I wake up every morning ready to meet the day, excited about what the day holds. I tell myself I need caffeine. I don’t drink coffee, never have, can’t even stand the smell of coffee. And yes, I know I’m weird. Many have already told me.
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I used to drink Diet Coke, but I have stopped drinking that as well. The sweetener in any diet soda makes my body want sugar. I don’t know the mechanics of it, but I do know it’s true, at least for myself. Also, it just makes my body ache more than it usually does.

My remedy for a caffeine fix is Zipfizz, a powdered energy drink. I drink it in the morning and then about 30 minutes later I have a headache, the very thing I was trying to avoid by drinking caffeine in the first place.

Today, I drank half my drink on the way to exercise and didn’t finish it. I didn’t have a headache either. When I finished exercise, I drank the remainder of the drink and then, the headache appeared. My postulation is that it is the energy drink or maybe the quantity of the energy drink causes the headache.

I love my energy drink and look forward to drinking it, but just now I decided I am cutting back. Not because it’s off of the eating plan I’ve chosen for myself, but because it seems to be running contrary to my goal of being healthy in every way.

If my head hurts, I can’t do much of anything. I can’t write which is my joy and my passion. I’m grouchy. I’m not fun to be around. I don’t even like being around me and since I can’t get away that’s a really difficult situation!

I’m sure there are a few things like this in your life.

My main difficulty used to be the 250 excess pounds I was carrying around. I did what I thought would fix it. I had weight loss surgery.  It worked for awhile until I began eating sugar again and gained a significant amount of weight back. The “headache” was back stronger than ever.

Finally, I stopped and did what I knew God had been telling me to do all along. I stopped eating things with that strong jolt of sugar in them. When I saw it was working to stop my craving for always more sugar, more bread and more starches, I cut out sugar and items with wheat flour.

What I’m telling you is this, whatever is happening in your life to keep you from fulfilling the dream God has placed inside you is not as important as the dream. Is a powdered energy drink more important that writing this post? No, it’s not and just to demonstrate that fact, I’m writing this post even though the headache persists.

Is that cookie you’re holding in your hand or contemplating baking more important than losing the excess weight that is keeping you for going all out with the vision that is in your heart? No, it’s not. So, put it down and get busy with the next step towards your dream.

If you decide not to put it down that means the dream you have beating inside you is not your dream at all. The cookie is. Making a choice to embrace the dream means stepping out into the unknown and putting down those things which pull, tug and scream at us. However they only wreak havoc in our lives if we let them. We can choose to lay them down and go quickly towards our goal.

“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV

Oh and by the way, the headache’s almost gone. Sometimes just doing one thing towards the dream helps start you on the journey to defeat the thing that’s holding you back.

What’s keeping you from your dream?

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.