Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gettin' Real With Ya

Ok Friends, I have GOT to do something about my weight. It's this thing that constantly hangs over my head.  It creeps up in my thoughts, and sometimes seems to suck away my self-confidence.

I've never been one to have a lot of self-esteem.  But when I was at a healthy weight I was definitely more confident.  I would take more chances.  I was more outgoing.  I didn't let anything hold me back.  But now, a husband, two kids, and a million calories later, my weight is the highest it's ever been.  I didn't even weigh this much when I was about to give birth to my children.  I never understood when I heard people say, "One day I looked in the mirror and I couldn't believe I weighed this much."  But that's exactly how I feel! It's like I woke up, really saw myself in the mirror and asked, "When on earth did this happen?!"  

I'm tired of feeling this way.  I don't want to go another summer trying to find clothes that hide all of my problem areas.  

I've seen all of these motivational sayings all over Pinterest:

I know all of these things are true!  I just feel like I'm missing the "magic key" to making the changes stick this time.  Does that make sense?

I want to make some changes.  I need to be healthy, for me, for my husband, for my kids, for my God: 

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

I don't want weight to hold me back anymore!  I want to be healthy to serve God and my family with my whole self!  How can I fully and effectively do that if I'm unhealthy?  I'm not saying that you can't serve faithfully if you are an overweight person. I am speaking fully from my experience. I am often physically tired, my body aches, I get headaches, my self-esteem is low.  These things are a challenge for me. 

Soooooo, now that I have successfully brought you down with this blog post, I have two questions:

1. What has worked for you in creating a healthy lifestyle (food, faith, fitness, etc)?

2. What kind of sports bra and workout gear do you wear?  I have a problem.  I cannot find a good sports bra.  I know this may seem like an excuse, but let me tell you, I have searched and I cannot find one that holds the girls in place and it makes it very uncomfortable when I am exercising.  I need a larger size than I can find in the common stores. Any ideas where I can get one?

If you've made it to the end of this post, thanks for "listening".  I plan on posting more about this topic, but hopefully they will be more encouraging and celebratory. 




  1. This may sound cheesy, but I live by the mantra "it's not what you eat, it's how much and when." God has given our bodies cravings for good food (no one wants to eat just marshmallows) at the right time. That's my answer to #1. My answer to #2 won't help because I bounce no matter what sports bra I have

  2. I had HUGE success with watching calories. Because I already know how to eat healthy, I didn't get trapped by the 'low fat' and 'low calorie' gimmick foods. I just ate less and ate GOOD foods. (Steel cut oats, whole wheat pasta if any, fruits and LOTS of veggies, ground sirloin instead of chuck, and lots of chicken and pork chops) I recorded EVERY calorie that came into my body. It was kinda fun. that I'm 3 months away from that habit, I've gained 6lbs back. Grrr. Need to stop eating like a fat person and eat like a healthy person again!!
    As for a bra, I haven't found one I like. But the Champion Jog Bra came highly recommended by a big chested friend years ago. I don't know if I ever found one that I liked though.



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