Okay, losing weight is on almost everyone’s to-do list or new year’s resolution list. Have you ever thought about why it stays on people’s list? People lose weight, then they gain weight, they lose weight and then gain weight…you get the picture. I know this scenario all too well…the weight loss rollercoaster. It’s discouraging, demeaning at times and downright disturbing for people who ride it. There are of course many factors that play a role in our ability to reach and maintain a “perfect” weight, size or state of health. I’d like to submit to you that part of the issue is our goal to “lose” weight.
I first saw this idea in an article on the D’herbs website. It really struck a chord with me. I know our words have power. The bible says that “life and death is in the power of the tongue.” So, let’s look at the word lose. When you lose something what do you automatically want to do? Find it. You lose your car keys and your natural response is to go looking for it. You lose your child in a mall and you frantically search every corner to find him. You lose your money and you search every purse, crevice and pants pocket to find it. Losing creates a natural response to regain what you lost.
The definition for lose according to dictionary.com is:
- to come to be without (something in one’s possession or care), through accident, theft, etc., so that there is little or no prospect of recovery
So, think about it…when we lose weight…we want to regain it…to find it again. This happens on a level below our consciousness.
Instead of striving to lose weight, let’s endeavor to RELEASE the weight. When we release things, we let go of them. The definition of release is:
- to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; let go
So, when we RELEASE our weight, we are making a conscious and active decision to LET GO of the extra weight, belly fat, etc. It becomes an active not passive action.
There is a scripture (Hebrews 12:1) that says “let us lay aside every weight…” Now this scripture has many more layers and is referring to faith, but the word is the word. And the word is instructing us to “lay aside every weight.” We have to actively let go of our weight, not lose it (which is passive).
So, just try changing your language around your weight release goals and see what it “feels” like for you. Choose to release what you don’t want, what doesn’t belong to you and what is holding you back!
Until next time!
Joy to You!