Remain Hopeful

November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ask anyone who struggles with overeating if they have ever made big plans at the dawn of a new week only to find a few hours in that they have failed to resist the first temptation of the day! This is why it’s important to remain hopeful even in the midst of our failures. Even if you failed miserably and are knee deep in a box of donuts right now—remain hopeful anyway!!

If we have confidence that what we hope for will actually happen then it will build our faith. Faith and hope are intertwined. You may feel sometimes as if you have lost your faith in what you are striving to attain. But if you can remain hopeful that it COULD happen then that hope will water the seeds of faith inside your heart and confidence will build from within. Most importantly put that hope in the Lord. Not ourselves. We often make big plans. We often hope for big things to happen. And we often fail at those goals. So don’t put hope in yourself. Put all your hopes and dreams on God. He asks us to do that. To unburden ourselves from the belief that WE are capable in our own strength of achieving our goals (Psalm 55:22).

Place those hopes and dreams into the faithful and loving hands of God who has promised to never leave you or forsake you  (1 Deuteronomy 31:6).  He has promised to renew you, refresh you and to give you the grace, mercy, and love that you need for each day to move forward closer to the life He has planned for you (Lamentations 3:23). For He knows the plans that He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11). You may not see the way right now but if you put your trust in God He will make the way clear to you (Isaiah 42:16). Perhaps not all at once but day by day the plan will unfold clearly (Isaiah 43:19).  That is why we must hope and trust in what we cannot see. He has the vision to see for us. Only trust in Him to lead the way.

It is not overconfidence to believe that you will have success.   It is not ridiculous or unrealistic for you to declare victory over your struggles even if you are halfway into an extra large pizza.  Even if you quit 3 minutes into your workout.  Even if you stopped trying last Friday.  Even if today the scale says you have gained 20 pounds.  Whatever the situation is–smile.   Smile, hope, believe and keep moving forward.  Throw out the pizza box and start again.  Continue to have hope ESPECIALLY when it looks hopeless.  Continue to smile and remain certain that you will succeed ESPECIALLY when you are at your lowest point.  Your highest weight.  Your biggest size.  Keep believing that victory will come.  And why? Because if you have decided to place this burden on God (as He has asked you to do!) then you have every right to believe that you will see it come to pass.  It is not overconfidence.  It is not denial.  It is not a delusion.  It is trust.  It is hope.  It is faith.   And when you choose to believe in what seems unbelievable—hope in what seems hopeless—then you have crossed over into a new way of thinking.  You are no longer bound by only appearances.  You now can see past the superficial.  Past what a desperate, pointless, incurably up the creek and hopeless situation APPEARS to be.

Be a visionary!! Be someone who looks beyond the surface!  Be like Elisha who when surrounded by the enemy knew that it only looked as if he was alone.  He only appeared to be defeated.   The person with him thought for sure that they were through!! The enemy was surrounding them.  They had only themselves as a defense.  How could they survive that scenario?  But Elisha could see through eyes of faith.  He did not tell his friend that they would win because he was overconfident.  He did not say that they would survive because he was in denial!  Elisha’s trust, hope and faith in God allowed his eyes to be opened to a truth that lies just beneath the surface.

“Then Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!’ The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:17 NLT)

Just becoming aware of the fact that they were not alone gave them the courage to stand up to the enemy.   So let us also open our eyes.  Not to the empty candy wrappers and empty food containers full of last night’s mistakes–but to the invisible army that stands with us!  Not only do you have chariots of fire ready to throw down when Krispy Kreme threatens to strike—-you have the God of the Universe promising to fight FOR you!  You have real people living in this world sitting behind their computer screens fighting the good fight right along side you!! So you are NOT alone.  You have much reason to believe that there is hope for today.

So remain hopeful!  It’s our right and our privilege.   Believe it!

 

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Mrs. Abella November 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm

You are absolutely right! It’s easy to just lay down in defeat when something doesn’t go our way, if the scale moves up or the goals aren’t met for the week. It takes strength to get up again, to pitch the empty wrappers, to put a foot down and say “no!” and get going again. Weight loss isn’t a sprint for those of us with lots to take off, it’s a long term investment, and isn’t a perfect race, without sweat and tears, ups and downs.

I had my own disappointment this week with a 1 pound gain. Granted it’s after the candy/junk rush, but still, it went up instead of down. Instead of beating myself up over it, it’s simply time to buckle down and get back to work. I started out with a 2 mile walk that 2 months ago I couldn’t have even remotely done. That itself was an encouragement, as I didn’t want to negate the work I just did. The candy in the house is gone, and now even hubby is begging for no more to come in and no more be made. He has started wanting to feel better and have more endurance too.

While we’ll have our small defeats, we don’t have to live in defeat. We’re not alone, we don’t have to wallow in self pity when we gain a pound or two. We can get up, get back on track, and keep going, as there’s others watching us, how we do day to day, how we respond to the ups and downs.

Keep going, one day at a time! If need be, one hour at a time! God gives us a new day, and He is there all the time. We’re not alone!
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down November 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Good Morning Mrs Abella!! Thank you for this. I need to hear it. I totally agree! I gained 2 pounds over the Halloween holiday. Like you, I don’t want to allow that to negate the work I have done. I have also been working back into exercise and today I am also doing 2 miles I wasn’t mentally able to make myself do before. I know that I am making progress. We just have to understand that we are still here on this earth in our imperfect bodies still living with our hang ups in our human imperfect form! We cannot achieve perfection but we can move forward and get better. Like you said it takes strength to get up again. I like what you said about how it is not a sprint. I have been at this for 3 years. I cannot see it anymore as something to finish. It is just the road I’m on. Keep trucking!

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Mrs. Abella November 9, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Good afternoon! I’m glad I can be of encouragement. 🙂 This is a learning experience, starting at the top at 400 and working down, and something I don’t ever want to do again! In 2 months and 5 days I’ve lost 45 pounds, and while I know this is very fast, in my mind I want all 200 that I want gone–gone NOW. Or yesterday would work too! But, it didn’t take a day to get this big, nor will it take a day to lose it. 🙂

I don’t know about you, but I will *never* finish this. I may hit goal someday, but I’ll have to work and maintain, so there’s not a resting point. I *have* lost a lot of weight before, and it came back and then some. I didn’t work at it after I got where I was wanting to be. I let go.

Something that is nice even though I’m only 45 pounds into a 200 pound goal, is the huffing and puffing is gone. It’s so nice to walk more than 2 blocks without wanting to be carted back home. It’s nice to climb stairs without stopping halfway through to catch breath, whether at home going to the top floor or at church going from basement to top. It’s nice to be able to clean and have endurance, to walk 2 miles and not break a sweat, to do things that require a longer time and not give up part way through due to being tired. I haven’t been able to do this in years!!

Keep up what you’re doing, you have gone a long ways, and you’ll get to where you’re going, one step at a time. Enjoy the little things along the way–reward yourself, make it more exciting to hit the goals and work toward them. It’s not easy, but nothing worth having is, right? 🙂

Lots of hugs!
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LuckyMama November 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Great post – we have to concentrate on the positive, diminish the negative. We have to let our successes be the guide, not the failures.

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