I first put myself on a diet when I was about 11 years old. After that and for over 10 years I have tried every “diet” out there. You name it, I tried it. I became a professional at diets and losing weight… but I also became skilled at this yo-yo cycle of losing a few pounds only to “reward” myself by binging and then I would feel guilty and punish myself for my lack of perfection, and then I would comfort my feelings with food. And then i would start all over again the next Monday with another strict “diet.” Rinse and repeat. Again and again.
And all this time, through all these diets, over the years I only gained weight. By the Spring of this year (2017) I hit my breaking point of desperation. I decided I would try something new and that I wouldn’t let myself have any excuses. If I needed more money, I could make some (uber, selling services using my skills, babysitting…etc.). If I needed time, I would find it. Whatever I had to do, this was it, I was ready to commit. All in.
I firmly believe that God leads us to the right doors at the right time. And around this same time of desperation and searching and a deep longing for lasting change, I met my coach Megan. She introduced me to the program that changed my life. I had always heard that health and weight loss was 80% nutrition but then why had I done every diet (even gone vegan for goodness sake!) and still couldn’t lose weight long term?
After only 2 weeks on the program, I was hooked. After 3 weeks and a loss of more weight than I could believe, my husband joined the program too. After a few months, I was down multiple dress sizes and could barely recognize who I had become.
The confidence, energy, passion, and joy that exuded from me made me feel like a new person. I felt like I had been living my life half-awake and now I was more fully alive.
“Behold, I am making all things new,” God says in Revelation 21:5 and today I now know what that feels like. Made new… that is how He has loved me in this season of my life. And I am overcome with gratitude.
I talk to people all the time who have such a similar story. They tell me of their struggles with weight and body image and confidence and a hatred of shopping and I can say I have been there too. I know exactly how it feels.
I like to ask them, “if you could snap your fingers and with no effort lose a certain amount of weight, what would that amount be?”
There’s always a moment of hesitation… how dare we dream that big? How dare we have a hope that bold? Who are we, the ones who have deemed ourselves “fat-for-life” to dream of something different?
And then they tell me that number. And I smile. I smile because I know what’s possible… and what’s possible is whatever you want… whatever you set your mind to accomplish. This program is so simple (not always easy, but always simple), and so effective that when I hear that number, I know it is possible. I see people all the time who lose 30, 40, 50 – 100’s of pounds and keep it off. I’ve never had this kind of hope before. And I just love passing it on to others and seeing them step into a newness of life too.
I still have that little 11-year-old girl inside me who only ate cheese sticks and deli meat for days because she wanted to look like her sisters and friends. Except now I can say to her, “you don’t have to treat yourself like that, you deserve better. You deserve to create healthy habits for life and to achieve the health you’ve always wanted.”
And for once, that little girl in me feels like the world is at her fingertips — everything has been made new.
You Are Enough
Don’t ever forget that okay? You are beautiful and precious and deserve good things — and I can’t tell you that enough! Look I even dedicated a side-bar-box-thing to it. God has a plan and a purpose for your life and He died and rose again because He wants to spend forever with you! Okay, read on. Important reminder over.
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“The glory of God is man fully alive.” St. Irenaeus
Here’s the good, the bad, the raw of my weight loss journey. I share this in hopes that if you see any similarities in your journey, it helps you to not feel alone. I want you to know that if I can do it, so can you. If I can get through these things… so can you.
I can blast off this list because it’s literally been the same for (about) two years now!! The thing about losing weight is that if you do it right and with the right mindset, two things happen…
These are the 4 basic principles I’ve found myself eating by during this pregnancy. I’m so glad that in the year and half prior to this, I’ve solidified the desire and love of healthy habits – which made these things come naturally to me.