Five Elements for Lasting Change


1. Lasting change requires building your life on truth.


Isn’t it true how we very rarely like to face the truth about ourselves? About our weaknesses, our bad habits, and our motivations? Jesus talks about how the truth with set you free in John 8:31-32.


“If you continue to obey my teaching, you are truly my followers. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”


Jesus promises that the truth will eventually set us free, but first the truth is most likely going to make you feel horrible! But until you face the truth about why you do what you do and get to the root of your habits, change is likely to be shallow and short-lived.


Too often, popular fad diets offer fast formulas, easy pills, and secret cures that will supposedly melt away pounds. But by contrast, the components I teach in Limitlyss Wellness help you face the truth about yourself, your relationship to food, your mental health, and your overall outlook on wellness as it relates to the truth of God. Nothing will change permanently until you dig down deep into the truths about your life and God’s purpose for it.


2. Lasting change requires making wise choices.


“Everyone wants to get healthy, but very few people choose to be healthy.” It takes more than a desire or a dream to get healthy… getting healthy is a decision. You will not begin to see any changes until you choose to change. You will not be able to get healthy by accident. It’s intentional. It’s a choice you have to make. Well actually, it’s a lifetime of choices, but it all begins with one decision.


As you begin to make more healthy choices, you will begin to change: “Get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to – the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).


God offers you the power to make healthy choices in your life. “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13). You do what you can do and God does what only he can do.


3. Lasting change requires new ways of thinking.


The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act. If you want to change how you act, you must begin by changing the way you think. Your thoughts are the autopilot of your life.


Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.”


What old ways of thinking do you still need to change? Where do you need to repent? Have you held onto some self-destructive ideas about food, about your body that have harmed your health? To get healthy, you’ll need to repent of unhealthy choices. You will need to begin to think differently about your body and every other area of your life, too. The Bible encourages us in Philippians 2:5 to “Have the same mind-set as Christ Jesus.”


How do you do this? Begin filling your mind with the Bible, which is God’s truth.


Instead of simply resisting your negative thoughts, try to replace them with positive thoughts and focus on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Whatever you resist, persists. The more you fight a feeling, the more it will control you. The secret of victory over any temptation is simply to change the channel of your mind. Refocus your attention on something else, and the temptation will being to lose its power over you.


4. Lasting change requires God’s Spirit in your life.


“Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?” (Galatians 5:18). The Holy Spirit helps us break free from our bad habits, compulsions, and addictions. Why wouldn’t we accept His help as he offers it?


The more you allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you and guide you, the more he grows positive character qualities in your life to replace some of your bad habits. Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the Fruits of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


Notice the last fruit – self-control. You already know how important that one is and the damage that happens when you don’t have it. But what most people don’t know is that the secret of self-control is to allow ourselves to be Spirit-controlled.


5. Lasting change requires honest community.


Here’s the reality…


Some of your bad habits are so deeply engrained that it will be nearly impossible for you to uproot them on your own. You have probably tried to change many times and have failed to maintain the changes. If you could change these tough areas by yourself, you would have already done so. But some habits are so strong, we must team-tackle them together.

And honestly, this is a GOOD thing because it forces us to come to the realization that WE NEED EACH OTHER. It’s all a part of God’s plan. We were CREATED to live in community with one another through fellowship. We are designed by God for relationships. In fact, if you look back at Genesis 2:18, God states, “It is not good for man to be alone.”


Some of the deepest changes in your life will only happen as you open up to a few trusted friends who will support you and check up on you. There are plenty more verses in the Bible that talk about the importance of community (Hebrews 10:25, Galatians 6:2, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Studies have shown that when individuals have supports alongside them, they are able to lose more weight as well as keep it off long term.


If you have any questions about how to maintain weight loss long term, don't hesitate to email Alyssa at limitlysswellness@gmail.com.

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