I LOVE Lysa TerKeurst! She always seems to bring a new perspective to things for me…especially in the area of weight loss. She writes: “I always considered my food struggle as a small thing in light of the bigger challenges of life. However, small things can easily become big things.”
She goes on to talk about having PEACE. No matter how hard I try, I always feel guilty when I have eaten something high in points (a Weight Watchers thing) or high in fat or picked all day. That feeling of guilty takes away the joy and peace that I feel for the HUGE strides I have made in my weight loss journey. I don’t know about you but when the peace goes so does the motivation or willpower to continue on this journey towards my goal weight. I have been talking FOREVER about reaching goal weight – a mere 10 pounds away! I have heard that it is the toughest weight to loose – AMEN to that!
I just want a “piece of peace” in my weight loss life. I don’t want my heart (or my mind) to be filled with feelings of inadequacy, defeat, or negativity when it comes to my struggle with food. I want the same peace and contentment that I have in other aspects of my life to overflow into the food struggles. Is that too much to ask?
Lysa talks about PEACE at the scale no matter what the numbers say. In a perfect world, that is what I want too but to be honest it was that PEACE with little care about the numbers on the scale that took me a whopping 290 pounds at one time. So, how do I reign in that PEACE while at the same time reaching my goal? I guess first I have to believe that I can actually reach the goal – I mean truly believe it.
Yes, we all want a smaller waistline (or in my case, smaller hips) but should that goal be a measure of our peace of mind or self-confidence? I love how Lysa has changed one of my favorite quotes from Nicole, my former WW leader, “Will this choice add to my peace or steal from it? Remember, nothing tastes as good as peace feels.” Nicole always said “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels”. I can’t really see myself as thin, but I can see myself as being content and at peace with the choices that I make – good, bad or otherwise.
Rest, Reflect and Relax on this Sunday. Enjoy PEACE in all aspects of your life.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.” Romans 14:19-20a (NIV)