Each morning my Dad would call me. He would usually greet me by saying, "Good morning skinny!". I would laugh, but little did he know, I would feel a little more hope to go on. Through-out the 30 days I almost quit at least 6 times. He would not let me quit. He even bribed me saying if I met my goal, he would buy me a new dress.(in my new size of course!) He was my accountability partner through-out the diet. I did reach my goal that year and it was awesome. It was about much more than losing weight for me. It was about letting go of the temporary to walk in a deeper faith-walk with God.
Now, my Dad is in Heaven and I am carrying on his role of encourager. I have a small group of women that, along with me, are trying to maintain healthy lifestyles. I have been nominated by one of them to be the weekly encourager. So, every Wednesday morning I send out a group text entitled "Weigh-in Wednesday". We all report our weight on that morning. I try to send encouragement along with scripture. We are accountable to each other in our successes and failures. I like being the encourager, because I remember how much a difference Dad made when I was on my initial life- change diet. Reminds me of another scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
I have decided that in memory of Dad, each Wednesday I will post an encouragement pertaining to
weight-loss, exercise or just health in general. I hope you will feel encouraged and know that you are NOT alone in this journey!
My Dad and Personal Encourager, Troy