Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV)
Yes, I’m at it again. It’s a never-ending battle it seems. Me and extra fat have a long, entangled relationship. Over 13 years ago, at the 6 week check up after my first-born, the scale sang 199. It’s pretty much stayed in a +/- 10lbs. range of that (outside of pregnancy) since then. I’ll do well for a while and drop 20 lbs, but then something happens, I plateau, I lose focus, I get busy… Well, you get the picture.
I want results and I want them NOW. I have a hard time being patient and I get frustrated with missteps and setbacks and stalled progress. I come up with all kinds of excuses. Some are valid reasons, most are simply excuses of one form or another. Truth is, getting healthy gets hard and means sacrifice and I don’t always want to persevere through the hard or make the sacrifice. It’s my own self that hinders me. Still trying to pinpoint the sin that entangles me in this area of my life, but I’ve got a few ideas and am asking God to help me with them.
I know I’m not alone in this journey. There are many other women (and men) in a similar boat. And there is my family. Today, we went on a hike together. The kids loved it. And Racer did too. It wasn’t long. It wasn’t too challenging. But it was moving our bodies, enjoying nature and spending time unplugged together. I do live with a great cloud of witnesses. The success stories that have gone before me. The people in the boat with me. And my family.
Here’s to persevering this time!