Sunday, 01 July 2012 20:44 |
This past Spring, my Pastor called a 30 day fast that admonished us to eliminate processed foods, sweets, etc. Being submitted, my husband and I embarked on the journey. While fasting is certainly never a picnic, I began to embrace the benefit of eliminating toxins from my body. The inevitable side-effect was that I began to lose weight. Well, that's nothing new; I always lose weight when I go on a fast. But what was different this time was the shift in my mindset. Not only was I enjoying being able to fit into clothes that I'd long given up on, things began to click for me as I thought about the effects that my lack of discipline was having on my life. I also began to ponder the legacy I wanted to create for women everywhere. And while I've always been clear that, in order to leave behind a heritage that would out-live me, I needed to operate at a certain level of optimal health, I hadn't embraced the mindset to make lasting changes. Being a nurse wasn't enough and knowing better wasn't enough…
I want to share with you, however, that my transformation did not begin in the Spring. I've been thinking/talking about the need to live a healthier lifestyle for at least 3 years. I say that to encourage you to not beat yourself up because you've been unable to shed the weight. But I also want to encourage you to begin to re-train your mind on how you view the weight. Whether it’s physical weight or emotional weight, weight is weight and it MUST GO! You see, there can be a certain comfort in our infirmities because, while we know that relationship is not healthy or our choices will not yield the best outcome, it becomes familiar and thus we coddle what should be eliminated. Know that the key to living a life of freedom and victory starts with the shifting of the mind. When your mind changes, your life changes and you’ll do like I have, and lay aside every weight.
I’d love to hear about your journey to “weight” loss. Send me an email: InspiredSistah@InspiredSistah.com.