Excerpted from "Fit for God" by La Vita M. Weaver, by permission of Galilee Trade, a division of Random House, Inc. Copyrightc 2004 by La Vita M. Weaver. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

You can write this prayer on an index card so you can keep it in your pocketbook or suit pocket to read whenever you need a boost, perhaps as you head to a restaurant at lunchtime or before sitting down to dinner.

Dear God,
The Bible says if I acknowledge you in all my ways (in everything I do), you will direct my path (lead me every step of the way). The Bible also says that all power in heaven and on earth belongs to you. Therefore, I am relying on your power to lead me through every step of this program. I am relying on your power to strengthen me and help me overcome any and all challenges. I am relying on your power to give me energy when I just don't feel like doing it. I am relying on your power to renew my mind, and my taste buds, so I can make better food choices. I am relying on your power to help me make healthy lifestyle changes a permanent part of my life, so I can be all you created me to be. I am going to do what I humanly can, while relying on your power to do what I can't. I believe according to Your Word that it is possible for me to finally win this battle of the bulge and get the results I've been long waiting for. I am now thanking you in advance for your help as I go through the Fit for God program. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.


1. Speak your desires into existence. Look in the mirror each morning, right into your own eyes, and make a positive statement such as, "This is temporary, this weight is coming off, and I will be healthy, fir, energetic, and free. I look forward to my new freedom."

2. Study the Scriptures. Record your Scripture Studies on index cards so you can carry them with you. Throughout this book I include what I call Study Scriptures that pertain to the topics in each week of the Fit for God program. Write them in your journal. Repetition will make them become a part of your permanent thinking. Try Psalm 139:14 - " . I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well." And Philippians 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me."

3.Write down the good in your life. Write at least five examples in your journal. Some of my personal examples are: God gave me three beautiful, healthy daughters, God gave me a beautiful mother, a fun-loving father, and four loving brothers and sisters; God has always met all of my basic needs such as shelter, food, and clothes, even during times when I really didn't know how I was going to make it; God has given me another opportunity live healthier. I'm free through Christ Jesus, and one day I'm going to spend eternity with Him.

4. Write down five things you like about yourself. Please include two or three statements about your physical appearance. My personal journal entries when I was overweight included: I like my almond-shaped eyes; I like my smile; I like the love and compassion for other that God has given me; I like my attitude of laughter; I have nice feet.

5. Pay attention to your thought pattern. A) Think about the health goal you want to achieve. B) Write down the negative thoughts that come to mind. C) Write down the opposite of the negative thought, or a positive affirmation, five times. Read the affirmation aloud.

Example: Goal - a) I want to lose weight and tone my body; b) Negative thought: I'll never lose this weight and get firm; c) Affirmation: I will lose weight and get firm (repeat five times).

6. Encourage others. Make it your business to compliment others. Tell someone something positive daily or at least twice a week. You don't have to lie or exaggerate. Learn to see the good in others. Many people are always down because they focus on their own problems. Look outside of yourself at others and you will find that everyone has challenges. Watching how people meet those challenges can motivate you.

7. Walk. Walk in your own neighborhood for ten minutes. If you have to, take the dog for a walk, or walk in your favorite mall. Don't stop to look or shop. Many malls have early-morning walking programs before the stores open. When you're ready, join a mall program. If you live near a park you may find people walking there also; or when you're parking to go in a store, don't always choose the space closest to the door; try parking a couple of blocks away or across the lot.

If you have a sit-down job, make it a habit to get up and walk. For example, if you have to use the restroom, use the one farthest down the hall. If you ride the subway, walk up the escalators. If you catch a bus, walk to the stop a little further down the road. Make walking a part of your daily health routine.