I hope this New Year is finding you well! Each year I attempt to add more blogs, but time gets away from me. So, this year I thought I would have friends contribute to my blog. Not only is my blog for my writing, but I plan to add more healthy living and uplifting encouraging posts for today’s mama!
My dear friend Heather has written the blog below. She’s such an inspiration to me. She’s encouraged me to make the changes I need for a healthy life, just by her example. I hope this devotion will help encourage you as it has encouraged me. You can follow Heather on Instagram @past_the_wishing.
I don’t know about you, but my entire adult life has been filled with attempt after attempt at losing weight. Recently, I’ve started a new journey towards weight loss and wellness by following Trim Healthy Mama. I have seen great results in the last few months, but I’m so scared that this will become just another failed attempt. In the past, I’ve tried Weight Watchers, the HCG Protocol, and calorie-restricted diets, all with moderate success. Unfortunately, any success I achieved in my previous weight loss efforts was always followed by a loss of momentum and, ultimately, failure. I’d end up right back where I started (or worse).
Sometimes the plans felt too hard, restrictive, or costly. Other times different life circumstances pulled my focus/energy away. Most often, however, I’d simply get overwhelmed by how much further I had to go to reach my end goal and instead, throw in the towel.
When you are far from reaching your goal, it can be very discouraging to see how much work you still have left ahead. Losing weight is not easy! It requires consistent dedication and sometimes you feel like you’ve worked so hard, only to achieve so little.
The conversation in my mind lately has been riddled with anxiety. I don’t want to fail … again. A year from now I want to reflect on my hard work and be proud that I didn’t quit. But in the midst of my silent worrying, God gently whispered to me. He reminded me that I don’t have to worry about whether or not I will still be on plan a year from now. I don’t even have to worry about what I will be doing next week! The only things I have to worry myself with are the choices I make today!
“Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” -Matthew 6:34 (NLT)
We truly just have to focus on making the right choice, right now. These small, daily choices will add up quickly into weeks, which will join into months, and so on. We have to remind ourselves that to walk the journey towards our end goal, we simply put one foot in front of the other. One step at a time, one day at a time. It all adds up!