Weight loss is so difficult. If you’re anything like me, you celebrate Christmas weeks before the actual day arrives. For me, it starts right after Halloween ends. The smell of turkey and all the fixings just run past my senses at full speed on a broken tape recorder stuck in play. The day finally arrives, and I stuff myself with everything good with full intentions of starting the long trek up the food mountain – the diet mountain starting RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS!
Christmas day has come and gone! Another year has gone down in the history books of our lives, and that says one thing to me – the new year is fast approaching, and the dreaded reality faces me each day until January 1. I need to go on a weight loss plan. I must go on some kind of plan.
I better stop before this gets completely out of hand, change in eating patterns, aka diet.
Oh, who am I kidding? It’s already well out of hand. I’ve already plopped on 15 pounds. I’m already scrambling for shirts that aren’t too tight and pants that aren’t cutting into my inflating waistline.
It’s a real struggle. I know I’m not alone. Many women and men are facing the same things with the same thoughts – “it went on so easy, but it’s so hard to get off!”
The answer, at least my answer, is food is really good. I’m sorry, some foods are absolutely without a doubt delicious – and I can’t help myself. For some reason, I am mentally convinced I will never have a chance to eat another burger or fries again. I may not get my favorite chocolate milkshake again or those delicious sugar cookies everyone makes around the holidays! Oh, and let’s not forget Sunday dinners with a full spread menu of delicious. I can never cook those types, foods, laughter, and games.
It seems the only answer is to crawl into a hole or pull the covers over our eyes and stay in bed. Forget the temptations and the delicious yumminess. It’s just not fair! Why does food have to taste so good? However, running away from the problem would only do more damage.
Perhaps the better question is this – why am I so weak?
Maybe you have heard or thought these very same things:
- I’m too tired at the end of a workday to exercise.
- I’m bored
- It’s too delicious
- Everyone else is eating too.
- I have medical issues.
Many of us have been there and are still there. It isn’t easy. Many have given up and accepted their fate.
Don’t give up! I can’t give up. You can’t give up! I won’t give up, and neither should you.
We need to try again despite our past failures. We need to take the next step in the next five minutes. Walk past that chocolate cake. Someone will make another cake six months from now. Snickers won’t stop being produced anytime soon – they make too much money.
We need to say NO! We need to care about ourselves!
Sure, it will take six months to get 15 pounds off, but if you don’t start today, six months will fly by, and you’ll run the risk of getting bigger instead of smaller.
I always say – you can’t run straight up the side of the mountain. You must walk from one side to the other, making your way up, slow and steady.
So, don’t wait and don’t give up! Take the first step today – pray and ask God to help you overcome the temptations laid out before you each day. Don’t try to go on this journey alone. Ask the Lord to lead you and to strengthen you as you face the new year.
You know what? You can start today, December 26, 2017. Why wait until January 1 to start your weight loss plan?
Put down that brownie,