How many of you want to lose weight? I’m sure there are people who read my musings who aren’t on a weight loss journey, like Jody, Sandrelle, Vicki, and Lori. But there are a lot of people out there who are on a journey to lose weight, and keep it off. In fact one thing I read said that over 60% of American women are trying to lose weight on any given day. And that’s not even counting the men!
Are you a thinking loser? By that, I mean – are you trying to gain wisdom, discernment and victory along your journey? One thing I learned about myself as I journeyed through my weight loss year was that I had a lot to learn about myself, about my life, and about what was important to me. Although I initially started off with just a strong desire to get smaller, I quickly realized there was more to me than what I weighed.
Thinking through how I wanted to lose the weight gave me the opportunity to improve my knowledge of food nutrition, exercise “how-to’s” and healthy eating. Rather than just blindly following the newest trend, I really made an effort to discover what made sense for me, and what I could sustain for a lifetime.
I learned to discern what things were fads, and what suggestions could move me towards my journey. Discernment is a word we don’t hear very often, but it actually is a really interesting word. The free dictionary defines it as: the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations. And by relations I don’t mean relatives! With weight loss, it’s the ability to figure out what works, and what doesn’t!
Through a lot of trial and error I learned that cabbage soup does not a good diet make, nor did all protein, or all carbs. I discerned that my body needed a variety of good, healthy foods not only to lose weight, but to maintain my weight.
I counted it as victory every time I made a choice that moved me in the right direction. And when I made a choice that moved me further from my goals, I turned it into a victory by refusing to let it stop me on my journey.
Are you a thinking loser? Are there things you’ve heard, but know they won’t work for you? Have you tried a certain diet plan, but switched to something else, knowing somewhere in your head that it wasn’t right for you?
If you answered yes to these questions, then you are a thinking loser! You are using your God given brain to think through your weight loss. Don’t be swayed by the fad diet of the day, or the resurrection of diets past, but rather take the time to learn, discern and gain victory of your eating habits today, and forever.
Are you a thinking loser? Let me know! Diane