Here's the bad news. There is no magic pill, diet, exercise, machine, operation or any other thing that by itself will maintain proper weight and optimal health! That is the best and most informative piece of information I can give you. We keep waiting for that one magic thing that will relieve our need to manage and steward our lifestyle and health. There is NO MAGIC. Say it with me, there is NO MAGIC!
The Bible states it this way in Gal.6:7-9, 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
While I am taking that scripture out of it's original context which is in relation to giving it is also appropriate when speaking about health, diet and exercise. Look at it again, don't be deceived....think about it....how many pills, devices, memberships and video/dvds have you bought? And why did you buy them? And do ANY of them work effortlessly and without any work or sacrifice on your part? Most don't even work at all!
Whatever one sows, that will he also reap. I believe that all truth is universal truth and works in all areas of our life. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." Again, taken out of context but still applicable here. You must sow into, or invest, in your health. You must invest time, discipline and even money. Sometimes it is more expensive to get quality produce but it is so worth it! It is always a pain to get up early to exercise but it is so worth it.
We can't have a short term approach to a long term challenge! Health is a lifelong pursuit and must be addressed as such. We will reap if we faint not! Make a comprehensive plan that fits your lifestyle and work the plan. A plan that you can live with. For life!! A plan that encompasses proper Rest, Hydration, Diet, Exercise, Avoidance of unhealthy practices like smoking and drinking in excess, Forgiveness and a Healthy Self Image.
Now the Good News! There are many great programs and plans out there that when properly integrated into your lifestyle will produce the best result possible. Remember, your plan must be comprehensive and have both short and long term goals which, when met, will become a maintenance plan to keep for life. Then the thinking, planning, searching part is over. Take the time to do it right and then stick with it, modify it if necessary but stay with the plan until like brushing your teeth it will become a habit. Then you can give yourself to more important things like the call of God in your life, your family and your community.
And, for those of you that are Christians, the New Testament states that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. For those who are not Christians, you can ask Jesus into your life. Seek Him and you will find Him! There is help in God. Now, all things is not the same as everything. All things means those things that I am supposed to do. I can do them by His grace and presence in my life.
Grace and Peace,
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. You should consult with your medical professional before beginning any diet or exercise program!