Even a small weight release shows on a five foot frame. Getting rid of seven pounds in just two weeks makes a difference in my body – and the way my clothes fit. I feel amazing. I know that I am back on the road to permanent weight loss.
I have had several people ask me about this new diet plan and I wanted to share a little about where I have been, where I am now and where I am going.
My weight troubles stem from emotional issues. I am not an emotional eater, but eating gives me control. I can eat what I want when I want and what can YOU do about it (especially if I hide the wrappers). It was only when I began taking a course on addiction and recovery that I began to grasp the idea that I had become addicted to that control even to the point of self destruction.
But that is a little ahead of the story.
I have been through several different “eat when you are hungry programs” over the years. Almost all of the weight gained in my first to pregnancies was shed during one of those programs. I also let go of diet sodas and even skim milk. It was life changing.
The third pregnancy brought me back into the bondage of man – it was all my own choice but at the end of that pregnancy I was back where I had started. Only now the hole was deeper. The weight was not any more than before, but the attitude to ignore the path that God had led me down meant overcoming the defiance before the weight could be addressed.
I had all of the tools I needed to get back to a health place. I have talked about the keys to Christian weight loss on this site. I KNOW what to do. Defiance had me standing on a perch thinking it was all me.
Back to the counseling class – I found that the symptoms and signs the teacher discussed hit me like a brick. I had suspected my issue was deeper than calorie counting, but I think that I held out the hope that it was not really me after all. The class placed a light that meant it could no longer be ignored or pushed aside.
Close to this revelation, the Green Smoothie Queens sent me an email about the 21 day detox program. It was exactly 21 days until the beginning of Lent. I jumped in without hesitation.
The tools in the green smoothie detox are very similar to the ones that I have discussed in the past. It all comes back to eating when you are truly hungry and choosing better foods to provide the fuel for the body. And the Green Smoothie Queens gave me the encouragement and support I needed to begin moving back in those directions that I know are the right way.
It is not the answer that most of us are seeking. It is easier to follow a regimen than to have to listen to the inner voice. A written do and don’t list takes responsibility off my shoulders. But I have to bear the responsibility if I am ever going to heal.
Steps to Complete Weight Recovery
1. Get support – the journey to healing takes strength, courage and determination and a support system will help you stay on track.
2. Get the facts – food is NOT your enemy. Learn how food and your body work together. Car people know that you need to read the manual of the car you buy to discover the correct fuel, fluids and even tire pressure for the vehicle. Your body is a vehicle and the manual for each one is designed for that one specific body.
3. Get started – now is the only time to begin making a change in your life. Change will start you down the path to the success that you desire.
Do I follow a diet? No, I refuse to follow a diet. Instead, I look for new and exciting ways to feed myself and my family and introduce our palates to flavors and tastes that might otherwise be missed.
Do I think raw is the way to go? It is if you want to eat raw. I have discovered that many cooked foods – particularly vegetables – have a lot less flavor when they are cooked.
Do I feel that exercise is required for permanent weight loss? No, I know that exercise is important to a healthy life. The exercise I am focused on is playing with the kids, getting out in the fresh air, and dancing with my husband. I have looked at a gym membership but taking time out to do that would take time away from playing. I prefer to play.
Tell us about your journey into health and permanent weight loss. Are there any special changes that you are making that you can feel make a difference? Link back here or comment with the tips and support that will help each of us continue the journey down the path that leads to weight loss success.