“… I KNOW, too, that I can’t do this by myself. No… I don’t need outside help… intervention, etc. What I need is the GRACE of God … and a good ‘challenge.’ I’ll provide the CHALLENGE, and God will provide the Grace…”

SELF-CONTROL:  Some of us have it… some don’t.  Some have had it… and lose it.  For me… I’m pretty good at ‘self-control.’  That is…until it comes to BAD EATING HABITS.  I CANNOT stop with just one or two Oreo cookies.

I’m 25 pounds ‘overweight’ because I have allowed it to be so.  It’s my fault.  I carry my weight pretty good.  I don’t look that fat… But I feel fatter. I CONTROL what I put into my mouth.  I CONTROL what comes out of my mouth.  I’ve done it before… and will do it again.

Generally, the way I lose weight is to ‘starve myself.’  I’ll just quit eating (except dry toast and water).  That is NOT a good way to lose weight.  It’s bad for one’s health…. It causes other problems.  I’m not doing that again….not at the age 78.

Here’s my PLAN.  I exercise every morning and every evening.  I’ll CONTINUE to EXERCISE.  I walk one mile every morning.  I’ll CONTINUE to walk, at least, one mile…every day.  I EAT SWEETS, anytime… all the time.  I will not eat SWEETS.  I love to eat fries and Mac & Cheese.  I will not eat fries and M&C.  I love to eat pasta type foods.  I will not eat PASTA.   I normally eat a ‘full plate’ of food.  I will only eat ½ plate of food.  So, let’s just see what happens.  This morning… I weighed 200 pounds.  My goal is 175 pounds in the next 30 days.  Anything more than that will make me look like a ‘bag of bones.’

One may think… 25 pounds is not that big of a deal?  And, it’s not.  I agree.  But, once you start gaining…you keep on gaining… you can’t STOP.  I’ve been there.  I don’t want to go back.  My highest weight was 215, about 4 years ago, and I lost down to 174, and began to really ‘look bad.’  Bit by bit… I went back to some old, and bad habits.  It’s time to ‘get CONTROL’ again.   I’m ready!

I KNOW, too, that I can’t do this by myself.  No… I don’t need outside help… intervention, etc.  What I need is the GRACE of God   … and a good ‘challenge.’  I’ll provide the CHALLENGE, and God will provide the Grace.

The Apostle Paul tells us in… Philippians 4:12-13“I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

… Blessings, as we, together… get better CONTROL of all aspects of our lives….cjlb…1/9/2018.  

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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