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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| current weight: 217.2