How do you really measure success?

This is a question I have asked myself lately as many of my previous thought patterns in this area are being challenged.  

I used to think that success in weight loss was all about the number on the scale or the size of my clothing.  While those are significant and important factors, they aren’t the only measure of success on this health and fitness adventure.

Today marks six weeks since I began a 30-Day program to create a healthier relationship with food, and establish a lifestyle of enjoying my food without being a slave to it.   

Some changes I’ve noticed beyond weight loss:

  • The scale is a tool for feedback to gauge the effects different foods have on my body but it no longer has the power to derail me.  Now when the scale goes up, and it does – for no apparent reason some days, I continue on, working the program and trusting the process.
  • I no longer eat the equivalent of another meal snacking before bedtime.  When dinner is over, that’s it for the night.
  • I am truly satisfied by so much less on my plate!  Before my plate would be heaping, and sometimes still I would have second helpings.  If you had handed me a plate that was sensibly portioned like they are now, I would have thought I’d starve!
  • I don’t experience the insatiable cravings for chips, breads, pizza etc that I did before.  That doesn’t mean I will never have these treats again, but they don’t hold the power over me anymore. 
  • I drink enough water to float the Titanic!!!!  Three to four litres a day compared the one I sometimes drank before. 

I am about to embark on a six-week fitness challenge and I am kinda terrified!!  I have NEVER even considered doing something like this before!!  But here I am, moving into unfamiliar territory, facing my fears and my excuses head on.

I am experiencing a freedom in this area of my life, that I haven’t experienced in a v-e-r-y long time.  

I was being controlled.  I was a slave to food.  

Galatians 5:1 is my life verse – “It is for freedom that Jesus set us free….”  God is not trying to take away my fun, deprive me of things I enjoy; He’s not on a power trip nor is He a control freak….  His heart’s cry for me is to see me walk in deeper and deeper levels of freedom, in every area of my life.

1 Corinthians 6:12 – The apostle Paul states: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”

I am thankful for His Relentless Pursuit of me, and His commitment to seeing me walk in wholeness and freedom.  I don’t always partner with Him well.  In fact, I often run the other way, yet He patiently waits until I finish spinning my wheels and then takes my hand, leading me forward in the process of becoming all that I am meant to be.  

For me, TRUE success is twofold.  First and foremost, it is living in dependance on a strength that is bigger than my own.  And second, embracing the process as it unfolds.   I don’t think success is a destination, I think it is the journey all along the way…