I have recently begun a new journey towards a healthier me and not because it is a new year, but because it is time. I am ready to look good but more than that I am ready to feel good. Last night as I spent time in the Word I felt God whispering the words of Isaiah to my soul. "Forget the past! I am doing something new! I am making a way where there seemed to be no way." Those words danced in my mind with the idea of moving beyond what I looked like half my life ago to what and who I want to be in Christ Jesus in the years to come!
For a very long time I have blamed my weight gain on everything but myself. Yes, I did have four children (each delivered via c-section). Yes, I suffered post-partum depression after their births. Yes, I have had as many miscarriages as healthy babies. Yes, I have fought against the symptoms of fibromyalgia since my college days. But it was the poor choices in response to each of those things that has brought me to where I am today.
And where am I? I am a thirty-five year old woman living in a seventy year old body, and I'm obese. (I hate that word, but it is what it is.. thankfully it won't be that for much longer!)
|My family - Summer 2011|
So what am I doing about it?
Well, at the first of the year I stopped drinking all soda. I have always been a big time Diet Coke drinker - as in one in my hand at all times. Two weeks ago I decided no more. And I stopped drinking them.
This week I have started exercising. Thanks to Wii fitness and my good buddy, Boondocks (my Golden Retriever who is serving as my personal trainer for this journey), I am on my third consecutive day. This morning I rolled out of bed two and a half hours earlier than usual so that Boon and I could walk. (In case you don't think walking a dog is a grueling work-out, I invite you to come meet Boon. He's a 70+ pound eleven month old puppy with a mind of his own!)
I have also begun to change my eating habits. I am eliminating all white from my diet which is a biggie for me as white foods tend to be my favorites. Using www.myfitnesspal.com I entered my current weight and height and shared how much weight I would like to lose. It came back with a count of how many calories I should eat and how many calories I need to burn each day to meet my goal. Furthermore, it allows me to enter each food I eat and each exercise I complete to give me a total of the calories eaten verses burned.
|Baby Boondocks and me - Mother's Day 2011|
These are all baby steps. I know that it's not going to be an overnight change. I know there will be days that I want a Diet Coke or chocolate, but I am committing to choosing the better so that I might become my best.
In all of this God is my guide and my deliverer.
My ultimate goal is MORE GOD and a lot less me.
My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I whom you have delivered. Psalm 71:23
I will be sharing my journey here. You're welcome to come along. And if you are at myfitnesspal.com, send me a friend request. I'm agapegoldens.