Two things that have really helped me
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Two things that really helped me to finally lose weight - both of them based on improving my relationship with God:
1) realizing that self-esteem doesn't come from losing weight, but that losing weight happens because of better self-esteem! It is the opposite of what we think. God tells us over and over in the bible that we are the apple of His eye, that we are to love other AS we love ourselves, that He loves us beyond measure, and yet I was constantly critical of myself. To walk with God, I have learned, means that you are in agreement with Him. So, by not loving myself, I realized that I was NOT walking with God, because I was not in agreement with His opinions of me. Once I finally said, "Okay, God, I will not put myself down anymore. I will look at my good points, I will stop trying to be a perfectionist - I will love myself NOW, because it is YOUR wish that I do so.. well, then it became so much easier to lose weight! Seriously, it was quite a revelation!! When we care about ourselves, (treat ourselves special as you would someone you really love) then you want to do what is best for yourself.. so that was the first thing that really turned me around. Before that, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't lose the weight, because I was constantly telling myself what a 'loser' I was.. the body will always try to manifest our beliefs!
Second, the word 'comfort' applied to food.. I read in 2 Corinthians 1:3, that one name for God is "the God of all comfort" - ALL comfort.. this helped to really sink in the message that food will never bring me the comfort I seek - only God can provide us with that - He's made us that way.. so now, when I have the urge to eat because of stress, I run instead to God, and get my comfort where I should!
These two things, loving myself and running to God for comfort - these are what have made my weightloss possible. It took time, patience and practice, but it was worth the trouble.
I hope this will help you on your journey!