Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I Don't Just Eat Salad!!
It is always interesting when people find out that I am on Weight Watchers. They respond in various ways. Most people are very encouraging of the lifestyle choice that I have made for myself. They look at my before and after picture and are amazed at how much weight I was able to lose. However, there are other people out there who do not have a clue about what my life looks like on Weight Watchers. This group of people can only relate to me based off of diets that they have subjected themselves to. My most recent interaction has been with people who try to get me to eat like they do. Let me explain.
Today, I was invited to join some of my co-workers for lunch. These ladies go to lunch on a weekly basis it is like clockwork. I usually turn them down when invited for various reasons. As expected I was invited to eat out with these ladies and I politely declined. However, after I turned them down I received a comeback that I was not expecting. One of the ladies said, “I’ll eat a salad with you”, thinking that this would make me change my mind about going to lunch. I really could not go to lunch for reasons other than the food. However, as my co-worker turned to leave her comment lingered in the air. I wanted to shout at her that, “I Don’t Just Eat Salad!” After she left, I began to wonder about what people think my life on Weight Watchers is really like. Do people really think that I can only eat salads? If you are one of those people who think this then please take a moment to shake that picture right out of your head, because it is not true. What is true is that I have chosen to make better food choices.
This is not the first occasion where I have had people say something like this. There are times in my life when satan uses these interactions to discourage me. I have a deep longing to fit in and the enemy will use that against me. I want to be “normal”. What I forget is that I became overweight while I was trying to fit in and be normal, but that was not God’s best for me. I have chosen to listen to the Lord and obey what He has asked of me, whether other people like it or not. The truth is that I do not fit in with everyone and I do not want to. I do not choose to eat what everyone else eats, because it is an area of temptation for me and I do not want to fall back into my old ways.
Do not be discouraged, the enemy attacks when we make choices that please and glorify the Lord! Continue to make good choices and stand up to those who would lead you astray. For more information about this please check out the Weight Watchers Meeting Summary that talks about your friends and family sabotaging your weight loss efforts.