What I’m Loving Wednesday: Weight Loss Edition

Hello loves!  I am feeling GREAT this Wednesday!  I am loving so many things, but I’m going to focus on some of the things I’m loving in terms of my weight loss.
First off, the scale hasn’t really moved.  But, I’m not bummed at all.  I am currently teaching 7 Zumba classes a week (plus some extra on the weekends), so I KNOW my body is holding water because of all that exercise.  I feel like if I took a diuretic pill (which I’m not doing…who wants to take a pill to dehydrate them?) I would lose about 5 pounds.  It is what it is.  I’m working out hard and my body needs to hold that water to function properly.  
However, I’m noticing changes in my body.  Who cares what the scale says when my waist is trimming up?  When my arms are getting thinner?  I want the number on the scale to go down, and it will.  But I’m also loving the physical changes.
Today, with my weight loss, I’m loving…
Breaking Free by Beth Moore.  This book is really showing me that my overeating and occasional binge (like eating a whole bag of chips, or a whole container of ice cream, or going through the drive thru on my way home from work before heading home to cook dinner) are sins.  Yes, sins.  See, I have been called to take care of my body.  I have been warned against gluttony.  However, as I’m learning in this book, I have been told lies by Satan that I am not capable of losing the rest of this weight.  Lies that a pint of ice cream won’t hurt.  Lies that it feels good to stuff myself to the point of almost feeling sick.  Lies, lies, lies.  The truth is I AM pretty incapable of controlling those things without Christ.  But when I fill my life with His truth, I am able to overcome those strongholds.  I really think my obsession with food, dieting, calorie counting and such has been a sin in my life as I’ve been OBSESSED with it.  Or I’ve been obsessed with beating myself up about it.  However, I am switching from Satan’s lies to Christ’s truths.  I found this verse and am clinging to it as I re-learn how to look at and deal with food and overcome this stronghold in my life:
Proverbs 3:7-8
Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and shun evil.  This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Ok, enough about that.  I would just say that this Bible Study is AMAZING and will help you break whatever stronghold you are dealing with.  Mine just happens to be food.  I also found a book I will start in a week or so after I finish Breaking Free called “Made to Crave” and its a Christian book about weight loss, food obsession, and filling our void with Christ instead of food.  I’m excited to start that.
I’m loving chickpeas!  Yes, chickpeas (or garbanzo beans, as they are also called).  I HATED them before.  They would be on salad bars or in dishes and I would pick them out.  But while doing Metabolic Research Center, I learned that roasted chick peas were so yummy!  And now I’m taking a can and roasting them, and they are an AMAZING snack.  About 1/2 cup for only 100 protein and fiber packed calories!  I am going to try to dust some cinnamon and splenda brown sugar on the next batch to satisfy my sweet tooth! 
I’m loving Zumba!  I always love Zumba, but teaching these 7 classes a week is kicking my butt, but it is also bringing me so much joy!  I just love the fun that comes from it!  I am also loving feeling so powerful and strong doing 3 hours of classes in a row!  
I’m loving buying smaller clothes!  I am able to shop at Forever 21 (something that has never really happened) and I’m rocking this cute tunic from there today (it has a big bow over the shoulder!  I die!)!

I’m loving pinterest.  I gave in and signed up…mostly to have somewhere to keep Zumba videos and recipes without emailing them to myself.  It is SO great for finding healthy recipes (as well as some extremely unhealthy ones…but I’m trying to stay away from those), great workouts, and some good fitness inspiration.  When I’m at work and I’m tempted to go to the vending machine, I just scroll through the Pinterest Fitness boards and am empowered to stay away!  Here are some of my favorite inspirational pins.
I still have about 20 pounds to lose.  I have some size 8 pants that are still 1-2 sizes too small.  But I’m getting there.  God is leading me.  I’m strong, I’m empowered, and I’m capable.  I have a new attitude that I’ve NEVER had before and I’m so gonna do this, finally, for real, for good.

Comments

  1. Awesome progress 😉

  2. loving this post! also I just started the breaking free bible study last week and I am lovvvving it. good stuff.for.real.

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