So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 ~
The effects of being overweight and obese are endless. Weight loss is one of the biggest challenges Americans face. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “Obesity-related conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death.” Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death, second only to smoking.
Being overweight can cause economic and psychological pressure. Sadly, obese people are discriminated against on a regular basis. The airline industry requires obese passengers to purchase two seats, and the Boy Scouts of America recently banned obese children from attending Jamboree summer camps. Plus, there is an increasing amount of “fat” jokes on TV and movies, which make it socially acceptable.
Americans need to slim down for life, so they can enjoy every moment along the way.
Why Should You Lose Weight?
It is your God-given inheritance to live an abundant life and feel confident in who you are and what you look like. You must love yourself without reservations.
For Your Family
You want to always be present with your loved ones with clarity of mind and energy. You can share more memories with them when you live a longer life.
Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and the Bible says that we are to present them as living sacrifices to God. We should be healthy, happy, and strong to overcome life’s challenges.
Have you ever wondered about the Golden Rule? How can you love others if you do not love yourself? To be a Christian and treat others well, you need to love yourself so that you can love others.
Think Like an Olympian
One of the primary reasons people hate themselves is because of how they look. It can be extremely challenging to overcome the mental roadblocks related to being overweight, and it takes an Olympian effort to overcome them.
What do I need to do to be the best I can be?
Have an Olympic-level mindset. Ask yourself what you need to do to be the BEST!
What do I need to do to have an Olympic-level mindset?
It takes years of training, a drive of passion, and a willingness to never give up, to reach greatness. Here are some inspiring Olympic medalists:
“The only victory that counts is the one over yourself.”
~ Jesse Owens, American sprinter and long jumper
You need to believe in yourself to reach your goals. Jesus said that “anything is possible if you believe.” It is important to surround yourself with positive people who are seeing their dreams become realities and glean off their confidence. Choose your friends wisely, because success is contagious.
“I didn’t set out to beat the World; I just set out to do my absolute best.”
“~ Al Oerter, four-time gold medal winner in the discus throw
It can be challenging to keep up with a culture that lives in vanity and hedonism. It’s important to remember that it is about you and not the person working next to you. Men and women are both impacted by societal competition. You should do your best with what God has given you.
Scientifically speaking, we each have our own “biochemical individuality.” Not every woman can be skinny like Taylor Swift, and not every man can become strong like Chris Hemsworth. We all have different strengths and weaknesses. We can set realistic goals for our body types so we can be successful.
“The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.”
~ Florence Griffith-Joyner, three-time gold medalist in 1988
This is why you should surround yourself with positive people. You may not be able to close the mouth of your critics. You need to focus on the prize of the future to reach your goals.
“I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.”
~ Mark Spitz, gold medalist in swimming in 1972 and 1968
We need to remember to focus on today rather than the troubles of the future. We discourage people from weighing themselves every day. Your body will fluctuate and can be discouraging.
“It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.”
~ Carl Lewis, gold medalist in 1996, 1992, 1988
We need to enjoy the process to have a rewarding and exciting life. We need to embrace the rough times too. If we don’t have low moments, we cannot fully appreciate the great moments.
“Hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made. So if you push through the hard days you can get through anything.”
~ Gabby Douglas, two-time gold medal winner in the 2012 London Olympic Games
In the book of Romans, Paul says, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
When we have challenging days, God will strengthen us with faith and we will see His glory. When we commit to weight loss and health, the Lord is in control and will show his eternal goodness.
“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”
~ Mia Hamm, gold medalist in women’s football in 2004 and 1996
Mia Hamm is defining her breakthrough moment. God has perfect timing for you to control your health and destiny. This is an important moment for athletes because they put everything on the line to “go for the gold.” Once they set this goal, they never look back.
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
~ Wilma Rudolph, gold medalist in athletics in 1960 and bronze medalist in 1956
You are only limited by your drive and creativity to make goals happen. Remember to keep pushing your limits and dreaming. If you say, “I am destined for greatness. I will reach my goals,” then your positive attitude will be reflected in your results.
“Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.”
~ Andre Agassi, gold medalist in tennis in 1996
“Never put an age limit on your dreams.”
~Dara Torres, gold medalist in swimming in 2000, 1992 and 1984, silver medalist in 2008 and 1988 and bronze medalist in 2000 and 1988
You are never too old to become a better version of yourself. Dara Torres was 41 years old in the 2008 Olympics. She was the oldest swimmer to place on a U.S. Olympic team and won silver medals in each of the events she did. You need to overcome your insecurities about your age if you want to look and feel younger.
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
~ Muhammad Ali, gold medalist in boxing in 1960
When you take the first steps toward a new healthy life, you will need to be courageous. It is terrifying to change. We applaud you for reading and researching all things natural, and we encourage you to make your dreams a reality.
The founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, said, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.” You will experience high and low points during your health journey. Remember to focus on why you are becoming healthy.
5 Weight Loss Tips to Achieve Your Life Vision
Losing weight is more than just having an exercise program. It is a lifestyle. When you view it as a lifestyle, you can achieve your true potential. If you want to lose weight, you need to have a regular exercise regimen and put healthy food on your plate.
Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.” This is true for people who die early from diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases. We can achieve great power by using positive words and visualization.
It’s great if you can get away from work and go on a “natural health retreat” to focus on your goals. Use this experience to prayerfully plan your future health. Do not be consumed with work deadlines and stress. Make sure you spend a few hours over a few days to fall in love with the new you.
Make big goals and make you sure set a time frame. This is important so that your goals are realistic and challenging. It’s helpful to look at short and long-term goals. This makes your vision manageable and achievable. Create a vision board to look at every day that highlights weight loss, health, and life goals. Make it large and colorful so it catches your attention each day.
“In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:6. With prayer and spending time with God, you can develop a plan and schedule to reach your success in the way the Lord is providing for you. Seek His advice as your mentor and counselor, and be sure to use a calendar to track your success so you can to see your results over time
Write down your results in a diary or notebook, or track them on your phone. Pick a day that you can track your goals (example- sleep per night, waist circumference, total weight, BMI, body fat, etc). Keep a food journal to monitor your consumption for 30+ days. This way you can evaluate your progress and see what areas need improvement. Your notes will not lie to you. If you eat at McDonald's three times a week, you will see it in your journal and you will see it on your body.
Ecclesiastes says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” It is vital that you have a partner who can support you. Your healthy lifestyle is so much easier when you share it with a friend. If you are on your own, consider hiring a health coach or life coach to encourage you and to help you make healthy lifestyle choices.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overweight and Obesity. http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
- Hababbuk 2:2
- Mark 9:23
- Proverbs 3:6
- Proverbs 29:18
- Romans 5:3-5
- Romans 12:1