Discover how one woman transformed from a queen of procrastination to achieving weight loss success through faith and a step-by-step plan. Read today’s article for inspiration and motivation to become healthy and fit through God’s Word!

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In a lot of ways, I was the Queen of Procrastination. I intentionally procrastinated when I did not want to do something. When I was younger, I procrastinated on school projects that were difficult, and I would be up all night in tears the day before it was due to finally complete it. Each time I wished I would have started earlier. As I grew older, I became more savvy about my method of procrastination. In other words, I actually planned it.

Ever heard the song, “I’ll Be Late For That,” by Kanye West? It is one of the few songs by him I like because it is about my procrastination strategy. If it was something I did not want to do or a place I did not want to go, I decided beforehand just how long I was going to wait to get it done or when I would arrive at a destination. Consequently, the drop dead deadline to begin was set based upon the amount of work involved. How late I would arrive depended upon whether I had to actively participate or just spectate.

For all the planning, I learned a few lessons the hard way. #1: The work still had to be done. I had not changed anything. #2: My estimation of the amount of time and work involved was usually wrong. For example, unforeseen problems would often arise which resulted in more time and effort being expended to complete the task. Consequently, I still found myself cranky because I had to pull all-nighters to finish it. #3: I fell short of excellence when I waited, and I hated falling short more than I hated giving up my time to rise to the challenge of conquering a new and/or difficult task.

As a result, I was finally ready for God’s gift of planning and strategizing to become manifested within me in the way it was intended to be used. Over time, I came to appreciate the ability to plan how to approach a problem and then implement the plan to resolve it in manageable, baby steps. Along the way, God showed me it was not just that I did not want to do a particular thing or go to a boring place. That was just the surface issue. Fear was the real problem, and it was hidden behind the desire to procrastinate. It was true even in terms of being overweight.

Specifically, when I considered the amount of weight I had to lose, I immediately went into procrastination mode because the number was intimidating. I felt overwhelmed, and I did not think I could successfully start a weight loss plan, let alone stick to it for the rest of my life. The truth was I was not only afraid to fail as a kid in school, but I was also afraid to fail as an overweight woman trying to lose the weight. But God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). When I took my weight loss fears to Him, He revealed His will and His step-by-step plan for losing the weight. His plan began with removing the fear by renewing my mind (Romans 12:2).

Losing weight was no longer overwhelming because I was not doing it on my own under my own weak willpower. It became a walk of faith. I trusted His plan not mine. Accordingly, there was no place for procrastination. When God speaks, you are obligated to obey. As a result of setting my mind to do God’s work (Nehemiah 4:6), I lost 89 pounds in 7 months, then 99 pounds in 9 months. God gave me His best when my obedience was not delayed. He will give you His best, too, when you stop procrastinating and submit your health and fitness issues and every other problem area of your life to Him.If you are ready to stop procrastinating and start obeying God’s health and fitness plan for your life, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Threads, LinkedIn, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips.  Tune in to our syndicated radio show on iTunes, Spotify, The Narrative Matters, StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!

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