How I Lost 45 lbs.
I started out in March of 2007 weighing from 164-168 pounds. It was during a conversation at Home Town Buffet with a dear Christian sister that I decided to get serious. She suggested that I just take a walk every day and I realized that I could do that.
The most important thing I did was to lean on God. I renounced my sin of gluttony and sloth. I asked Him for help every morning and asked Him to glorify Himself through my body. Every night I thanked Him for His help and confessed my shortcomings.
I joined an online support group and got a weightloss ticker. The accountability really helped. Around that time I also found www.fitday.com where I learned how to eat right. For about 2 months I had to input everything I ate and all my exercise as well. Before eating something, I’d think about how it would affect my stats and would often just decide not to. I would also check my nutrition and see if I needed to eat something healthy for a certain nutrient.
I found out that when I eat processed/refined grains, such as white rice or flour, I get very hungry very soon. So, avoiding white bread and such has been very helpful to keep my blood sugar even. Also, it’s important to avoid eating a lot of sugar and fats, of course. Portion control is the other main key in eating correctly.
My walking soon petered out as the weather got hot, but I found that I could bounce on my exercise ball whenever I used the computer, which is a few hours a day. I incorporated exercise into my life by making every move count. Doing extra tensing as I walked, flexing muscles, bending my knees and never standing still was my exercise.
God really helped me to stay true to my goals. My weight dropped off at a rate of about 2 pounds per week until I was down to about 130 pounds in the middle of September. After that it slowed down to about 1 pound per week. By Thanksgiving 2007 I was down to 125 and I managed to maintain that weight through the holidays, dropping a few pounds and gaining them back again while I enjoyed the holiday fare. Now, in January of 2008 I am down to 123 pounds. I plan to continue eating healthfully and exercising, so I will maintain the weight that is healthy for me. I give all the glory to God, through Jesus Christ my savior. In Him I can do everything, without Him I can do nothing.
Here is my mother’s diet with which she has maintained a healthy weight since the 1960’s. She has a follow up article here.
Here is a very good article from the NY Times from Feb 15, 2011 which explains my method very well.
Your goal of being healthy is commendable, but please don’t confuse “healthy” with what the medical establishment currently defines as healthy. There is a huge emotional bias in our culture against having fat stores on the body, which are a normal response to environment and differ according to a person’s given genetics, and this affects policy. This bias is not rational, and it has nothing to do with God. If the goal was *solely* health and treating your body well, the number on the scale and keeping track of calories wouldn’t matter, would it? You would simply eat what you know to be nourishing, and not eat past when hunger is satisfied. Surely whatever physical manifestation comes out of that is what God wants you to be, rather than an arbitrary number on a scale. Look into “intuitive eating” and HAES.
I have an extreme personality– how can I lose weight without going back into my former bulimia?
If you follow the suggestions on this page and just stick to a healthy diet, you should be fine. Even if you adhere very strictly to the diet, you are supposed to eat as much of this healthy food as you like.
Praise the Lord! You are an encouragement. I just finished reading a book by the Duggars called A Love that Multiplies”. They recommended the book “How to be the Parents of Happy and Obedient Children” that I was looking into. I didn’t realize it was a pro-spanking cook. This issue has put a lot of confusion into my mind. I have a book I read called “Biblical Parenting” that gives other ideas besides spanking, I am praying for guidance, and your website article on the book helped a lot. Then I saw your weight loss and am encouraged, as I am leaning on the Lord to help me stop gluttony and sloth as well. Thank you for your open and honest post! God Bless!
Praise the Lord for leading you here! I was not aware that the Duggars recommended that book, it is truly a scary book and has ruined lives. Biblical Parenting is a great book, I’m so glad you found it. Keep reading here, I have a lot of great info!