One of the best parts of helping others with their food and lifestyle changes has been watching them begin to flourish again. In the small group format I'm privvy to seeing life come back to people. Watching things with food click back into place has been the most rewarding benefits of coaching and community building. But there is something even more meaningful to me...
When...I encounter people they are in a disgusted and distressed place! They're disgusted with themselves and heavily blaming themselves for where they are. They are full of fear! Fear of another diet failure. Some are so defeated they've lost their hope and have let opportunities slip through their fingers leaving them with less than a thriving life. A lot of these people are people of faith! We're suppose to be having an abundant life, right? There is nothing abundant about my life from those days except my obesity and girth. These people of faith are hurting and they've let their purpose go along with their bodies. Full of shame, they've gone into as much hiding as possible.
Gary Taubes who wrote the bestseller, "Why We Get Fat" suggests it's not our fault! It's the food we're eating. Our American diet is rich in highly processed carbs! Carbs our bodies cannot metabolize well and carbs and sugars that we're highly addicted to. He states in his book that these carbs are leading to abundant insulin secretion and that creates illness (diabetes) constantly cravings, hunger and tiredness. Bingo! That was my life.
When someone comes out of that orbit and begins a lower carb approach. Removing controlling food allows them to reestablish their self-control. Last night I was privileged to have some folks in my living room who have done just that! Self-control was the topic that emerged and how this way of eating gives that back to us. With control over food back in place, we're all making healthier choices and it's making an impact on our health and energy! It's dramatically impacting our self confidence and esteem...and slowly we begin to live again!
Many people of faith have sought help from their creator! They've asked for prayers for their success and healing. I've seen it over and over and I've seen them embrace this new day or respite that comes from removing controlling foods. As beautiful as it is to see these people get traction nothing compares to the moment that gleam and dare rise back up in their eyes...Where they're ready to TAKE LIFE BACK!
Whether it's putting in for a promotion, going for a new job, starting your first small group in your home or landing a publishing deal of a lifetime...Daring to live on purpose comes back to us and that is what you do in maintenance. YOU LIVE! You dare to believe again and rise up! You find purpose and roll up your sleeves.