Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Weigh Down!!!

So....over the years..I have been a yo-yo dieter. I would do really well...then gain the weight back, plus some. I felt like a failure and as my relationship has grown with the Lord...I desire to be the best I *can* be. I have even told my mom before, that I feel I serve God in every area of my life except with food/eating/my weight. That made me feel so horrible. I want to fully serve God in every area. After reading scripture about temptations....such as:

When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
~James 1:13-15 (emphasis mine)

...I truly feel that over-eating is sinful. Just like excessive alcohol drinking is....eating too much is bad for your body. God designed us a certain way....and carrying around too much excessive weight isn't good.



My mom had lent me, years ago, the book The Weigh Down Diet by Gwen Shamblin. I have read it before and set it aside. I like what she said...but my sinful self wanted to continue to over indulge myself. But I am truly at the point in my life that I have been broken. Not because I am completely obsessed about losing weight...but because I am sad and heartbroken that I am sinning in this way. I strive to live a life pleasing to our Creator....but I have been failing in how much I eat. So I am now re-reading the Weigh Down Diet and am turning all of my focus on Him...and have already repented and am implementing the methods in the Weigh Down Diet.

I must say...the Weigh Down Diet really isn't a diet. It's about filling your heart and life with God and watching portions. No crazy foods or counting calories. Just relying on your hunger to guide you. :) If you have weight to lose...and feel that in over-eating you have been living with that sin and are ready to let go...I invite you to join me in this! Let's gratify God and not ourselves! :) I encourage you to read HERE about the Weigh Down approach. :)

I would love to hear your thoughts about this and any encouragement and prayers are always appreciated!!! :) If you are joining me on this faith-filled walk for a lifetime....let's hold each other accountable and support each other! :) OK?

27 comments:

  1. okay - I should have read this AFTER I finished the chocolate cake in the house!!

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  2. I would love to join you, but even the chocolate chips are not safe in my home...

    Never heard of Weigh Down before. I'll take a peek at your link, and come back!

    P.S. Your post spoke DIRECTLY to me, and I'm sure to others as well. Thank you for addressing the Real Issue, and for being Honest.

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  3. Were you thinking of me when you wrote this post!? Really, if we had been having a conversation about this I think I would have said many of the things you did. When I read “Am I a failure, or is God angry at me and sabotaging me?” I can not tell you how many times I have felt that way. Not only regarding food. In my heart of hearts I know that isn't true.

    I have been thinking about the way we eat and my weight for some time. It has been weighing heavy on my mind and heart. I actually have a post in mind about processed food and how it is literally killing us. I have been reading food labels and looking up what some of the ingredients really mean. Scary!

    A long ramble to let you know I am with you on this journey!

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  4. Oh Mu gosh,as I am reading I am thinking of that piece of fresh white homemade bread that I just ate and posted at my blog.I feel the same way I was a little thick throught Highschool then lost and then got married had baby and I got thicker.I have tried to lose but can't I can't DIET no way.So I am watching portion size,cutting my limit on sweets and the bread. Good Luck and bless you on your journey.
    Jamie Indiana

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  5. Reading this reminded me of a book I read where the woman said she would never be fat because she only ate when she was very hungry.. hungry to the point of being sick.. I don't think we need to go to that extreme but it did get me to thinking that if we only ate when we were truly hungry we'd all be better off.. it would certainly end all the junk food snacking a lot of us tend to do.
    Good luck and God Bless

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  6. I've battled my weight most of my life, and now that I hit 50, it's so much harder to lose and I need to lose 20 lbs. by my son's wedding in Sept. I've tried every pill made, most diets penned and have come to a easy way to go about it. Eat less, exercise more and watch what you eat. Don't take everything away, just limit your sinful snacks. This way of dieting has been proven to work, I just got to stick with it, that's the hardest part for me at this age...:)

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  7. I agree with you Katy, most of us Americans need to refocus our eating- letting go of our overly rich cuisine and focus more on the simple basics that God provided us.

    Like in Genesis when he tells us that he has provided the garden with every herb bearing seed for us. This is partly one of the reasons that we went Vegan.

    Our health has improved, we appreciate where and how our food comes to us- how it nourishes us...
    and it's a more meaningful experience to know that God designed these veggies, beans, rice and grains- as is- ready to be eaten... without mass processing.

    I pray for you Katy- that the Lord would lift your spirits and self esteem- that he would touch your body and heal it... that you would find that connection between your diet (daily sustinence) and his love for you.
    Many Blessings!

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  8. OK..this post is an answer to my prayer...LAST NIGHT(!) I was was having this very disscussion with my Lord and I asked him to tell me which diet, way of eating...what ever you want to call it to choose. I saw a book about the weight down, and have done atkins...these were the 2 I asked the Lord about.I asked him to show me which one to do... I am on board with ya! I'll let ya know when I get the book.
    Tanna

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  9. Thanks for joining my blog. It is so nice to meet new bloggers with like beliefs.
    God gave us each one body and we are to take good care of it. Spiritually and physically. I definitely am interested in reading "The Wiegh Down Diet" and possibly joining you in a successful walk.
    Blessings,
    AMY

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  10. Katy,
    I have been struggling myself for quite awhile. I love cake, and anything else with sugar. I joined the local gym back in july09, I JUST started going 3 days a week this month! I have to admit, I feel wonderful after a workout, more energy, more in control of what I put in my mouth. If you cannot get to the gym, I would encourage you to get some dvds of Leslie Sansone "Walk Away the Pounds". I have used these in the past and they really do help you to lose weight right in the privacy of your own home. Email me if you feel tempted....I will help you stay accountable and encourage you. (kathyatwork43@aol.com)Congratulations on the positive direction that you are taking in your life.

    Kathy (Washington, Pa)

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  11. I'm not overwieght, but that does NOT mean I eat like I should. I was just telling Darrell the other day that I don't like the way we are eating. I use the excuse that it is too expensive to eat healthy.

    Thanks for posting this - I'm really going to do a lot of praying nd thinking about the way our family eats.

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  12. I lost all my excess weight during chemo but am now trying to keep it off. I have the book on my bookshelf and am now motivated to reread it. Maybe keeping my weight down will be easier with this book. Thank you so much for the reminder.

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  13. Went to the link and it sounds interesting! You'll have to let me take a gander at your book the next time I'm over.
    I have REALLY been trying hard to cut out excess sugar. It is NOT easy and I admit, it makes me cranky... but I do feel better... even after only 3 days! I was so used to making cookies or treats for us to have on hand... and I found myself constantly reaching into the container for that sugar rush too many times a day. So, even though I am not completely cutting it out, I am trying hard to keep away from major portions of sweets and candies and stick to healthier foods.

    I know that you have struggled... I've watched it over the years... but I KNOW that you can do this! And not only will it make you feel better, it will also positively impact Chris and the kids! You're doing the right thing and I'm cheering you on!!!!!!!!

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  14. Thank you for sharing! I have heard of the book, I will see if my local library has it!

    I am a mindless snacker, even if I'm hungry or not. And yes, I need to lose a few pounds. This has been bugging me lately too. I do not want to do the diet pills so maybe this book is what I need!

    I know I have said it before but wanted to say it again. Your blog is so inspirtional to me! I love your faith and outlook in life! You are defiently a disciple of Christ!

    Melinda

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  15. Katy~ my husband and I have been doing weight watchers for over a year now and we are both kind of stalled right now. I have lost 60 pounds so far and he has lost about 120 pounds. I have about 90 more to go so would love to encourage you in your efforts. I don't look at WW as dieting more of a lifestyle change and with us both doing it, it seems to go much more smoothly. Please feel free to e-mail me anytime with any questions or just some support joann2009@sbcglobal.net
    Blessings,Joann

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  16. WEIGH to go Katy, you just had to go and bring up that whole weight thing didn't you. lol
    Ohhh girl, I so relate. I've been up n down my whole life. I think it's portion distortion, and for me eating for comfort. If I get frazzled, I eat. ALOT.
    It's a battle!

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  17. Hi Katy,

    I am happy for you for attempting to make this health/life change. We all need to make the right choices with what we eat. We need to choose to eat to live. What I mean by that, is we need to choose the right foods to help our bodies live. Our bodies were not made for an overload of sugar or carbs. Also, think about what we are teaching our children. (I am preaching to myself)

    I come from an obese family. All my family seems to have health problems because of the choices they have made. From a very young age I decided not to follow in my obese family footsteps.

    I am now almost 40, married, and a mother of 4 children. I have always been thin, but have struggled with my weight the last 6 years. I am 25 pounds overweight right now. Last year, I weighed 130, but gained twenty pounds back for lack of exercise.

    Eating healthy is not expensive since we make a lot of our own foods. We try to buy all organic foods, or grow our own foods. It's all how you approach things.

    God bless & God give you wisdom

    Tina
    www.peacefulviewacres.blogspot.com

    P.S. I bought a treadmill this week, so 20 pounds lighter here I come.

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  18. Haha...looks like nearly every other woman has the same problems as you. I too feel the same : ) It's so difficult to resist chocolate after a terrible day!

    Rather than taking "diets" I try to just eat in moderation. Write a list of what you need before you go to the supermarket so that you don't end up wondering down those sinful aisle lol : )

    Good luck!

    Gemma x

    http://musings-of-a-gem.blogspot.com/

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  19. Please keep us posted on your progress! At 54, I'm finding it harder to lose the weight; so I'm working on becoming more active. Women in our weight loss group at work are having great results just by portion control and walking. May I recommend Leslie Sansone's walking DVD's? Plus she's a Christian! Best of luck to you; I have an idea you will make it this time.

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  20. HI! there are some videos of her on youtube...if interested :)

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  21. Hello Katy,

    I also am overweight and I would really like to join you little online group. I can't fit into quite a lot of my clothes and I really can't afford to go out and buy all new ones, so I'm going to give this a go because I want to be the best Christian I can be. One little hint I have used to effect is if I have chocolate in the house and I'm tempted I just say to God,"I promise not to eat any of that chocolate today" and of course I can't break a promise to Him,so that seems to work for me. Then I do the same the next day but I try not to get obsessed.
    Thank you for inspiring me and I wish you and all these dear ladies success.
    Blessings Gail

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  22. I have another book for you to read and consider...it is called "The Makers Diet" I wouldn't go into great detail about it...but it changed the way I think about food and I what I put in my body. However, I still need encouragement! I struggle with this too! If you would like to read it, I can mail it to you...I am all about sharing.

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  23. i know you will do it, youre very faithful..
    hugs,

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  24. http://www.carm.org/more-stuff/features/weigh-down-weight-loss-founder-gwen-shamblin-denies-trinity

    Hi! You may want to read the above article. I took this class years ago, and stopped when I found this out (above article) On the other side, I wish you well in your goal! :-)

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  25. Katie,
    I know how you feel. After 3 kids in less than 5 years I put on extra weight. Finally determined to loose, I set my mind on eating right. No junk, low fat (flavored rice cakes rock!!LOL) I also started Jillian Micheals 30 day shred and It works. Busy moms...only 20 mins a day, and with results...I really reccomend it. God Bless and keep it up!!

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  26. That is very insteresting..A Country Helpmeet. Thank you for sharing that with me. I truly appreciate it. To be honest...I don't delve into Gwen's teaching. What she says about how to lose weight *does* make sense...and that is what I focus on. As for my relationship with our Father...I didn't read that part of the book. I trust my pastor and certain teachers as well as my own Bible Studies (and I do believe in the trinity..the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.) :) I will be very discerning and I appreciate your help with this! Thank you for making me aware of it! :)

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  27. Katy -

    Boy can I ever relate! I am 5'3" and have a very petite frame, so I don't have a lot of room for error as far as weight gain goes. After 3 babies, the weight has crept on and I've held onto it. The result? High blood pressure, currently controlled by medication. My doctor believes that the medication will not be necessary for long, as long as I get down to a good healthy weight and maintain that weight. The good news is that I've been doing Weight Watchers since January and have lost about 15 pounds. I completely understand what you mean by "broken". I have repented and made my peace about not treating my body the way I should. I still have deep regret and shame over my failure. But God is faithful and the pounds are coming off. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.

    Chrissy
    www.lowcountryreflections.blogspot.com

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I am always so grateful to read your comments! I thank you for the time you took to visit and share your thoughts with me. :o)
May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy