I do better when I have a goal. I reached my healthy weight goal in 2010, losing 116 pounds in four years. At first it was easy to maintain at my goal weight, or close to goal. Then I gave myself a little leeway.
My mentor suggested a five-pound buffer. I thought ten would work better. Ten years later, I was 15 -17 pounds over my goal. Then 2020 arrived and like so many, the scale number crept up. Yikes, I was now 34 pounds from my healthy weight.
It was time for a challenge. On January 1st, 2021, I set a goal to a lose 21 pounds in 2021. The challenge worked, as did the assistance of my accountability partners, my weekly group meetings, and following the Live It Plan. I lost 19 pounds and I was glad.
During 2021 my group completed the updated Be Free Bible study by Gari Meacham. This was my second time through this study. I remembered when I did the study previously, Gari doesn’t hold back. She asks tough questions. She “pokes the bear” and points out the “elephant” in the room. I got more out of the second session than the first time I did the study. It was challenging, just what I needed.
In week ten, “Free for Life” Gari lists four biblical layers of freedom: Struggle, Awakening, Change and Resolve. I’m resolved to stay healthy. I’ve maintained or at least tried to maintain a healthy weight since I started First Place for Health back in 2006.
During the “Be Free” session, the study challenged us to discover our healthy life weight. We assessed our goal weight. How did we determine the weight? Who did we consult? Did we ask God for our personal “life” weight?
The Lord helped me discover a new number and it’s lower than the number that I’ve had for the last 16 years. I won’t bore you with my negotiation tactics as I wrestled with the new lower number. It took me awhile before I realized the Lord’s plans are always better than my own.
So back to the question of the day. Are you up for a challenge? My challenge for 2022 is to lose 22 pounds. For those of you doing the math, the number is seven pounds lower than my original healthy weight. Praising the Lord for my new goal.
I need challenges in my life. I am excited to be on this journey with you. Join me with your own challenge for 2022. What challenge are you going to make for yourself? Comment below and we can encourage each other.
Helen Baratta is Director of Development for First Place for Health. In 2006, obese and unable to walk without pain, Helen surrendered to the Lord, and He transformed her life. She shed and now maintains a 100-pound weight loss. Helen is author of the book Restored! Embracing Weight Loss God’s Way.