Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs. Isaiah 61:7 (NIV)
I have another personal trainer. My old one left the gym, so I had to find another. This personal trainer is a woman, and I think I will like her better. She took the time to listen to my concerns, to ask questions about my habits and to realistically set some goals regarding my physical fitness. I have been very frustrated because despite working out diligently several times a week for a month, I have not lost a single pound. I do confess that while I had cut down on the amount of sugar I ate, I still was consuming more than my share of sweets. Despite all the salads, fish and vegetables, my addiction to sugar was still intense. Rather than focus simply on pounds, she asked me to think about my overall health and well-being. We talked about strengthen building as well as cardiovascular exercise. She took my measurements stating that they are often a better indicator than weight, and questioned me about my eating habits. She suggested I begin writing everything down that I eat. That has made a big difference in what I choose. I know now that I can’t eat something without having to confess it to someone later. One of the most significant things that she told me was to watch my portions. When she had me describe the size of a serving of cake that I might eat, I realized that my serving size was very inflated. So, I have started checking the labels of the foods I eat and measuring them out. I quickly realized that my lack of weight loss was directly tied to portion control. The granola I eat every morning mixed with yogurt was 160 calories per serving. While I envisioned a serving as being a bowl, it is only one quarter of a cup! That is less than what would fit in the palm of my hand. I had been eating four times that amount at least, so breakfast totaled more than seven hundred calories. As my husband noted when I told him, I could have been eating bacon and eggs at that rate! I also learned that a serving of cookies is only three, not a dozen, and potato chips, a few, not a bag. In order for me to loose weight and gain health, I must balance the number of calories I consume with the number of calories I expend. More importantly, I must make better choices and select food that will nourish me and not just make me feel good for a short period of time. It will take me some time and a conscious effort to cut back on the amount I eat. Thankfully, God does not limit the amount of blessings He was to pour out on me. Instead, he promises me a double portion, the same amount a firstborn son in a family would receive. He has promised me everlasting joy, and God’s portion is more than sufficient for me.