A Year On SparkPeople
Monday, May 02, 2011
May 2, 2011
A year ago today I decided to make a change in my life. I had recently went to the doctor and found out I weighed 294 pounds! What a shocker. I mean I knew I had put on some weight because none of my clothes fit. But I never would have thought that I almost weighed 300 lbs. I didn’t get that big when I was pregnant! So I took a look at my life. I had just gotten married and you know I was feeling myself. I had a baby who was just learning to walk and I was only 22 years old. Obliviously my husband loved me at my largest weight but I wanted him to be proud to have a good looking woman on his arm. What was I going to do when Khari started walking and running everywhere?! I had to make a change. I needed to lose 154 pounds to be at what scientists would call a healthy weight for my height. So I buckled down, bought some vegetables, some exercise videos and decided I needed to lose this weight a healthy way. No quick fix for this, I needed to lose the weight and keep it off.
I decided to give myself until the end of the year to lose 50 lbs. I joined an online community, Sparkpeople, which is totally free and very informative. I got healthy recipes, health articles, challenges and positive feedback and encouragement from other people losing weight or people who had lost weight and were maintaining their new weight. My loved ones were so supportive. But the one who gave me strength, encouragement and was there when I felt like giving up was my heavenly Father. Before deciding to lose a person, I rededicated my life to God and started living for Him instead of myself. Every morning I would get up and pray, read my Bible. Before and after every workout I would, and still do, pray for strength, guidance and thanked Him in advance for every pound shed, every inch lost. I added a gospel station on Pandora, man nothing like some good praise music to lift you up when you running and feeling tired! I started listening to Christian Hip-Hop which hyped me up a little more than the praise music. Not only was I losing weight but I was gaining faith and knowledge about who I am in Christ and where I needed to be physically and emotionally.
I wasn’t on this journey alone, yes I had God, but I also had a very supportive husband who was willing to try all my experimental cooking , give new workout ideas and had my back when I was ready to fall. But I also have two wonderful friends who I have come to love so much, Ashley Cayton and Raynece Leader, who were also on a weight loss journey. Sharing recipes, exercises and encouraging words really got me through some hard times. Man thinking back got me a little emotional! I can remember calling Rayn saying, “I want a double cheese burger from Whataburger, some Nacho Cheese Doritos and some chocolate chip cookies!” And her response was NOOOO COURT! Lol. She also laughed at how specific I was lol. I told Ashley what I told Rayn and she said, “I’m glad you called her instead of me because I would have to you to eat it.” And she was so serious, lol. Love those two. And I wouldn’t be where I am without their love and support. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says that two are better than one but a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Amen.
So November approached and I reach my goal of losing 50 lbs. a little early. And we all know that Thanksgiving and Christmas are the times of the year people gain the most weight. But thanks be to God! He knew what I was trying to accomplish and had already prepared me for the trials a head lol. I cooked Thanksgiving dinner for my husband and parents so it was a small dinner. I chose what I cooked and what was in my food so I could control all portions. But my wonderful husband loves to bake and last Thanksgiving he wanted to try every form of sweet potato pie under the sun. Even though I enjoyed the pies I continued to work out and eat rationally. Christmas came and I continued to lose weight so I was pretty proud of myself. January came and I had been preparing to for Daniel’s Fast, which was for my spiritual journey but the lost pounds were greatly appreciated.
Yesterday I weighed in and I have lost two lbs. after 3 months of the scale not moving. The devil has been trying to whisper in my ear, but he know I ain’t having it! But going from losing 10lbs a month to nothing at all is a little discouraging. But I know I have to switch up my routine and switch up my diet so that I can jumpstart my metabolism. So he can’t have my joy! Shoot a year ago I was almost 300 lbs. now I’m much healthier than a lot of thin people I know. God has blessed me with a job that is close enough that I can ride my bike or walk to work. I also have access to state of the art gym equipment now and I have a better understanding of how my body works and how I am suppose to take care of it. It’s about to be summer and I will definitely be outside taking advantage of this Texas heat! And now I have my husband to compete with! He isn’t making it a competition but every time he tells me how far he runs I think, man I have to get my running game up!
So a year later, I am 80 lbs. lighter, 5 dress sizes smaller, healthier, more confident , more energetic, more aware and simply blessed that I have come this far. Oh yeah, I’m so much HAPPIER! But this journey isn’t over, I haven’t reached my goal, which is to lose 119, not the 154 lbs. But who knows what will happen and losing is the easy part, maintaining is the real journey. But I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Philippians 13:4. Stay blessed.