Yesterday I mentioned that last July a friend and I went on a journey that lasted 5 months, but I have a feeling it will last a lifetime. This journey wasn't a sightseeing journey, but a weight loss journey. This journey for me was a journey of surrender. It all started when my friend Lisa came to me and asked if I want to go through the study "Made To Crave." She really wanted an accountability partner and so I agreed. There are a few more details, but I am getting right to the point. I knew that I really needed to go through a Bible study about food, but in all honesty I didn't want to at all. I enjoyed the way I ate, but was having a lot of health issues with my gallbladder and knew I needed to live a healthier lifestyle.
I have struggled with my weight ever since Garrett was born. I could no longer eat what I wanted whenever I wanted without gaining weight. Before I knew it I had gained weight that I tried over and over to get off, but was never successful for any length of time. I tried so many diets like; Butter Busters (really horrifying), Adkins, South Beach, counting calories, Slim Fast, a BootCamp, and Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers is the program that I enjoyed the most and was the most successful for me, but I would gain back after I reached my goal. The whole heart of the matter was wrong, but I really didn't know how to change it. I knew that God had to be the solution to my problem not a program. I have tried to include God in my problem before, but never tapped into His strength and power until this study - Made To Crave. Lisa was also held in such bondage by food. She had tried more programs than you could imagine and wanted to overcome this struggle once and for all.
So, Lisa and I ventured out onto this journey the day after July 4th and didn't look back. Through this journey we have lost a combined total of around 55 pounds. The picture above was taken in November right before we took a small break for the Holidays. We have learned so much and we have become very good friends. The biggest thing that I have learned through this journey is surrender. I surrendered my will and wants to be obedient to God's desires for me. I surrendered my cravings to crave God instead. I surrendered immediate fulfillment so that I could have lasting fulfillment through seeing God work so mightily in our lives while losing weight.
Every day for the month of January I am going to share verses, tips, recipes, things I learned from the study Made to Crave, and my exercise routine with you. I hope that this will be an encouragement to you. Even if you do not struggle with weight I will also share ways to apply this to others struggles that you may be going through. I will continue blogging like normal so these will just be bonus posts.
I hope that you have enjoyed the first few days of the New Years. Shew! It can take a few days to adjust to a new year can't it?