I Can! I Will! End of Story!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hello Spark Community!!!
It has been a while since I've been on Spark People. And by "a while," I mean 659 days. Needless to say, my weight has been up and down and up and up. Although, I've managed to keep off the majority of the weight that I initially lost (142 lbs total) for the past 5 years, putting back on 20 lbs then losing it; then gaining 30 lbs, losing 2 lbs, gaining 5, losing 7, gaining 3, losing 3, and so on and so forth is beginning to take it's toll on me. My life has been mirroring my weight loss/gain roller coaster. And I am so super sick of it. In spite of all the craziness that may be going on in my life right now, the fact remains that God has been too good to me. And I know that He deserves better than this.
And then there's my new relationship. We started off as this fit and healthy couple, but our love is resulting in love handles on us both. Granted his love weight amounts to 4 lbs. Mine is more like 15. Sigh...
But, like every Spark member who falls off the band wagon, I am BACK!!! And I'm back with a vengeance. I've really been meditation on Colossians 3:17 It says, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." WOW! Imagine if every word or deed that we did was done to the glory of God! How much more effort would you give to something if you were doing it in the name of the Lord Jesus as a direct reflection or representation of Him? I, for one, always want to give God the best of me! When I'm at church, I try to be the best usher, choir member, youth group discussion leader, or whatever it is because I'm doing it to give thanks and appreciation for God the Father. But the scripture says, "And whatever you do..." That means that my health, my daily interactions with people, the things I choose to spend my money and time on...EVERYTHING! EVERY SINGLE AREA OF MY LIFE should display my love for God and that I am giving Him the best of me because He ALWAYS gives me His best!
That took away every excuse I ever had or will have! I have to become more healthy and MAINTAIN a healthy lifestyle. God REQUIRES that of me! I'm done with the emotional roller coasters and the weight gain/loss roller coaster. It's time for some stability.
So a co-worker mentioned how her friend did something called The Whole 30 Diet. I had never heard of it, but from what I gather, it's pretty much eliminating all processed foods and eating only whole foods for 30 Days. I actually found a site called www.100daysofrealfood.com. It appears to be something similar to the Whole 30 Diet (same concept), but broken down into 10 day segments to help you slowly adapt to cleaner eating. I love one concept of the program. It says "You can have as much junk food as you want, as long as you cook it yourself. You're less likely to eat french fries every day if you have to wash the potatoes, cut them, and fry them yourself. Same thing with baking." I think that's definitely a way to keep portions in control.
I'll have to do more research before I begin, but I definitely like the idea of eating clean for 100 days. I'm always so amazed by people who have committed to vegan lifestyles for 7 years or vegetarian diets for 3 years. I don't necessarily want to be either of those, but I'm definitely looking forward to saying, "I haven't had a cookie in 6 years."
But for now, all I know is that I am totally committed to losing 30 lbs this year. Preferably by my birthday (August 30). And maintaining my weight forever. I owe it to God. I owe it to myself. 100 days from now, I will be at least 2/3 of the way to my goal. AT LEAST!
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