When I was over 250 pounds, I used to look at those who were thin and healthy and wish I was, too. Looking at them was proof that it was possible, but the reflection in the mirror, the reality of how much weight I had to lose, and the fact that I did not want to stop eating and drinking unhealthy foods and beverages made losing weight seem like an unattainable pipe dream.

Since God has delivered me from the sin of gluttony, I have met others along the way who felt the way I used to, but they were looking at me. At 89 pounds lost, someone wished they could lose that much weight, and they would have been satisfied. At that point I was a size 14. At 99 pounds lost, I was told by overweight women that I did not need to lose any more weight, and they would be happy to be that size again. I wore a size 12.

It was the same as I slimmed down even more. At every level, I met someone who would have been more than happy to switch places with me, and I was not done yet. I am telling you this not to brag, but to encourage you. I know from your perspective losing 25 pounds is a good thing, but it is nothing compared to the 150 you still have left to lose. Change your perspective! Other people have to start from 500, and losing 25 pounds seems impossible to them. They would gladly take your place.

Focusing on how far you have left to travel in order to reach your health and fitness goals is one of the enemy’s best weapons to get you to quit. God has brought you this far, He will not leave you in the middle of the journey. He will take you all the way to the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life, but you must take up your spiritual weapons and conquer the enemy inhabiting the land promised to you. The way to defeat him is to have a grateful heart for every inch removed from your waistline, every ounce lost, and every pound lighter you become. Every day that you resist the urge to give in to a trigger or otherwise stick to your plan to become free of the eating disorder plaguing your life is a victory over the enemy. Like the tenth leper in Luke 17:11-19, you should run back to Jesus and say, “Thank You! If I never lose another pound, I am grateful for what You have already done!” Have a praise party for every eating disorder milestone you reach! God is pleased when you have a heart which overflows with thanksgiving when He blesses you, and it makes Him want to shower down more blessings upon you. So praise Him now for such as it is and on credit for what is to come!

If you finally realize that your circumstances are not as bad as you think they are and you want to continue to learn to eat, drink, or exercise for the glory of God,  register today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness Master Class, featuring Dr. Tara Cannon, author of Health and Wellness for the Believer, Elsa Oliver, Christian nutritionist, and First Lady of Fitness, Debra Jones! The classes are free! There are no registration fees or membership fees! Participants are only responsible for the cost of the class materials. Classes begin online only on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. CST! Space is limited. Sign up now at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org

If you are unable to take the course, 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, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, diet, and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on the DFW Den Radio Station, the 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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