Saturday, January 02, 2016
I am a 23-year-old teacher, wife, and Christ-follower wanting to "get healthy". Throughout college and the first few months of my marriage, I ate junk food, did not do even a tiny bit of activity, and became distant from God. In December of 2014, I realized I had gained about 60 pounds since starting college. In January of 2015, I decided that I wasn't meant to be 200 pounds. I was made for more. I quit drinking soda altogether and began waking up in the morning to do 20 minutes of Zumba before getting ready for work. Shortly after I made those initial steps toward health, I began searching for the right book, blog, plan, anything to find the perfect way to "get healthy". In March, I began a very low-calorie diet and lost about 45 pounds over the course of a few months. Everyone was blown away by the difference, but I knew that it wasn't sustainable. After a trip out of the country in July, I gave up on only eating 1,100 calories a day because I knew that I wouldn't be able to keep it up. It also became an obsession for me, and I am pretty sure that I have a family history of eating disorders, so I was scared to fall into that trap. Unfortunately, in the last couple of months, I have grown very lax about what I put into my body. Maybe it's just the holidays, or lack of will-power, but I lost my motivation to get healthy. I have continued exercising, but I quit going to my over-priced gym and switched to a smaller, less accommodating one. Since that trip, I am sure I have gained some of the weight back. I can't know for sure because I haven't regularly weighed myself since September. To be honest, I'm too scared of what number I'll see, which I know is silly. So basically, now I'm trying to let go and let God lead my life. I'd appreciate tips, thoughts, and prayers as I go through my journey of treating my body right.