It's amazing how the scriptures take on new meaning when you're dieting and your pants are still too tight. I took heart at the following passage from Deuteronomy a few days ago, and while it was promised as a curse upon the Israelites if they failed to keep their covenants, it sounded pretty darn good to me:
"...thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee." --Deuteronomy 28:31
Bring it on.