is a time of renewal. Its that time of year when people,
mainly Christians, seek to renew their lives in some way.
Some renew baptismal vows and recommit their lives to God,
others plant, giving life to a new seed. Its like
New Years Eve all over again when people resolve to
make their lives better in some way. For Cevelle Creque,
that renewal has been in progress for the last three years.
Tipping the scales at 355 pounds, Creque (pgs 4&5),
decided to tackle her weight problem. After shedding a few
pounds, she stopped and fell back into her old lifestyle.
Last September, she started anew and today, is heading rapidly
towards the 200 pound mark.
The remarkable thing about Creques story is that she
chose to lose weight the hard way through exercise
and diet. Losing weight with that combination is challenging
and thats why many people prefer to take the easy
way out, spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars
on surgery, injections, pills, fad diets and miracle gadgets.
Its also the reason why so many others start and stop,
getting frustrated with the hard work and slow transformation
of their bodies.
Someone once described losing weight as a full-time job
because one has to be conscious of every morsel of food
that one eats as well as proportions. For Creque, losing
weight has consumed her life as she battles temptations
and complacency. Even at the gym, where she lost 21 pounds
after six weeks, Creque has had to find the motivation to
pull herself out of her comfort zone and really challenge
herself with the exercises.
Hers is a real story, a story with which almost everyone
can identify. Its also a triumphant story. As Creques
fat melts away, she is more confident; self-assured. She
is able to participate in outdoor activities and perform
simple, everyday acts that slim people take for granted.
Like Christ dying for our sins and rising from the dead,
Creques story is inspiring and motivating. It is a
story of renewal, one relevant to the season.
We can all take a page from Creque. No matter how insurmountable
the issue may seem, the only way to get over it, is to tackle
it head on.
You may be battle-scarred and weary at the end, but the
results will be worth it.