I knew I gained weight because I could NOT fit my size 6 clothes any more and I could see the changes in the mirror. I just didn't realize how much weight I gained until I decided to step on a scale one day in a store. When I saw the number that appeared on the scale I was shocked!! I was determined to do something about it.
I bought the scale, started changing my eating habits and I joined a gym (I also obsessively weighed myself everyday two times a day, probably not good :-).
Within the space of a year and a half I lost 20lbs. I didn't go on any radical diets, I simply became more conscious about what and how much I ate and drank. I went to the gym about 2-3 evenings per week. My weight loss was slow and steady. I'm very happy and proud that I was able to to this but IT WAS CHALLENGING...DIFFICULT...a HARD process.
I contend that weight loss is 85-90% a
Spiritual Weight Loss and Endurance Build
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT) Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trip us up. and let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God's throne
How will we strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up and build spiritual endurance?
In the Warm Up post, we acknowledged and identified
Weight Loss Exercise:
- Work out exercising the positive attributes and ignore the negative ones when they want to arise. The more we practice ignoring and not expressing the negative
traitsspirits the more our endurance is built up for displaying and becoming better at representing Christ.
- Be patient the next time you feel yourself becoming irritated or annoyed. Say a prayer and ask God to help you. Delay responses when feeling impatient, angry or offended. Listen more than you speak to others.
- Weigh (evaluate) yourself daily to see if you are on target to your goal.