A New Journey Begins!

Three weeks ago I started the Trim Healthy Mama Plan and so far have lost 7 1/2 pounds. I actually wasn’t expecting to lose anything this first month as my body is healing from the bouncing around of other diet plans so this was a pleasant surprise. What I am surprised about is how great I feel about what I am doing!!

I have dieted on and off and on and off since 1978. Every new diet brought new challenges and weight loss. I loved challenges! I always got to my goal on each diet but never could get over the comfort that food brought. The last diet I went on I lost 13 pounds and the food was great but I just never felt good.

I am a pain eater. I suffered tremendous mental pain for 27 of those dieting years and add on physical pain from fibromyalgia, a bulging disc in my neck, and back pain that isn’t fibro related, gallbladder surgery, knee surgery, and you end up with a diet of comfort food, comfort food and more comfort food which created a sugar addiction.

Every diet I went on allowed me to get sugar in and sometimes I would have an all sugar day from points that allowed it to bars that were filled with it to brand named desserts that oozed of it. It was crazy!

At our small group the first night we met, the ladies were gathered around the counter talking about recipes. I went up and looked to see what they were doing and I couldn’t believe people lost weight eating those recipes. I was hooked and bought the book and two cookbooks. I had planned to go back to an old faithful diet that I kept going on an off of but was saved that night.

I’m not going to name the other diets but this plan and I do mean plan not diet that I am now following is awsamazing!!!! For the first time I feel and know what I am putting in my mouth and how it is helping my body! I am using only stevia that is pure as my sweetener, none of those other ones that they are always finding that are bad for you. I am trying things like whey protein, phylum flakes, glucomannan , mineral salt, pressed peanut flour, collagen and other amazing things I have never heard of. I’m reading about the health benefits  of each of these and everytime I use them mentally and physically I am feeling good!

I am finally sleeping through the night…still  a night owl and can’t fall asleep early but once I do, I am actually sleeping. It’s such a relief after so many years of insomnia and waking up exhausted. I am still dealing with physical pain but I’m actually letting my stomach tell me it’s hungry and using other methods like breathing and exercises to deal with the pain.

I’m not rushing to the scale every single day because I am more concerned about eating healthy and letting my body heal then weight loss but of course I am celebrating the losses. I think it’s pretty cool that I forget to weigh myself at the beginning of the week. That never happened before. I think I have a whole new mindset that is really looking at this as a lifetime of healthy living.

What’s even crazier is that there’s a little bit of every diet philosophy I have done in this one plan. I’ll try to share that next time.

 

Don’t Box Yourself In

Day three on my weight-loss journey was soooooooooooooo hard. I had such a bad headache all day and I just broke down and cried. The chronic pain I felt plus the changing of my lifestyle combined was tough. But I knew today, (Day 4) I would feel great. I read the word and tried to journal but I really didn’t hear anything. I think God was letting my brain rest. Today I was back in His word again and He gave me another portion of scripture to ponder.

I love the way God works. It’s never the same way with each person. Just look at the different ways He healed. He healed without even being where the sick person was. He laid hands on them. He healed by the faith of another for the person He was asked to heal, He healed by spitting on their eyes. He touched them and He healed by allowing someone to touch the hem of His garment.

Our God is so creative. He speaks to people differently as well. He speaks in an audible voice, through other people, His word, in visions and dreams, through our thoughts, supernaturally, through the Bible, through circumstances, etc….

As I was continuing my reading today in Jeremiah, the portion of scripture that jumped out at me was chapter 18:1-6

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

God spoke in various ways  to Jeremiah but this day He chose to use an allegory of the potter and the clay. He didn’t just want Jeremiah to hear the word, He wanted him to see it as well. He could of just spoke right to Him but He used what he saw to help Israel understand His plan.

In our weight-loss journey God can use any method to help us lose weight. And He will allow us to choose what works best for us. But whatever method we use, if we want His help, He is their to lend a hand. He uses many ways to speak to us: His word, friends, circumstances, books etc…We need to be careful that we don’t box ourselves in or others by thinking though, that there is only one right way to lose. We can be just as creative as He is.

 

Your Word Became My Meal

Weight loss is not fun, especially the first two weeks. For me the third day is the worse. Hunger headaches, nausea, insomnia, constant wanting to reach for something to eat drives me crazy. But I’m committed. I know what to expect and prepared myself for it. Ibuprofen or peppermint oil for healing of headaches. Play candy crush til my eyes can’t stay open any more for insomnia…I know I’m weird. Most people’s brains get stimulated; mine goes to sleep. Cupboards and refrigerator cleaned out so there’s nothing tempting me…except for those chocolate bars of Greg’s. Not my favorite though so I think I will be able to hang. Unfortunately I haven’t found anything to get rid of the nausea but I know this too shall pass.

The biggest successes for me in the past were staying in the word and keeping myself accountable. Contests sometimes if the payout was good. I have a hard time with groups (even though I am part of a really good nationwide one for the exact diet plan I am using) because everyone signs up but maybe one third participates and that usually last a couple of weeks. And there I am all alone with no one to encourage or to be encouraged by.

In my devotions yesterday Jeremiah says that God’s word became a joy to him and delight of his heart. The word became,become, becoming means to come, change, or grow to be (as specified). Joy doesn’t come naturally. Something has to happen to receive it.  In this case it was to find the word and then eat it. In weight loss, for me, I have to eat from the word to replace the hunger or head hunger I feel at any time. It’s the same when I fast so this month I will be getting a double portion.

Jeremiah 15:16
Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became a joy to me and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.

In order to find something you  need to search for it. And when you find it, you need to do something with it. In this case God’s words were found and Jeremiah feasted on them. Jeremiah listened to God and it’s the same with us. We are so fortunate to have many ways to hear from God but the biggest blessing is the Bible. We need to open it up, wait expectantly and then let his word become our meal.

So if you are on a weight loss plan like myself….let God’s word be your meal and you will find joy not only in His word but in the changes taking place both spiritually and physically. And who isn’t delighted when their body starts reshaping and the world of fashion begins to open up to us in new and different ways?!!!