Monday, June 21, 2010

So long Dumbo

FACT: An elephant calf is around 250 pounds or 115 kgs in weight when born.

I know what you're do you know this Lelia?

Well, after many verbalized plans to lose my unwanted weight by my 40th birthday in October, only to daily sabotage my efforts by indulging in a huge bowl of ice cream sin, my 16 year old son Aaron has had enough. And so yesterday, he sweetly informed  me that I weigh as much as a baby elephant. Aaron is much like his dad as he retains facts that normal people don't know. So, a little taken aback, I asked how much those things weigh and when he said 250, I argued that I do not weigh that much, which he came back with: "Fine Mom, you're a preemie elephant".

Gene and I were laughing, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized two things:
1.) I don't want to be compared to a baby elephant.
2.) How often I show my kids the picture of failure.

Really, I do. I set goals and never accomplish them.
What is that called? Insanity?
You've probably heard the definition of that before: Doing the same thing, expecting different results.

So, how does one get beyond herself and try something different? Something that will work?
Last night I was thinking about it and the one thing that instantly came to my mind is in the book of the Bible known for it's wisdom...
Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, 
       and your plans will succeed.

So, this morning I woke up and committed my day to the Lord. I asked Him to help me make good choices in my thought life, my usage of words and I also asked Him to guide me through my exercise and eating choices.

I can make all the goals and plans I want to, but bottom line is, if I don't include the Lord, which I haven't up to this point, I will NEVER find success.

Baby elephant...your days are numbered!

Do you have anything in your life that you continuously failed at 
UNTIL you gave it the Lord 
and through Him you finally found success? 
Oh, please share...


Andrea said...

There are too many things to count that fall into the category of failure until GOD took control. My life is a disaster when I try to steer the wheel. Why is that I keep trying to take that job back? You would think I would learn...I have certainly had many life lessons.

Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement, and support.

Blessings and hugs,

Kimberly said...

I am a MISERABLE goal setter, friend!!! I have two nice big messes that I was actually praying about this morning...messes that are there because of my lack of goal setting. So I am right there with you in needing to commit some things to the Lord afresh. :)

I just found a new's called Redefining Health. So, so good. I am really needing God's help with my eating. Anyways, you may want to check her out. :)
(don't know how to make that a real link. Sorry!)

Hugs to you, you BEAUTIFUL daughter of the King! ( and no callin' yourself a baby elephant, you hear me!) :)


Tammy said...

I quit smoking over 10 years ago when I finally committed it to the Lord.

Ok, Lelia it might sound a little crazy, but hear it goes. When I would desire a cigarette, I would say out loud...(yes, even in public)
"In the name of Jesus, satan you have no authority over me and I will not smoke, be gone!"

No kidding, within 30 second the feeling to smoke was gone. I had tried many different ways to quit and was always miserable doing it. But this time, dare I say, it was a piece of cake...opps sorry. :)

You can do it when you commit it Him and use the authority that is given to you.

love and hugs~Tammy

LisaShaw said...

Amen on what Tammy said above. I quit smoking in 1991.

I'm praying for and with you Lelia as I'm with you on the need to loose more weight. For me it's menopause and the constant fight against the weight gain etc but I trust GOD and I'm cooperating with HIM and I won't beat myself up about it. I want to encourage you in your journey as well. If you need me just reach out.

I'm praying with and for you now.

Hugs and love!

Jennifer said...

Praying for you sweet friend!!! Mine is exercising. I start only to stop and then feel bad because I stopped. It's a vicious cycle!!!! And many other things.....

Angela said...

Lelia, this is a great verse! Everything we do has to be for the glory of God..and when it is for his glory, he will make it succeed!
I lost 20 pounds last year and have kept it off by sticking to the free plan on is awesome and did I mention FREE? They help you day by day to reach your goals by figuring how many calories you need/ what you should be burning off in order to reach your goal weight, and they have lots of recipes, too..even personal pages you could link your blog too =)

chasity said...

this was so very encouraging.
thanks so much!