Quitting is Not an Option

Has going around the mountain become a norm? Many women say they are going to start eating better tomorrow then tomorrow comes and goes, with no change in place.

What is holding you back? Why do you limit yourself? As believers, we would expect the world to struggle while we live victoriously. Success is available but we must understand our purpose, believing the potential to achieve victory is already in us; and more importantly, obey the plan God gave us to make it happen.

So many women are defeated by their own thoughts and self-perceived inadequacies. We put constant blame on the devil when he’s only involved to the extent we give him place to be. We’ve got to stop the excuses.

Either you’re going to endure or cave in and quit. Who doesn’t have a sad story? We all have responsibilities and must work, but we can’t be effective in life if we’re unhealthy and out of shape. Enduring requires you to focus on your goal rather than your present circumstance.

For example, not starting on a path to good health because you do not have a gym membership or you cannot afford to buy healthy food is not an excuse when walking is free, and cutting out certain foods is just a decision away.

Enduring might even bring ridicule and shame. However, we must learn to rise above the nonsense and ignore it.

If you’ve decided to take control of your health then family members pressure you into eating junk, or are disgruntled because you need to go workout- do you give in to their tantrums or will you stand strong?

This is your journey and you’re sadly mistaken if you think everyone is going to get on board with your decision to take your health into your hands. If you are easily moved by what people think or say about you, then you’re never going to get started. The world we live in is full of selfish people that reject and criticize the things that they themselves find impossible to tackle.

So, we must first say YES to ourselves and begin to take initiative. Be your own cheerleader. Trust God and know that you’re no good to anyone unless you’re good to yourself first.

Be your own cheerleader. Trust God and know that you’re no good to anyone unless you’re good to yourself first.

This journey is one of self-discovery. It’ll have you looking at yourself in the mirror on many occasions and more than half the times you’ll want to throw in the towel. But you can’t quit. Why you ask? Because your life depends on it, your family and friends need you here a long time but more importantly; you owe it to yourself.

You have been given one life and the choice is yours. START NOW! You can do it! Disconnect from what’s holding you back. Eat to live and don’t live to eat. Make time for yourself. Use walking as quiet time with the Lord. Include Him on this journey. See how He leads you to be consistent, making this a lifetime commitment and not just a diet. We are in this to win it and ultimately to experience that life (Zoe life) in the abundance, with nothing missing and nothing broken. Become a TOTALU!

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Joanna Pope

Joanna Pope is a columnist for our fitness and nutrition column "Total Women- From the inside out". She assists her husband at 'Life on the Horizon Ministries Church' in Orlando, Fl. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and Judge with the National Physique Committee. She went from being an overweight yo-yo dieter to fully breaking her sugar addiction from comfort foods and has become a Professional Fitness Champion. Her testimony of professing God's transforming word over her life, is what she eagerly shares with her readers. This newly emerged Joanna states "My goal is to inspire and motivate my readers to live a life that Glorifies God by taking care of His temple. Let the journey begin today!" Her column 'Total U' is amongst the many great columns here at Shulamite Women Online Magazine. Her readers gain first hand professional and biblical knowledge into how God reconstructs us from the inside out.

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