Thursday, December 29, 2011

Weighty Issues

With the New Year right around the corner it seems everywhere I look there is talk about losing weight. Weight has always been a complicated issue for me as I've shared before. My weight has always gone up and down and is especially affected by different medications I take. Since 2005 I have lost almost 50lbs. It's a wonderful accomplishment that I thank God for. 6 months ago I started taking a new medication that has been helping my fibromyalgia but it also has a side effect of weight gain and increased appetite. I've gained 4lbs since I started taking it.

While that might not seem like a lot I have been obsessing over it. I'm so afraid of gaining more weight & being overweight again. But lately God has been showing me that I care way too much about that number on the scale. When weighing myself ruins the whole day for me-that's a problem. When I'm thinking more about what I weigh than I'm thinking about Jesus, prayer requests, my goals, hopes, dreams etc-that's a problem. So this year my New Year's "resolution" (although I don't really do those) is not to lose weight but to stop thinking and caring so much about my weight. Yes it's important to keep an eye on it and stay healthy but what I weigh is not the most important thing in my life (not even close!).

I'm starting to re-read my friend Candace & her co-author Darlene's book Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. I've shared before about this awesome book that shares a biblical perspective on health and fitness. It's a definitely a must read for anyone who has ever struggled with weight or anyone who cares about being healthy. So check it out & here's to a happy, healthy New Year for us all!