Thursday, March 22, 2018

Weightloss: Before & After Pics


So, if you follow me on Instagram (I'm not on other forms of social media...except twitter...but I use that to promote my etsy shop or sermons on youtube I like to share!) then you may have already seen the photo above. If not...please know that this is super embarrassing to post...but necessary as well.

The photo on the left was taken in 2012 or so, I think. Maybe 2011...I can't remember exactly...but it was when I was at my highest weight. After having my babies, not exercising and eating too much (homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and good ol' fashioned country meals etc.) I had really gained weight! I just wouldn't look in a mirror and just accepted that it was who I was and how I was going to be. Honestly, when I looked in the mirror (at my face) I didn't think it was *that* bad...as the weight comes on gradually. I knew my clothes didn't look awesome on me but I didn't want to be vain anyway..so it seemed to work out perfectly. If I was heavy, I wouldn't take pride in myself...thus thinking I was staying humble and actually pleasing the Lord. Oh dear....why does my brain not work sometimes!?

The truth is that it does *not* honor the Lord to overeat (aka: be gluttonous). It is overindulgence and truly sinful! I was actually being prideful when I was heavier because I was prideful about my humbleness! Talk about ridiculousness! I felt that since I was not being overly concerned about my appearance that I was being a more godly woman! I didn't even think about the health aspect...I figured I was "healthy enough".

June 2012 I knew I was too large. I knew I was eating wrong. I knew I wasn't exercising enough...(ok, at ALL). I needed to hear Chris tell me though. I needed that push to get me going. He always told me he loved me no matter my size. He loved ME. Although that is a beautiful thing to hear...it helped me stay content in my laziness (not that I was lazy....I kept my house clean and cared for my children etc....however I was lazy in caring properly for myself). I told him one day that I *needed* him to tell me the truth...was I fat? He finally told me that he did think I should lose some weight for my health. I cried and cried....I was ashamed for letting myself go. I was ashamed that he could not think anything but wonderful thoughts about me....but I am *so* glad he told me! After wiping my face (from all the tears) I determined it was TIME!

I cried out to the Lord...I needed His help. I repented of my sin of gluttony and sloth in that area of my life. He is so good and faithful. He gave me strength! It wasn't easy...but it had to be done. I signed up for spin (cycling class) classes and started right away to eat right (and logging all my food intake into myfitnesspal.com). I would eat a couple eggs in the morning with 4 pieces of turkey bacon. I lost 60 pounds in the first 6 months or so. I started 2013 weighing a much healthier weight than I had when I started 2012! I didn't completely let myself go again through the years....I continued to spin (and became a spin instructor) and run and be active. I was still careful of what I ate but started to indulge a little more than I should. For the past 5 years I never gained all the weight back but I would gain 10-20 lbs....lose them, gain them, lose them....and so on.

I started 2018 determined to get back on track and really get healthy! I wanted to meet my goals! I don't want to be a fitness guru or anything ~ I just want to eat right, be healthy and be pleasing to my husband's eyes! :)  I added weight lifting to my exercise as well...I take a class with lots of reps with lower weights...I don't do heavy lifting like the guys do. We work on toning muscles more than bulking. I do lift a little heavier with a couple friends once a week though. I workout 6 to 7 days a week. I usually take Sunday as a rest day....but sometimes if it is nice out...it's nice to go for a walk or run!

I took the photo on the right last week (have you made it this far in the post? Goodness...I have written a novel! Sorry!). Today I am 21 lbs lighter than I was at the beginning of the year and a lot toner and fit! I still have 13 lbs to go before I reach my first goal weight. Although I am enjoying fitting into smaller clothes and just feeling healthier overall ~ I also have such a peace to know that I am not being gluttonous any more and that I am caring for my body...and trying to teach my children good habits as well! :o) Oh...and don't get me wrong ~ I am not totally focused on this outer shell of a body that God gave me...for: Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Prov. 31:30)

I really look forward to wearing sundresses and lovely things when the weather is nice (modest of course). I also look forward to getting my exercise out in the garden and just outside in general rather than the gym. Right now it is too yucky and cold out. We're suppose to get more snow tomorrow!

I'm sure I rambled above and forgot to add things I should have and added too much in places too. I know some of you have followed along on my blog for years and heard my weightloss updates through the years...I just wanted to give the most recent update for any that may be interested.

Although I am working hard I truly, truly praise God for keeping me on track...giving me strength, encouraging me through His Word and loving me. He gives me perspective when I want to have a pity party...and He gave me a husband that is truly the *best* support system anyone could have asked for! It always makes me smile when I ponder God's sovereignty and eternal plans....how He works things out the way He does. I know it doesn't mean I won't experience pain and suffering in this life ~ I actually I expect that ~ but when you do see the good and beauty in your life...to know God is the author of it all makes my mind wonder-filled!

Ok...so it's getting late. I need to go, unwind from my day and rest. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me (link in left sidebar or my profile) or leave a comment below! Thank you for taking the time to visit me here. I pray you find encouragement and maybe even some conviction (if needed). I pray that the Lord is glorified and exalted here!

Have a lovely weekend ahead....and truly, thank you for visiting!
Warmly,
Katy

20 comments:

  1. That is super! Congrats on the weight loss - as we age it is harder to get that baby weight off. Any updates on the adoption? I know you haven't posted in a while so just wanted to check! Paige

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    1. Thanks Paige! :) Foster to adopt is still pending....we're still working on updates to the house that must be done first. So nothing major yet! Thanks for asking!

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  2. It takes great courage to post before and after pics. You look beautiful in both but it is true...we must care for what God has given to us. Congrats on your success! Helen

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  3. You do look great! And I like all your reasoning's. I would like to lose weight because I don't want to be gluttonous (I do like my sweets!) and I want to maintain self-control. Most of my weight came on during a time (years) of thyroid problems before I went to the doctor for medicine to regulate that. So I "feel" for many people who are overweight and actually it might not be entirely their fault as at least 1/3rd of women have thyroid problems and might not even know. On the good side, in a way, gaining weight has made me more humble and less vain, for my situation.

    Keep up the great work! Andrea

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    1. Thank you Andrea! Yes...my biggest concern is just not to be gluttonous. I have to be very conscientious of what I put in my mouth and how much of it...otherwise I just EAT! I had my thyroid checked a few years back and it was functioning fine. :) I think, though, that even with thyroid problems it is still possible to lose weight! :) Probably just harder! I'm glad you were able to get yours under control! :)

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  4. Congratulations, Katy! I am so happy for you!

    Grace & Peace,
    Pam

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  5. Amazing and Inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing. I've been heavy weight lifting with my husband and sons, they teach me. It's fun bonding, but I keep telling them, "do not make me the incredible hulk" (lol!) but I have got to get off these last 10 pounds! Love your blog always! Bless you!

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    1. Haha! Don't worry...you won't bulk. You'll tone and be strong! I think of women in the past who were super strong because of the tasks they had to accomplish....hand washing all those clothes, beating rugs, scrubbing, gardening all by hand etc. Although I still work hard around the house...I have some appliances that take some of that hard work away (like my washing machine!). We still cut and stack our own wood (I don't cut it...the men folk do that...but I carry and stack!!) as well as other housework but overall, I find I need to go to the gym to really get the workout my body needs! Your children must be so proud of you to get in there and learn! I know my family has been proud of me and that encouragement is so wonderful to have!

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  6. Hi Katy,
    all I can say is well done !!! I know it takes discipline, prayer and a steadfast heart to reach a goal. I too am losing weight, following Trim healthy Mama plan and exercising. I feel a lot healthier and a lot of my tummy problems are cured with just quitting sugar. Thank you so much for your encouraging post. I also think you look just beautiful and happy in each pic, but definitely healthier now. Blessings to you ~ Linda

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    1. Thanks so much Linda! Yes....getting rid of excess sugar is *such* a blessing! Isn't this healthier feeling wonderful?! :)

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  7. I have been struggling to lose ten pounds for about a year now. I have blamed my failure on menopause, stress eating, no time to prepare healthy meals/snacks. Thank you for sharing this. You have given me a new perspective. The bottom line is that God gave me a body and I need to care for it as He cares for me.

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    1. I'm so glad! :) So many people today will tout that we need to get healthy/thin for ourselves...to make us *feel* good...and while that is true to a point (it does feel good to be healthy and such) Christians must focus on the fact that we need to live without excess (espec. in the food department). We must honor the Lord in our choices...and *make* the time to do so!! :o)

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  8. You are truly an inspiring person. Weight loss and eating health is really hard - to many temptations out there. Last week I decided to give up my beloved diet soda, never thought I could do it, but it's been a week today. Good luck on your continued journey.

    BTW - I bet you and your daughter get mistaken for sisters!

    Shelby

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    1. Oh Shelby...you are so sweet! Thank you! :) I definitely don't see myself as inspiring...honestly just a woman trying to glorify the Lord in all she does. Over eating doesn't glorify Him at all! It *is* difficult but worth it!! Congratulations on your success as well!! That's wonderful! Best wishes to you too!! :o)

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  9. I find before and after pic's to be totally inspiring! Thanks for sharing yours. You look great and I'm sure you feel even better than great. I'll bet your family is very proud of you.

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  10. you look great Katy, good job..

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  11. Bravo to you my new friend. I hope you are feeling lighter in body and spirit!

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  12. You look amazing, my friend! And your reasoning to honor God with your body—that’s an awesome reason to lose weight! Hugs, friend!

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May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy