Sunday, April 24, 2011

Reshaping it All - Day 55

Reshaping it All - Day 55

Posted by Darlene Schacht, co-author of Reshaping it All

Twenty five years ago, had anyone told me that my weight would be a difficult thing to keep off I might have shot them the stink eye. Actually a few people did tell me, but I didn't believe a single word of it.

With age comes wisdom--and reality. But what I really like most about age is maturity. I tried to take weight off in my late twenties through to my mid thirties, but I didn't know then what I know now, and even if I had known how to keep off the weight, I didn't have the "stick-to-it" attitude that I have now.

I'm not that keen about jumping out of an airplane, or hanging from a bungie cord like I once was. I realize now that life is fragile, it's moving by quickly, and I want to embrace every moment I have. Praise God that He offers us the power to change, and that I've stepped out to embrace it.

Both my husband and my Lord love me as much today, as they did 23 years ago, and have loved me through every year and size in between--that I know. But what I also know is that I feel good, and enjoy life a little more when I'm at a comfortable, average-sized weight.

If diets, or should I say, "lifestyle changes," always failed me, no matter which ones I tried, why would I start yet again?

It took me over a decade to realize that they didn't fail me at all; the truth is that I had failed them.

I also failed high school English, but that didn't mean that I'd never write a book, own a self-publishing company, or be a New York Times Best-Selling (co)author, failing merely meant that it wasn't time to give up.

Rather than letting our past failures set the stage for our future, they should be the very thing that tells us we need to press on!
I have created you and cared for you since you were born. I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. ~ Isaiah 46:3b-4a, LB

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  1. I am so grateful that GOD has led you two lovely women to author Reshaping It All. I am so encouraged by the posts, and tweets and reviews on this book, that I decided that this Summer will be the Summer I get active and exercise. I even set my (stretch) goal to lose 25 pounds by the end of Summer. Having gone through another (successful) semester in college, I gained weight with all the stress that came along with it. I'm ready to shed those pounds, but mostly get fit in a wholesome way! I'm giving my weight loss goals to Jesus and I pray that He sees me through.

  2. Really appreciating all this encouragement. I love how we're all on different journeys but with one goal: less of us but more Jesus!

  3. I look forward every morning to reading the posts. Eash one is encouraging and motivating. Thank you Darlen and Candace for taking the time to challange us to Reshap it All this summer.

  4. I would love to win this package! Really enjoying the help I'm getting ~ thank you! : )

  5. This post is so true and has hit me directly. As I get older it does become harder but I have to remember to stay focused and persevere through the doubt. As I have been rereading this book I have also been studying James and allowing his word to speak to me. Thanks for being an inspiration!

  6. I would love to win the book! This is what I need right now!

  7. I really needed to read this one today. Thanks!

  8. This is a great book, would love an extra copy for a friend.