Never Start a Diet on a Monday

I love this Scripture in Proverbs.

“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again...” 

— Proverbs 24:16 

It speaks volumes of hope for the person who is trying to lose weight and to control one’s health.

There are so many ways to stumble and fall when it comes to weight loss. And once you have achieved your natural healthy weight, there are always opportunities to go back to your old ways.

The important message here is simple: Get back up – today.  

Don’t wait for the “perfect day” because you are afraid that you might fall.  Take action today...even when you do not feel like it.  The difference between the righteous and the wicked is simple:  the righteous rise up again.

God always says...take action today.

Have you ever had a week like this?

Let me give you an example that you may be able to relate to.

You plan to go on a “diet and exercise program.” You have read how others have gone through a program, and now you are convinced that it will work for you also.

And so you make plans to “…start on Monday.”

But on the weekend, because you know the diet is coming on Monday, you decide it is time to “eat, drink and be merry” one last time.

A weekend of junk food because you know that the new diet does not allow junk food.

Monday comes and you start the program with great gusto and promise. Your body is still full of carbs from the weekend, and you feel just fine.

Tuesday comes and you are still excited, but you’re feeling a little sore from your new exercises and just a little hungry.

Here comes Wednesday, and you are feeling some “junk food” withdrawal, and now you are beginning to question if the guy who wrote the diet book knows what he is talking about.

Thursday comes and you get a flat tire on your way to work, and you are going to be late for your job…again.  

You deserve a break today

Your boss is not happy and he gives you a piece of his mind (maybe he is on the same diet). So now you are upset, and a little bit of self-piety sets in.  

Some of your co-workers say, “Hey, we are going to Starbucks around the corner on our break. Do you want to come?”

Now you start to think, life never works out for me…things always go wrong for me...“I deserve a break today.”

And thoughts of a Grande Mocha with whole milk and whip cream and a large chocolate chip muffin start to dance in your head, and you say, yes! I am coming.  

And then on the way home you think, well, I will need to start my diet all over again -- next Monday. In fact, you promise yourself that you will start again next Monday... as you pull into an Arby's and order a large roast beef sandwich with a large order of fries.

And then on Friday after a stressful week, you are walking out of Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop with a triple scoop as you say to yourself, “I am going to have my favorite junk food today and all weekend...

...because on Monday I promise I will start my exercise and diet program again.”

Does this sound familiar? I think we all have had this experience one way or another.

But here is what I have learned:  never make big plans to start tomorrow or next week.  

Today is the day for action

No, today is the day to rise and redeem the time you do have.

Today is the day for action. Success in weight loss and in maintaining a natural healthy weight always happens when you take action today.

Stop the mindset of making big plans for some future "perfect" day.

Change your thinking. No matter what happened yesterday, or even already today, I will take action for my health right now today.

There is always something you can do today. Sometimes being "less bad" is better than big promises.  

Redeem today by taking action at developing and working on healthy habits.

A little success goes a long way

After a few days of success, you start to feel good about yourself.  

Success is the best motivation you will experience in your life. Success always leads to more success.  It is better to have success developing a small habit, than big plans or goals that never happen.  Baby steps trump "big huge goals"  every time.

Pretty soon you will have developed a new healthy habit. Because you are focusing on building your good habits, you will never have to be on a “diet” again.

So today, right now, get back up again – even if it means getting back up seven times per day. Be righteous...rise up!