Have you ever worked on your weight loss plan, got on the scale and then discover you haven’t lost anything…or worse, gained weight?
Biblical words of encouragement can help.
During those times, you may think “What’s the use? I might as well eat what I want because what I am doing is not making any difference.”
Hold on there! Don’t make the mistake of cursing your efforts to do good.
Before you quit, please take these words to heart. I’ve got 3 reasons why it is important that you resist the urge to quit.
They all involve the power of time.
Bible Encouragement for the Past
You’ve probably tried dozens of diets. You stuck with your plan for a while and then discouragement started.
What did you do in response then? You quit before, right?
Think about it: The only reason you are having to work on this again now is because you quit before.
So you know where quitting leads you. Do you really want to go there again?
Even if you did not get what you wanted in the time frame you set, at least you would be closer to your goal now if you had not quit.
I recommend taking this journey, one choice, one day at a time. Mediate on this scripture and take it to heart:
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9).”
Bible Encouragement for the Present
If you keep going, you would have the satisfaction of forward motion. Even if you have to crawl toward your goal, do that until you have the strength to walk again.
One of my favorite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt that state the benefits of endurance:
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
I recommend you start tracking your food intake if you aren’t already.
From my experience, tracking helps because it is too easy to “forget” the amounts you eat. But your body never forgets.
Here are some biblical words of encouragement regarding endurance also:
“Therefore we also, 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 (Hebrews 12:1),”
Bible Encouragement for the Future
If you make up your mind that you will not quit no matter what, imagine where you will be 1 year from now. You will be amazed at how far you’ve come.
I gained 100 pounds after high school – all because I didn’t respect the power of time.
You see, I didn’t realize that just by overeating 50 calories every day, I would gain 5 pounds every year.
Those 5 pounds every year eventually added up to 100 pounds over 20 years. So believe me, even if you can only manage a little more self control today than you had yesterday, exercise it!
I believe if I had used enough self discipline to exercise off just those extra 50 calories per day, then that 100-pound weight gain would not have happened. Whatever you can do, do that.
Here is some Bible encouragement about the future:
Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace (Psalm 37:37 ).
Many prayers to you on your weight loss journey. Yes, it is a journey because your responsibility to take care of your body will remain as long as you live.
But it is a journey that is well work taking for the quality of your life!
I so look forward to your words of encouragement. I know they are truth because of the scriptures you include. Thank you for being a wonderful tool in the hands of our Precious LORD and being with so many as we walk this difficult and often times, disheartening journey.
I so needed to read this today! I do get easily discouraged but will keep trying to conquer this food addiction- yes, it is an addiction because I keep giving in to it so fast and so often! I know my body is God’s temple but I don’t want to live here so why should He? I am asking for prayers to keep on keeping on! Thank you. God bless everyone who is living to break this cycle of dependence on food!!!!!
Great engouragement to get me motivated . Thanks Kim
Thank you Kimberly, love the encouragement you are giving! So wonderful to know I am not in this journey alone.
Great insight! Thanks so much, your ministry is a blessing!!
I just purchased and downloaded all the TBYT info and am anxious to dive into the program over the weekend. Thank you so much for your daily articles and encouragement to ‘press on’. You are a blessing to all of us that struggle daily with the temptations and the discouragement that comes from indulging in behaviors that are detrimental to the plan God has for each of us.