Rescued from another Nasty Habit

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Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Mary Zatkalik

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.


Profile PicMary 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.



12 Responses to Rescued from another Nasty Habit

  1. I’m sure many will identify with this struggle, including me. Lately I’ve done better because of several reasons. I’ve been working many hours this summer at school and the job includes lots of walking and moving around with little ones. This past year I’ve been involved in a private Facebook group of women who want to lose weight. I’ve had much support from others and it’s caused me to think before eating. I’ve lost weight but still have a little ways to go. We can do it; yes we can!

    So glad you are writing to encourage others on Women Walking with Jesus!

    Blessings and love,

  2. Mary,

    This spoke volumes to me in two areas…I love how when we surrender and become willing to walk in obedience, the Lord steps right on in and arranges things accordingly for our success (blessing) and even more for the glory of the Father!

    Praying for you as you walk your journey. May others read your heart-words and be inspired and motivated into action in whatever areas of their lives this speaks too.

    Love and hugs.

  3. What a great post and example, Mary! I’ve been able to get off blood pressure medication as a result of losing weight since January. I quit focusing on the negative (what wasn’t good for me anyway) and began focusing on the positive (all of the wonderful foods that are good for me)! The Lord has been gracious! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Oh Mary. I get it. 4 1/2 years ago, I lost 35 pounds on a diet program. I kept it off for 2 1/2 years. In the last two years I’ve gained most of it back – (all? I don’t know, I haven’t been on a scale for over a year, and then I had gained 10 pounds back). I am discouraged and rather frustrated with myself.

    You have heartened me not to give up.


  5. The help, love, and support of others is key to success once we surrender it to Jesus. Thanks for this very timely reminder. For me today….it’s the rallying of the troops of support whether for weight or other situations in our lives. Thank you for being a supporter in my world.
    Love, hugs, and prayers,

  6. Hi Mary! Move over, because I’m in the same boat as you. I have to go to the doctor next week, and I’m sure it’s not going to be pleasant. Erg. I know I need to get out there and exercise more and eat better. I also know I can do it, as long as I listen to the better voices in my heart!
    I’m so happy for you! You and your daughter will do just great, you have each other. And congrats on the guest post too 🙂

  7. Yep! Me too Mary! It’s a daily struggle to undo what we have done… but we can all do it. When we are weak, He is strong. I love your honesty and completely relate. You get back into those ‘white pants’ and I am working on an olive khaki pair of capris…. keep after it sister! 🙂

  8. Ummmm…..ghood…mumble, mumble…..(swallow & clear throat from the wheat crackers I have just eaten!!!!!) THIS is just what I have needed to hear! I have done the very same thing. Just eat any ole thing I want and keep getting bigger and bigger! It has to stop!! Thanks for this very encouraging post!!!

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