Skinny pants here I come!! In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if in the end I am too skinny for my “skinny pants”!
I weighed in today and have lost 5 lbs despite not doing everything perfect. Can I celebrate with some cake? haha! Just kidding… I’ll celebrate tomorrow with a Chocolate Mint crunch bar instead. :) But I am totally thrilled even if its only 5 lbs. If I lose 5 lbs a week I will have lost 20 lbs in four weeks and then 40 lbs in 8 weeks and at that rate (though its bound to slow down at some point) it will only take me three months or less to reach my goal. I don’t have my hopes too high. I know weight fluctuates and a plateau happens tot he best of us. But I am confident in my abilities. Honey, if I can squeeze an 8 lb baby out with NO DRUGS (and no pain tolerance either) after 20 hrs of labor and 45 minutes of pushing than God sure can help me reach my desired weight! Having a baby was tough. This is a breeze… And just think, when all this fat is gone I can finally consider baby number 3. Cassie continually reminds me that I need to stick to my diet so I can have her another sibling. In fact, she has been a super mini-coach. Presten taught her a little bit to say to me if I whine about wanting sugar. I knew he had so I tested her by saying I wanted sugar and she said in a loving yet firm tone, “Mommy do you love sugar or ME!? You need to stick to your diet so you can be healthy!” And she sure was right. I do love her way more than sugar and if I don’t stick to my new meal plan than my old on will kill me. I have no doubt in my mind that the old way of eating so much sugar is detrimental to my health, not to mention that it made me have serious sugar intolerance – or rather something close to diabetes if I wasn’t there already.
I charge you to seriously consider your own health. I know that I personally would write off every soda because I “needed it” as a pick-me-up and knew I couldn’t survive the day without that bit of caffeine. But how many things did I know were bad for me but ate them anyway. I mean, seriously, how many foods do we eat that we know are at least not on the “healthy” list but we eat them any way.
Consider this list:
ice cream, donuts, pizza, soda, cookies, candy of any kind, coffee, beer, really any alcoholic beverage or any caffeinated beverage, French fries – make that ANYTHING FRIED! – and pretty much anything with “McDonald’s” on it
Would any of those things be considered “healthy”? I mean would your medical doctor (or any doctor in their right mind) recommend you consume those products on a regular basis? Yet we do. I know I personally consumed at least one item a day that I knew was not healthy for me.
Now here’s the real kicker: is that a sin? Is it a sin to put in your body items that you know are doing them harm? Isn’t that the whole argument behind not smoking or doing drugs? We know those things are bad and the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, we should treat our bodies as such, blah, blah, blah (you have probably heard that sermon and if you haven’t I can quote it to you). I must say this puts me in a situation I would rather not be in. I LOVE SUGAR. But if I know it hurts me than would God approve of me putting it in me? Fill in the blank here: I love ___ but I know it hurts me so would God approve of me consuming it? I’m not saying God would send me to Hell for eating a candy bar – or even for being obese. I believe I am saved and my sins are forgiven as long as I am doing my best at all times. But doing what I know is wrong is not my best.
Consider this Bible verse on the subject:
Romans 5: 17- 6:14 (NIV)
17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection.6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness.
14 For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
How does this verse apply? It is talking about continuing to sin just because we are saved and our sins are covered by Christ’s blood and God’s grace. We should instead “offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness”. What an awesome visual! Can an obese person be an instrument of righteousness as much as a skinny person? Of course! But can their gluttony stand in the way of meeting their full potential? Yes. This is true for any sin. A person who is addicted to anything – be it food, alcohol, drugs, porn, sex, TV, chocolate, whatever! – is prohibited from glorifying God to the maximum by their continued sin. That does not mean they are worthless to God and do Him no good, for all people have worth to God and if we are saved than we are doing something for Him, and even our afflictions play a part in His will. It is important to recognize our short comings that prevent us from perfection so that we may eradicate those imperfections and meet our fullest potential for Him and therefore serve Him to an even greater capacity.
Please understand that I am NOT telling you that if you do not quit drinking soda or consuming other such things you are sinning or going to hell. I am merely questioning the fact that eating poorly has become as normal as washing your hair every day, or brushing your teeth, and that perhaps it is a sin and does separate us from perfection. We so often set our health aside until it is gone and then we question, “where did it go” or “how do I get it back”. But how often do we question, “WHY AM I SICK?” or even better, “How do I stay well so I can enjoy life to the fullest until my heart gives up from old age!?” I want that to be me. I want to SQUEEZE every drop of goodness out of life. I want to enjoy every single thing that God has blessed us with that we may not enjoy in Heaven. But I want to do it all to God’s glory and, honey, believe me this fat body aint glorifying God! And how much more good things could I do for his glory if my body weren’t so fat and I felt better and was overall more healthy?? As it is I am lucky to survive the day! You may not feel that miserable now but consider that if you continue to treat your body like a trash can than some day it will catch up with you, if only on the day you die! I mean this with all the love in the world. I fed by own body whatever I wanted – which usually was some sugary confection– and now I wish I had treated it better before I felt the discomfort of it. And by the way, I love donuts and will miss them dearly!
I hope I have made you think or at least made you laugh.
As for my eating today: I ate nothing new today and did my very best. I ate venison (YUM! Thanks Marlene!) with a side of asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. Dinner was super awesome. I spent the whole morning at Marlene Kelly’s house and had a grand time with her family and in her nice big yard! They are a blessing to know and I’m so glad we are rapidly becoming close friends.
Whew this was long! But it was a bit interesting to write if not to read.