My girls at the Lowe's Motor Speedway, 2009
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I remember. On my wedding day and for the first few years of my marriage, I was the happiest and healthiest than I've ever been. I was eating right and regularly going to the gym.
In 2001, I had my first child and gained 65 pounds with that pregnancy. The weight came off fairly easily thanks to exercise and nursing, but when I found myself pregnant again in 2002, not prepared for that at all, I started gaining weight again. Sadly, that pregnancy ended in miscarriage and I went on to have two more miscarriages after that, gaining more weight with each one. (I was pregnant five times in five years!) After the birth of my youngest child in 2004, I had ballooned up to 202 pounds. I am only 5'1" and wear a size 6 shoe, so it's a lot for me to carry around. I have tried unsucessfully to get all of the extra weight off, and I have been continually frustrated.
After receiving an email invitation from MyPoints, I joined Sparkpeople in September 2007. I was a member for nearly a year before I really started using it to my benefit. In June of 2008, I got serious and lost 10 pounds my first month, mostly thanks to the nutrition and exercise tracking tools. I pretty much stagnated with the weight loss after that, although I was definitely healthier and had more energy than before.
I began co-leading a weekly "Thin Within" Bible Study group at my church a few years ago. We also worked through the "Made to Crave" study. Both studies are similar. I recognized the reasons why I eat when I shouldn't, I identified my strongholds, and am TRULY making God #1 priority in my life.
Another WONDERFUL book addressing the root cause of weight gain is "Faith and Fat Loss" by Ron Williams. I highly recommend it. He also has a website to help with success beyond the tools in his book.
I've tried so many different eating and exercise plans throughout the years, but what has really been working for me is Paleo and clean eating. I also joined a gym. I vary my cardio workouts, I interval train and strength train. It's been a LONG process, but I refuse to give up!
If you struggle as much as I do to get and stay at a healthy weight, I recommend to keep trying different things until you find what works for you. Just because someone likes something and it worked great for them does not mean it is right for you. I also recommend viewing your eating plan as a lifestyle change and not a DIET. In my experience, maintaining can be as difficult, or even more challenging, than actually dropping the weight. You have to find something you can live with for the rest of your life. I recommend something healthy and not a fad or pills. I believe in the healing power of natural foods, and in an amazing and loving God.
To release 30 more pounds (I've dropped 31 this year.)
To have a healthy BMI.
To be able to get my wedding ring off so I can properly clean it! (I haven't been able to take it off for 15 years.)
After I reach my goal weight, we are getting a puppy!
Paleo. I am also daily tracking my exercise, drinking 8-10 glasses of water and choosing my foods wisely. And I take daily vitamins.
I have been married for 17 wonderful years. I have two girls, ages 14 and 11. I also work as a Children's Librarian. We live in North Carolina.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (The Message) "You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally.I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself."
Hope you're doing well
for noticing and liking my progress
I 1 Cor 9:24-27
My next favorite verses are Phl 3:13-14
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The diet and exercise road to health is also on-going.
When I have a BAD day (no exercise, junk food), I think of verse 13.
I have stopped beating myself up and remind myself of this verse.
“Ok, today was not good. Learn from it, then forget it. Tomorrow, keep pressing on.”
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
Peace, Love and Blessings !
298 days ago
You are a sweetie! Thanks for the goodie! We all encourage each other - that's way this journey is all about!
500 days ago
and to the Driven By Faith team.
Steve - SAC-6582
762 days ago
Welcome Beth to the C/R team, bunch of great people here. Sketter
770 days ago
I'm originally from Ohio, so I'm used to it! We love it here! Maybe we should meet for a healthy lunch one day :)
827 days ago