I invite you to read Mary’s thought-provoking post.
This year’s half-way point is here and I have thrown my resolution to live healthy to the wind. I have only myself to blame. No one forced me to eat every dessert offered to me. I shouldn’t have indulged in snacks every time I needed a little comfort. Don’t even mention portion control or should I say lack of it!
My life looks like the verse in Romans 7:15: I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. (NLT) My clothes are uncomfortable and I am noticeably a bigger size. Those cute summer outfits I bought last year do not fit right.
In my discouragement, I stopped and prayed. My prayer was the exchange prayer. “Jesus, here is my weakness; food controls me and that’s wrong. Only You can turn this around and make this my strength. Help me to discipline my eating habits.” I shouldn’t be surprised the way the Lord responds so personally, but I always am! I had my answer the very next day!
A podcast about healthy choices, weight control and beauty tips just happened to catch my eye while surfing online. What jumped out at me was the way the speaker suggested finding a mentor whose life exemplifies good choices. I paused and asked Jesus who that would be in my case? His answer spoke to my heart, “your daughters.” Yes, of course!
My youngest daughter just had a baby and wants to lose those last ten pounds. On Facebook she summoned those of us with the same need to rise up and do something! She featured a fitness app she used in the past with a lot of success. She formed a support group. I was inspired and just as the thought of joining whirled in my mind, my other daughter signed up!
I’m back on track now and it’s funny that by targeting these health goals, I want to make changes in other areas of my life as well. It feels good to get out of a slump and choose what’s right again! Already I’ve lost a few pounds! Lastly, I know I can’t do it by myself. Nasty habits are hard to tackle alone! We need each other for accountability and encouragement if we’re going to succeed.
Mary Zatkalik. A wife, a mom of two daughters, a grandmother of two girls, retired and enjoys country living. My family and friends are important to me, but Jesus is my lifeline. You can find Mary at her blog: Piles of Smiles or on Twitter.