Day 3 of a three-part series on New Year’s resolutions… The first time I remember feeling self-conscious about my weight was when my family was in Hawaii. We had enjoyed just about every minute of our week-long vacation and were having a special dinner on our final evening. I loved the new dress I was […]
Day 3 of a three-part series on New Year’s resolutions…
The first time I remember feeling self-conscious about my weight was when my family was in Hawaii. We had enjoyed just about every minute of our week-long vacation and were having a special dinner on our final evening. I loved the new dress I was wearing because it had the bold, beautiful fabric you’d expect on the islands, and I remember sucking in my stomach for the pictures.
I had just turned 6.
In all those years since then, you’d think weight loss would have come up on my prayer list, even if it was merely a mention. But I didn’t really start talking to God about it until fairly recently, when I began worrying about the health risks of being over weight and about the example I’m setting for my children.My prayers are still in what I’d call the exploratory phase right now, which means I’m only circling around the idea of healthy eating and exercise – preparing slowly for those first steps toward a more disciplined life. But there are many people who are miles ahead of me, people like Carol Showalter who recognized decades ago that God could help with matters of sweets and carbohydrates.
Showalter is the author of a book and a 12-week program called Your Whole Life: The 3D Plan for Eating Right, Living Well, Loving God ($24.95, Paraclete Press).
More than 1 million people have participated in the program since it started in the early 1970s, when Showalter’s husband served as senior pastor at Parkminster Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY.
A few years ago Lois Brower helped lead a group through the program at Pearce Memorial Church in Chili, NY. Participants had daily devotions and weekly meetings and were asked to pray daily, keep a food journal, memorize Bible verses and be willing to share their struggles and encourage one another.
Brower, who took her first diet pill at age 15, lost about 10 pounds when she went through the program. In its place, she gained a sense of balance in her life and closeness to God. Who wouldn’t want to make that trade?