You aren’t new to the weight loss struggle.
You’ve tried countless diets and exercise routines. You’ve even been successful at shedding some pounds.
… but those long-lost pounds seem to keep finding their way back to you and you are just plain tired of this seemingly endless battle.
Friend, you can lose weight and keep it off by learning the top 20 things that no one tells you about how to truly be successful on your journey.
This is part 14 of a 20-part blog series that will give you a strong foundation of strategy you need to lose weight, keep it off, and start living the life you were born to live!
Some of what I share will be opposite of what all the diet gurus tell you, so read on with an open and prayerful mind and let God work on you from the inside out of your health and fitness journey!
We’ve finally arrived!
Tis’ the season to practice the gift you already practice all year long … the gift of GIVING!
Except, this year, I encourage you to make a little tweak to your gift giving experience and make sure to add one more very important person to your list!
Who might this very important person be?
Well, it’s YOU!
Yes, I said you!
You make a lifestyle out of caring for those around you. Your spouse. Your children. Your family. Your friends. Your church. Your community.
You boldly and bravely take on the responsibility of caring for and giving to others… and that isn’t a bad thing. However, I do want to capture a destructive lie that wraps around the minds of giving women everywhere.
The lie that sends the message that investing in yourself with your time and finances is Self-Centered.
That, ladies, is a complete and utter lie.
Not only is it a lie, but it does also not align with the Word of God.
You are a beautiful Creation of the King of Kings. When He designed you, He had a very specific plan for the woman you are to be and the mission you are to complete. Not only did He design you, and form you in your mother’s womb, He has numbered the very hairs on your head and cares about every single piece of you that makes you … YOU!
If your Creator cares that much about you, please know, taking the time, energy, and finances to take care of His Creation is NOT self-centered … it’s actually necessary so you can thrive instead of just “survive.”
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
So, why is it that you find it so easy to sacrifice to care for others and time and time again place yourself on the back burner?
It all has to do with perspective.
As women, we are naturally inclined to care for and about others. As we go along our journey in life, that inclination is reinforced in society. However, what isn’t taught and enforced is the importance of caring for your own mental, physical, and emotional health. It’s so outside of the “norm” it can be seen as frivolous. And, of course, if you view something as frivolous, you are less likely to place value on the investment.
Investing your time, talent, and treasure back into yourself is not a frivolous venture. It’s truly an investment. The more energy you have, the better you feel, the sharper your mind is, the healthier your temple is … the stronger you will be in leading the life God is calling you to live.
If you find yourself struggling with giving to yourself and investing in you, I’d love to help. In fact, I have a great resource that is absolutely FREE and it’s perfect to get you started in the right direction. It’s a 7-Day Devotional called Losing Weight with God. Just click this link and you can download it and get started now!
Begin investing in yourself today! You ARE worth it!