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Archive for April, 2015

Patience and Persistence Goes A LOOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGG Way

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I can do all things through Christ which strenghten me.

Phillippians 4:13 King James Version (KJV

It has been a few weeks since my last post and I have learned so much about myself, my persistence and patience, weight loss and how the negative changes in my weight have a positive effect on my whole being.  Back in early March, when I first started this journey, I topped the scale at 265 pounds…almost 300 pounds!  I joined Weight Watchers to help me get a jump-start on re-training myself how to eat and met with success.  Over time, I found my fitbit, downloaded the Fitbit app on my phone, as well as My Fitness Pal.  I weaned myself off of Weight Watchers and I’m exclusively using My Fitness Pal, which I really like.  WW was easy to understand, but the point system was a little vague to eat.  I eat food, I assess points, I lose.  Seems easy, but I wanted to know WHY it worked.  My Fitness Pal (MFP) is an app that allows me to enter my food and track my caloric intake.  Understanding how consuming calories and burning calories worked together was more beneficial for me.

Another thing I learned over these past few weeks is setting small, achievable goals!  The big picture is I want to lose 135 pounds, but if I focus on that insanely huge number my weekly progress seems so insignificant.  However, I’ve turned that large number into smaller goals.  My first goal was to lose 5% of my weight, which I achieved that goal this week!!!!!  Woo HOOOOOO!!!!  My next weight loss goal is to drop 10% of my current weight, which will happen when I lose another 24 pounds.  24 pounds is a much easier number to wrap my brain around than 135!!!

When I first started WW, I was a little slow to integrate exercise.  After a couple of weeks of learning how to eat, I started adding walking.  I started with walking 20-30 minutes, as I grew stronger and had more endurance, I would add more time and try to increase my speed.  Then I found my Fitbit and I find that I’m more motivated to push myself to move around more during the day.  It also helps that my friend, Carma, has one and we have a healthy competition between ourselves!!!

During this early part of my transformation, one of my favorite things to do is plug the ear buds in, turn on Pandora and walk to my “Amazing Grace” station.  It’s my old-time Gospel station with hymns such as the Old Rugged Cross, Just A Closer Walk With Thee (that’s my favorite to walk to), Amazing Grace performed using bagpipes…This is my personal time to Meditate and Pray.  When I start to get down and frustrated, I have discovered two things.

  1. My mom’s voice rings in my head saying “offer it up”.  That was one of her favorite things to say in times of frustration. Offer your stresses and worries up to God and let Him carry your burden.
  2. The bible verse “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.”

These discoveries have taught me that I’m not in this alone.  Yes, I make the decisions on what to put in my mouth, but when I want to give up (and there have been times that I have wanted to) I put all of my faith in God.  It seems that I have fewer episodes of frustrations and much more motivation when I let “God drive the bus”, and less success when I try and shoulder the burden on my own.  So…here’s my newest transformation…21.4 pounds lighter!!!

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Blessings to each and every one of you.  I’ll send updates when I’m at my next goal.  🙂