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Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
It makes me laugh to think that I am writing a series that involves losing weight, eating healthy and exercising. Three things that rank at the very bottom of my “strengths” list. In fact, they are so far down there that I have truly wrestled with the concept. Why on earth am I writing this series? I am hardly qualified to stand up and tell someone else about something that I have clearly failed at.
Yet, it’s funny how God works. You remember that little verse about how His power is made perfect through our weaknesses (2 Cor 12:9)? You see, I might not be a health and fitness guru, but I can tell you all about what you can eat that will put on the pounds. I can tell you how tired and lethargic your body will feel when you don’t find time to step away from the computer desk for a few minutes everyday. And I can tell you what it’s like to be addicted to a drink that is literally poisoning my body. The truth is, I can relate to your struggle. I know what is probably going on in your head.
I probably won’t be able to tell you about the latest workout technique, but I CAN tell you about the lies that keep me running to that bag of oreos.
Shall we name just a few of the risks associated with being overweight?
There’s high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, abnormal blood fats, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, cancer, gallstones, weak pelvic muscles, and physical discomfort.
There’s also an increased risk of gout, an impaired immune system, respiratory problems, difficulty healing from wounds, reproductive disorders that cause infertility, liver disease, back pain, gynecological complications, pancreatitis, and incontinence.
How about a few behind the scenes dangers?
- According to this article on CNN, being even 20 lbs overweight can skew the opinions of your doctor, making it more difficult for him/her to diagnose health problems such as cancer, asthma, and other possible life threatening illnesses.
- Studies show that being overweight greatly increases your risk of death, not just of a heart attack or stroke, but of ANY cause. (NPR.org)
- Being overweight costs women an average of $4,879 a year. That’s $100,000 in 20 years. (The Price of Being Overweight)
What strikes me about this depressing list of facts is that all of these health issues are linked to being just 20 lbs overweight. 20 lbs! That’s a number that I’ve always dismissed as being no big deal. No doubt you are feeling the same way I am right about now. I mean in the era of airbrushed anorexia, we “normal” women have no chance, right? Oh, but let us not give in to that lie.
The difference between someone who is 100 pounds overweight and someone who is at their ideal weight is about 3 extra Oreo’s a day.
Wait! Did you read that quote. The difference between ideal and overweight is really as simple as 3 extra oreos a day? This blog post lays it all out. 3 cookies = 120 calories * 365 days = 43,800 calories/3500 calories in a pound= 12.51 pounds per year * 8 years = 100 pounds.
If you are like me, you can look at that stat and feel completely doomed to ever be a normal weight. I mean, let’s face it, if just 3 oreos cost me 100 lbs in 8 years, imagine what I am doing when I eat the whole bag. *gasp* You didn’t think I would admit to that, did you? I didn’t either. But the truth is, we can also choose to look at this stat through the opposite lens. If we can just CUT those extra 3 oreos out a day, we will see a difference in our weight! That’s all it takes. 3 oreos. When you look at it like that, anyone can loose weight, right?
So what are we waiting for?
This week’s action points:
- Create your rules and leave them in the comments. See Not Consumed by Food for more guidance.
- Find out what you need to loose. You can’t very well determine what needs to be cut out if you don’t know how bad it really is. Web MD’s BMI and Healthy Weight Calculator. Feeling brave? You can also tell us how much weight you’d like to use. Not need to share what you weigh, just the number of pounds that you need to loose to be healthy. I need to loose 57 lbs. Yeah, that’s a lot of oreos.
- Consider some of the resources listed below.
A few resources:
I’ve started a Get Healthy pinterest board for recipe ideas and easy workout ideas. Be sure to follow along!
My friends at Intentionally Yours have a facebook group for women, encouraging them as they walk the journey to health. If you are looking for some REAL ladies to converse with, head over to Intentionally and Wonderfully Made to join.
Looking for other ideas? This series is part of a Get healthy & Fit Series hosted by 19 bloggers. You will find fitness tips, ideas, and various eat plans. Click below to see what everyone else is up to!
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