By Cosette Snarr
I have struggled with my weight for years. I’ve done several programs where I’ve lost substantial amounts of weight to only gain it back plus more. I’ve beaten myself up for not having enough will power to eat right or exercise. I’ve read dozens of books to figure out what type of diet is right for my body. I’ve talked to doctors and had blood tests to discover the secret of what is wrong with me, only to be told I’m in great health and I should just get used to my lot in life. It’s been frustrating to say the least.
A few days ago I happen to tune into a show where Deepak Chopra said he got started into his journey of mindfulness during his medical studies. He found it interesting that two people with the exact same disease receiving the exact same treatment still recovered differently. His only explanation was the thoughts they held. He then talked about what an amazing thing the mind is and how we can learn to control anything. Could I apply that idea to my weight?
Boyd K. Packer taught, “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.” There’s no doubt in my mind this applies to all true principles.
As I pondered this statement combined with what I know through the stick-man example and what Dr. Chopra teaches, I realized my body size is a true reflection of beliefs held in my heart about myself—not that Keto, or any other program for that matter, doesn’t work for me. I needed to understand the true “doctrine” about myself that would provide me with different results. I approached God with that question.
I journal first thing in the morning every day before my mind has been distracted by the busyness of the day. It’s part of my daily devotions and I find I receive incredible insights by doing so. With God’s help and through my writing I discovered the beliefs that were supporting my body shape and I also recognized their fallacy. Because I know gratitude in all things is crucial, I immediately thanked God for blessing me with the requested knowledge. I also thanked my body for giving me results in line with my beliefs. That’s a sure sign that the system works! I am ecstatic at the thoughts of moving forward on this journey with accurate beliefs being reflected in my results. I can trust that to be the case as much as I can trust the sun will rise in the morning.
After I gave thanks I proceeded to write down positive, encouraging belief statements. I filled an entire page with wonderful, happy thoughts about my body and how my goal is accomplished with ease and grace. I pictured myself looking thin and trim with rivers of fat literally melting away from me, leaving me filled with the light of Christ. I felt the warmth of His love and the surety that I was on the right path.
I know this is a process that might take a little time. I also understand that it is an incredible learning opportunity for me to have plenty of practice using rare faith. I’m confident in the knowledge that God wants what is best for me and will help me along the way.