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.