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The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is real christian weight lossI woke up once with a new thought regarding weight loss:

“The struggle is real, but the struggle is also right.”

What?

While we may not like that last part, it can help a lot if you are struggling right now.

Let me explain.

On your weight loss journey, negative thinking may try to sabotage you.

Thoughts like, “This is too hard” “I’m just going to fail again” or “What’s the use? This extra weight is never coming off” threaten to overwhelm you.

But the devil is a liar.

Why?

Because every transformation story involves a struggle.

When is struggle right?

Struggle is right when it involves a righteous cause.

Think about some of the most exciting movies you’ve ever seen.

Wasn’t there a challenge for the heroine to overcome – either within herself, from an opposing force in her circumstances, or from another person?

The thrill was in seeing how the heroine would overcome the obstacles before her.

Never was there any doubt that she would succeed.

After all, if everything were the same at the end of the movie as it was at the beginning, then what would be the point in watching it?

Change was inevitable.

So in your weight loss journey, your struggle is real.

But don’t ever stop there because your struggle is not the end.

Remember that the struggle is a part of your transformation story.

Your struggle is right because you are involved in a righteous cause.

Ask yourself: What are the reasons that this is the right thing for me to do at this time?

List every reason you can imagine.

It is easy to forget what is right in the midst of temptations and the busy-ness of life.

But to live a life of meaning, you must remember the reasons it is important to you to do the right thing.

The bedrock reason is that you want to get and stay healthy to be what God is calling you to be and do what God is calling you to do.

So if you are struggling, then that means you are in a place of learning.

That is different than facing temptations and just giving in to them without a struggle.

Doing that is pointless because you can’t change or grow that way!

James 1:2-4 is a reminder of the benefits of viewing your struggle in the right way:

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

To endure the struggle in the meantime, see yourself as being perfected.

See your goal complete.

Take a few moments every day to close your eyes and see yourself as successful. Allow yourself to feel the pleasure of that accomplishment right now.

Not only is the struggle real and right, but it is also temporary. It will not last forever.

Your goal is to outlast your struggle, to remain standing.

Greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world!

When that negative voice tries to get you into self-pity or try to get you to quit in your weight loss journey, thinking, “This isn’t right” then speak truth to that voice to combat them.

Use these powerful declarations, adapted from scripture:

  • I am accepted in the Beloved (from Ephesians 1:6)
  • I prosper and live in health even as my soul prospers (from 3 John 1:2)
  • For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall (2 Samuel 22:30).
  • I gird myself with strength, And I strengthen my arms (Proverbs 31:17).
  • I shall still bear fruit in old age and I shall be fresh and flourishing (Psalm 92:14)

Your mindset is one of the most important factors that will determine your weight loss success.

I often tell TBYT members that the mental work you do in the program is a lot harder than any physical work you will do.

When you really stop and pay attention to how much negative, self-defeating, and fearful thoughts enter your mind throughout the day, it will horrify you.

However, once you get the keys to overcoming this struggle in the program, then you will have hope and courage. You will know exactly how to replace the enemy’s lies with God’s truth.

The changes you experience will excite you as your live out your own transformation story every day.

Psalm 35:27 says,

“Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.’”

Thank God for the struggle because through it, you are being changed!

Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?

I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald

The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through using Biblical keys to overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.

Join a community of like-minded Christians losing weight and keep it off.

Click here to learn more about the Take Back Your Temple program

  • Deb Fokos says:

    Thank you for this. I will use these scripture on cards to say to myself every day and commit them to memory.

  • Davene says:

    Thank you ! You are such a Blessing!

  • Sandra Keeney says:

    Thank you so much for these emails. When I think about my body as the Holy Spirits Temple it inspires me.

    • That is awesome, Sandra! It is especially meaningful when you see how the ancient temple Solomon built was described: Glorious, Great, and Wonderful were the words used. How much more the miraculous body the Lord gave you in which His Spirit dwells!

  • Rhonda says:

    I praise God for these words. God’s timing is perfect and so is your ministry.

  • Kimberly says:

    Thank you Kimberly Taylor, for your obedience to use your struggle as a life line for others.
    The Take Back Your Temple Program has been a blessing to me. The group support and accountability has given me the opportunity to connect with some very inspiring Godly women. For this I am very grateful.

  • Amen – thank you for that encouragement. Our God is bigger than any struggle we face 🙂

  • Beth says:

    Gosh, I needed this today. I’ve been on WeightWatchers for a month. The weight is not coming off. I’m discouraged. I came to work this morning, bringing my lunch of fruit and veggies to place in the fridge – still discouraged. Waiting again for me today was a luscious cake that I dodged all day yesterday. I gave in. I did take a small piece. I ate it as I waited for my computer to boot up. I saw today’s encouragement from Kimberly. A balm for my soul, but guilt now for not holding out and saying, “NO!” to the cake. This IS a battle of the mind…and I thank you for the encouragement.

  • Tammy says:

    Thank you for tour encouragement, impeccable timing 🙂

  • Robin says:

    God is so Awesome! This morning I was feeling defeated because I weighed in and gained 3 pounds. My normal thing to do would be to self sabotage but instead I start thinking about what I can change to keep going. Then I opened my emails and the fist email was from you that stated “If you are struggling “. I smiled because I knew some great information and inspiration was in that email. Thank you so much for sharing! God is so amazing!

  • Annie says:

    This was so on time. I am struggling, I am hurting and I am tired. Thank you for this.

    • I am glad to hear that this was on time for you Annie. When you are hurting, that means it’s time to lean it to Jesus. He promises to provide rest for your soul and heal the brokenhearted. Take Him at His word 🙂

  • Carla Nix says:

    Thank you Kimberly! Yes, the struggle is real! Really real! I’ve lost 50 pounds over the last year, and somehow, once reaching that benchmark, I’ve lost my mind! By that, I mean I’ve allowed the negative thoughts hamper me. I’ve gained back about 15. I need to at least lose a total of 100. If I’ve dropped 50, rationally I should know that I can continue and lose the rest.

    Yep…..I’ve allowed the negative thoughts tell me that I can’t do it. Why try?

    This was good, Kimberly. It is giving me a renewed dedication, purpose, and vision.

    • Praise God, Carla. It’s wonderful that you’ve kept 35 pounds off! Celebrate that. This is a daily walk and weight loss does require focus because its too easy to let those negative thoughts and destructive habits to creep back in. I am glad that you are renewing your vision, purpose, and dedication. Remind yourself of these things daily and they will help to guide your daily decisions 🙂

  • Robin says:

    I completely agree. You have to get your mind right to progress. That’s the hard part. I keep listen to and replaying the same old lyrics instead of renewing my mind with a new song.

  • Deb says:

    This is powerful and what is needed: to renew my mind!

  • Maryann says:

    These words of encouragement came at the perfect time. I’m so tired if struggling lose 3 gain 4. I need to work on my mind and why I really want to do this. With God all things are possible!!

  • Susi says:

    I needed to hear this today. Thank you Kim ,God bless you

  • Pam Jackson says:

    Thank you for helping me to stay focused on this journey! It is so easy to lose focus when going through a trial. Blessings!

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      You are welcome, Pam. It is SO easy to lose focus in the busy-ness of life. We have to remind ourselves DAILY about what is really important to us and line up our thoughts and actions in that direction DAILY 🙂

  • Shana says:

    I love this article. Thank you!!

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