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To Make Disciples You Must: Have Character

Proverbs 23:7 (NASB2020) For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you.

“What we do or neglect to do in the privacy of our daily lives impacts who we are.”

- John C Maxwell

I’ve been obese most of my life. I’ve tried almost every food plan available. The problem

wasn’t the plan, each one yelled results. But usually after a few months, I would quit. It wasn’t the food plans’ fault. Being more disciplined would’ve only kept me on the plan a little bit longer, but not indefinitely. I fundamentally fail on food plans, not because the plan or my discipline we’re lacking. I failed because I hadn’t become a healthy person yet. I was trying to behave as a healthy person without the belief I was a healthy person.

In February 2022 I started the keto food plan. For going on 16 months I have followed that plan with better results than previous attempts. What changed? My character. I went from a person who should follow a food plan to a person who wanted good blood sugar levels, to be at a healthy weight, and be able to live an active life with my family.

To become healthy I have to change my character.

I had to stop being a person who enjoys eating unhealthy food but was following a diet plan. Frankly, doing so made me a hypocrite. I had to change my character to a person who enjoys and chooses to eat only healthy (for me) foods. There is no going back. To go back to eating unhealthy means to choose to live with poor character.

I’ve increased my character, and I am able to climb the ladder, a little bit higher on the health journey. I live a ketogenic life. I don't follow a ketogenic plan. When I plateau, I will need to change my mindset of who I am, and how I want to live a healthy life. But I’ve taken a step. I’ve decided to live a certain way, and I do. Some days are better than others, but I do.

Go, and outlive your limits!

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