think of it as a lifestyle change. Thank you for that.
Congratulations on the progress you’ve made in the last three years!
AND thank you for stopping by Today Can Be Different.net. I always love it when you do.