I was horrified when I saw the numbers on the scale and wondered how I had ended up in this very unfortunate situation. In vain I tried to place the responsibility elsewhere but finally I had to admit that I was the only one to blame for the high numbers laughing so mockingly at me. I had bought the scale; no one forced me to stand on it, and the surprisingly high numbers – well I’m afraid that that was all on me too.
After my encounter with the scale, I knew that if change were to happen, three things were needed:
1. I had to eat less
2. I had to exercise more
3. I needed help
This was how one change in my life happened. It’s now been 10 years, 6 marathons and 24 pounds since the scale so rudely forced me to face the truth.
This has actually been one of the easier processes of change in my life. It is much harder when we have to deal with our self esteem – our anger, our anxiety, our pride, our fear of being rejected, our need for control, our envy with people seemingly more successful that ourselves, our struggles prioritising our time and resources like we really want, our difficulties having healthy boundaries etc. Stuff like this really calls for the help of God, ourselves and that of people walking alongside in the process of change.
If you are finding yourself in need of change, I would encourage you to explore our new course at ChristChurch London called Steps to Freedom. It is a 12-step-based Christian life-skills course, designed to help us to knead the liberating teaching of Jesus into the very mould of our daily living.
If you would like to know more, please join us as at the introduction on January 31 at 13.15 at the Mermaid Theatre. The course will be running every Sunday afternoon at the Mermaid from February 7 to May 1.
You can find out more information and register interest here.