I have always been overweight and I have always wanted to lose weight. I didn't understand why I couldn't lose. I mentioned it to my doctor who told me I was otherwise healthy and I got seriously offended when he told me I "simply" needed to burn more calories than I ate.
Simple? There is nothing simple about weight loss! I wanted there to be a pill that I could take and the weight could "simply" come off! I didn't want to work for it.
Not too long ago I realized that my being overweight was not only hurting myself, but that I wasn't able to be the mother, wife, friend, or christian that I am supposed to be. Because of my weight, I did not have energy to run around (or even stand up off the floor). I did not want to play outside with my kids, or go for a walk. I did not feel comfortable socializing at church or with anyone else. It wasn't other's fault, it was the fact that I felt uncomfortable in my own skin. I didn't like the person I was on the outside, and therefore couldn't feel confident about who I am on the inside. I realized that I had to make an important choice. I had to decide that I was not going to be a slave to my (un)health anymore.
I got DONE.
Since I started this lifestyle, I have learned a lot about myself, and about weight loss in general. I have learned that what the doctor calls the "simple" answer is never actually easy. And I still struggle on a daily basis. But as they say "the juice is worth the squeeze" and every time I struggle, I choose to let it go and keep moving forward rather than beat myself up. The lord is my strength and He is all I need.
"The Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?" unknown
One of my favorite passages that I like to read on bad days:
Romans 12: 1-2 "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Are You Getting Results from Your Workouts?
Most people fail at their fitness goals because they're waiting for something spectacular to happen. Losing weight isn't always a spectacular process...in fact, it isn't even a linear process sometimes. What you may find is that you lose a little, gain a little and repeat the process again and again.
There are no shortcuts to weight loss so, even if you're frustrated that your body hasn't changed, don't give up! If you're burning more calories than you eat, your body is changing, even if it's slower than you'd like. Make sure your goals are realistic and, most importantly, that you give your body the time it needs to respond to what you're doing.
There's so much pressure to see quick results that it's easy to forget the point of this, which is quite frankly to SAVE YOUR LIFE! Don't ignore increases in strength and overall feeling of health and well-being. Those are goals too.
If you were able to look inside of your cells and see your "good" enzymes increasing, your energy-producing mitochondria multiplying, your cholesterol falling, your arteries clearing, your blood vessels becoming more efficient, your muscles strengthening, your bone-density improving, and all of the remarkable changes that this program triggers, it would be clear that the scale and calipers are just insufficient ways of measuring success. As these internal changes become significant, your external progress accelerates. Some people just start out needing more internal changes than others, because of their prior lifestyle, long-term yo-yo dieting, and other factors. Please understand that if you're following the daily intensity and carefully limiting your portions, the progress is happening, whether it's obvious or not.
I continue to lose weight by doing these simple things:
I pray for strength.
Eat 1 or more serving of fruit or veggie a day. (They start to sound soooo good!)
Exercise for no less than 10 minutes a day (Once I start, I don't want to stop)
Drink at least 8 glasses of water.
My other goals are constantly changing, depending on what I am struggling with at any given time.
I remember these four important things:
*I use my God and my experiences to help myself and others reach their goals.
*I'm here to make a lifestyle change. I am NOT on a diet.
*I will never strive to be perfect, but I will constantly strive to be better.
*I am human and will make mistakes.
My Lifestyle Changes:
I continue to eat many of the same foods, but I eat much less of them! I make tiny choices that add up to one big end result.
I do not waste gas to find a close parking spot, but instead see it as an opportunity to get a little exercise. If I am in a hurry, I use it as an excuse to walk a little faster or (dare I say it?) JOG.
I do not withhold my favorite foods from myself. I incorporate them into a well balanced nutritional diet that benefits my body and my health.
Secrets of Success
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Happy Belated Birthday, Done Girl.
In Libra the Sun is tolerant, affectionate, and well balanced. You are a courteous and agreeable person who is considerate of other people's feelings. You have a personal charisma attracting friends. Functioning well when working in harmony with other people, you are an excellent team player. You like being on the winning team.
The Libra woman is a "steel fist in a velvet glove" as she always wants to be attractive, but she has a spine of steel when it comes to working and going for a goal she wants. She can put on work clothes and get dirty and then come inside and take a bubble bath and put on an evening gown. She has to learn to make up her mind and stay with her goal, as she to often fears she will hurt someone else's feelings and she needs to learn she can't please everyone all the time, but she has to think of what she wants. As a child she was the peacemaker in the family where there was a lot of conflict between the parents.
The Libra woman most often gets married young which can be a real mistake for her because she seeks to find a partner to be her "other half" before she really has learned who she is herself. She is better off to go out with groups of friends and learn about what she likes in life, before she gives over her power to some man who will tell her what to do, because as she matures and finds she has a mind of her own, she will resent the lack of respect she gets from the partner. She gets along best with Aquarius, Gemini, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, and she should avoid Scorpio who is secretive and her opposite in most ways, as she is very open and honest and she does need a partner who is as well. ..
You prefer working in a pleasant and very orderly atmosphere, with people who don't put undue pressure on you. She makes a good lawyer, math teacher, arbitrator, interior designer or furniture saleslady. You like to see your role as that of peacemaker. Peace and tranquility are so important. The least sign of hostility or discord is very upsetting to you. You refrain from speaking your mind if you fear your thoughts would alienate or start an argument. Always ready to compromise or mediate, you need to be careful not to appear wishy-washy or less than reliable.
In many ways, you are dependent upon the approval of others. Libra is the sign of relationships. You think of yourself as half a partnership rather than an individual. Because of this feeling of dependence, you put your mate's needs and desires ahead of your own. You may become confused as to what you want at any particular time, versus what your partner wants. Your partner's goals and ambitions become your goals and ambitions. You are the true helpmate. Because of this attitude, Libra is very stable and dependent in a relationship, even a bad one.
As attached as you are to your partner, you may not really show it much. In your quest for balance and harmony, you rarely have or express strong emotions of any kind. Yours is a very dispassionate demeanor that is detached. You don't invest much passion or feeling in your relationships, loving with your head instead of your heart.
When cast in a supervisory role you may have some difficulties. This is because you weigh each decision before choosing your direction. You can experience problems if you are called on to make frequent snap decisions for the group. You are an excellent go-between, and not as good at being the leader or boss. Unfortunately, such a balanced view of situations sometimes makes decisive action more difficult. You have a hard time making everyday decisions of little or no consequence. On the big issues, you may vacillate indefinitely.
One of your main personality traits is a love of justice. You are insistent on fair play. In this too, you have a very balanced and unbiased way of looking at everything in your world. Accordingly, you are often called on to be mediator in family disputes or in disagreements at work. Your impartial judgment can always see both sides of a matter. You can be very cool and detached, keeping your feelings well under control in pursuit of fairness.
Your love of balance and harmony allows you to appreciate music and the arts. Libra is ruled by Venus, the planet closely associated with artistic endeavors. If you don't have talent yourself, you probably to do have an interest and excellent taste in these matters.
Courteous and refined, good manners are important to you. You exhibit them and you expect them. You are especially repelled by vulgarity and coarseness. Tactful, diplomatic, refined and socially successful, you strive to say and do the right thing. It is always so important for you to make the right impression.
Libra really isn't lazy, but needs exercise that she can feel a part of such as dance, Yoga or Pilates which have movement and balance.
313 days ago
Happy belated birthday, Done Girl!
329 days ago
329 days ago
I hope you had an awesome birthday.
329 days ago
I hope you had a fabulous birthday DONE GIRL!
329 days ago