I had thought of posting on the topic from time to time but never did get the note finished. I guess today is the day to recap the last four weeks. First of all, I must admit that the program is quite simple, practical and easy to use. It seems like a good option to success and not just some “get rich quick program” or should I say, “lose all the weight you want in one week with no effort at all program”? Which leads me to the title of this post, “lose 22 lbs in your first week” that was a real life, front cover title of a magazine I saw when I was checking out of the store yesterday. My flesh wants to believe such claims but my common sense tells me that I’m better off not picking up the magazine in the first place. Well, to my dismay my common sense must not have been awake because without a second thought I picked up the magazine, found the page number and began reading. All the time unaware that my Joe was standing there watching me, wondering when his wife would find her “common sense.” I guess he figured after a few moments of me reading and flipping pages that he needed to intervene. He softly said, “Sunshine? Why are you reading that stuff"?” That’s all he had to say to me. I closed the magazine, placed it back in it’s holder and proceeded forward to check out without another word or thought about that quick claim to weight loss fame. The question remained unanswered because truth is we both knew the answer… losing weight is hard and I would much rather be the product of some ‘mad scientists’ “lose it quick program’ than I would like to wake up every day, day in and day out to crucify this flesh of mine that lacks self control.
Weight loss takes not only self control but perseverance. In the last month I have lost 3 lbs! My flesh wants to say, “I worked this hard and all I have to show for it is 3 tiny lbs?!?!!” However, the fact is it’s a loss and for that I should be thankful. I will make myself be thankful! Each day I ate only the points allowed which wasn’t hard for me at all. In fact, I found the process of learning how many points an item had very empowering. It helped me make decisions that I wanted for myself. Getting my daily water intake and my exercise requirements achieved is where I lack. I enjoy the little boxes that are provided for me to mark off my dairy products, vitamins and other such things. I find this simple tool really helps me focus. I have a lot of growing and learning to do.
Mom asked me, “how’s the scale been treating you?” I had to laugh when I read her note. We have a joke here in our house that I step on the scale over and over until it tells me what I want to hear. If it never does, I figure it’s broken and throw it away! I have done much better about not being in bondage to the scale. I haven’t weighed myself countless times each day like I use to do… so that’s good! I’m just doing what I can do at this moment in my life and praying for His grace to lead me the rest of the way! So, how are you? How’s your weight loss journey?
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood