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My Fight to Be Fit: Linda Michaels

Linda is a producer and lives in Virginia Beach. Come back each Monday and Wednesday to follow her progress.


June 5, 2006

Dodging the Donuts

Well, this is week two of my "fight to be fit." I have kept to my program -- thanks, in no small part, to this blog. The fear of public humiliation is a powerful motivator!

Last Friday we were treated to donuts in the office. Now I have never turned down an opportunity for a free glazed donut in my life -- as my waistline can attest. That is until now. The thought of having to confess it online for anyone who has access to a computer to read was a wonderful deterrent!

In spite of my efforts, however, I have to confess that the scale has not budged a bit this week. Because last week was an unusually large loss of five pounds, I've been able to take it in stride. However, if the trend continues; well that's another story.

Last week I shared that when it comes to losing weight, I have a terrible time staying motivated. One reason for this is that part of me has never really wanted to lose weight. I despise our country's obsession with thinness and beauty and my extra weight has been my personal protest sign. It was my way of saying, "Forget all that and just be the person God created you to be!" Unfortunately, I don't think anyone was listening.

I admire the actress Halle Berry for once saying she wanted young women to know that being beautiful is not life's cure-all. "Being thought of as 'a beautiful woman' has spared me nothing in life," said Berry. "No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory," she said.

The Bible echoes her sentiments, "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised" (Psalm 31:30).

If I actually thought that being beautiful would make life painless, I think I'd be much more motivated! But I know better.

So until recently I have had very little true motivation for losing weight and getting fit. But now I have reached a point in my life where I realize that being thinner will indeed spare me some future pain. Less weight will help me avoid the pain of joint replacement surgery, heart disease, and a host of other health problems that could be looming on the horizon.

It will also spare me the pain of knowing that my lack of energy due to excess weight is keeping me from doing all the things God has called me to do. Perhaps that is the greatest pain of all. I long to hear those words from Jesus, "Well done, good and faithful servant." I just hope I can remember that the next time there are donuts in the office.

Now it's your turn. Glazed donuts may not have been your challenge this past week, but I'll bet you had some. Log on here to share what obstacles you faced this past week.

Last week's blog: How I got Roped into This


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