Five o’clock in the morning comes early for anyone. But for Sally, a mother of three, it sometimes feels like a two-by-four has been placed on her forehead, pushing her back down into her soft feather pillow. Yet when the alarm rings, resisting the urge to stay in bed, she slowly rolls over, placing one foot on the floor and then another, struggling to find her workout clothes in the dark. She knows that if she doesn’t do it now it will never get done. So Sally heads to the living room, eyes half-shut, and begins her routine: read the Word, pray, do a 30-minute workout.
Sally has set a new goal for herself: to work out every day. Week one went by and was smooth sailing. Week two came and went, and she finally began to feel like she had a solid routine. But by week three, the scale got the best of her. Sally had bought into the world’s promise of quick fixes and ideal beauty. She started to feel discouraged because, though her energy and stamina were increasing, her weight had only slightly changed. After all that work! Frustrated and discouraged, Sally began to think of alternatives.
She thought about a popular new diet she heard about from a friend that guaranteed a loss of 10 pounds in one week. She tried it and lost some weight (but not quite the promised 10 pounds). Eventually, though, her enthusiasm for the diet’s restrictions waned. Once off the diet, Sally quickly gained all the weight back.
Frustrated once again, Sally decided to take a different approach. She went to a trusted friend for help.1