Thursday, January 02, 2014
I am just realizing that I have not blogged since June of 2013, so I felt it was time to give an update. I made excellent progress in 2013 even though the months of November and December featured a gain. I exercised faithfully, and I can't blame it on holiday food because I didn't even have any. Between the holiday blues and some medical test results that came back on December 16, 2013, I just started to spiral into an emotional chocolate eating frenzy. However, there is one thing about me. I might get down, but I will not stay down. That's for sure. Even while I was eating crazy, I kept working out and I have managed to get back on track. I'm not going to beat myself up about being "human" and making poor decisions. Onward and upward is the only way to go. Instead of focusing on what I regained, I am going to celebrate the 42 lbs that I lost and are still off. I'm also 100% recommitted to my health and well-being.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Hebrews 11:1 King James Version (KJV)
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I want to focus on the NOW (not tomorrow). Right NOW is when our faith has to kick in and take us to the next level of living. Many dieters have the "I'll start on Monday mentality." But when you are really ready to embrace a lifestyle change, you start the moment you make that decision. Will obstacles come? Sure. But we have everything that we need in us to be successful.
Monday, March 11, 2013
God showed me who I was, and then I was really able to be my best me. It started on July 27, 2012, when I got on the scale and it said 303. I was in pure shock. I'm not going to say it was rock bottom, but it was definitely a wake up call. But instead of relying upon pills and fad diets, I began a three-part process of spiritual, physical and mental transformation. I began to seek God like never before to heal that which was broken in me. I began to exercise with more intensity than I had in the past. I worked with a free health coach provided through my job for 12 weeks. Then I was off on my own starting October 22. However, I then created a support network through my job and through my friends on facebook. My strategy for eating is no dieting and deprivation. Just balance and moderation. There are no "bad" foods. I eat on smaller plates and watch my portion size, but I eat food that I like. The spiritual transformation was also important. I began to decree and declare blessings into my life, including weightloss. I read the Bible often. I also read and share posts from inspirational figures, some of whom are real people in my life. If I had to pick one key to success in terms of the mental transformation, I would say it was truly embracing the concept that I am "worth the work." I am worth it because of who I am in God. I don't go to food when life hits me with curve balls anymore. I go to friends and to God. I also use exercise to relieve the stress and anguish. I'm grateful for all the free resources that are available. We just have to use them. The main reason I love sparkpeople is because it helps me set realistic goals. There was a time in the past when I would drop 5 to 7 pounds in a week through extreme dieting or pills. (And of course gain it back plus some.) However, I purposed in my heart that I would do this au natural this time. No pill, no diets, no gimmicks. And the result is that this is the best sustained weightloss that I've ever experienced in my 14 years of "dieting." It's coming off slow. On any given week, I may lose 0 to 2 lbs. Occasionally, I might even go up for a day or two. But I keep pressing toward the mark, and I see that for me slow and steady is the best way. I have definitely adopted a lifestyle approach, and I am so happy these days.
Monday, February 25, 2013
I celebrated my 38th birthday on 2/22/2013 and had the absolute best birthday weekend ever. I don't usually do much of anything for birthdays, but this one felt special because I'm truly embracing life. So I literally celebrated Friday through Sunday. I ate what I wanted (but watched how much I consumed), went out to eat a few times and even had birthday cake. However, the best birthday present was when I got on the scale this morning, and it showed that I still had a 1.8 lb loss for the week. God is good, and I thank Him for giving me wisdom. I am truly in the lifestyle phase where I try to have balanced eating and consistent exercise. It's WORKING!!!!
This weekend also featured a non-scale victory. This picture is taken from the first open mic that I've ever participated in (2/24/24 at Gallery Bohemia). I did two of my poems. The awesome thing is that this shirt is a 14/16W from Ashley Stewart and the pants are an 18W. woohoo!!!!!
Thursday, February 21, 2013
I see that I haven't blogged since August 7, 2012, and I hadn't logged on since some time in October. However, I just wanted to let you all know that God is good and He has been keeping me. I guess you can say I was busy living instead of "die-ting." I no longer diet; no deprivation for me. I practice moderation, and it has worked out so well. They are no foods that are off-limits; I just limit my intake. Sure I could be losing like 5 to 7 lbs a week doing low-carb, but that's not a lifestyle that I desire. So basically, I lose the doctor recommended 1 to 2 lbs per week. And some weeks I don't lose any. However, I'm discovering that slow but steady is winning the race for me. :) Plus, it doesn't feel like I have to work at this. I just live it. Last summer, I registered pure shock when I got on the scale on July 27, 2012 and saw that I weighed 303 lbs (all time high). I never thought I'd be in the 300s. smh. I started working with a free health coach through my job who stressed the balanced approach that I'm engaged in now. Thank God, it has worked. In fact, we did our yearly screenings for the Healthy Lives program at my job in November. Would you believe that I had reached the goal weight by January 1? So I am already well ahead of the game for our 2013 Annual Screening. Today, I weigh 268.4, which is a loss of 34.6 since July 27, 2012. :) All glory goes to God!!!!
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