I have joined the ranks of the Overcomers having lost over 250 pounds. I can tell you it is a miraculous and wonderful feeling.
I can also tell you there are days when I want something sinful to eat so bad I can taste it. Of course, food is not bad, but the things I usually crave are bad for me and I know it.
There are many I come in contact with who say things to me like, “Well, you can lose weight, but you just don’t know how hard it is for me.”
Then they proceed to tell me the list of issues I know all too well. I know them because I was once the issues queen. I’ve learned the secret is admitting you have a weakness rather than trying to excuse it away with endless lists of issues and excuses.
I would probably be a really good weight loss coach or a really bad one because I can tell an excuse a mile away. I’ve given every one of them at one time.
I’d be really good coach because I wouldn’t let anyone get away with an excuse. I’d be a really bad one because I’d call them on it and they would walk away and never face their difficulty and overcome it.
It’s always easier to excuse away our difficulties rather than own them. I spent over 30 years doing that. I won’t go back no matter how many more “issues” I develop.
The truth of the matter is, we all have issues. There are times I slip, though my slips are not born of intention and I correct them as soon as I realize what I’ve done.
The tempter still tempts me, he just does it more subtly. He knows he can’t tempt me with a huge cake or anything overt. Today it was kettle corn. I ate a 100 calorie package. I realized the sweetness and looked and sure enough it has sugar.
Dealing With Overwhelm
I let my guard down. I wanted something to eat because I was overwhelmed with tiny numbers on IRS forms.
Overwhelm is always a slippery slope for me. It’s the time I want to placate my brain that is screaming at me and so I eat. I’m learning stepping away from the thing that is overwhelming me is a better solution.
It may not sound like good advice, but getting away from it for a time gives me greater clarity. Is it an urgent matter that I have to attend to right now? Is it an urgent matter that needs to be attended to but I can delegate to someone else? Is it something important that I need to do but don’t have to do now? Is it something that is important that I can delegate to someone else.
On the matter of income tax, I chose to file and extension and then after April 15, I will turn everything over to an accountant. I have always done my own taxes, but I hate doing it. My time is better spent doing more creative endeavors.
In addition, my health is more important than the small amount I might save doing them myself. Actually, I’m sure I haven’t taken some deductions just because I’m afraid to.
Maybe I’ll find I actually make money on the deal in the end. Whether I do or not, I know this, I’ll save a bundle in peace of mind.
The minute I made this decision, I immediately felt a sense of peace and calm settle over me.
Knowledge Is Power
Knowing what pulls me away from the will of God in my life is a powerful commodity to me. In my case, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt, God wants me whole, healthy and happy.
By taking on a task that frustrates me to no end, I have just jeopardized the will of God for me.
There are so many ways we put obstacles between us and God’s best for us. I did it way back in high school. Just read chapter 5 of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor.
Then it was finding a way to skip class so I could eat as many Cheese Frenchees as possible. It didn’t matter if it was damaging my grades and using up money I should be saving for college.
Even at age 16, I knew what was God’s best for my life, but I ignored it and paid more attention to the cravings of my body.
Be An Overcomer
God has called us to overcome what our bodies cry out for. We do not have to give in to what we crave. We confuse “desires” for hunger. The two are miles apart.
Paul explains it best, “I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”1
We are to manage our appetites and not let our appetites manage us.
We are to run the race well. We are to “strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”2
It doesn’t matter if we want to eat a certain thing or decide not to exercise or make a decision to participate in some addictive behavior that pulls away. It matters only matters what God wants. Everything else is a non-issue. He is the One who gives us life.
The only thing we should be concerned with is tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.3 It is no coincidence the Psalmist used that analogy.
There is nothing that tastes any better than knowing we are following the Lord in all our ways.
There is no greater feeling that being empowered by the God of the universe to join the ranks of the Overcomers!
1 1 Corinthians 9:27 MSG
2 Hebrews 12:1 MSG
3 Psalm 34:8
Teresa Shields Parker is a wife, mother, business owner, life group leader, speaker and author of Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God’s Favor and Sweet Grace Study Guide: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Overcome Sugar Addiction. Get a free chapter of her memoir on her blog at Teresa Shields Parker.com. Connect with her there or on her Facebook page.