I confess that I am one of millions who struggle with my weight. I have played around with radical diets and have clicked on more than a few “Lose Weight Now” links on the internet.
But, these are man’s wisdom and they may work for a few, but they don’t work for most. Here are three things that God has shown me about my weight loss, and when I practice them faithfully, my weight goes down.
1 – Serve Others Instead of Self
God recently showed me that my weekly menu planning was completely self-serving. I was picking meals that I loved, was craving, and that I would want to eat a lot of. I was putting my pleasure before the desires of the rest of the family and before what was best for me.
I tried this experiment before, then stopped (and gained weight) and now I am going to try it again. I will only put a couple of my favorite meals on the menu. The rest are going to be other family favorites and frugal, simple living meals.
The truth is, I simply won’t eat as much when I make rice and beans for 3 meals for the week, but a couple of my children and my husband really like it. Same with chili. Husband loves it! I don’t. I won’t each much that meal either, just what I need to keep going.
I will skip one meal per week and simply take care to serve the family, get dishes caught up and maybe some deep cleaning while they eat.
I also find that when I really take care in serving the family, I will eat less. When I try to eat while serving, I find myself feeding my entitlement spirit and eating more than I need.
2 – Portion Control
Stop eating so much! Yes, it is so simple and we all make it so complicated.
The truth is, we (I) lack self-control and make 1000′s of excuses for not controlling self. When I pray for help to control myself, I receive more grace to do so. When I confess why I am not controlling myself and repent, I also do better.
When I am not asking for God’s help and I try to hide the reasons I am overeating, or think I am entitled to eat – I only hurt myself. I have to pray before every meal, while I am cooking, and sometimes during the meal. But, when I control my portions, I lose weight and I feel better.
Yes, I have a dilapidated past and there are underlying reasons why I struggle with food and it is good to work out these things. However, one of the biggest things a godly women taught me this past year – that I can’t keep using that as an excuse to do things like overeat.
3 – Get Moving Doing Real Things
I most likely will never be seen at a gym. I have many reasons to avoid them, one being that the whole thing is very boring to me.
But I do have children.. and sidewalks… and music.
So, we take walks, we dance, we play, and we keep active. When I don’t get up and do things like this with the children, they get crazy and I start gaining (or at least stop loosing) weight.
When I get moving, even for 15 minutes a day, I can feel the difference – the first day. Sedentary living is not what we are created to do.
I hope something in this inspires you, helps you, encourages you and that you can overcome overeating. If you found it useful (or not) let me know. If you have a secret that has really worked for you, please share.