One of my favorite college football teams is the Miami Hurricanes. They’ve won five National Championships in the 1980s and ’90s. They won the ACC Coastal Division under Mark Richt in 2017.
Miami has a storied history, but they just plain played sorry this past Saturday, September 21, against a very weak opponent, Central Michigan. Central Michigan lost to Wisconsin two weeks ago by a score of 61-0, but Miami barely beat them 17-12 even though they weee favored to win be 33.
Why? I think the key is motivation. The Miami players weren’t motivated. College football players have to stay motivated during the season and during the off season. Grueling workouts, proper eating, and time in the gym require motivation to win.
And so it does with us in regards to losing weight. We have to stay motivated to eat healthy every day and exercise four or five days each week.
It’s like a coach giving his players a “Pep Talk” from the sideline during a game.
In the middle of the weight loss “game,” we need a pep talk. Like a discouraged football player, we need encouragement, inspiration, and persuasion to keep on keeping on.
When the scales don’t move downward, we need a pep talk. When a couple of pounds are gained, we need a pep talk. When one day of no exercise turns into two and then into a week or more, we need a pep talk!
A weight loss coach can help us get back on track. Where do you find a weight loss coach and/or nutritionist?
(1) There are several in our Christian Weight Loss, Healthy Eating, and Exercise Facebook group.
(2) Videos from Dr. Eric Berg, UCLA nutrition professor Dr. Becky Gillaspy, Dr. Josh Axe, and others are knowledgeable coaches.
(3) Books such as “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst, “The Daniel Plan” by Rick Warren, “Never Say Diet” by Chantel Hobbs, and “The Seven Pillars of Health” by Dr. Don Colbert offer great help.
(4) Online articles on weight loss, nutrition, and healthy eating from reputable sources can keep us on track.
(5) Easy, quick healthy eating online recipes rather than grabbing a burger and fries keep us satisfied and well.
(6) Encouragement from like-minded friends, family and/or spouse are like a Pep Talk.
(7) A church weight loss group like TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is like a team surrounding and celebrating a quarterback who threw a touchdown pass.
Trying to lose weight without someone giving us a “Pep Talk,” can lead to a feeling of being besieged, overwhelmed, and negativity. “I just can’t lose weight. It’s no use. Nothing works for me.” And, that kind of thinking leads to giving up and quitting.
Remember, there is strength in community. An essential means of God’s Spirit working in our lives comes from community. Unity equals strength. “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
Granted, there may be something else going on with your failure to lose weight such as a thyroid problem like I have. But, at least I know the problem after my Medicare blood test and referral to my endocrinologist. I am taking medication to fix it.
If you are working on losing weight and failing, you may question your inner strength and will power regardless of all the Pep Talks you give yourself. When such a conflict appears, confidence often disappears. When that happens, we are forced to lean on God’s strength and sovereignty which is a good thing.
David wrote, “Though war break out against me, even then I will be confident” (Psalm 27:3).
When we feel besieged, we can gain confidence from the Lord. He is like the cheerleader giving confidence to the team and urging them onward to score the winning touchdown.
God is the stronghold of our life – not food. We are forced to either make Him our stronghold like David did or eat uncontrollably.
Strength is not our birthright. We are weak in the face of temptation. In those times of weakness and failure, we are forced to confidently lean on God.
The Lord is our light, salvation, and stronghold! We need a a Pep Talk. We need a source of strength and confidence, and our confidence in God is well-founded!
And please, don’t stress out if you’re not losing weight like you think you should. Stress leads to less motivation to reach your goals.
Finally, sometimes when you get the blues over not losing weight or even gaining weight, you have to do some positive self-talk. You have to give yourself a “Pep Talk,” and fill your mind with encouraging thoughts.
The Apostle Paul wrote, “If anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:6).
Think excellent, praiseworthy, positive thoughts like these! No amount of security is worth the suffering of a life chained to a routine that has killed your dreams. Will is a skill. nothing tastes as good as being thin feels. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. Be stronger than your excuse. The road may be bumpy but stay committed to the process. Doubt kills More dreams than failure ever will.
Stay positive. Think good things. Give yourself a Pep Talk. You’ve got this, and remember, Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will!
Thanks for reading.