Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Weight Loss Perspective


Let's keep weight loss in perspective. Yes, we all know how hard it can be to lose weight but there are plenty of things in life that are worse.

That was Luci Swindoll's perspective when she spoke at the Women of Faith Conference this past weekend in Glendale, Arizona.

Luci shared a story of how she made an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to see if surgery might be indicated for her painful knee. The surgeon told her that before he would operate she needed to lose 80 pounds! And her response? I CAN DO THAT! (I like that attitude.)

Luci continued to say how she picked up a diet book that her surgeon suggested and she began to follow it. One day she looked in the mirror and thought something about her looked different. She's a master story teller and squealed with delight to discover that she had lost TWO POUNDS! (I have to say that I might not have been so excited myself.)

But not Luci. She realized it was a start and that she was on her way. And do you know what? She's lost 40 pounds so far. Way to go, Luci! (Note to self: learn from this)

Luci said that she thought about how many people leave the doctor's office after receiving bad news that they have cancer or some other disease. And she was so grateful that all she had to do was to lose 80 pounds. What a great perspective!

Weight loss can be hard ... but it helps when you have a Luci Swindoll attitude!

So, let's quit complaining and start moving and eating healthier. After all, there could be worse things in life. Let's keep our perspective!

5 comments:

  1. Sometimes I really dislike what I see in the mirror and I always have to remind myself - hey, I've had kids. Then I think 'my life may be fuller and wobblier with a few extra baby-pounds now but I wouldn't trade it for the world!'

    It's nice to hear stories, such as Luci's, about people who are happy even with the little successes in life.

    Great share - thank you.

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  2. So true and yet so convicting. Since I've moved to AZ. from Cali, I've gained weight. : (

    Thanks for sharing such an encouraging and timely post.

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  3. Hey! That's my friend Marlene in the background of your picture!

    Hey there, Debbie, I'm a fellow AZ girl and a friend of Cindy's. She told me about you.

    I think it's pretty funny that we were all at Women of Faith but didn't know the others were.

    I look forward to knowing you better through your blog. Lee

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  4. Love this post. Love your blog. Love Luci Swindoll. Love Women of Faith.

    I'm just loving life :)
    Sandy Cooper
    www.godspeakstoday.blogspot.com

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  5. I still see Luci standing up there saying something like, "I looked in the mirror and noticed something different. I had lost two pounds!" She expounded on that, and was just so cute. I have to admit, I am a daily weigher, and if my scale even says I've lost ounces, I am lighter in my step that day. Thanks to Luci for reminding me that I can celebrate the small accomplishments.

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