May 20, 2019 by Kgalalelo
I’m not sure about you but I have struggled with weight for as long as I can remember. I have had a bit of extra fat since I was little. I can’t remember receiving any accolades for having a great body from anyone. I have always been told that I was fat as far as primary school and so when I went to university, I began my very first diet and I have been dieting ever since.
I have gotten lazy nowadays in my forties and I’ve been told that as you get older, it becomes even harder to lose weight, especially after you have had kids. I am a fan of ‘The Secret’ by Rhoda Byrne who roughly emphasised in her book that you attract what you think about and what you believe, meaning, if I believe that I am fat and I won’t lose the weight because I’ve had kids, then the law of attraction will give me exactly that, resistance from my body to lose the extra kilograms.
The affirmations of others if you make them your own gives you back exactly what you are believing. I look at myself these days and am not impressed at all. I avoid taking pictures as much as possible nowadays and I used to love pictures because I believed that I was photogenic; I really looked good in photos and now, I can’t say that as much because I look bigger in the face. Nobody has to remind me because I can see myself, however, when people used to take a poke at me regarding my weight, as much as it hurt, it prompted me to action. Nobody does anymore, which I like, but realise that I seem to have let myself go just a little.
I am fairly challenged to eat right and exercise. I eat whatever I want and in the quantities I choose. I’ve noticed a significant change around my waist but haven’t done anything about it yet. I complain every morning whenever I dress up and grumble some more in the evening when I change to my pyjamas, how awful!
Apart from my weight, my spiritual life has been out of tune for a while now. Last week I wrote about my diminishing enthusiasm in most areas of my life and how there is an urgent need for restoration, especially my spiritual life. Most of us begin well, only to tire along the way. We don’t commit enough and later lack the willpower to carry on and continue with the race. The spiritual journey is never ending and requires endurance. Philippians 1:6 says that we need to be confident that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. We should therefore keep on running.
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Paul says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize”.
Everything requires discipline and determination for you to win. Timothy says in the book of 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing”. Timothy, like Paul was committed to the gospel. His mission was to preach and live what He preached.
Paul and his disciples were willing to suffer and be imprisoned for the gospel of Jesus Christ. They never changed for anything or adjusted their teachings. There may be many who fell along the way and couldn’t carry on but He ran the race until the very end because of the prize he knew awaited him in Jesus Christ.
The success of every project or initiative lies in the commitment you put in it and how far you are willing to see it accomplished. You need discipline to see anything through. We had a meeting in my church where the commitment to prayer was addressed. How many of us start a prayer life at the beginning of the year only to fall off later on? We start praying for hours and then we cut it short to thirty minutes, and later on fifteen, then a minute to nothing at all.
Some activities require passion. People who are passionate about a certain trade and believe in it, usually stay committed and are disciplined. They give everything they have because passion drives them. It is easy for them to engage and see the fulfilment of whatever they are doing.
To start a new business, for example, needs passion and not the desire to make a quick buck, otherwise if the money is not coming in as expected, the commitment and discipline would diminish. Those who have passion stay on even if finances are not coming through. They remain engaged because they love what they do.
Weight loss requires the same discipline. You need to fall in love with healthy eating habits and some exercise routine to keep the body active. Others, however, lose weight without doing much because our bodies are not the same. I need to commit to a lifestyle change.
One of my cousins is a vegetarian who used to love meat but through discipline she gave it up altogether and has stayed a vegetarian for almost ten years now. She had to change her diet based on what she wanted to achieve. If you don’t set goals, you will achieve very little in life. She recently completed her master’s degree and I am proud of her because I know that she worked very hard.
She was challenged tremendously and would call me whenever she had to make corrections on her returned paper, it was frustrating. She said afterwards that she had to endure and see her studies come to fruition. It took discipline and commitment to complete her masters.
At times, I envy my friends as some of them are health freaks. They are slender and keep it that way. Whenever they gain weight, they make it a point to lose it and I am encouraged that it is possible, giving up is not an option. They make an effort and achieve their perfect weight, always.
On the other hand, we also have to look at what works for us as individuals. I love my coffee and though I was advised to cut it out of my diet, I am reluctant. I don’t want to give up the things that I love completely, that would devastate me. I have begun reducing the number of mugs I drink in a day, that counts for something. I have a colleague who always says ‘everything in moderation’. I am a Herbalife fanatic and drinking shakes and eating one wholesome meal a day, worked for me in the past and because it worked, I’ve gone back to that routine and mind do, it also requires discipline and commitment.
If you want to achieve anything worthwhile in life or your goals, you need to be disciplined and commit to the course, otherwise you won’t accomplish much. As tough as it is sometimes, we need to keep going and never give up.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
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