Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I Tried to Lose Ten Pounds, But I gained Five Instead!

Photo by Rafael Penaloza (Flickr)
Recently, I wanted to lose ten pounds for my daughter’s wedding. Instead, I gained five!
By the time the holidays were over, I gained five more. :( 

I heard of a study saying if you’re in a good marriage then you usually gain weight, but if you are in a bad one, then you typically lose weight.

I have good news and bad news:

Bad news:
After weighing myself this morning, I’m sad to report that I have gained back almost all of the weight my doctor suggested I lose. :(

Good news:
According to my bathroom scales and the study mentioned above, my marriage is now thriving!

More good news!:
After a long history of anorexia nervosa (several years ago), I rejoice that my present weight isn’t devastating me. I am so very thrilled that, even as I see the scales creeping back up to my highest weight ever, I am not tempted to starve myself or purge.

Don’t get me wrong, I do want to lose weight! I hate the way my clothes fit (even at a larger size), and it’s not as easy to bend over to tie my shoes. Sometimes I even avoid meeting old friends due to this “extra” evidence of my thriving marriage. :)

However, I want to lose weight the right way. Slowly. Wisely.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (NASB)
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Maybe, together, we can help each other make better choices by sharing our daily eating and exercising goals.

Will you join me? I sure could use your support. And maybe, God will use me to help you reach some of your health goals.

We can state a weekly, daily – or even a goal for the hour. For example: This week I commit to
eating a large green salad with only a half-tablespoon of salad dressing before every lunch and dinner. Or: Today, I will eat an apple for dessert. Or, by 8:00 tonight, I will set my timer for 30 minutes and do my exercises.

We could also come to the blog whenever we feel tempted: My husband and I are going out to dinner. I will report to you the choices I make. Or: This hour, I will eat only one cookie, in lieu of the five I normally eat.

Finally, we can share Bible verses that will enable us persevere.

Ready to set (even a small) goal toward better eating and exercising habits?

Start where you are. Due to a Lupus diagnosis, some days I can only exercise five minutes at a time.  However, my “chances” of succeeding at even small goals, soar when I commit my plan to others.

  • What goals would you like to set for this week, day or even this hour?

  • Do you have a scripture that will help you persevere?
Father, as we commit to honor You with our choices regarding our health, we acknowledge that  we can accomplish anything with the strength You provide. Please give us wisdom and a perseverant mindset as we pursue better eating and exercising habits.

We can encourage each other on the “Eating and Exercising Habits” page on the Coffee with Sheryl Blog. (Click on “Current Goals” under the header for the dropdown menu). On the Memorizing Scripture Blog, click on the “Current Goals” tab under the header. You may use a pseudonym if you want.

Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have an accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: being a better wife/mom, quiet time moments, immediate goals (setting task-related goals), addictions, eating/exercising habits, etc.)

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