Thursday, June 18, 2015

I Tried to Lose 10 Pounds, but Gained 5 Instead!


Photo by Raphael Penaloza (Flickr)
I heard about a study that says if you’re in a good marriage, then you usually gain weight, but if you are in a bad one, then you typically lose weight.

I have good news: According to my bathroom scales and the study mentioned above, my marriage is thriving!

More good news: After a long history of anorexia nervosa (several years ago), I rejoice that my present weight doesn’t devastate me. Even as I see the scales creeping back up to my highest weight ever, I am overjoyed that I am not tempted to starve myself or purge.

Don’t get me wrong, I do want to lose weight. I hate the way my clothes fit (even at a larger size), and it’s not as easy to bend over to tie my shoes. Sometimes I even avoid meeting old friends due to this “extra” evidence of my thriving marriage.

However, I want to lose weight the right way. Slowly. Wisely. Therefore, while meditating (with the intent on memorizing) this week’s Bible verse, I want to make God-honoring choices regarding my health.

Perhaps meditating on (with the intent to memorize, this week’s verse), I will be able to achieve that goal:

1 Corinthians 10:31(NASB)
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 

If you are in the same place I am, in need of better eating habits and a more consistent exercise routine, then let’s ask God to help us pursue healthier habits, one small choice at a time.

For example: This week I commit to eating a large green salad with only a half-tablespoon of salad dressing before lunch and dinner. Or: Today, I will eat an apple for dessert.

After all, we’ve got nothing to lose in asking God for His help – except maybe a few pounds.
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