One of our son’s favorite movies is Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons.” It is a sweet story of a little boy named Lewis who is able to go forward in time to meet his future family and self. Lewis discovers that eventually his life’s motto will be “Keep Moving Forward.”
This month, God has had to remind me through His Word that even in weight loss “Keep Moving Forward” is an important phrase to remember.
Exactly one month ago today, my husband and I headed out on a cruise to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I wish I could say I had reached my personal goal (Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here?), but I hadn’t. I was close – only 4 pounds away.
Then we went on our cruise. Food was available to us 24 hours a day. Good, delicious food. Food that made my taste buds dance with every bite. Food that I made a conscious choice to enjoy and not regret….. until I stepped on the scale a few days ago.
I had a very real moment of deflation.
It was one of those moments when my mind thought back at warped speed about each and everything I had eaten on our cruise and every moment after that….. until Philippians came to mind.
“But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”
I decided to stop thinking about the foods I had eaten which sabotaged my steady pace towards weight loss. I can’t do anything about it now anyway. What’s done is done.
I had to make a conscious decision to look forward- to maintain my focus, to envision myself wearing my goal outfit, to plan out what I will be eating in the future- so I can move forward.
After all, it’s hard to move forward when you’re looking back.