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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.
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    Thanks for sharing through your blogpost. May our Lord give you courage, wisdom, and self-control as you work toward better health. The food tracker here on sparkpeople is good, but it is cumbersome to record everything every day.
    1713 days ago
    Oh boy, sounds so much like me! I lost a lot of weight really quickly by also over restricting on what I was eating. I started fainting and saw an eating disorder therapist. At some point I started binging and gained some of the weight back (about 40 of the 100 lbs I lost, also due to medication side effects). Now I'm back on track. Even though I never stopped exercising either (it's great that working out has become such a vital part of our lifestyle!). I'm off of my medication and hoping the weight will start to come off now.
    1760 days ago
  • SOLATIDO2014
    Thank you everyone for the encouragement! Because of your kind words, I sucked it up and just weighed myself. In June of 2015 I was at my lightest weight, 149, and just now I weighed in at 157.6. Yay! Although weight isn't everything, my goal is 120.
    1760 days ago
  • ELP14586
    I believe, even in our health journeys, God has to be in your life. We can't live without Him. We can't do this without Him. It seems the closer I got with God and prayed for His guidance with this battle. He has helped me to lose 20lbs so far.
    1760 days ago
    Our God is great! He will lead you through this journey, just lean on him!
    1760 days ago
    I can empathize on all fronts, but facing the scale is the first step to seriously reevaluating your health. You can do it - have faith!
    1760 days ago
    I had someone tell me once to see the scale as an appliance in your house. Trust me it's not easy, but the reason why is powerful. They said if you see the scale that way it will not dictate whether you have a good or bad day. If the toaster doesn't dictate your day and self worth as an appliance, the scale should not either. Never give up and remember God is good!
    1760 days ago
    When calling God's name and crying for help he will always been there. Anything is possible through Christ! Never give up do it for you and the ones you love!💪
    1760 days ago
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    God has made you for so much more.
    1760 days ago
  • no profile photo MEMEY63
    Yoy can do it. God has a decent you for so much more .
    1760 days ago
    Good Luck!
    1760 days ago
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