In January of 2005 I set a goal of losing weight for my 21st birthday party.
My party would be at the end of March so I had a little less than 3 months.
I set a few rules for myself and really stuck to them!
A. My best friend Jessica helped me tremendously (she's the one on the right in the photo). When I wanted something bad to eat she would simply ask me if I really wanted it or if I wanted to lose weight more. And then she would offer an alternative (like Turkey Bacon! Super tasty and satisfying) Find a friend who loves you enough to not let you cheat and more importantly, won't TEMPT you to cheat.
B. I suggest journaling everything you eat for the first month. This will help you stay on track and make sure you are not going over your calories. And it will help you see which meals worked best for you -both in feeling satisfies and in losing weight. After a month of journaling you should have it down and not need to write down everything.
I got this cute set of journals from Rifle Paper Co. at Paper Source but I just saw them at Target too!
Here is a food diary that you can print off if you don't have a journal or if you need an idea of how to format your own jounal.
C. Make a Plan & Set Some Rules. This will vary for each person. For my body I know that carbs and sugar will pack on the pounds like nobody's business. I have discovered that if I eat more balanced, trying to have more Protein than Carbs at each meal, then I will lose weight. This is great news for me because I LOVE carbs. I mean I LOVEEEE them. I could seriously eat a cupcake after each meal. Or a basket of bread at Carrabba's. So with my plan I can still have carbs I just have to have a little restraint! ;)
So, my rules were fairly simple.
1. Eat more Protein than Carbs (or as equal as possible).
2. Don't eat after 7pm. Go to bed hungry! That means your burning fat!
3. I also exercised at least 5 out of 7 days a week. Sometimes more.
I did a BeachBody program called Slim in 6 and it worked SO well for me. It incorporated cardio and strength simultaneously so I lost weight and toned up at the same time. I also did 20 minutes of running each day as well.
There are TONS of great videos out there and they will all work... IF YOU WORK!
4. Pray continually. I believe this is the key because I do not have the strength to do it alone.
I know without a doubt the Lord was with me every step helping me. I was very close to Him during this season of my life. I have allowed that closeness to slip away since then and I am desperate to have it back.
By following my plan I lost about 30 pounds in 3 months!!!
So this goes to show, I can actually do it- I just have to get my head and heart right to do it again!
This was the day of my party. I felt fantastic here. I had worked so hard to get there
and I was proud of myself for EARNING it.
I am ready to feel like that again. Who's with me?
No, I didn't just complete my first Full Marathon.
Though I wish that is what that number represented, it is not.
That number is the number of pounds I have gained since getting married in September. How on earth could I have gained 26.2 pounds in only 7 months?!
I keep hearing people say things like, "That is so normal", or "Ohh, it's just 'love' weight!" or
"It's because you are so happy!."
Well I'll tell ya, having none of your clothes fit and getting winded after walking up one flight of stairs does NOT make me happy.
Weight has always been an battle for me. This is not something that has just sprung up after getting married.
But being married has definitely brought out the worst side of it.
Steven & and I lived about 45 minutes apart before we got married and only saw each other on the weekends. So that left the whole week for me to eat good and exercise.
Once we got married and moved in together, we just wanted to enjoy being together all the time.
Which usually involved picking up fast food and cuddling on the couch while watching tv.
I allowed any discipline that I had before marriage to fly out the window.
I gave in to my desire for comfort which manifested itself in many different ways.
I am a follower of Christ and believe with all of my heart that He created me for more than the life I have created for myself. His Word is very clear about all of these areas but here lies my biggest problem.
Not only did I let go of the discipline I had with eating & exercising, I also let go of it in the area of reading my Bible.
The Bible tells us that "The Truth shall set you free." That's not possible if you don't know the Truth.
OK, SO HERE IS THE PLAN!
Let's get SERIOUS!!!
In Joyce Meyer's CD, "12 Reasons Why We Overeat", she asks the question, "Are you serious about getting victory in this area of your life? Because if you are not, then you never will."
It is time to change. I know it will not be easy and I will surely fall down several times,
but that is no reason to give up and not even try.
It is my goal to honor God with my body by having discipline in all areas of my life.
I will do my best to encourage myself, and hopefully you, with scriptures & helpful ideas for staying serious about our health and more importantly our walk with God!
I am going to journal my journey here and hope you will join me.
As Christians, we are called to walk with each other and carry each other's burdens.
So let's help each other!
Since it is Valentine's Day and my handsome hubby and I are delaying our celebration to this weekend, I decided to celebrate someone else who is very special to me today.
And that is my lovely sister-in-law, Michelle.
Let me tell you a little about her...
From the first time I met her, I didn't like her. Not really! Hehe!
But you know what I mean, she is "that girl" that everyone hates to love because they are not only extremely cute, they are also extremely sweet...which is extremely irritating! :)
My brother was raising his baby girl, Chloe, as a single father when Michelle walked into their life and brightened up everything. She didn't have to but she took Chloe in and raised her as her own. Even still through the tough teenage years! : )
I believe her most valuable attribute is that she is a believer in Christ and strives to use the gifts He has given her to help bless & provide for their family.
And He has definitely gifted this girl. My goodness, anything she touches turns to cuteness.
She has done the most adorable birthday parties for Chloe and their newest addition, Cadence.
She makes the most incredible cakes!
She is also a very talented photographer and can shoot anything from Weddings to Pregnancies to Newborns. :)
And now she is conquering the world of home decorating
with her beautiful wreaths.
I'm telling you, you cannot find this kind of wreath at
Hobby Lobby or Michael's.
Hers just have that extra touch that makes
each one unique and special.
See, I told you you wouldn't like her. ; )
I am just so very proud to call her my sister and thankful to share a love of the Lord (and crafting) with her!