Self-doubt seems to be an ongoing plague in the world. It’s the invisible disease that’s eating away at the hearts and minds of women and men everywhere, yet it so often goes untreated.
It breaks my heart, really. I know if it breaks mine, it has to break God’s.
I hear my friends and family putting themselves down with negative words on a daily basis. I used to be the queen of it. Though I’m not perfect and still catch myself using negative self-talk, I’m so much better than I used to be.
I’m the type of person who can do the same thing over and over again. I can eat a salad everyday for lunch with the exact same toppings for months.
I’m one for routine. I drink my tea at the same time every morning. I prefer a specific type of ink pen. Sometimes, however, it’s time to change things up.
I’ve kept it no secret that I’ve gained 40 lbs. back of the 145 I lost. It’s still hard to say (type) those words. Lately I’ve felt stuck. I’m still running, still eating salads, and still drinking my tea at the same time each morning. But I’ve just felt stuck.
You’re at the local café and the waitress sets your nice hot cup of coffee down in front of you. She asks, “Would you like cream with that?” Of course you do.
Then you reach for the bright pink package, placed between the yellow, white and blue packets. After all, it has to be better for you than sugar, right?
You’ve missed a few workouts. You haven’t exactly eaten things that are good for you lately. That doesn’t mean you have to stay stuck.
It happens – to everyone. Whether you’re a beginner in getting your health back on track, or you’re a personal trainer, it happens.
You feel like you’ve fallen off the weight-loss wagon. Now you’re beating yourself up for failing. This is where you might run to the refrigerator to soothe your defeated heart.
This is a guest post by Dayna Bickham
. She is a writer, speaker and part-time missionary. She just released her first book, Chosen for Purpose: Overcoming Giants and Living Your Dreams
. You can find her on Facebook.
“You are too fat to do anything for the Lord.”
That is what I used to think about myself. That is the lie that played in my head over and over. Who would listen to me?
Americans see a heavy set person and often think of them as lazy. So ministry in America would never be possible, right?
Have you ever been given too much change and tried rationalizing why you should keep it? Ya, me too.
Can you imagine being a pastor and someone from your congregation testing you on your honesty? I share the full story in the video below.
The world is watching us. They’re waiting to see if we line up with who we say we are. This is a key lesson for me, because I realize as I continue to teach others about weight loss, getting healthy, taking the next right step, and more, people are wondering if my words are lining up with my actions.
It’s allowing me to be more vulnerable, and it’s so freeing.
Thank you. Thank you for allowing me to be real in my struggles, yet continuing to teach you.
Here’s to vulnerability!
Have you told yourself you’ll wait until next week to start losing weight? Or maybe you’ll start saving money when the next paycheck rolls around? Ya, I’ve been there too.
My best friend and I used to unknowingly sabotage each other. I would be ready to get healthy, start eating right and exercising, and we would commit to “starting our diet” on Monday. The beginning of the week would roll around and she wasn’t motivated. Well – since she wasn’t ready, I would feel defeated and decide I wasn’t either.
The same thing would happen to her. She’d be ready, I would lose my motivation, she would feel defeated and the cycle would continue.
We’ve all been there. Life is stressful. Emotions are high. You don’t know whether to cry or scream, and it’s possible you may do both.
That’s how my week has been. It’s easy for me in those moments to run to food. Maybe you struggle with that, too.
But I decided… Instead of running to the refrigerator, I actually went for a run. Here’s a little motivation for you:
I want to encourage you to think about what you do before you do it. Think about the consequences and regrets you’ll have. Then ask God to help you take the next right step. You’ll be glad you did.
The tongue – it has power. So much power that Proverbs 18:21 says it “can bring life or death.”
In his new book, The Carpenter, Jon Gordon takes each reader on a journey with J. Emmanuel, a simple carpenter, full of wisdom, and Michael, an overworked husband and father, trying to balance life and failing miserably.
Do you feel like you’re going in 15 different directions at one time and you’re not sure which one is the right way? If not, I’ll be honest and tell you that’s how I feel lately.
I find God’s timing quite funny. I was asked to speak at a women’s retreat that’s coming up in a few weeks. The topic is Priorities. I thought to myself, This should be simple. I’ll tell them how important priorities are, give them a few bullet points on what to do and what not to do, and their lives will be changed forever.