Have you been lazy about working out? Did you give in to your cravings again? Did you succumb to bingeing and purging after weeks of therapy and healthy eating? Were you struggling with a trigger that leads back to anorexia this week? Have you regained most or all of the weight you lost? If so, I have something to tell you that you probably do not want to hear, "Get up and try again!"
I know your flesh does not want to, but it is time to get back in the health and fitness fight. Remember! The Bible says, "A just man falls seven (7) times and rises up again" (Proverbs 24:16). You are old enough to know the difference between stumbling and scraping your knee as opposed to actually falling down and breaking your leg. Recognize that a setback does not mean you have been defeated. Understand that the victor is the one who wins the war even though he may have lost a few battles. God has ordained victory over the mountain of obesity and eating disorders staring back at you in the mirror if you do not quit! Be strong! "Let us not become weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap the harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).
Losing weight and overcoming eating disorders is very difficult, especially when you are trying to do it with only your own feeble strength and willpower. Furthermore, the more weight you have to lose or the longer you have struggled with the disorder, the more impossible it seems to be free of it. This is particularly frustrating if you suffer from a disease such as hypothyroidism which causes you to gain weight through no fault of your own. The worst part is that you feel like you are in it alone, particularly when you are ready to lose weight or stop bingeing and purging, but those around you who are complicit in your dysfunctional relationship with food are content to continue living an unhealthy lifestyle. However, when you change your focus to eating for the glory of God, a wonderful thing happens! You are no longer alone.
With God what seemed impossible is now attainable because He enables you to succeed where you once failed. His strength never fails, and His will is not weak. But there will still be days when your flesh craves fried chicken instead of grilled chicken, French fries instead of baked sweet potatoes, starvation instead of eating, purging instead of letting your food digest and be absorbed to nourish your body. At those times, the enemy will try to make you believe that God has left you in the battle alone. Remember that Satan is a liar and God has promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). All you have to do is trust Him, stand up, and get back in the fight. Then watch God fight for you and give you the laurels of victory!
If you are ready to get up and get back in the health and fitness fight, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com. In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God. Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ. Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, and diet and exercise tips. Tune in to our syndicated radio show on the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends. Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!
Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.