I’ve south beached it. I’ve been with Robert Atkins. Jillian and I have gone round and round. I’ve even tried clinical weight loss with a doctor.
In the past 12 years I have gained and lost over 290 lbs. You are probably thinking- awesome…so you are back at your original weight, right? Hardly. I’ve had some short term success, but nothing that lasted beyond a few years. Why is that? How can you try every method on the market, read every book on the topic, and eat cardboard but never find yourself at a healthy weight? It’s because I just don’t want to, right?
I can not count the number of times someone has said this to me- “if you really wanted to loose weight you would. You just don’t want to.” But I absolutely want to. Trouble is, there is a disconnect between the “want to” and the making it happen. That disconnect is in the lies that I put into my head. These lies consume me. They make it impossible for me to make a wise and healthy decision when it comes to what I put in my mouth.
Lysa Terkeurst says it best in her book Made to Crave.
I am supposed to consume food, but food was never meant to consume me. ~Lysa Terkeurst
For years, I have allowed food to consumed me. It controls me, manipulates me, and demands my attention. The treatment is mutual, as I demand that food comforts me and solves me problems. It’ s a vicious cycle that has rendered me hopeless. Until something changed. Suddenly I realize that I am not alone in this. The truth is…other women step on the scale with tears in their eyes, too. Other women binge on forbidden food when no one is looking. And other women cry themselves to sleep convinced that they are too fat to be loved.
Maybe you are one of these women. Or maybe you don’t even know you have a problem with food. Either way, I would be honored if you would join me for a 12 week journey through the LIES THAT KEEP ME EATING. No doubt we will be counting calories, slashing sugar, and sweatin’ to the oldies, but most importantly we will learn to battle the lies that keep the weight from coming off for good.
If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that details are irrelevant. You can loose weight by slashing sugar, spending 12 hours a day at the gym, or by following a protein diet. Really. Most plans work. It’s the motivation for the plan that is the problem. Our main goal in this series will be to meet that problem head on by changing what is going on in our head. But, of course, there will have to be a change in what goes in our mouth. That part is up to you. I want to challenge you to consider 3 temporary rules to follow as we let go of what is inhibiting us and learn to develop life-long habits that lead to health.
It’s the mix of temporary restrictions and permanent changes that will lead to long-term success.
We can’t go around making rules like, “I’ll never eat dessert again until I’m skinny” You know why. As soon as you are skinny, the desserts come back and we are right where we started. Overweight. Chances are, you’ve been there just like I have. So no crazy rules, just a few temporary things to boost our success.
So, as an example, here are MY temporary rules.
#1… For the next 12 weeks, I will not eat out at a restaurant.
I have personal reasons for choosing this rule. One of which is financial. However, most of it is the fact that the restaurants that I can afford and am willing to take 4 kids to alone, almost always involve a drive-thru window. You know, I don’t think I need to tell you why this is something I should restrict for now. Let’s just say that this non-salad loving girl can not withstand the smell of tasty onion rings long enough to order wilted lettuce.
#2…For the next 12 weeks, I am fasting from all refined sugar.
I have chosen this rule because my weight issues stem mostly from the consumption of sugar (more specifically cake and root beer) These calories are the most damaging and most addicting. If I am going to break this addiction, I need to fast from this danger zone for now. Plus, as a single mom, I do not have time to count calories or weigh and measure specific foods. I know that eating sugar is what leads me down the path to the extra calories, so this will be an effective change. To be clear: I am not cutting out fruits or rice, but this will include pasta and bread, as I am gluten free.
#3…For the next 12 weeks, I am going to exercise everyday.
This doesn’t mean 6 hours at the gym. I am calling any attempt at exercise better than the present status: which is none. I want to work on developing a regular habit of exercising that I can sustain long term. Since I have 4 kids, no gym membership and no babysitters, exercise will most likely involve my children or a video. I will be keeping a journal of ideas for rainy days, lazy days, and busy days. That way once the 12 weeks is over, I will have a long list of creative ideas for how to get moving. If you can do more, do it. But remember, you’ve got to do what works. Or you won’t bother.
So how about you?
On Monday morning, I will post the first post of the series encouraging us to get the lies out of our heads and challenging us with nutritional/heath tips. Until then, it would be great if you would think about a few temporary rules for yourself. What is reasonable for you? What is your biggest area of need? How will you accomplish these goals?
On Monday, I will ask you to post a comment with your list of temporary rules or goals, if you are willing. Let’s do this thing and hold each other accountable! I’m praying that God will lead you through the planning process, so we can leave this mess behind us.
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