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Change Quiz: “I’m taking steps to change”

Today, I’m going to review the “I’m taking steps to change” stage and what it means. 

This is a great place to be! You made a plan and are walking in that plan.

What is the trait needed most at this stage? Patience.

Here is why.

Remember, your ultimate goal is to build a healthy lifestyle that you can live with. It will likely require that you try different methods until you find the one that fits the way you live.

It requires that you give yourself enough time to work your plan to determine if it is going to work for you long-term.

And if it is not working, then you patiently cycle back and forth between “making plans” and “taking steps” until you find the customization that fits you.

This is normal part of the change process.

Even when you are at the top level of the Change ladder, you may still need to roll back to the “making plans for change” stage temporarily on some aspect of your lifestyle.

For example, when I started this journey, I used to work out 5 days a week for 45 minutes to 1 hour. It worked well for me for years.

However, a few years ago I entered a new stage in my life: I got married. I gained new obligations in my work and ministry too.

What worked well for me before no longer did, so I needed to remodel my lifestyle in the exercise arena and make a new plan there.

I discovered a DVD series in which you exercise just 3 days a week, 20 minutes a session – but you work HARD during those 20 minutes.

I decided to take steps to implement it. It works very well for me and now it’s a part of my life.

I can take care of myself and still have time for everything else I need to do.

Another big issue in the “I’m taking steps to change” stage is how you handle setbacks.

There is a big difference in saying “I made a mistake” to “I AM a mistake.”

Don’t take a temporary failure in following through (which is an event) and turn it into condemnation of who you are!

Learn to see failures for what they are: Learning experiences. All a failure tells you is that your plan didn’t work for you at that point in time.

So it’s just a signal that you need to adjust your approach until you find a solution that works for you consistently.

However, I see many people who adopt a “Woe is me, I’m a failure!” attitude. They use that failure as an excuse to  abandon their efforts completely.

Next thing you know, they’ve fallen down the ladder to the “I don’t think I can change” stage. There, they have a full-fledged pity party.

Seriously, why would you use that temporary event to beat yourself up, causing a permanent scar on your character? That is exactly what the enemy wants.

He wants you so focused on yourself that you forget about the victory you have in Jesus.

Consider these words from my pastor: “Failure is an event; it’s not a person.”

Also consider this wisdom from King David to his son, Solomon on building the Temple in 1 CHRONICLES 28:20:

Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.”

Today, our bodies are the temples, the house of the Lord. Taking care of them is part of our reasonable service and that responsibility does not end until we leave our bodies behind to go on to our heavenly homes.

So commit to this good work – and see it through to the end.

Remember, it takes faith AND patience to inherit the promises (see Hebrews 6:12). Don’t let impatience ruin your good efforts.

Keep pressing on with those steps until your change comes! You’re just a heartbeat away from the top.

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

  • Rebecca says:

    I believe I am at the make plans to change state. After school let out this year myself and a co-worker went to Planet Fitness and joined. I met with a trainer yesterday so I plan to work out 3 days a week since these are small steps. I am one who is afraid of failure and was already thinking “Get my heart rate up to 147? Is he crazy?” It’s going to be a challenge for me but I know I have GOT to stop the madness of overeating and my body is showing signs of aging as I approach 50. I want to be as fit as my 87 year old dad who can still clean his house, cut grass and fix things that need to be fixed.

  • Karen says:

    Thank you Kim for helping so many people to lose weight and get healthy! I am finally at the “I’m taking steps to change” state. My goal is to release 20 lbs. and workout at the gym 1-2 times/week, in addition to exercising at home. I know that God is on my side and it’s nice to have people who are also on the same journey to encourage me!!!

  • Jeanice says:

    Thank you for all of your wonderful council. Today this message really hit home. I will keep praying that I get it right.

    As Nehemiah says… “I’m doing a great work and I can’t come down”.

    God’s Girl~Jeanice

  • Hi Dawn – I am so glad that you have joined us! While calories are important, the main thing is to focus on nourishment…eating food the way God made it and then whether you are eating the right amounts. You’ll learn more in the TBYT materials. Stay tuned!

  • Susan J Sharpless says:

    been in the process of change, sugar isn’t a problem anymore and I give credit to the challenges. I still am struggling with mindless eating (popcorn), I am trying to figure out why.

  • Doloris Grays-Smith says:

    I’m feeling so absolutely positively defeated. I have been doing so much better… (not good but better) and the scale does not change. This message today is very helpful because I was feeling like a mistake. I’m going to try something different. Something that fits into my life.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Hi Deloris – This journey is about progress, not perfection. The scale cannot be your only measure of progress because unless you are using a scale that helps measure your fat percentage, it is a poor indicator of fat loss, which is what you really want. Are your clothes fitting better? Do you feel stronger and more energetic? These are all signs that you are moving in the right direction.

      Here is an article I recommend you take a look at for encouragement also: Stay blessed, Sister!

  • Jamie Campbell says:

    I’m a brand new member and have just started THIS part of my journey- feeling SO blessed to be here. About 2 years ago I lost 40 lbs and have kept it off but I have been in a holding pattern. (I still have another 50 pounds to lose). I was content though until recently. I have been dealing with letting an employee go over misconduct. She is someone I care about, a single mom with a couple kids and it is right before Thanksgiving. Unfortunately her behavior has left me in this sickening position. I found myself eating like a crazy person. Drive through fast food. Eating one dinner, forgetting I had eaten it and eating another – all junk. Followed by donuts. (I DON”T EVEN LIKE DONUTS). ar One night I ate an entire family size bag of chips. (I don’t even keep chips in my house). Just complete crazy binge eating, stress eating. I know I am gaining weight. I can see and feel the change. I have been afraid to step on the scale because I know I will be depressed. Anyway, a couple nights as I went to bed I whispered a prayer as I feel asleep: Lord, what am I doing to myself. Lord PLEASE show me what to do. PLEASE help me. I KNOW how to eat to lose weight – I need protein, no sugar and no processed carbs – they are like poison to me. But this hasn’t been about what I am eating. It is about WHY and the fact that I couldn’t get control of it. I knew there had to be a spiritual component. Anyway, in the morning, before my eyes were even open I kept hearing You are my Temple. I thought as a priest how I might take care of God’s temple. When I woke up I went to the internet and googled Christian weight loss and found some programs – then I saw this one. Take Back Your Temple. I listened to your audio devotional sample and I just knew this is it. SO excited to be following the Father’s led. So excited to find a program build on prayer and scripture. What a blessing already. Thank you for this ministry.

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