Many want to lose weight, and may be looking for the “magic bullet”; a quick fix that requires no self-discipline, no change in eating habits, and no physical activity to burn more calories than are consumed. The two things that most of us don’t want to do are the two things that are required in order to shed excess pounds: eat better (note I didn’t say “eat less”) and exercise more.
Sometimes just some minor changes can make a major difference; here’s an example: yesterday, my daughter and I went out to lunch, and while waiting to be seated, we saw a woman at the salad bar, ladling Thousand Island dressing on her salad. She slathered on a good portion with the first scoop, and then proceeded to fill the ladle twice more and add that to those wonderful, fresh veggies, which had now disappeared beneath the glut of calories. I don’t think I’d be wrong to say she had used at least a half-cup of dressing. My thought was, “a thousand-calorie, thousand island salad!” With the pizza this overweight woman also enjoyed, her meal probably contained at least 2,000 calories, which is a generous daily total for most anyone who isn’t trying to reduce.
A small change of using half a scoop of dressing instead of half a cup – if this was her normal way of eating a salad – could result in quite a few pounds lost over a year’s time. Add other hardly-noticeable changes, and she could probably be a healthy weight in just a few months. Many who regularly indulge in such ways would love to shed their excess body fat, but aren’t yet willing to pay the price.
As I think about this, it brings to mind a Bible verse. Early in His public ministry, Jesus was in Jerusalem for a Jewish feast. Passing by the pool of Bethesda, he saw people with various physical ailments gathered around the pool, waiting for the occasional miraculous stirring of the waters that provided healing for the first person to step in. The Lord had an unusual question for one of the men:
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6)
The man responded in the affirmative. Obviously unable to walk, he had tried many times to be the first, but without success. With compassion, Jesus told the man, “Rise, take up your bed and walk (vs. 8).” The man took Jesus at His word, and was instantly healed.
“Do you want to be made well?” Good question. Perhaps we need to ask ourselves a similar one. Do we want to be healthy…enough to do the things required for the wellness walk? Until this goal becomes a priority that transforms our daily living, we’re not going to achieve this worthwhile goal.
Thought for the day:
We gained our weight tortoise-slowly, but we want to lose it jack-rabbit fast. However, remember who won the race!
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