For most of my life I have been know as a girl who lives out loud and loves the Lord!! For most my life I have struggled with a weight problem that I pretended did not exist!! It wasn’t until recently that I started realizing just how closely those two things are tied together. God had given me this body and I was not doing such a great job taking care of it. With four amazing kids, a church planting pastor Husband, classes to teach, and things to do who has time to diet? NOT ME!!
I was always looking for the quick fix, Gonna start tomorrow. I was constantly starting the latest fad diet on Monday…Only to find tomorrow never really came and there is nothing magic about Monday’s. Every time I thought about dieting I cringed. I had traveled down that road many, many times and it had never finished well. Nope dieting wasn’t for me and if anyone asked why, I had a list of excuses, including my top 10::
10.God Loves Me just the way that I am!! (while I believe this is true, I know He loves me too much to leave me this way.)
9. I am pleasantly Plump or Fat and happy…..
8.I am big Boned.
7. I have no willpower!! (I always forget that….I can do all thing through Him who gives me strength!!)
6.I have NO time…. (While I make time for everything else.)
5.I am happy with myself!…(Happy/Content… or Unwilling to change.)
4. I am good enough, I am smart enough and gosh darn it people like me!! ……(so its ok?)
3. My husband loves me and tells me I am beautiful, and I know he means it…….. (even if I have a hard time believing it.)
2.At least I am not……(Comparison is the work of the deceiver keeping us from reaching our full potential!!)
1. I CAN NOT DO THIS AGAIN!! I have tried before and failed. I just CAN’T!!!!!!
As a result of these excuses, and many more, I found myself in the worst shape of my life; not knowing where to go or what to do. I was able to accomplish so much in life but this one thing, my weight, I just kept struggling with. I knew it was beyond time to change and I could no longer ignore this pull on my heart . You see I knew years before I made it to the Biggest Loser Ranch that I was going to go. So glad I never gave up and pursued my dream of being a contestant on the Biggest Loser. It had been an amazing ride and it has only just begun!!!!
So what was it I learned on the Ranch, How do you go about changing DECADES of bad habits? What is the key? Ironically, I found it to be so simple:: all you have to do is DECIDE.
That’s is it. It’s so uncomplicated, really. The decision to lose weight is half the battle. Once the decision is made, your mind tells your body what to do, and your Spirit starts to run this race…..Watch out!!! October 2013 I decided to lose weight, and I gained so much more in the process. My hope is as I start to blog about who I am, the things learned, the mistakes I made, my struggles, the tricks and tips I use, my wins, the things I eat, exercises I love and the ones I love to hate, that they will motivate and inspire you to come to a decision of your own. May God bless your journey.