Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Little Encouragement Can Go A Long Way

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken."  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT

I love this picture!  I cannot tell you how many times I have had to stand on the scale at the doctor’s office and wanted to either run or cry!  For the first time in a long time, yesterday I was excited to stand on the scale at my doctor’s office.   The nurse even said, “Wow, I usually have to push and prod people to stand on the scale.”  I replied, “Just wait until you see why I am jumping on the scale!”

The nurse took a double take and then said, “Congratulations! You have lost 42 lbs since we last saw you in June!”   Even when the doctor came in and saw how much weight I have lost she started cheering for me!  Later another doctor came in and he started cheering for me and telling me to keep up with the good work.  

I’ll tell you, it felt so good to hear praise and encouragement from my doctors.  But I especially love to hear it from my friends and family.  I have such a wonderful support group praying for me and cheering me on in regards to my journey to a Healthier Me.  My church friends are even going to have a party for every 50 lbs I loose!   I’m moving towards my first party!  Woo- hoo !  

My hubby is my biggest supporter.  He is like that girlfriend in the picture above.  Sometimes I want to weigh myself more often than I should.  All of us know that there are times throughout the day and even certain days of the month that our weight will fluctuate so it is important to only weigh once a week.  When I find myself wanting to get on the scale too often, my hubby will say, “Don’t do it – it’s not time yet to get on the scale.”  Why does he do that?  He doesn’t want to see me get discouraged or cry.  He knows that if I stay on course the weight will come off in due time.  He tells me every day how proud he is of me. 
As much as I love to hear the praise and encouragement from doctors, friends and family, I mostly love the encouragement from my truest Friend of all – My Lord and Savior!  His Words of encouragement bring me hope and inspiration to KNOW that I CAN do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.  (Phil 4:13)

Thank you to all my cherished friends and family who continue to cheer me on to victory!  It may take some time to win the battle – but it will be won!  

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Anonymous said...

You are awesome sweet lady!

Debbie Petras said...

Congratualtions! 42 pounds is a lot to lose and you did it!!!! Yes, let's encourage one another Michele.

Blessings and love,

Dylan said...

You are right, Michelle. We should never give up encouraging, and never underestimate what a few encouraging words can do. Just posted on something similar not too long ago!

Anonymous said...

Visiting from WFW and enjoyed your post very much! Keep up the good work. It is life changing!

Alida Sharp said...

Congratulations on the weight loss!! Very exciting!

Happy Wordfilled Wednesday!

lori said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!! It's awesome!! You and your sis are on your way! What a fantastic post! Praying you run the race with endurance! :)

Karen Kyle Ericson said...

Congrats! Happy WFW. This is awesome news and the verse is beautiful. One of my favorites, we shouldn't try to go it alone. Thanks!

Stacy @ Heartprints of God said...

Encouragement is such a precious treasure in our lives...both receiving it and showering it on others. Cheering you on to victory......and celebrating this milestone along the way with you.
So thankful you have God to cheer you all the way there! :o)

Rochelle said...

Woohoo!!!! What a great God we serve! And how absolutely exciting, great job on the 50 lb weight loss! I know that's no easy task, I'm so proud of you! :)

Kristie said...

Wow! You are doing amazing! And the encouragement is definitely HUGE in a lot that we do. :-)