What To Do When Weight Loss Feels Hopeless
Romans 15:13 ESV
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 12:12 ESV
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Romans 15:4 ESV
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Hope is one of the most beautiful words in the English language because it inspires you and motivates you to keep going.
When you have hope you believe that things could turn around and your situation could improve.
With hope you believe the challenges you’re facing can be overcome and that if you just have faith things will get better.
On the other hand, hopelessness is one of the most demoralizing words in the English language.
When you don’t have hope wherever you are whatever your station in life is currently is where you believe you’ll always be.
No matter what you do no matter what you say no matter what decisions you make no matter how hard you try nothing will change.
I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this right now that’s how you feel about your weight.
You believe that the weight that you’re at right now is the weight you’ll be at six months from now or a year from now or 10 years from now.
You don’t believe that your situation can change it.
There’s no diet there’s no meal plan there’s no work out regimen that will make a difference in your weight loss journey.
But I’m here to tell you that’s not true that’s…it’s so not true y’all.
I understand what it feels like to be hopeless or at the very least think that all hope is lost.
But it’s not.
There is hope.
You can lose weight.
Let me share with you some tips that have helped me in the past and what continues to motivate me today.
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What To Do When You Feel Completely Hopeless About Losing Weight
Don’t compare yourself to others
We love to look at other people’s weight loss journey’s. Look at how amazing they look. I’ll never look like that, we might think.
But here’s the truth.
Losing weight may seem harder for you than it seems to be for other people.
But honestly what might seem really easy for someone else may not be because we don’t really know what it took for that person that we admire to lose the weight.
We don’t know the sacrifices they made.
We don’t know if they twisted their ankle or if they had back issues.
We don’t know if they had a spouse who was not supportive of the weight loss journey.
We don’t know the struggle that they went through mentally emotionally or physically.
All we see is the end result of their hard work.
When you compare yourself to others not only are you selling yourself short but you’re also selling short the journey that other people went through.
Why are you saying about them that they had it easy? Why do we formulate this fantasy in our minds that it came easy for them?
We don’t know that it may have been the hardest thing that they’ve ever done.
We are in essence diminishing not only ourselves by that other person and their accomplishments.
Or maybe you do know how hard they worked and instead tell yourself this lie…
“Wow they worked so hard. I can’t do that. I can’t achieve the results they achieved.”
But when you say that, you set yourself up for failure ensuring that you definitely will not lose the weight that you need to lose.
What we think is often what we become.
Recognize where hopelessness comes from: We often might think that feelings of hopelessness come from our own insecurities directly or indirectly.
But it’s really coming from a deeper and more sinister placing them that.
When we feel helpless and hopeless in our situations, that feeling comes from an enemy or rather the enemy.
You see, hopelessness is not something it’s not an emotion that comes from God.
God always wants you to have hope in him.
Jesus always wants us to find a source of hope in His goodness and love.
The one who doesn’t want to that’s fine hope is the enemy.
Satan likes for us to walk around in a state of hopelessness.
But why is that?
I believe that Satan wants us to feel hopeless is so that we will doubt the power and promises of God.
You see, Satan always wants the opposite of what God wants.
If God wants us to have hope in him and to believe that all things are possible through him then Satan wants us to doubt the power and promises of God.
If God wants us to have hope in him and to believe that all things are possible through him them Satan wants us to believe that God isn’t able to do immeasurably more than all we’ve asked or imagined.
Satan always wants us to call God’s power and love into question.
He wants us to lack faith in our creator so that it draws us away from Him and hurts God and ourselves are in the process.
Whenever you start to feel hopeless how just remember who it is that’s attacking you.
I want you to understand that this is not just a physical attack but it’s also a spiritual and emotional attack.
It’s an attack on your identity and it’s also an attack on your relationship with the Father.
Start with prayer
Now that we know where this feeling of hopelessness comes from what you have to do is start praying.
You have to turn to the only source of power that can defeat these feelings and emotions.
And once you understand that this is a spiritual attack you then need spiritual weapons in order to overcome these feelings.
One thing that I would recommend you do is to use a weight loss journal or weight loss prayer journal.
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That way you can insert whatever it is that you were struggling with most of your weight loss journey and pray over it consistently.
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Have a list of scriptures ready to read whenever you feel attacked.
Besides the power of prayer we also have in our spiritual arsenal the power of scripture.
My suggestion would be that you have a list of scriptures ready either in a journa,l a word document or in the form of scripture cards or whatever works for you.
Whatever you’ll grab onto in those times of need, have those scriptures ready so that you can start fighting your spiritual battle immediately.
The way that you win any war is by having a strategic plan in place for whenever you are attacked.
You want to be playing offense in the spiritual war not defense.
You don’t want to be looking for your weapons in the midst of the battle.
You want to be armed for those sneak attacks that are sure to come
Go to the doctor
It’s important though to not just concentrate solely on the spiritual issues but you also want to check on any physical issues.
There are certain medical conditions that make weight loss harder but not impossible.
You need to know what you’re up against it from a physical sense so that you can tailor a plan that works for your specific body and health.
Hypothyroidism is one of the first medical conditions that I think of you that make weight loss harder.
There are also certain medications that make weight loss more difficult or cause you to gain weight.
Talk to your doctor about these issues to see if there are alternative medications or medications that can help you overcome your medical conditions.
Now on healthy as you can I tend to look for natural alternatives to prescription medication or natural cures for medical conditions.
I’m not telling you that that’s what you should do but I am just throwing that out there as an option that you could do research on to see if this is also an option for you. your medical conditions.
Ask for help
If you’re feeling hopeless and you’re not sure where to start and you were a loss journey don’t be afraid to ask for help.
There are caring people who truly want to walk with you on this journey.
You can join Facebook groups specifically for Christian women who want to lose weight and there are also weight loss groups that are not necessarily Christian that are very supportive.
You’d be amazed at the amount of support you can get from others who are walking a similar road as you.
They will quickly embrace you and offer some wisdom and words of encouragement on your current situation.
If you believe you need more professional help or individualized help you can do therapy online such as Onlinetherapy.com or Betterhelp.com.
Then there are programs such as Weight Watchers and Noom who have therapy components to their weight loss plans.
I also found in my own 60-pound weight loss journey that talking to a counselor face-to-face it was very helpful.
Whichever path you choose to bother please know that you don’t have to walk it alone.
Not only will God be there if you choose to lean on Him but you can also get help from others who have either been in your situation or have the knowledge and the tools to help those in your situation.
Whichever path you choose to bother please know that you don’t have to walk it alone.
Hopelessness Can Be Overcome And Unlearned
Please know that if you feel hopeless right now about either the amount of weight that you need to lose or if you believe that you just can’t lose weight no matter what you do understand that these feelings can be defeated and overcome.
You can unlearn feelings of hopelessness and replace them with feelings of hope and faith.