On January 15, 2013, I wrote a post titled 100 Day Challenge. That lasted less than a week. I had completely forgotten that I even wrote it. On January 13, 2014, I posted New Year, New You. I referenced my weight loss & promised to share more info. Since April of 2013, I have lost 35 pounds. Thirty of those have stayed gone. Five of those I am just playing with apparently, because they keep popping back on the scale. But, honestly, it’s OKAY. This is not a diet, this is a journey. This is my life. This is God helping me conquer a food addiction. If you are Googling “weight loss” or “how to lose weight”, then you are familiar with this addiction. If you have a Pinterest board dedicated to “Fitness” or “Weight Loss” with scantily clad chicks showing off their abs & butts, and lists of work outs you have never attempted, then you are familiar with this addiction. Every story is different. Yet, every story is the same. Since you are here, I’ll share my story. What inspired me? What did I do? What did I NOT do?
Let’s go back about 10 years. I had 3 children under the age of 3. Due to some life circumstances, I decided to return to work. Shortly after hiring on at a small law firm, another girl was hired. Instant friends. Love her still! We talked a lot about faith, family, our boss, and weight. I recall telling her that skinny people were truly lazy people (in terms of food). Seriously, if there was nothing laying around that they wanted, they just wouldn’t eat. But me? Well, honey, I would HURT myself and risk my job to sneak out to Dairy Queen for a Blizzard. Oh, yeah!
Years have passed and life has changed in so many ways. My friend & I left that firm and went in different directions. Facebook keeps us in contact. One day last year, my sweet friend posted on FB that she had lost a significant amount of weight. I was so excited for her! But I was still Googling “weight loss” and “how to lose weight” and Pinning exercises I would never do & pictures of airbrushed workout chicks I would never look like. She posted again. Still losing. Thank you for those posts, my friend. You were my inspiration.
So, what did I DO?
1. I stopped talking about it. I quit asking people how they lost weight. I quit voicing excuses. I KNEW what to do to lose weight. You know, too. So quit asking people. Quit checking out Google and Pinterest. Just. Stop. Don’t post on FB that you are planning to lose weight, or started running, or joined Weight Watchers. Not yet. Quit talking and just realize this is your LIFE. This is NOT a diet you are starting or an exercise regimen. This is LIFE. Take it one day at a time.
2. I stopped procrastinating. There was no, “I’ll start tomorrow.” There was no menu planning for “tomorrow”. I started right then by NOT eating a snack. I wasn’t hungry, but I am a snacker and love to snack. I stopped. Right then. Didn’t even say anything to my husband. In the words of Nike, “Just do it.” Just shut up & DO it.
3. I did NOT join a gym. Or cross-fit, or a running club. I did not break out all the weights, yoga mats and exercise balls gathering dust in a closet. I have done all that in the past & it NEVER worked. Plus, I see a LOT of people my age in walking boots, casts, having surgery,etc. as a result of those. So, if you think you can’t lose weight if you can’t work out, you are full of bull. I have Plantar Fasciitis in both heels. Have for years. It HURTS. Go to the doctor and do what he says to ease the pain. (That includes losing weight, by the way.)
4. I DID join Weight Watchers. No, they aren’t paying me for this. They don’t even know me. Heck, I’m still paying THEM until this last 5 pounds stays gone. Then I become a lifetime member & no longer have to pay! I joined WW because it is NOT a diet. It is LIFE. It showed me clearly that walking 3 miles & eating a Chick Fil A chicken biscuit did NOT balance out. Not at all! I don’t necessarily recommend that you join WW or anything else. Not until you are ready. Not until you can do Step 1 up there. If/when you do join, DON’T use the activity points you earn. Don’t do it.
5. I stopped avoiding my “to do” lists. In the past, I would get stressed over all the stuff that needed to be done (and I didn’t want to do) and I would just go eat to avoid it. I would leave the house that had a full pantry/fridge/freezer to go out to eat. I would even haul our 3 toddlers with me. By the way, one of the things on that list was “Quiet Time”. Why did I avoid reading my Bible and praying? Because my Bible said gluttony is a sin. So, I said I didn’t have time to read my Bible. But, I had time to go out to eat. My stomach was not allowed to growl. My stomach had become my god & I was FAR better at worshiping and serving it than I was the God who loved and created me.
There are SO many benefits to dropping the weight! My husband calls me “skinny girl”. People stop me almost every day and comment on how good I look and how much weight I have lost. I have more energy to do things around the house & with the kids. All that is GREAT, but the most awesome thing was when one of my daughters told me, “Mom, I have really seen a lot of spiritual growth in you since you started Weight Watchers.” Wow. I had no idea just what kind of example I had been setting for them. Weight Watchers is not a religious organization. However, it was the tool God used to teach me restraint and diligence. Do I fail? Yep. Does He forgive? Every time. Do people notice my new diligence? My girls do. My husband does.
So many things are unsaid in this post. So many things don’t really need to be said. You know what to do to be healthier. No one can do it for you. No one but you can change the example you are setting for your family and friends. Oh, the pictures? Not posting them. Don’t compare yourself to me or anyone else. YOU are YOU. Be the YOU that God wants you to be. Your diligence in (not) eating will bleed over into every area of your life. It’s slow, frustrating, amazing, and thrilling. “Just do it.”