Today is the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Day. This is American Heart Month and the #1 killer of women is heart disease. More women die of heart disease than all other cancers combined. With this said, I LITERALLY had a "come to Jesus" meeting this morning in my car on the way home from taking the boys to school. I sobbed all the way home and told God that I cannot make the necessary changes in my life without His strength.
I have almost 150 pounds to lose to be at a healthy goal weight for my body structure, age, and stature (according to my doctor). That is a whole other person!!! That number seems absolutely impossible, but I realize I have to take it one day at a time. Really in my case, it's more like one ounce at a time, one second at a time. I'm not sure you can even begin to understand my addiction to food. Of course you can see that I have one by looking at me, but knowing the battle that exists inside me is another story.
I eat when I'm hungry, when I'm not hungry, when I'm bored, when I'm happy, when I'm sad, when...ever! I've tried Weight Watchers (which has definitely been the most successful for me thus far), but I always, always, always go on a huge binge within the first month or two. I love Weight Watchers, because I don't have to give up anything I love. I just have to learn portion control. That's basically what their system teaches you...portion control! And if you love food as much as I do then you take the daily points you're given and cram the most food in them as possible...which ends up training you to eat healthier in the long run, anyway. The healthier foods have the fewest points.
Since this isn't a commercial for Weight Watchers, I'll move on. I refuse to have surgery to lose weight. I'm not knocking anyone who has....more power to you...you look great! I just personally don't want to do it. I worked for the American Heart Association for almost 10 years...I know WHAT I'm supposed to be doing - I'm just NOT doing it! Why? Well, sometimes I just don't care if I'm fat, then when I do start caring, I just....and this is where my thoughts stop. I don't know what I just do when I start caring.
I can hear some of you now..."Don't you want to be around for Ed and the kids?" Yes! I do! But the addiction outweighs the desire. I know! It's sad! It's horrible! I'm only human! Poor Josh Hamilton caved this week...at least I'm not in the public eye of criticism. People fail! Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." I am trying, though. I have made better decisions today related to my eating habits. I just ate a tomato, mozzarella, and avocado salad and I'm starving. But instead of getting up to go to the kitchen, I sat down to write...to vent....to get out some of this frustration. <applause>
I know how the addiction was created. I can't change how things happened in the past. I can only work on the future and changing me. Thank you for listening. I hope this helps any of you that might be struggling with your own demon of any addiction. If you're sharing my tears right now, I understand. Stop what you're doing...reach out to God through prayer and scripture. If someone you know is struggling with an addiction, help them, support them, be there for them, pray for them, love them. It's okay if you don't understand. God doesn't ask to us understand everything, but He does ask us to love.
So, first and foremost, I'm working on my eating habits and Lindsay and I are each trying to drink a gallon of water a day. Secondly, next week I'm starting to walk with a friend 3 days a week. Prayers are accepted....advice or ideas on how to change are not. Thank you.
|We'll call this a "before" picture...hopefully|
P.S. I've lost a few pounds!!! Yay!! Celebrate with me! I've been working hard to make better choices and not eat as much...I give ALL the credit to God. He listened and He's giving me the strength I need to do this. Honestly, it's not as hard as I thought it was going to be. One morning I was in Walmart and I WAS STARVING! Normally, I would have just grabbed a soda and candy bar, but 1) I'm trying to be conscious of maintaining a normal blood sugar, and I knew that would shoot it out the roof and 2) I just know better and I very easily talked myself out of it. Instead, I went to McDonald's and got an Egg McMuffin (they're a fairly low point breakfast on the WW scale) meal with a bottled water. Now, I'm going to lay it all out here...I did eat the hasbrowns, but I still came out better than if I had chosen a coke and candy bar...cuz we all know I would have gotten the king size. Also, my friend and I have been walking (picture of my new shoes below...Skechers Tone Ups). We started last week and walked Monday-Wednesday-Friday. This week we walked today and are going to attempt to walk tomorrow and Friday to still get in our 3 days. The first day I didn't even make it 15 minutes. The second and third days we probably came closer to 25 minutes and today we walked for a full 30 minutes!! And mind you, this isn't easy for me as overweight as I am. My legs and feet hurt like crazy the entire time I'm walking, but I push through!!
|These are my new walking shoes...I just found them in orange, so I'm a little bummed about that|
|I saw these while I was looking for a picture of my new Skechers Tone Ups and these are specifically for walking, so I may have to splurge on them in a few weeks!|