There's an old quote that says, "Exercise daily, walk with God." As women in the business world, it's easy to forget to take care of your most important asset-- YOUR HEALTH. If you've been struggling to lose weight, I'm sure you've come to realize that you can't do it on your own.
My new eBook, Fight Fat With Faith: Biblical Strategies For Weight Loss-- gives you both practical and spiritual tips to losing the weight and keeping it off.
Here are three ways to start a successful weight loss journey:
Change how you think about your weight loss
. Forget all of the times you've missed the mark. Start making better choices within the next 24 hours. There will be times when it's not easy, but remember-- you must forget those things that are behind and press toward the prize. As a woman thinketh...so is she.
Have realistic goals
. You don't have to set out to lose 75 pounds in the beginning. Setting unrealistic goals, leaves you discouraged and demoralized when you don't reach them. Start with a goal of losing 5 to 10 percent of your current body weight. So if you weight 200 pounds-- set a goal to lose 10 or 20 pounds. Once you achieve this goal, it will be easier to lose more.
Let go of all excuses.
We all have excuses for not eating right and not exercising. "I'm too busy to cook." "I can't afford a gym membership." "I don't have the energy to exercise." "It's my metabolism." These negative excuses keep us in a cycle of failure when it comes to losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle. If you need wisdom on how to fit fitness into your lifestyle, pray and ask God for guidance. In James he says, "If any of you lack wisdom...let her ask God, who gives [it] generously without finding fault." (NIV)
In addition to a lower quality of life, the risks of being overweight are many (heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis and some cancers). Initially, commit to cultivating a healthy mindset and the lifestyle changes (eating habits and exercise) will come naturally.