I found some notes in my food journal—written on August 6, 2011—at the very early stages of my weight loss. It’s a prayer I want to remember as I continue on this journey.
What if I have underestimated myself? What if I can do much, much more than I ever thought I could?
What if I can truly envision, for once, the good that can happen?
How powerful I can feel.
How much control I can have.
How far I can go.
Lord, please help me reach this goal. To accomplish what I set out to do.
To be healthy.
To honor the life you have given me.
To not waste my good health.
To be an inspiration to others.
To feel a sense of rightness and balance.
To feel light and small but powerful and strong.
To establish the pathway for a healthy old age. To be active, able to help others rather than needing help.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.