"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
I know that making changes in your life takes time. Especially to see results. We know in the end it's worth it. When we feel good about ourselves and our bodies are filled with good fuel (physical and spiritual) we can then give more and more freely to others.
When I was stuck on the couch for a week after my foot surgery, I had a chance to do a lot of thinking. One thing I thought about was, "What can I do in the mean time to feel better?" Exercise was not an option and I couldn't leave the house. I decided to start a face regimen. I used to take real good care of my face, but I've gotten out of the habit. Although it doesn't change my cirumstances and it certainly is not "the answer" but I do feel so much better since I've been cleansing, exfoliating, and applying serum and creme in the night and morning. The next little change I'm going to make is to paint my nails ... even my toenails ... even my hurt toenails.
What little things do you do to boost your spritits every now and then? Is there something small you can do for yourself, a little change you can make today that will help you feel beautiful? Well, do it! You are worth it! Caring for yourself is not a sin. Wanting to look and feel better is not either. There's a big difference between self care and self absorption.
Seeing and feeling results from diet and exercise takes time, but there are some small things we can do while we are waiting ... in the mean time. I'd love for you to share your ideas. And most importantly, read the verse above and apply it to your life as it is today. God has great love for us and He is faithful today (in the mean time) and always.