Oh dear, my words are coming back to haunt me. “Check back on Monday for my weight loss plan.” I hate to disappoint you. There is no plan. I have read my heart out, researched and well I got nothing new……
In every book I read on the matter…. trust me I have a library of weight loss books….I found that there are four keys to successful weight loss:
2. Balanced Diet
3. Soul Searching
As unconventional as that may seem, there is my plan. Sorry to disappoint you, but all the experts on my bookshelf basically say the same thing. You have to exercise, eat right, learn why you eat, and to be accountable. There, now how more simple can that be??
However, I would like to invite you on my journey to a slimmer me. I have always been overweight. I was the chubby 3rd grader, overweight Middle Schooler, and Obese High School student. In college, I dropped down 5 dress sizes and loved being an active young woman. However, over the years I have once again become obese. I hate to even say that word…..obese…..I am a walking death sentence. It is true. No matter….. I can no longer sugar coat the concept. I am eating myself to an early grave. Grim…. huh? Yet, it is true.
Over, the past couple of years, I have made many positive changes in my life. I am content with our family’s lifestyle of frugality and I love to help others live a life of financial contentment. I left stressful careers in order to pursue God’s calling. Then it hit me…. I am still not living a fulfilled life. I know, I can’t believe I just wrote that……
But, the reality: as long as I am carrying emotional baggage around my waist, I am wasting my life. I can not be “free” in every sense of the word until I understand why I am obese, forgive myself, and take full responsibility in changing my lifestyle.
I must overcome the excuses I have placed in my life to prevent any success in losing weight. I have clung to the idea that losing weight is expensive. I can prove to you that healthy foods are expensive. But, I am clever and creative enough to let go of that excuse. I joke about how I injure myself while exercising. The real joke is that I hide behind that excuse. I do walk for an hour each day…..let me rephrase that…..on the days when I don’t have any plans. But my caloric intake is much higher than the calories burned when I walk and thus not helping me a bit. And I hide behind the “reason why.” Only because it is so painful to really free myself from it….. guess it is easier to stuff my reasons with cookies than to face them.
I know the diet pitfalls that I use as a crutch. I hate bad tasting expensive health foods. I hate difficult exercise programs. Let’s face it, I tend to injure myself. And I can’t afford counseling. So, my plan is to present affordable, healthy, and delicious foods and recipes throughout 2010. I will create an exercise program that is affordable and safe while showing results. And I will be uncovering my “demons” and inspiring others to do the same in order to find freedom from this bondage. So 2010 is going to be the year of a slimmer healthier Regina and I hope you will join me.
As always…. God bless…..