Several months ago Barbara Amy, a First Place 4 Health Leader from Beaumont,TX, began posting a picture on Facebook every Wednesday morning of her feet on the scale. This takes a lot of courage to do, but it also adds a level of accountability that I believe could help many of us to succeed if we would just take the plunge.
I am reminded of something my friend Becky Turner says: “The scale is just like the law in the Old Testament; it shows us where we are, but has no power to help us change.” Many have an irrational fear of the scale and believe that the it is an indicator of how good we are or how bad we’ve been. In reality, the scale is just a tool to help us get where we want to be if we can get over our fear of it. The scale can be a marker of our starting place and take us all the way to goal.
When I am struggling with my eating, I hesitate to tell a soul. Because of this, I can have ten awful eating days before I tell someone and get back on track. I have had to accept that instead of judging me, people want to encourage me, if I will reach out and ask for help.
Last week, my Tuesday Noon class ended our session fired up to stay strong during the holidays. One of our members offered to set up a private holiday Facebook page for our class, so that we can post tips and encourage each other. The first day Diane posted a picture of her feet on the scale, and now six of us are doing the same thing each week. We had some wonderful successes this year and no one wants to slip backward during our two months break. Brandy Hanus lost 51 pounds since April and Cheri Lasiterlost 40 pounds since January.
I loved what Diane Hawkins posted today: At work and limited time, but I just wanted to give a shout out to all of you posting your weight or any goal. You ladies rock! For the first holiday season ever, I am not in fear about my food choices. It’s not just about posting the photo; for me, it’s about the wonderful encouragement and support y’all offer me. We really are better together! Yes, we are better together! We need each other to successfully lose weight and keep it off forever. My prayer for all of us is that we will enter 2016 strong and well spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Why don’t you ask someone to walk through the holidays with you as your accountability partner? As you share your victories and your struggles, you will become closer friends than you could ever imagine. You will enter the New Year fired up about the year ahead, instead of bummed out over your behavior during the holidays, Success is in the process; if you don’t quit you will succeed! And success is guaranteed with a group of people who love you and don’t want to see you fail.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity the one who falls and has no one to help them up. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)