Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.Galatians 6:9
I spoke yesterday of the steps, small steps, that I’d already taken on this road. I’ve maintained a time of intermittent fasting (IF) for the seventh day now and prayed for God’s help before I go to sleep for the next day.
One thing I’m not doing though is weighing myself. I know my weight at my heaviest, which I am around the point of now, and I’ve decided that I do not need to know what I am specifically. Why?
I can become fixated on the number on that scales. When it’s going down it’s wonderful, but when it’s not….. The number on that scales can block out everything else and the point is I’m either doing what’s needed to lose weight, or I’m not. I’m either changing my relationship with food, or I’m not.
If I keep going, day after day, I will eventually lose the weight. I know this. So letting that scale dictate my mood is replacing one idol with another.
The global pandemic and constant lockdowns are an odd, albeit unwanted, benefit in this battle. With no big social gatherings it feels like I can cocoon myself away and just do this with the Lord without that roadblock to weightloss. You know, the event coming up that you decide you have to be skinny for, so as things are working you’re now going to lose x amount in x days. You switch from the slow and steady to something more extreme and…..lose it all because x event approaches and you’re not attaining the magical transformation you’d deluded yourself you could.
Before you know it back into old eating habits you slip as these, tyrannical, gods of indulgence and vanity not only fail you, but berate you.
Yesterday I said that I was going to add other actions, or steps into my plan and so on the basis of this slow, steady approach I’ve decided to keep going with the IF and prayer and start to do a little exercise.
So for 3 mornings a week I’m just going to do stomach exercises. Not to get ‘washboard abs’, but just to tighten up my stomach area. Even with fat lying on top of them more developed stomach muscles will improve my posture and reduce the size of my stomach so I can start to fit into smaller clothes than I would normally.
I use Quick Callanetics Stomach when I want to focus on this area. I’ll just do it three times a week and gradually work on my form and number count. When I think of this passage in Galatians I’m hoping that next Christmas I might not be perfect in the eyes of the world, in fact I’m hoping that through grace that’s no longer even a desire for me, but I will be more comfortable having taken care of the body God gave me.
- Prayer before I sleep – asking God’s help to lose weight and for His wisdom in this area
- Intermittent Fasting
- Stomach exercises 3 days a week.
There are 52 weeks in a year, so by the end of the year I’ll have exercised my problem tummy 156 times. Slow. Steady. I will reap if I do not grow weary.
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