|Me and my twins at the finish line of my second 5K:)|
Many of us start this weight loss journey with the what we think are the right Want-To's:
- I want to loose weight.
- I want to get physically healthy
- I want to fit in my skinny jeans.
- Be able to keep up with my kids
Don't get me wrong, these were my beginning motivations and they ended up being a WONDERFUL result of my transformation. BUT the difference was they were not enough to really give me the success I needed. Through Lysa's book and some insight from the Holy Spirit I had to refine why I wanted to go on this journey. My Want-To List became kind of scary when I got real. And I personally think if it isn't a little scary then you aren't being honest with yourself.
God revealed to me I had to learn to Want-To:
- See the cause and effect of my own lack of discipline. I was in denial about who was really responsible for my weight. I had to stop blaming my metabolism and wake up to the reality of responsibility. If you spend more money than you earn you go into debt. Same principle applies; if I ate junk all day and didn't move I gained weight.
- Let go of the misconception that God doesn't want more for me. This is a BIGGIE. Yes, He loves us unconditionally, but the issue of self discipline is repeated over and over in Scripture enough for us to know he isn't joking around about this. God loves me unconditionally but the fruit of the spirit is self-control, and He expects you to be using the gifts He gives! I had to want to become a disciplined person, because I am naturally one of the laziest people you will ever meet (not kidding here people)
- Admit I was running to food instead of Him when I was feeling sadness, happiness, frustration, etc.
- Admit I would rather have a guaranteed temporary numbing from food than a lasting healing from God that would involve feeling the pain to heal.
- THEN I had to want to let go of my numbing agents and temporary high (food) and experience some feelings I was running from (insecurity, pain, doubt, anger with myself for letting this happen, etc). If you are a shopaholic, you have to want the discipline MORE than you want the nice purses, shoes, clothes, etc. Getting to this spot was also a biggie because I had convinced my self the wight was worth it because I ENJOYED my food. There is NOTHING wrong with Enjoying food, just like enjoying clothes doesn't make you a shopaholic. Discern for yourself if you are mastered, I was and you may not be.
- Some other personal revelations that are between me and my Savior;)
“I am NOT on a diet. I’m on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline for the purpose of holiness.”
Here is my HOW-TO plan that I followed to loose the weight.
Disclaimer: My How-To would have worked never worked without addressing the above issues