Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Encouragement is as sweet as sugar!!

About six years ago, with the encouragement of my Dad, I set out on a journey to lose about 30 pounds. After I became a busy Mom of three sons,  I had let my health take a back seat.  I had started having some trouble with blood pressure and felt tired all the time.  I knew I needed to do something but was not motivated.  My Dad introduced me to a diet that he had previously tried.  The particular diet I used was a 30 day plan that was to lead to a lifetime of healthy choices.  I'm going to be honest with you.  The first week of the diet I thought I would die.  I had to give up sugar!  Sugar had been my friend and comforter for 20 years or more.  I remember one night I had to go to bed at 7:30 because the alternative was to eat cookies.  It was an eye-opening experience for sure.  I never realized that my love/addiction for sugar had eased up on the throne of my heart.  Yes, it was true.  When I was nervous or sad, I would eat first and pray second. As I really let go of sugar, I clung tighter to Jesus.  This may sound silly to some of you, but it is the truth.  I was a sugar-addict!  However, each day would get a little easier.  I prayed for strength and perseverance and God helped me.  Not only did God give me the strength, He provided me with a personal encourager, my Dad.
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