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The Other Side of "Amen"

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

“See, the former things have taken place and new things I declare; before they spring into being, I announce them to you.” Isa 42:9
“Isaiah 43:19- “See? I am doing a new thing! Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

If you know me, you know that my weight has been the source of struggle for me, due to medications I take or have taken (for example, IV steroids). Recently there has been a new serious push on my part to finally chip away at the hundred pounds I need to lose. That number sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But I have a good friend whom I met on SparkPeople.com, which is a site for people who are attempting to live healthier lives at a healthier weight. This friend of mine has lost 225 lbs. Imagine that! She has been a great source of inspiration and her encouragement has kept me going.

Last week I broke through the 100/200 junction, crossing into the one hundreds. I was ecstatic. And today I weighed myself in terror because I have had a couple of days where I really struggled with hunger and thus had eaten more than is normal for me of late. Sure enough. 202 lbs. I was crushed. And then I got angry. How can a piece of glass and metal ruin my day? I have been trying to wrap my mind (and my emotions) around the fact that the scale is just metal and glass and weight—is just a number. Neither determine my worth. Neither should have the power to spoil my day. It’s true that it is a small setback--but it Is one that can be reversed in a day or two of eating like I need to eat.

After I weighed myself this morning I took out the journal I have been keeping for my weight loss and health pursuit. I wrote down three statements that I want to share with you.
1) Today is a new day on the cusp of a new year. Do not look back at successes or failures. Let God do a new thing in you! Do you not perceive it? (Isaiah 43:19 – see above)
2) You have an ocean of wisdom and power at your fingertips—just the other side of an “Amen.”
3) Your day is the stuff of your creation. Your hours are canvas. Your moments are paint. And your seconds are your brushes. Create a thing of beauty with today.
Whatever your struggle is today—whether it is weight or something else, don’t allow it to have power that it does not and should not hold. Give It to God and then declare it settled and move on. Make today beautiful. Strive to create moments today that will be a good memory for tomorrow.

This is a post I wrote for my "Other" blog.
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    Judith Beck the Diet Solution has offered a way to change how you look at the scale. It’s data. You prepare your head in advance to make sure your head is in the right place to accept data. When you analyze the data you make decisions about your plan.

    This has really helped me change weigh in days to a more positive experience. The number isn’t about what you did in the past, it’s about what you CAN do in the future. Perhaps more fiber would help alleviate the Hunger? Perhaps increasing the quantity of veggies would be more satisfying? Perhaps adding clear soups to my meal plan would help? Apples are my most satisfying fruit. Maybe I need to eat apples more often?

    I love Beth’s idea about thinking ADDing to your meal plan.

    You are still so many pounds lighter than you were before. Breaking 200 can be a tough fear filled place. It can take a while to realize it’s only a half pound less than last week, for goodness sake. You’ll find a way to get there and stay there.

    277 days ago
    Bravo! Yes! (225 lbs- working on 300)
    278 days ago
    You are a true trooper 💪👌. God bless you and your determination to get the deed done. I have faith in God that He will help you on your journey back to good health. Blessings for a wonderful day 👍 😊🙏
    278 days ago
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