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Losing 110 Pounds in 20 Minutes!

28 Jun

Losing 110 Pounds in 20 Minutes!

I got my new base ID today and, with it, a new picture of me, replete in a new red dress. The ID I turned in had my picture 110 pounds ago, in a red jumper that was precisely 10 sizes bigger than the dress I wore today. In essence, I lost 110 pounds in the course of a 20 minute photography session!

I was thinking about the fact that there are no shortcuts to weight loss. And wondering why God designed the universe that way.

Weight loss (and weight maintenance in a healthy state) are decisions we make one mouthful at a time. And daily when we decide whether we can find a half hour to work out before we flip on the television or the Netflix stream on our computer.

With very rare exceptions, most of us carry weight that is mathematically related to the quality of what we eat, how much of it we eat, and how much we exercise.

I have learned to shudder when I see most snack foods–full of sugar and salt for cheap flavoring, full of preservatives so that they will last on a shelf for years, full of . . . zero nutritional value.

Never say never . . . but I want to make my consumption of processed foods a rare thing. It grieves my heart that they are the cheapest foods in the stores, even in the convenience stores where they are marked up pretty high. Teens and poorer people without cars often buy their food in convenience stores. Teens and poorer people without cars often don’t have access to education about the nutritional value of various foods (or, in the case of teens, they may hear nutritional information but choose to not process it!!!). And those poor brains, when all they get for nourishment is potato chips and Coke!!!

I am hopefully not becoming a food snob, but I want to be a voice of reason in a crazy world of idolatry.

You see, I think the reason God made it so that we have to partner with Him to lose weight, one small decision at a time, is because we would otherwise make an idol of our food, rather than worship the giver of that food.

We still can and do. I read in the paper today that 41% of Americans regard themselves as overweight or obese when . . . it is actually 68.8% who are! Seven out of ten. No wonder the American Medical Association just gave in and declared obesity to be a disease. There is no fighting a statistic like that. We love our food in this country!

I have spent years at weights far higher than what my body was built to carry. I could do it again. I am not home free till I go to be with Jesus someday, to that world where temptations, sin, and idolatry no longer exist.

In the meantime, I struggle, one mouthful at a time, one decision to work out at a time.

But that is good, for the struggle directs me to the foot of the Cross, where I see Christ, who triumphed in my struggles for me.

I truly believe that, if we could eat anything we wanted and never gain weight or if we could will ourselves to lose 110 pounds and have it come off in a week, we would be neckdeep in food idolatry. I believe the struggle helps free us from the idolatry.

Food is a wonderful gift and, in one way, I will always be a foodie! I love cooking and trying new recipes and trying new herbs and spices and trying new combinations of things . . .

I just know that I can’t eat high density calories every day of my life. Either I eat them in smaller portions or I choose to eat something else instead.

And God is faithful, oh so faithful.

I am so totally ordinary, if I can do it, anyone can.


Two Dreams Come True . . .

26 Mar

Two Dreams Come True . . .

I remembered something the other day. In 2011, as in previous years, I spent a lot of time talking to God about how good my life was. I kept saying to Him that my life would be perfect except for one thing. I was badly overweight and didn’t want to be. I told God that I would consider my life perfect if I could lose, say, 50 pounds.

I ended 2011 by making a plan to go back on Weight Watchers and to make it work. No half-hearted attempts. I was going to work the plan, however slowly I might lose those 50 pounds.

As those of you who know me are aware, we can fast forward to the end of 2012 and realize that I lost 100 pounds (now 110). Praise God! That was huge and so much more than I thought possible.

Then there was the matter of the blog. This blog. Several friends, but in particular Josh and Heather, kept telling me that I needed to use my writing for more than Navy publications. I agreed and joined Josh (and Heather) on our church blog when it got started.

It eventually became apparent (when I was five years ahead on writing monthly entries for the church blog) that I needed to branch out to my own blog. And here I am!

My saying is “I write therefore I am.” And praise God for that, too!

Pushing Back, Part I (a new series for Thanksgiving week)

17 Nov

Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:15, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, [even] Christ:”

Case Study, Tactless Speech:  Don’t defend the indefensible.  Have you ever said that?  To yourself?

I do it a lot.  It is when the Holy Spirit starts to convict me, right in the middle of something I am saying, that I am wrong and need to back up.  I try to listen to Him immediately and yield my will to His.  Life goes so much better that way.

Some things are not wrong, just vastly insensitive.  I heard one of those today.

At the risk of having the friend involved read this and recognize herself, I am going to say it anyway.  She alone will know who she is, if she does figure it out.  So this is not gossip.  But I do heartily disagree with what she said.  I would even call it indefensible.

She has been in Weight Watchers, off and on, for about the past six years.  I have seen her there and in a Bible study we both have attended.  She has another thing in common with me.  She is a fellow cancer survivor.

She ran into me in Panera today, having not seen me for five or six months.  She and I had both attended the Weight Watchers meeting this morning, but had only had a chance to wave at each other across a crowded room.

The first words out of her mouth were, “You are sooo thin.  Is it intentional?”

Ya’ll realize the shorthand that statement represented, don’t you?  She was asking if my cancer came back.

After I walked away from her, I nearly cried.  I nearly cried telling Noel about it at our table after she had left the restaurant.

You see, once a person has had cancer, the thought that it could recur always runs, like an invisible program, beneath the surface of her awareness.  And another cancer survivor would know that.  And should avoid tactless lines of questioning about it.

If a person is worried that someone else is unhealthily thin and might be sick, there is a way to find out.  It is called investing time in that person’s life and listening to her for a while to see whether anything comes up.

Asking a person in a ten second conversation whether she has cancer, even if you use shorthand to ask, is really, really hurtful.

Believe me.  I have just been there!!!

Last time I lost a significant amount of weight (55 pounds in 1997), I was in charge of a dinner at my church to raise money for meal deliveries to people living with advanced AIDS.  Someone actually asked me, back then, whether I too had a “chronic illness.”  And, yes, it was not hard to figure out that I was being asked whether I was fundraising for AIDS because I was myself a victim.


Really, there is just one thing to say to a person whom you know has been trying to lose weight when you see her and she is thin.  Even if you personally think she looks too thin.  That word is “congratulations.”

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