I had lost 50 pounds. I did this without exercising, just via the Paleo nutrition lifestyle. And I don’t believe I am made for that long-term because I woke up regularly with Charlie horses and always had foggy thinking and was slow with problem solving. Sure, I was on target with my “ideal weight” but felt lows about myself.
So I threw away that option and have stuck with the health and freshness of it but added some carbs (healthy ones mostly) and most importantly exercise every day, walking fast and even some jogging between 2-4 miles a day with the kids. We are all three healthier and stronger and I feel good again and strong and healthy. And I have yet to experience a Charlie horse again or cloudy thinking. So, sometimes you have to modify. Yes, I have gained 30 pounds, the scales tell me, but my clothes still fit beautifully and comfortably and I have muscle definition.
So don’t always care so much about the numbers or some unknown person’s thought of what you should be. Be the healthiest person you can and do so for God and His kingdom and glory, woking with Him on the heart and mind. That is what makes beauty. ❤
I pause here with selfie in order to bring glory to God and praise Him for providing the strength for me to obey Him in the area of food. I only have 3 pounds to my goal of 50 pounds down. I have lost 47 pounds to date. This has been an act of obedience in an area where I had a stronghold… food. People can have strongholds that keep them from eating, that cause people to gorge themselves then purge, or over-eat/indulge in gluttony. All of these are treated with obedience to Jesus; the love relationship with Him is what shatters strongholds, heals and strengthens us. And God is definitely my Savior in every way and I am so blessed and happy to be obedient to Him in this last stronghold of my life. God is so very good!!❤❤❤
At a weight plateau, I was stuck for a few weeks. And now, perseverance has paid off and another pound came off. And I realized that even with 9 pounds left to go of my 50 pound goal, I fit into clothes I have been unable to wear since before my son was born, some 13 plus years ago. I also noticed that I feel great and have as much energy as I had then. And way much more importantly than any of that, I am obeying God with food and not fighting Him. And obedience in every area of my life makes me very very happy, peaceful and joyful nowadays. I am prepared to help and work or just rest for the Lord and that makes me very very happy. And even if years have passed, obedience is attainable and I am proof. Keep at it. Never give up. God is worth it!!!❤❤❤
So, I have lost 30 pounds since I started this inspired quest to be healthy. God was my motivation as I was blatantly living recklessly and with gluttony, as big a sin as any sin. I wanted to obey my dear Lord God in every area of my life. Not only that, but on top of it, I was unable to do everything He asked me too, not having enough energy or stamina and in pain when I forced it.
Thr numbers matter because to me, they motivate. When I see them go down, I know progress is being made. I know I am obeying God and that success is echoed by looser fitting clothing and greater energy and no pain. And today I was asked to play the piano for chapel services in assisted living facilities and that is something I can do bow and take my kids. How beautiful.
People say the numbers don’t matter. To me they do. I have to have that encouragement that I am doing the right thing. I get it very few other places. Most people I see regularly have not said one word- I am not sure if they are convicted and avoid the topic or they think if they compliment they would be misconstrued as flirting or perhaps 30 pounds is no big deal of a difference, but it doesn’t matter. I am not losing for them and just find it a curiosity, but the numbers encourage me. When I started in June and had 50 pounds to lose, that number was a bit daunting, even to me who rises to a challenge, but having 30 pounds gone in just 2 1/2 months the healthy way, I am more than half way there and it feels good that I am obeying. And I am healthy and strong doing it.
So, there is why the numbers matter to me. Other people have different stories and numbers are bad guys for good reasons and I get that completely and respect you for where you are on your journey. This is just my opinion and reasoning, in case anyone wanted to know. God bless you!❤
So, I have lost 16 pounds now. It used to be that I lost weight to please people and look good. All that is out the window. I have matured and healed so much in my mind that weight loss means so much more to me than it did. It was superficial before and probably why it never stuck and I would yo-yo in weight. It was shallow, the wrong reasons before. Now, it is a spiritual stewardship. I want to lose weight and am because I want to please God, want to have the health, vigor and energy He gave me to do the work He gave me to do. And it is working. He sees my heart and is helping and blessing me. This will be lasting because of my respect for and relationship with Jesus. And that is all I have to say about that. 😄❤