Personal Weight Loss Struggle
Unbeknownst to me, my weight loss journey began with Billy Blanks, specifically Taebo, back in 2005. I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I purchased the DVD on a whim, and so it began.
I had no expectations. Moreover, I didn’t realize I was losing weight until compliments came pouring in. Lemme just say, I looooveddddd the attention! What girl doesn’t wanna hear she looks good? I popped my collar and kicked it up a notch. More compliments, please.
It was all good, until it wasn’t. Your body can only go so far on 1200 calories. I was hungry as H-E-DOUBLE L hunteeeee! I was “good” during the day. At sunset, I transformed into the Tasmanian devil. I tore through my kitchen eating everything not nailed down. Have you ever been there?
Why can’t I just get my eating under control like so-and-so? Everybody else seemed to have this weight loss thing nailed down. I felt as if I was the only woman struggling. Lettuce by day. Cookies by night. You are not alone. I prefer cake over broccoli. Doritos over brown rice. A cheeseburger and fries over a grilled chicken salad. The weight loss struggle is real. We both know, too much of this food would lead to poor health, limited mobility, and an expanding waistline.
The Weight Loss Battle (Struggle): Scripture Application
Your weight loss battle is bigger than you. Your God-given purpose is at stake. Your life. Your mind. Your freedom. It’s all on the line.
Ephesians chapter 6 versus 10 thru 12:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The enemy doesn’t fight fair. Nothing is off-limits to him. Not even the size of your thighs. For years, I was obsessed with the size of my thighs. So obsessed, I woke in the middle of the night to try on a pair of jeans (size ZERO!) to make sure my thighs would still fit. For years, those jeans were the bars to my prison. What’s your prison? Sweets? Junk food?
You will never win this fight in your own strength. Keep those earrangs on, huntee!
As you read through the top weight loss struggles, make a decision to put down your weapons – food scale, body weight scale, food trackers, or whatever you’ve tried in the past – and tap into the Lord’s mighty power to overcome them.
Weight Loss Struggle #1: Not Eating Enough
You don’t have an issue with sugar.
You don’t have an issue with food.
You don’t lack self-control.
You don’t lack willpower.
The problem? You aren’t eating enough.
Your body will always get what it needs. Once you accept this, your sanity is within reach. You finally realize there’s nothing wrong with you. Your body has an innate need for fuel – food. Your body is merely doing what it was created to do. You can’t fight biology.
Solution #1: Stop Dieting
Have you heard the secret? A secret the diet industry is hiding from you? Well, I’m about to spill all the tea!
The secret? ALL diets “work”.
All diets result in weight loss. Why? Diets are based on restriction. Restriction leads to weight loss; however, it’s not sustainable.
So why do you keep dieting? Fear. It’s rooted in the belief that if you don’t control your calories, you’ll blow up. This fear is so paralyzing, you keep doing the same thing over and over again even when it’s literally driving you cray cray.
Solution #2: Drop Food Labels
Food has no moral value. You’re not good when you eat an apple, and bad when you eat a slice of cake. Labeling food as good or bad keeps you in a constant cycle of shame, guilt, and trying to undo a “bad” food choice.
Solution #3: Eat mostly whole, unprocessed food
Including whole, unprocessed food, as the base of your diet will provide the best nutritional support and health benefits. In fact, it has been shown that when a person switches from a processed food diet (Standard American Diet) to a whole foods diet – almost no matter what the whole foods are – health benefits are evident.
Weight Struggle #2: Eating Too Much
Don’t believe the hype. Just because a food is labeled gluten free, vegan, sugar-free… isn’t a free pass to eat as much as you want. Food is comprised of energy. If you consume more energy than your body needs, you will gain weight.
Solution 1: Eat without distractions
Have you ever been eating while multitasking – talking on the phone, watching TV, scrolling social media, … you look down and your food is gone? When that happens, seconds are inevitable.
Eating without distractions is waist-changing. You eat less, and in turn my waist gets smaller.
Solution 2: Pre-portion snacks
If a food is healthy, you can eat as much as you want – says nobody ever! Just because a food is healthy doesn’t mean eating too much won’t lead to weight gain.
Solution 3: Drink enough water
It’s recommended that sedentary women drink 9 cups of water a day. Women who desire fat loss should drink an additional 8 ounces of water for every 25 pounds carried above their ideal weight. Moreover, water intake should be increased for active women, and those who live in hot, humid climates.
Hear me. I’m not suggesting you drink water when you’re hungry. When you’re hungry, pluuueeessseee eat.
Weight Struggle #3: All or nothing mentality
I already missed one workout, what’s the point?
I already ate one cookie, I may as well eat the whole sleeve.
I already ate bad for lunch, I may as well eat whatever I want for dinner.
Since I’m dining out, I may as well go all out.
Every time you eat is an opportunity to move closer to your goal, or further away. You get to choose. If you fall off the wagon at lunch, get back on at dinner. No matter how many times you fall off, keep getting back up.
In the middle of the all and nothing, is your sweet spot. Find your sweet spot.
Fitness Struggle #4: Lack of Consistency
Solution #1: Recruit a friend
When you know someone is counting on you, you’re more likely to keep showing up. Choose your friend wisely. You don’t want a flaky friend. You want a friend who is gonna show up.
Solution #3: Do what you enjoy
Eat the foods you enjoy. Choose exercise you enjoy. Period.
If you hate it, you won’t stick with it. The end.
Fitness Struggle #5: Lack of Time
You don’t lack time. You have a time management issue.
Scrolling Instagram won’t move the needle towards your weight loss goal.
Solution #1: Take time-inventory
Where are you spending your time? YouTube? Watching TV? Social media? Resolve to be a better steward of your time.
Solution #2: Wake-up earlier
Bed holding you hostage? Break free, girlfriend!
Studies have shown that early risers are more productive and feel more accomplished by the end of the day.
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