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Journey to a Healthier Me : Motivation #3


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This month I’ve been sharing my motivations to getting healthier. My first motivation was seeing my BMI at it’s highest. My second was being an example to my kids. The third thing that has motivated me on my journey to getting healthier is acknowledging my sin and turning away from it. Repenting.

When I was reading A Meal with Jesus, in one section Tim Chester was talking about how God could have just given us a pill to take each day that would nourish us, but instead he has created all sorts of different flavors, colors, and textures of food for us to enjoy. What a great gift.

God has given us many wonderful gifts. One of those gifts is tastebuds, another is good food. Sometimes we forget who the gifts came from and put our pleasure in the gift rather than the Giver.

I have abused this gift. I have found pleasure and comfort in it instead of my God.

This was very evident to me one day when I was feeling rather stressed and down. I had some chocolate and a sip of Coke and it was all better. I felt good! I realized then that I was finding comfort in the wrong things.

Not only that, but I also have found myself way too many times continuing to eat way more than my share. It tastes so good that I didn’t want to stop, and I wouldn’t. I would eat and eat. Then later I would regret it because of how eating that much food made me feel.

I still feel the temptation to go back to these, but by God’s grace, I have been able to say no.

This does not mean that I don’t eat chocolate or abstain from all my favorite caffeine drinks, but I have cut back considerably. This does mean that these foods are not what I go to for comfort and pleasure anymore.


My big achievement this week is that I have exercised every day for a month. I have never done that before and hope to make it even longer.

Weight last week: 171

Weight this week: 168.5

Total weight loss this year: 15.5


Do you struggle with this? Is there something you “have to have” to make it through the day or those certain moments?

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8 thoughts on “Journey to a Healthier Me : Motivation #3

  1. That is amazing Paula. You are putting such a REAL light on this challenge so many women have such trouble with. To me, you have simplified the process. Thank you for sharing your story. I can’t wait to see how you continue and use your words to help me in my journey!

    love you. mir


  2. I just followed the link you left on the Shrinking Jeans blog… wow one post and I am so ready to read everything else you’ve written! I am excited another christian woman is on a journey to weight loss and a healthy life. I look forward to reading more!


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