I’ve been thinking about the life-change lately. One thing I’ve noticed is that successful people are always changing and improving themselves. Whether they are successful in weight loss, business, fitness, it doesn’t matter. Successful people take on the change process, embrace it, and use it to their advantage. Unsuccessful people do not embrace change.
I hate change for such a huge part of my life. I wanted everything to stay the same, and when life changed around me I was constantly trying to go back to where I used to be. This led to me being over-weight, unhappy, and incredibly unhealthy. Instead of embracing change, I ignored it, I kept trying to go “backwards” while the world around me was going forwards! Not embracing change kept me in the same place, and that led to me being defined in an unhealthy way. I was defined by what I couldn’t do. I couldn’t go rock climbing with my friends, I couldn’t go to any store to find a wedding dress, I couldn’t go to any stores to find close, I couldn’t feel healthy (because I wasn’t healthy), I couldn’t do a lot! But of the life change process is to redefine yourself, first in your mind and then the body will follow.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Transform! Renew your mind, EMBRACE the change (without change, you can’t renew!). It is not God’s perfect will for you to be lacking and be defined by what you can’t do. We are HIS children! We should be defined by what we are! By what we CAN do!
Taking the weight loss journey is an amazing one. You will learn A LOT about yourself, other people, and your new life. I find myself amazed recently because my life is truly being defined by what I can do. I won’t lie to you, it has taken me a while to get to this point. Not because change happened so slowly but more because I was FAT IN THE HEAD than anything else. Three years ago I could barely walk through the mall, now I’ve completed a 5K! I’ve completed a 90 Fitness challenge! I’m even signing up for the Warrior Dash this summer! I’m not the person who has this huge list of “Things I Wish I Could Do”, instead I have a list of things I’ve done, combined with a list of “Things I’m Doing” and “Things I’m Going to Do.”
Don’t let change stop you, let change motivate you. Eating whatever you want and sitting all day is only going to lead to an early death, except it’s taking the SLOW, PAINFUL way to suicide. Embrace change, live life, do something you haven’t done before. Don’t make excuses, just do it! You’ll be glad you did!