Emotions gallop through me on my Tuesday morning weigh-ins on our bathroom scales. I asked my wife on Friday if she thought I had lost weight this week. “Most definitely,” she replied! “Step on the scale, close your eyes, and I will look for you. I won’t tell you.”
“That won’t work,” I countered. “If I’ve lost weight, your smile will give it away. If I’ve gained, your serious face will tell me.”
I tried to put it out of mind, but my obsessive-compulsive personality wouldn’t let me completely forget about it.
I looked in the mirror that night. “Yep, the belly has definitely shrunk a little.” My jeans have more room. I’m using the last notch in my belt. All were good signs.
With a sense of excitement and great anticipation and a little touch of fear and dread, I stepped on the scale this morning.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear was a number that brought me great cheer! 234.3! Down from last Tuesday’s 236.9! That’s a loss of 2.6 pounds! I was elated especially after showing a gain last Tuesday.
Weight loss is an emotional roller coaster for sure.
My weekly goal is to lose 2 pounds each week which would put me at 208, my first goal, on May 23. That would move me from the obese to the overweight category. Yea, it takes a long time at that rate. But, the tortoise and not the hare wins the race.
Everything I’ve read says that 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy weight loss. Fast weight loss and a person will most likely gain back what was lost and could even gain more than what was lost. Yuk. Further, “A weight loss of more than 1-2 pounds a week often means that you are not getting enough nutrients to be healthy.” http://www.webmd.com/diet/tc/healthy-weight-what-affects-your-weight
My ultimate goal is 180 pounds. That’s a long way away. In order to make it manageable and achievable and to feel victorious along the journey, I’ve broken it down into small bite-size increments. After all, you can’t drive to California from Georgia in a day.
My first goal is to get out of the 230’s. So, I am aiming for 229.
My second one is 208 which moves me from the obese category into the overweight category.
My third is 200. That would be a magic number for me.
Finally, I want to hit 180, my ultimate target.
The Scripture points out the necessity of setting achievable goals like I did. Otherwise, it’s easy to get discouraged and quit. In Isaiah 28:9-10, the Scripture says,”Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that a little here, a little there.” So, it’s a little weight loss here and a little weight loss there for me.
In achieving my weight loss goal for this week, I didn’t take diet pills. I didn’t follow a fad diet. I didn’t starve myself. I simply ate healthy small portions, walked 10.25 miles, a mile and a half per day. For lunch today, my wife made fresh broiled cod served with 3/4 cup mashed potatoes, a slice of Ezekiel 4:9 bread, a salad, and a few fresh pineapple chunks for dessert.
Healthy eating of small portions of three daily meals and exercise like walking each day are the necessary ingredients to weight loss. I feel better. I sleep better. I look better and have energy.
With these little achievements and Christ who gives me the strength, I can persevere until I reach 180 pounds. And, you can too.