You have heard countless times about the health problems that can stem from obesity: diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, certain cancers, sleep apnea--the list seems endless. It feels like a dog chasing it’s tail sometimes because you know you should exercise more in order to shed some of those excess pounds, but your back and your knees hurt when you walk too much. You tried hiring a personal trainer, but after that last one made you cry and feel so ashamed, you decided to buy a treadmill and workout at home. Now it’s turned into a storage shelf because you just don’t feel like suffering through the sweating and the pain of working out. You refuse to show up at the gym and workout in front of those tiny people wearing even tinier outfits, so you retreat to the couch, fantasize about weight loss surgery, and pray for a way out.
You feel down and depressed because you’re not quite sure how things got to be this bad. You might think that God is not pleased with you because you are overweight and that does not make you feel good. You decline that invitation to your cousin’s wedding because you are not sure what horrifies you more: shopping for a dress in your size, or showing up and allowing the rest of the family to see how big you’ve gotten.
Those judgemental looks that thin, healthy looking people give you when you are in the grocery store don’t help. It’s like a combination of pity and disgust. Do they really think that you want to be this much overweight? Do they understand that those mean looks do not encourage you, rather they make you feel ashamed and bitter?
Every time you try a new weight loss program that doesn’t work--the diet pills that make your heart race, appetite suppressants that leave you feeling weak and lightheaded, the food delivery programs with those tiny meals that leave you scouring the cabinets for something else, or making late night runs to the drive-thru windows-- you feel like giving up and just resigning yourself to the idea that you’re just big.
Does that sound like a dismal, depressing scenario? If any part of that description is accurate for you, but you are not yet ready to give up on the idea of achieving vibrant health and a slim, toned, strong body, then you might want to consider a Christian weight loss program. If you need deliverance from the root cause of all of that weight gain, depression, low-self-esteem, and residual pain from past hurts that you’ve been using food to medicate away, our Christian weight loss coaches are available to pray with you, encourage you, support you and hold you accountable to set and achieve the goal of losing 100 pounds or more so that you can live a life that glorifies God and sets a healthy example for others.
Once you have made the commitment to lose 100 pounds there are many things about your life that will change, which can feel overwhelming at first. There are two things to keep in mind at the outset of any challenging endeavor: the first is, as a child of God, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. The second is you've got to decide which is worse for you, the pain that comes with making a change, or the pain that comes from remaining in your misery.
You are probably already familiar with the healthy eating habits you'll have to adopt if you want to lose 100 pounds. You've got to get excited about eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking lots of water, eating more lean proteins and less refined carbohydrates (white sugar, flour), controlling your portions (eat several small meals rather than three big ones) and praying over your food. These are all positive changes that will enrich your life, and add to your health and vitality. They may not give you that sense of satisfaction that you get from eating rich, sweet, fatty salty foods, but you will see very quickly as you let those harmful food choices go, you will lose both the taste and craving for them. This is something that you can do, and the more progress you make the better you will feel.
Over time you will begin to crave the good feelings, higher energy, and better sleep that come from changing your eating habits and gradually building up your fitness levels so that you can lose 100 pounds. Don't worry. You're not going to be running a Marathon next week. If all you can do right now is walk from your front steps to the next corner, do that until you can build up the stamina to walk another block. By taking it a step at a time, combining your newly refined eating habits with gradually increasing exercise you will quickly begin to feel and then see the fruits of your labors.
Once you have started feeling comfortable with moving more, pick an exercise that you will enjoy and look forward to doing five days a week. You can try dancing, riding a bike, swimming, playing tennis, or finding a local park to walk in every morning or evening. Sooner or later as you keep moving and becoming more active you will have developed a fitness habit and you will feel strange on those days when you don't work out.
As the size of your waist decreases and your physical strength and stamina increases, so will your self-confidence and self-esteem increase little by little. Your Spiritual strength will also increase as you pray, study and work with your Christian weight loss coach consistently.
In order to maintain your new lifestyle habits and choices you must surround yourself with supportive people who will pray with you and for you, and encourage you when you hit those rough spots--which you will. A Christian weight loss coach will support your new lifestyle goals, but they will also hold you accountable and help keep you motivated to meet those challenges on the days when you feel like quitting. You may have to commit and re-commit to your new lifestyle habits several times each day, but the victory comes in getting back up each time you slip.
Yes, you can lose 100 pounds as long as you’ve got a plan and the support and encouragement to stick to that plan until you achieve your goal. For more information about The Victory Steps Christian Weight Loss Coaching Program, you are welcome book a free consultation online today visit http://www.victorysteps.net or call 888-509-8450 Ext. 2