Well, like so many people on Spark have not been a stranger to the diet and fitness roller coaster. I have never been a thin girl, but growing up I was always active and in college I began getting serious about fitness. I would run about 5-8 miles daily and lift weights. I was blessed with great friends that loved to work out and when I wasn't at school I had a free membership at the local military base since my dad was in the Air Force.
Fast forward to marriage. Then I moved to Los Angeles (about 13 years ago) where my hubby was from, married and gained all that juicy Love Fat. If I'm not working out I lose tone very quickly and within 3 years I went from fit to flab. In 2000 I entered the Body For Life competition and did a dramatic transformation and went from 177 lbs. to 153 lbs, and lost 10 % of my body fat (my transformation landed me high praise from Bill Phillips himself, and I was just shy of a money winner!). In 2001 I got pregnant and after some challenges and lots of bed rest I gave myself permission that for the first time I would eat whatever I wanted and not think about my weight. When I delivered my daughter I weighed 221 lbs!
Thankfully, I got back to working out and got back to about 170lbs. I say "thankfully" because so many people never lose a pound after pregnancy so I thank God that I lost most of the pregnancy weight.
So now to the current me. It's 2010 and I'm still overweight. I am 164 lbs and have gotten down to 155 with the Lemonade Diet, I've gotten down to 158 with South Beach, I've gotten down to 160 with Cabbage Diet, I have gotten down to 157 with the fruit and veggie diet. I've been up and down and been a follower of ever fad diet there is.
My dear friend wrote a book called, "Diets Don't Work...But Jesus Does." I read it last week and have really realized how bound I've been with a cycle of food addiction and self sabotage. I had to repent for never really giving my body over to the Lord. I've trusted diet guru upon diet guru with my body. Never once did I entertain the thought that if God created me, couldn't He show "me" what "my" body needed? It wasn't until reading this wonderful book that I realized that I was out of the will of God by abusing this body He gave me by worshiping food.
So thats where I am at. My desire is to really listen to my body (as I learned from the book) and feel when I am hungry. That feeling is so foreign because I haven't been hungry in a long time since I'm always eating something, lol. (You know, we are trained to eat every 2 hours, small portions, ect. BUT THATS WHEN YOU ARE AN ATHLETE, not a couch potatoe..lol!) I need to move more and eat the things that my body needs. But more importantly when I hold fast to His word and change some "inside" things that He's showing me, the outside body will follow. When we get right on the inside the outside pretty much falls in line.
So, I am tired of diet info overload. I'm tired of infomercial upon infomercial. I'm on a new ride...and for once I'm giving over control to the One that has all the answers.
To really learn what food make me feel my best, what exercises challenge me in ways never imagined, and what makes me tick.
To eat when I'm hungry and feed my body the nutritious foods it needs to be at it's best. Exercise daily (just do it!) and hope to fall in love with it again.
Hi, I'm originally from Germany (born to a German mom and an American (Air Force) dad). I have been married almost 13 years and have an 8 year old daughter. We reside in Los Angeles and love to hang out with friends, go hiking, go to the beach and travel. I'm fluent in German and love to shock people people who speak Spanish to me by responding in German..lol.
He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
I love God, but I know in the past I've put my love affair with food ahead of Him. So I'm in a season of reprogramming, not just in my eating, but in all areas of my life.
| current weight: 161.5