Gracious and Gentle

Losing weight is hard. Like really, really hard. It’s harder than I want it to be. I’ve got an endomorphic body: lots of curves, puts on weight easily, and releases weight slowly (very, very slowly). I’m working hard at it, but it can still be discouraging.

My food accountability partner (who happens to be a wonderful friend and sister-in-law as well) said something this morning that really stuck with me: “we need to be more gracious and gentle with ourselves.”

I’d love to be losing 2lbs a week. I think it’s a healthy rate of weight loss. And yet, it may not happen. No matter how well I eat and how often I exercise, my body may not release the fat that quickly. That makes me mad; really, really angry. I don’t want to be patient.

I want to be at a healthy weight NOW.

Here’s my weight loss chart. It’s trending down and that’s a reason to celebrate. Another reason to celebrate? I spent the last week traveling and I made good food choices!


I am choosing to show myself grace. I am working hard to get healthy and lose weight. The results will follow even if it takes what feels like forever. This verse resonates with me:


God loves me when I am overweight. God will still love me when I lose the weight. God will love me no matter how quickly I do it. God shows me grace in the midst of it all: his unconditional love is a gift that keeps me motivated through the discouraging times.

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1 Comment

  1. Kim Stirtan on October 18, 2013 at 6:11 am

    Love your honesty! Perserverance will help you. And others will learn from your perseverance in their weight loss goals.

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