Forgive… and get fit!

When we think about starting a weight loss journey, we immediately think about diet plans, and hours at the gym.  All the sacrifices to get in shape.

But when I started my 100-pound weight loss journey years ago, God showed me there was something else just as important as changing my eating and exercise habits.

Forgiveness.

You see, for so many years I beat myself up for not taking good care of my body.  How did I let myself get to 267 pounds?  Why did I eat this or that?  Why didn’t I go to the gym?

I would get so caught up in my own disappointment that I would self medicate with overeating, the very thing I was beating myself up for! It was a vicious cycle that kept repeating itself.

Then came the summer of 2012, when a high blood pressure diagnoses put everything into perspective.  I finally realized that my obesity was slowly killing me by putting me at higher risk for stroke and heart disease.

The good news: I had the power of choice to change it.  But first, I had to forgive myself for decades of poor choices.

Here’s the thing about the past.  We cannot go back and change it.  It’s impossible.  Reliving those moments in our minds can sometimes lead to repeating them.  We can only learn from the past, and use our failures and mistakes as tools to help us grow.

Grow from the past, don’t live there.  You’ll miss out on so much of the joy that God has for you!

Nearly four years and 100 pounds later on my health and fitness journey, forgiveness remains one of the most important tools.  Trust me, there are days I still struggle with eating right and exercising.  But on bad days I find comfort in God’s forgiveness, and freedom in forgiving myself, too.

Forgive yourself, and get fit!

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