Know Your Nukes
It blows my mind that I’ve been on this weight loss journey now through Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Safer-at-Home restriction. Not at the length of time, but at the victory I have had. Even through Easter, I only gained 2 lbs.! Considerably less than the 7 lbs. I regained over Christmas. To date, I’ve lost 37 lbs. That’s a huge accomplishment! I owe it all to 1) realizing the things that destroy my weight loss effort, and 2) consciously deciding to double down my efforts and blow them up instead.
Saboteurs- we all have them
My couch is my arch-enemy! It is nondescript and unassuming, wouldn’t you agree? I have three of these beauties! A sofa, love-seat (pictured) and chair that is as big as a regular love-seat. All are made for big and tall people and are the width of twin beds and just as comfy. They beckon to me, conjuring thoughts of curling up with a good book and a snuggly throw. Pretty much guaranteed traps to make me lazy.
True to form, every arch-enemy wields their own particular kryptonite. Mine is food that starts with the letter “P”. Peanut butter, pizza, pasta and I never met a potato I didn’t like. Pieces of anything- pie, cake, chocolate, candy- doesn’t matter, they’re all good. OH! POPCORN! I can’t forget that one. Pile on emotional triggers and you see how they all work together to pack on the pounds. PANCAKES!!! Ugh! You get it.
Champions- get the best one
The good news is I don’t have to overcome or resist these things all on my own anymore. I can surrender all of it, emotional triggers included, to the Lord.
Psalm 18:17 says, “He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.” (NLT)
Armed with this promise, I can figure out a way to work harder to get to my goal.
- I jump on the trampoline with my boys.
- We take a walk.
- My boys and I have squirt guns fights.
- I take my measurements, write them down and compare them to the previous set.
- Reviewing my visual goal chart is a big reinforcement.
- I take a minute and ask myself which I want more: the impulse calorie crasher or the longer term goal I’m working hard to achieve.
All of these positive, deliberate actions crush those failure feelings and give me control and victory in the difficult moments. I have a few pounds left to lose, with only a handful days until April 30. The final goal date. Here comes the BOOM! Stay tuned to see the results!