So I had this post planned out since Wednesday titled "slap slap" because I feel like I need to snap out of it. Every since the weight loss competition ended on Monday, I had two bad days in a row followed by 3 missed workouts. The times I've been to the gym, I feel it's half-heartedly and I'm just exhausted as all get out.
Shauna had said to me during water aerobics this morning, "It's okay to have an off week, just don't give up." Then I get to work today and in my email inbox this message was included from Jillian Michael's tip of the day:
It happens — you miss a few workouts and you feel like you've fallen off the weight-loss wagon. It's tempting to mentally slap yourself around, right? (Or head for the fridge.) Before you start, I want to remind you of something: Being hard on yourself is the Old You.
Suffered a Setback? Here's How to Get Back on the Wagon
The New You knows how to deal with setbacks and get back on the wagon. And after all, there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. Weight loss is a process — it takes time. You will encounter small failures — everyone does — but every pound you gain can be lost.
And if you miss a workout, it's not the end of the world! Get to the gym the next day and continue to focus on your short-term goals. Just because you made bad choices today doesn't mean you can't start over tomorrow. New day? New beginning. And don't you forget it!
I thought what Jillian had to say was perfect timing for the mental battle I've been having this week. I sorta chuckled at my desk reading it because it's as if someone told her exactly what I'd been discouraged by.
Mentally "slapping myself around" is a mild description of my thought process. It's more of an envisioning of relapse that I've so strongly been rebuking since day one. The statistics really ARE NOT in favor of one who has lost an extreme amount of weight. I read on one Weight Watchers blog that only 5% keep the weight off after losing it on the program. That day I immediately said to myself, "I'm one of 5%." If...no, no, no...WHEN...I hit my goal weight, I'm having a shirt made that says, "1 of 5%."
I'm claiming my promises...
Ya know what, I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13) - including weight loss. I'm more than a conquerer (Ro 8:37). The mind is the battlefield and God's given me the spiritual weapons that demolish strongholds (His word, prayer, fasting...) and refute the lies of the enemy (2 Cor 10:3-5). I'm not of those who shrink back and are destroyed (Heb 10:39). God is faithful to complete the God work he began in me (Phil 1:6). Whenever I am tempted, GOD WILL provide a way out to where I can stand. (1 Cor. 10:13)
No matter what the goal you are working to attain, don't be discouraged by a set back. Learn from it and let it make you stronger! ((hugs))
Verse(s) of the Day:
Hebrews 10:39 (NIV)
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.