Recently a longtime acquaintance saw me and was so surprise that I had lost weight that she couldn’t seem to be happy for me. Her surprise seemed to over shadow her ability to believe that I had finally succeeded. She didn’t think I would ever do it.
Frankly neither did I.
I have had a love/hate relationship with food for most of my adult life. The struggle to maintain a healthy weight has been constant and I have often felt like I would never overcome this disease. I had tried so many diets and they all worked! I just couldn’t stay on them for any length of time. I was frustrated, angry with myself and ashamed. You might be able to hide some addictions but overeating is worn in dresses sizes too large to ignore. I was ready to accept my fate and give up hope but the medical issues that began to creep into my life made me realized that if I succumb to my food addiction I would be losing out time with my family and grandchildren. At the risk of sounding conceited, I feel it’s important that for better or for worse they have me in their lives. I admit I am slightly off center but what I can offer in faith, fun, and love is part of God’s purpose for me. But I had gone through breast cancer and coronary artery disease and was on my way to being diabetic. While having a strong family history of breast cancer and heart disease, each can also be attributed to a lifetime of being overweight.
And so I tried another weight loss program. And this one has proven to be one I not only am able to stay on but have lost 42 lbs.
Will I ever slip up? Most assuredly (see blog post Are you Ever Cured? Will I be able to maintain this healthy weight? Only God knows for sure. I would like to say I will never slip up or be overweight again but knowing how I tend to react to stress, celebrations, frustrations, and illness by overeating….
But I will not lose hope!
And that is my point. No matter how hard it is to convince people that we can learn, change, grow or lose a lifetime of weight or whatever your addictions is; we must never give up. Don’t let their expected limitation pre-determine your fate or prevent you for persevering. Don’t let anyone steal your hope. Holding onto hope is holding onto God and it is only God who determines our path and destination. And through Him all things are possible. Holding onto hope not only helps ourselves but shows those around us that hope is never hopeless.
Hebrews 11:1 Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.