Compromising the Diet Fix

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Keeping fit has been a lifelong rollercoaster ride for me. The weight increases 10 to 20 pounds and I’m looking for a new diet fix.

Just recently, as many of you know from reading my blog posts, I’ve been hitting the gym and exercising like never before in my life. In addition, I’ve devised my own high protein diet after my attempts at a commercially-marketed product failed. I don’t blame the merchandise. It was probably more my own lack of consistency with the ingredients that resulted in a disappointing outcome.

My motivation to stick with some kind of program was high. A special family occasion around the corner and wanting to fit into THAT special dress–in the smaller size–pushed me through some plateaus and desires to gorge myself on favorite treats.

In February, I finally buckled down and put my feet to the grindstone–that wide black belt that flips round and round in the gym while my eyes were glued to the numbers clicking on the screen before me. My feet pounded out their unique rhythm. With the help of a dear friend, I also learned how to track my protein and caloric intake through an app for my “smart phone.” In comparison, the phone was much smarter than I. This friend also gave me tips on eating habits that would speed up my metabolism.

Good Lab Reports A Result of Dieting

One tip was to cut out the snacking after 7 o’clock. That meant I couldn’t down my usual chocolate fix or crunch popcorn while relaxing with hubby to our latest detective drama on television. This really cramped my style. So I found a way to compromise. I measured out three cups of microwave buttered popcorn and discovered that I could still stay within my caloric boundaries for the day. I didn’t pay attention to the fat grams, though.

Isn’t that what we always try to do with God’s principles? We follow them just as long as they fit our lifestyle. When they don’t, we make adaptations that zigzag over the straight line but still seem to fit within the letter of the law.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV

From February through May, I lost 17 pounds. But that is not the end of the road. While the dress may fit, I know there are many more pounds to lose until I enter the “Healthy Zone.” This will require a lifestyle change–the term so often used these days with all diets. Psychologically, it sounds good, but realistically, I think one still feels deprived.

As I reflect on the Scripture above, I am beginning to accept that weight loss is not just a lifestyle change but is a heart change requiring me to submit to God’s life-giving words (Click to tweet).To keep our bodies healthy brings Him honor and glory and surrenders our body to the control of the Holy Spirit within us.

As you make lifestyle changes or heart changes in your spiritual lifestyle, do you find yourself making compromises? How are you finding the strength to walk the narrow path of the Lord’s instruction in His word and personally to you?

From My Heart To Yours,


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9 thoughts on “Compromising the Diet Fix

  1. Congrats on the weight loss! I’ve been in a similar boat with “lifestyle changes.” But it’s been encouraging to watch the pounds slip off — I’ve lost 20 since February!

    Thank you for the reminder and the encouragement to stay on the narrow path.

    • Hi Janelle, Congratulations on your weight loss! My goal was to hit 20lbs by mid-June but I didn’t meet that goal. So I’m continuing on. That was only a mid point goal anyway. More to lose in the months ahead.
      Looking forward to your post on Monday!
      Blessings, Janis

  2. Congratulations on your weight loss and journey to a healthier you, Janis. That is so wonderful. That verse from 1 Corinthians always convicts me. I’ve struggled with an eating disorder for many years which means I am not honoring God with my body. It’s a journey for me too. Instead of good and bad days, it’s more like good weeks and one bad day. The grip is loosening. Thank you for the inspiration here and always wonderful to have you join us for Three Word Wednesday. I’m sorry for my delay in getting by.

  3. I so agree — I think health is so important. It’s a way we honor God with the gift He has given us. I struggled so much with my weight until I was 23ish — I wanted to be healthy so I could have a healthy pregnancy. It took a lot of work — God has to teach me about why I had the eating habits I did and bring healing to those places. Then, finding exercise I loved also helped. What I have realized is that the process of losing weight is not just physical. It is an emotional and spiritual journey as well.

  4. I’m very excited to hear about your weight loss success. I lost 35 pounds several years ago – (when you saw me, I was at my maintenance weight, and loving it) – but since moving up here, I’ve gained most of it back.

    I feel awful – both psychologically and physically.

    And yes, it’s much the same way when I neglect my spiritual life. When I’m not in the Word, or praying as much, or seeking fellowship, I get a little spiritually *flabby*.

    I am asking the Lord to give me discipline in both my lifestyle and my faith journey. I don’t have good will power. And so, I need His strength to be a good disciple.


  5. Thank you for this message, Janis. I need all the help I can get. It encourages me that you have been successful, but also that you have been honest about your struggle!

  6. Congratulations on your weight loss! Janis, I’ve recently gotten the fire reignited in me as it comes to taking charge of my health so I can relate to this on so many levels.

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