I woke up once with a new thought regarding weight loss:
“The struggle is real, but the struggle is also right.”
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.
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.
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?
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:
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,
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.
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