Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weight Loss Wednesday

I have come to realize that I have fallen into a slump of apathy about my weight and my health. I have had a roller coaster ride when it comes to the ups and downs of my weight. I know I've posted about previous successes. But for awhile now I have relied on the perks of breastfeeding to help me lose the baby weight. Well, Christine is nearly two and is only nursing once a day and the weight loss perks are long gone and the scale has been telling me so for quite some time but I chose to ignore it. No more.

I'm going to be joining with Confessions of a Snowflake for her weekly Weight Loss Wednesday series. I need to find some accountability in this area and this is a good place to start. This is not just about looks, weight, clothes sizes... I

According to multiple online BMI calculators my Body Mass Index is around 31.8... well above the recommended healthy range of 18-25. I need to lose about 40lbs to get back into the healthy range.

It is a little daunting. Ok, a lot. But I know my food and physical activity choices have not been healthy for me or glorifying to God. I am not being a good steward of the body and the life that He has blessed me with. It is my responsibility to take care of myself so that I can be a better wife, mother, person.

I am not diving into any dramatic crash diets. I have a long way to go and I am going to start by making a few simple changes and go from there. I saw The No "S" Diet online and while I haven't read the book, the philosophy seems simple and easy to follow. Basically their whole thing is "no snacks, no sweets and no seconds - except on days that start with "S". I will be keeping a food journal to help keep me accountable and make myself aware of not only how much but also what I am putting into my body. I am going to force myself to get up early a few days a week and go to the gym. I am not a morning person to getting up before the sun is not easy for me. I am primarily going to focus on the treadmill and the bike until I get a little more comfortable in the gym and then I'll branch out.

Its not rocket science. I need to eat less junk and be more active. If its so simple why is it so hard to implement?

LilySlim Weight loss tickers

- Encouraging Weight Loss Resources -

Karen Ehman's website has lots of weight loss posts that are helpful and encouraging.

Lysa TerKeurst's Made to Crave website is great - as is the book which focuses on helping us to get on track to have our deepest desires satisfied with God and not food.

My husband and I have previously had success with The Lords Table - its a free study from Setting Captives Free that helps people become break away from the bonds of their unhealthy eating habits

*I am sure there are a lot of other great resources out there too. But I stuck to the ones that I know about from personal use. I'd love to hear about more - feel free to let me know if you have some suggestions! ;-)

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

~ 2 Corinthians 7:1


Alicia The Snowflake said...

I love that scripture! What a great way to look at it!

Congratulations!!! Deciding to do something about your weight is a very difficult decision. Yes, it may seem daunting and overwhelming. But you can do this! I promise!

I do like your choice to start small. It's much easier than trying to make a bunch of choices at once. Just remember...not all snacks are bad. Healthy snacks can help curb hunger pangs that would cause overeating later.

Thank you for joining WLWed! It was great meeting you! And I look forward to walking this journey with you!

Blessings to you my new friend!

Kerri (a simple princess) said...

Glad to "meet" you!
I have asked that question many a time: "If it's so simple why is it so hard to implement?" But I love your wonderful attitude to making small changes! I also love that Bible verse!
Looking forward to getting to know you better and journeying along side of you!

Anonymous said...

You can do this. You are strong, faithful person and God does want this for you. I have struggled with weight issues for years. It took 7-10 years for me to make a habit of eating less/eating right. It was hard. I had to learn to be satisfied with things other than food--mainly God and that is the hardest part.
A breakthrough I had in losing weight was when I kept track of the calories I was eating in a food journal. I was eating ALL the right foods but was eating too much of them and didn't know this until I kept track. This is not crash dieting or communist control of what I ate, it just made me aware of how far off I was in the road to weight loss. I realized I truly could not shed pounds unless I was consuming less than I burned and sometimes mathematics helps the most with this reality!
And, yes, accountability is huge!
God's best to you!