Many people make New Years Resolutions when they really should commit to a New Years Resurrection.
You see, resolutions are just talk typically. Because the person does not establish commitment from the beginning, it is easy for them to lose focus during the daily routine of life.
Because they started their plan with a shallow reason, it doesn’t take much for that reason to become uprooted with pressure is applied!
However, to succeed you need a better approach. Establish your reason for committing to your change, one day at a time.
You realize that this process is not about living a diet; it about living your life one day at a time, making progress with every positive choice.
Committing to a resurrection means that you know that to resurrect as a new person, then something has to die.
Some of the old habits that got you overweight are going to have to die. And the enemy will make you feel like you are going to die when you don’t do them.
But he is a liar – you will live and not die!
Each time you kill an old habit, and build a healthy one in its place, a new person is coming to life.
Keep that in mind. Act on faith, not on feelings (see my article “What does your faith like?” for more on that).
Even though your new habits may feel uncomfortable at the beginning, they are sinking into your procedural memory each time you practice them.
Why is this important?
Think about this: Wouldn’t it be terrible if you had to re-learn how to brush your teeth every morning, comb your hair, or drive to way to work?
Thankfully, you don’t have to do that because God gave you a wonderful gift called your procedural memory. That allows your brain to memorize patterns so you don’t have to re-learn tasks that you do repeatedly.
You just do them without thinking about them much.
However, it takes practice and time for this to happen. When you keep practicing your new healthy habits each day, then they gradually become part of your procedural memory.
That is why patience is so important in this process. It takes time for your procedural memory to grasp new patterns.
Can you imagine what would happen if babies learning to walk took the same attitude that some adults?
At the first, second, or even 3rd fall, they’d say, “Forget it. I’m a failure. I never do anything right. I might as well just stay as I am because I can’t change.”
Imagine a world of 40, 50, 60, and 70 year-olds crawling around in diapers!
That would be a disaster.
But babies keep practicing walking until their legs get strong and walking becomes second nature to them.
So it will be with you if you don’t give up. When you let time work for you, your memory will become your biggest ally in staying on track.
Determine that this year, you will commit to a New Year’s Resurrection. And this time next year, you will be living in newness of life as God promised:
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).”
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?
I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald
The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through using Biblical keys to overcome obstacles. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.
Join a community of like-minded Christians losing weight and keep it off.