I do a lot of traveling with my profession as an author, and this is my busiest season. I spent a lot of time praying about even applying to become one of Rob’s Big Losers because I knew I would be gone much of February and March. But I felt God’s clear call and so I left the decision as to whether or not I could do this in His hands.
Obviously He thinks I can.
But one thing I’ve learned in these three short weeks is that I’m either my biggest ally or my biggest enemy. As I get ready to head out this weekend for a conference, I decided to make certain I set myself up for success instead of failure.
Here’s what I’ve done:
- Made sure I’m prayed up. Ultimately my strength comes from God. So the foundation of my success rests on my relationship and connection to Him.
- Built in accountability. Doing this weight-loss thing here already carries a lot of accountability, but I’ve gone even further. I’ve let people who are going to be with me this weekend know what my goal is and what I have to do to stay on track.
- Rearranged my schedule. I don’t have a lot of flexibility with my time when I’m speaking at a conference, but I do have some. I can determine when I get up and when I go to bed. So I’ve found time to exercise and I’ve marked it on my notes.
- Invited some comrades. In addition to telling those around me what I’m doing, I’ve asked several to participate in exercise with me while I’m away.
- Enlisted a prayer team. In addition to praying myself, I’ve asked several others to be praying for me while I’m away. I’ve given them specific things to pray about:
- the ability to resist temptation
- the discipline to exercise even when I don’t feel like it
- the blessing of good sleep
As I said above, I have the ability to act as a friend or foe on this weight loss journey. Today I’m making the deliberate choice to work for me and not against me.