Weight Loss 2 Degrees at a Time

It’s the little things that you do that will have the most permanent and lasting results on your weight loss efforts.

Scripture to meditate on: For who hath despised the day of small things? (Zec 4:10)

After years of praying, going to church, bible studies and conferences, far too many Christians are still stuck in their bad habits and frustrated with their weight.

Why is this the case? Could it be because we are always so busy searching and looking for the once-and-for-all perfect solution, that we can sometimes forget to take the small steps that we should follow every day?

John Trent seems to think so. In his book The 2 Degree Difference, he teaches his readers that it’s the small incremental changes in your life which can have a profound effect on your success.

The most successful changes happen in degrees and inches, incrementally and gradually.

John encourages his readers to develop a “small-step mindset” by reminding us that Jesus looks to reward those who have been “faithful in a little things”

John talks about how the famous New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was able to transform the crime-ridden streets of New York and decrease the murder rate by 67% in his eight years in office by repairing the broken windows! Does this seem unbelievable?

It’s true, and it’s an example of how having faith in working just two degrees at a time can lead to success. Here’s the premise: something as seemingly insignificant as a broken window can have a huge impact on a city. As the mayor commissioned the city’s broken windows to be repaired, people in New York began to take more pride in their city; that in itself had a significant long-term impact on changing the residents’ attitudes and actions.

Is there a “broken window” in your weight release program?

Is there one thing that you could begin to do that would have a huge impact on your future success? Don’t worry if it seems insignificant—take some time today and identify one or two small things that you can begin to do today that can gradually change your habits, your attitudes and your weight.

Here are a few examples:

  • Begin to drink 1 cup of water per day .
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Replace the sugar in your coffee with a healthy substitute (for example, stevia or xylitol).
  • Go for a 10-minute walk each day.
  • Cut out your morning muffin.

It’s the little things that you do that will have the most permanent and lasting results on your weight loss efforts.

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” Take that one step at a time, and don’t give up.


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