Weight-Loss and The “Warrior Spirit” – Part I

I must admit, that after 40 + years of “battling the bulge”, I discourage myself with thoughts such as “I will never lose weight”, “I can lose weight, but I’ll probably gain it all back again”, “If I start this diet, I’ll do o.k. for about three weeks and then I’ll revert back to my old ways”.

I have discovered the emotions over which I eat. I know that I turn to food to comfort what ails me. I know that I learned to nurture myself with food since age 7 to survive my chaotic and painful childhood. Carrying extra weight feels very FAMILIAR and the self-contempt that accompanies it. It is a STRONGHOLD. Sometimes I am tempted to stop trying, to accept myself at this weight, to give up the goal. After all, I am tall, carry my weight well and look “pretty good”.

Something rises up inside. I call it the “warrior spirit”, the part of me that wants to WIN, The part of me that wants to OVERCOME and DEFEAT the enemy. If I am in a battle, I do not want to lose. If my addiction to food is something that the enemy of my soul uses to diminish my destiny, I DO NOT WANT TO ALLOW IT! I want to try again. I NEVER want to give up! I will NOT concede. I will keep trying until the day that I die. After all, I have the same power in me that raised Jesus from the dead. How can I NOT have victory in this battle?

Scripture tells me that “greater is HE (Jesus) that is in me than he (Satan) that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4), I am the “head” and not the “tail”, “above” and not “beneath” (Duet. 28:13). So, who am I to give up without having realized these things in my life? There is so much written in Scripture about being “victorious” and being an “over comer” (Numerous times in Revelations). To overcome means to “beat, conquer, crush, defeat, subdue, surmount, subjugate…” according to Webster’s Thesaurus. To overcome is our destiny. To win the “battle of the bulge” is God’s plan. How then, after so many failures do we appropriate this victory? It seems that if a mighty warrior such as David asked God to teach him to war then we should as well.

Here are some steps to begin to walk in the “warrior spirit”:

1. Declare to yourself and others that you will NOT give up, no matter what!

2. Remember the children of Israel, who wandered for 40 years before crossing over to Canaan. It does NOT matter how long you have been trying. The Promised Land lies ahead of you!

3. Ask God to give you strength, to know how to fight this battle. Be open to new “weapons” that God might show you. (A new food plan, exercise routine, group to attend, etc.)

4. Realize that you battle not only the obsession with food, but with Satan, who is “a liar, the Father of lies, and the truth is not in him.” (John 8:44)

5. Learn all you can about “spiritual warfare” and REFUSE to be defeated.

6. SURRENDER the course of your battle to the Lord. Be patient. Encourage yourself in the Lord! (Psalm 42, I Samuel 30:6). You are in this for the long haul!

This article is by Jennifer Cecil, M.Ed., LPC