Do you secretly believe that there are people who can eat anything they want, not exercise, and still live in a fit and healthy body?
I used to think that way too. I envied those people, even though I never met one!
I realized eventually that this is a self-defeating fantasy. As long as I hung onto that thought, I would never succeed in losing weight permanently.
But when I learned how to replace this sabotaging thought with a powerful thought, my lasting weight loss success was virtually guaranteed!
This powerful thought was adapted from a quote popularized by author Rory Vaden. He wrote one of my favorite books on self-discipline, Take the Stairs. The powerful thought is this:
Success is not owned but only rented; and the rent is due every day.”
If you do know someone who is healthy and fit, they are likely paying rent that you don’t even know about. Unless you are following a person around 24 hours a day/7 days a week, you can’t know how they are eating or exercising when they aren’t with you.
The thoughts I used to have of people “getting away with it” only made me resentful. I used to think, “How come I have to eat healthy and exercise to get in shape when those people are getting away with doing whatever they want? It’s not fair!”
I wanted to be like them. I didn’t want to work to stay healthy.
That is a “Rent Jumpers” mentality. That’s the fantasy of living in a nice home, but not paying anything for it. But that is not how it works with our bodies nor any level of success.
You cannot rest on yesterday’s success. The clock resets every day and if you want to be healthy tomorrow, then you need to pay the rent today.
I love Moses’ blessing to the tribe of Asher:
Asher is most blessed of sons;
Let him be favored by his brothers,
And let him dip his foot in oil.
Your sandals shall be iron and bronze;
As your days, so shall your strength be.
To me, this blessing speaks to Believers in Jesus Christ today. Our daily steps are meant to be guided by the Holy Spirit – even in the area of making wise health choices. Our sandals of iron and bronze may not always be comfortable, but they are durable!
I need God’s guidance and strength to pay my daily rent. How about you?
Will you pay your rent today?
- Will you eat foods that build your health?
- Will you eat proper portions?
- Will you do some exercise?
- Will you manage your stress?
- Will you renew your mind to support your efforts?
All of these are just necessary parts of paying your daily rent!
Please get rid of the ‘Rent Jumper’s mentality. Stop deceiving yourself that someday you will be able to lose all the excess weight, go back to eating like you did before you lost the weight, stop exercising, yet still maintain your weight loss.
That is not going to happen. If you did that, you will regain your weight.
Trust me, I’ve been down that path dozens of times before I succeeded in keeping the weight off!
Success is not owned but only rented; and the rent is due everyday.”
Embrace that fact and just see it as the price you are paying to live in a fitter, healthier body. Whether you are now living in a ‘Temple’ or in a charming ‘fixer-upper’ currently, make the decision now that you are going to pay your daily rent.
Decide that you will no longer worry about what other people are or are not doing. Work with what God has given you and make the best of it for His glory!
P.S. If you need uncommon wisdom and guidance to lose the excess weight for good, then the Take Back Your Temple program is for you! You will learn new ways of thinking that will support your efforts to take care of yourself, not fall back into self sabotage.