The Truth About Weight Loss

Last night in our Haven Accountability Group, we talked about the ‘real’ truth about weight loss.

Our discussion really motivated us to get back on track. You know how this journey can be—sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes stuck in the same place for weeks or months—so last night we got recharged!

We asked ourselves some probing questions that really make us take a hard look at our journey.

Too often we get frustrated and say that, “It’s not working,” but the TRUTH is, it’s not the program that’s not working—it’s us.

If you’re at a place right now where you’re feeling frustrated with your progress, it’s time to take a long hard look at yourself and tell yourself the TRUTH.

Ask yourself the following questions

Commitment – Are you truly committed? Commitment doesn’t mean just ‘wishing’, ‘wanting’, or ‘praying’ to be a certain weight. It means doing the work that it takes and committing to the process.

What did you do today to move yourself closer to your goals? If your answer is ‘nothing,’ it’s time to get honest about how you expect to achieve your goals if you’re not truly committed.

Clarity Are you crystal clear on what your goal is? Do you have a vision for your health. Where do you want to be in six months? One year? Or five years down the road? What does your life look like? What are some of the things you’re doing as a result of being healthier?

If you’re not crystal clear on what you want, you will never achieve it.

Consistency  Are you practicing new habits consistently? It’s easy (maybe not) to do a 21-day challenge or to start a new diet, but can you stick to it over the long haul? Can you get back on track quickly when you slip? Can you keep doing what you know to do even when you’re not seeing results?

Be honest with yourself when you answer these questions; don’t feel bad about your response. Choose a habit and stick to it. Start with something small and gradually work your way up once you master one habit. Track how many times each month you practice the habit.

Christ-centered Are you spending time in the Word? Are you consistently submitting this journey to the Lord?

Here’s some sobering truths about our ‘human nature,’

> we don’t like change

> we don’t like submission

> we’re afraid of pain

> we’re lead by our emotions

> we’re not mentally tough

To sum it up, losing weight (or any other kind of change) runs against our flesh. That’s exactly why our efforts must be Christ-centered. On our own we are powerless to lose weight or subdue any other kind of besetting sin that has us bound.

If you’re not spending time in the Word of God, recommit to doing so before the day is over. You don’t have to wait until tomorrow mornings prayers. Right now, right where you are, confess your inability to heal yourself in your own strength and invite The Comforter into your life to help you. He is faithful.

Challenge Are you pushing yourself out of your comfort zone? 

I believe that our biggest changes take place when we’re challenged. That’s why our 21-Day Challenge is so popular. Are you challenging yourself each day? How are you challenging yourself? Do you have someone who pushes you to be the best version of yourself? If not, seek out some accountability.

Change  Sometimes when we peel back the layers, we don’t always like what we uncover. We may realize that we have some habits that are hindering our progress. If you do, are you willing to change them? Are you willing to turn off the TV and go to bed at a decent hour? Are you willing to stop hitting the snooze button and get out of bed to do what you have to do? Are you willing to stop hanging out with the friend who continually sabotages you? Remember, nothing changes until you do.

It’s easier to live day in and day out feeling bad about ourselves. It takes faith, strength, and courage to change. Get real about where you are on your journey and make up your mind that you will re-commit yourself to the process.

Review the questions above. Are you ready to tell yourself the truth? If so, I challenge you to do something right now to move yourself in the right direction. It does not have to be a big overwhelming change—just do something. Then, please share what you plan to do.

I hope these six truths inspire you to get back in action as much as they inspired us last night.

You got this with the Lord as your strength!

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Kate C
Kate C

Ok. TRUTHFULLY… I answered no to most of those questions. It’s like I was doing great, had a breakthrough and everything but now… I’m struggling big time. Can’t seem to figure it out.

Cheryl Shumake

You indicated that your Haven Accountability Group would reopen on September 20th, however I was unable to register for it today. Is it open?