With so many advertisements and "cheaper" foods out there, it often seems easier to just eat fast food or whatever we want that sounds good. Most people are putting an abundant amount of calories in their body but not expending enough...thus the pounds start packing on! Most of us were not born with a metabolism set at warp-speed for our lifetime. To get lax-i-daisy about it and just eat what we want, when we want (and even throwing things in our mouths without even thinking about it through the day) results in an expanding waistline before we even realize it! Unfortunately, it's terribly easy to do and being our sinful selves...we go along with it.
As Christian women, we take care to make our decisions well and God-honoring. We dress modestly, watch our tongues, spend time in the Word, care for our families to the best of our ability and try to keep germs and sickness far away from our loved ones. We are dedicated to living out the Proverbs 31 woman ~ striving and failing often (but getting back up and trying all over again, right?). So knowing this...why is it so easy for us to just eat...and not try to make healthier decisions about the food we put into our bodies (and those of our loved ones)? Is it God-honoring to become gluttonous or lazy with the care of our bodies?
It bothered me that I was over-weight. To me, it truly affected my Christian witness. I would be striving to honor God in all areas of my life...except that one. I would cry to my mom about it and just feel like I had tried (and failed) to lose weight so many times. *This* time though, it wasn't about "just" wanting to be thin....it was about honoring God, repenting from my sinful ways and getting healthy. The first thing I did was sign up for a spin class....immediately! (Don't think you'll *start* next Monday....no matter what day it is...start your healthy way of life NOW!)
Does it take extra time to exercise? Yes. But do I enjoy it now? Absolutely! The second you start losing that extra weight, you want to continue...push harder...do more! Is it quite time consuming figuring out my food intake and what I am going to eat? Yes...but it becomes more routine and natural over time.
**One thing I will highly recommend to you: if you go to picnics with friends or other things where you are unsure of the food served (so you can make a proper choice ahead of time)...then *pack* your lunch. Get yourself your own, special (mine is monogrammed) insulated tote/lunch bag and pack it with healthy items for you to eat. I pack my lunch anytime I go anywhere! Friends and family know that I am and now it is just "normal" for me! :)
**Also, if you *are* planning on eating out, use the restaurant's online resources to find out *what* you can eat and be ready for what you will order before you even leave the house! :)
**Hard boil eggs and eat them as a protein at lunch or supper...alone or on a salad!
**Get a food scale (or if you already have one ~ USE it!). Measuring and weighing out your food is so important so you know the true serving size you are eating.
**Boil or bake chicken breasts then cut them up and save them to use on salad or to make a healthy wrap with a bit of cheese and lettuce! Store it in the fridge to use when you need it!
**Cut up veggies and keep them stored in the fridge for an easy, healthy snack.
**If you need something sweet opt for a sugar-free pudding (that is low cal) or a light yogurt! They will help quench that sweet-tooth! Fruit is also a great option!
**Going to a birthday party? Don't eat the cake! You will regret it! Take a healthy alternative to eat while everyone else is eating the cake. Don't take celery or carrots...or you will feel deprived. Take a sweeter healthy-option. Then you will enjoy something sweet as everyone else does...but without the guilt! :)
Today, (although I won't publish this until tomorrow) I spun for an hour at the Y early this morning...then after schooling, the children and I went for a run. We went a good mile and a half. I am getting my bit of practice in before I run that 5K at the end of the month!
Start walking....and as you start losing weight...start walking faster! Do you have bad knees? Then cycling or spinning will be good for you! Find something you *enjoy* and keep going with it. Just don't give up!
Most importantly, realize you are doing this to be healthy and God-honoring (as well as a good example to young ladies around you). Stay in prayer...and praise God in it all. Keep Him as your center focus!
I am now down 62 pounds...healthier than I have been in a *long* time and truly, I give God all the glory. I am so thankful for the strength He gives. It's not always easy....but life *isn't* easy anyway...so He is my source of comfort and strength in this along with everything else! I think that is the way it is suppose to be! :o) I am only 11 pounds away from weighing what I did when I graduated high school. I can fit into sooo many clothes now and can even wear my class ring (it's fun to do just because I can!!!).
If I can help you or if you have any questions...please feel free to let me know! I hope you found this post helpful and encouraging (maybe even convicting). Please know I am speaking from experience...not in a judgmental way towards anyone. I just know the hurdles I faced and am not afraid to admit them. Now, if you are in the same boat ~ I hope I can help you face those hurdles too!
♥ In loving kindness,