From Wanting to Winning

From Wanting to Winning

by Cindy Stephan

I wanted to lose weight—no, I needed to. Since quitting smoking, I had slowly packed on weight, until at 5’3” I was pushing 200 pounds. I felt miserable, had a terrible self-image, and was plagued by headaches and stomach pain. One day I made some decisions that not only helped me lose 64 pounds but also brought healing to my thinking and attitude about life. My headaches and stomach pain also disappeared! I went from wanting to lose weight to winning my battle of the bulge and gaining a better life. Here’s how:

1. I saw my need and potential as they really were. Knowing I had a problem was one thing—believing my life had meaning and a purpose bigger than I, was really motivating.

2. I chose to believe I could change. I stopped listening to negative “failure-based” messages that I had rehearsed for years. I stopped making excuses and feeling sorry for myself.

3. I chose faith in God to activate my decision. My faith gave me the power to push through obstacles and learn new habits.

4. I accepted the support I needed to persist in my decision. I joined a walking/jogging club with other positive-minded people. My husband, Brian, was a tremendous support, and he lost 40 pounds himself!

5. I learned to daily accept responsibility. I daily rehearsed positive choices instead of mourning over mistakes.

6. I chose to do more than think and feel right about my decision: I chose to act right about my decision every day. I learned how to choose healthful, high-fiber fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans and stopped buying impulse “comfort” foods.

7. I learned to see in today’s discipline tomorrow’s reward. There is a price to pay for good health tomorrow, and that is smart decisions today. The headaches are gone, and I feel so good now—plus I have gone from a size 18 to a size 8. Every good choice today yields a gift tomorrow. Now that’s something to look forward to!