I was naturally thin until my mid 20’s when something happened and I gained 25 pounds in a year. That was the start of my on-again-off-again dieting. I gained more weight over the years, but lost all of it in the mid to late 90’s with a low fat diet and regular exercise. Unfortunately, that diet messed up my gallbladder, so it was removed. I eventually gained back all of the weight plus a little more. In July of 2010, I finally decided to get the weight off for good. I was turning the “Big 5-0” at the end of 2011 and I didn’t want to be fat and 50, so I decided I better get a move on. I started dieting on August 2 by doing a
combination of things. I was trying to come up with my own program. I started praying for God’s help in finding something that would work for me. I
had 4 main criteria that I was praying for in a diet:
1) I wanted something that I could do (most of the time),
2) that I would do (most of the time),
3) that I could live with (most of the time),
4) and something that would work for me.
Labor Day weekend, I was on the computer, looking something up, and I saw something about a movie star losing weight eating nothing but some “junk food” type things. It caught my attention, so I looked into it further. Someone asked if you really could lose weight while eating whatever you want. There
were different answers, but several people mentioned a Christian mindful-eating program where you eat between hunger and satisfaction. I had tried that way of eating for short periods of time on two previous occasions years before, but just didn’t go very far with it.
On Tuesday, September 7th, I decided to try this approach at lunch and then again at dinner. I decided it would be a great addition to my plan, so I could have one more thing to do at meals, or for the whole day, or however I wanted to incorporate it. A few days later, I realized that I was still eating the hunger fullness way and that I had no interest in going back to my diet plan. It dawned on me that this was God’s answer for me – this was how He wanted me to eat.
I identify most with Thin Within, but I enjoy reading other books, articles, etc. about intuitive eating. The Eden Diet is another great hunger fullness book, with Christ as the focus, that has given me help on my journey.
I had to learn to get in tune with my body and listen to see if I was really hungry or just wanted to eat. I don’t classify myself as an emotional eater (though I do eat that way occasionally), but more a clock eater (it’s time), just because I want to, it sounds good, looks good, out of habit, as a reward (something to look forward to while traveling, shopping, cleaning, etc.), etc. I just love to eat and get very excited about food. I love the taste of food – at least of the foods that I love. I am a very picky and specific eater – I don’t like but so many foods to begin with! I found out that my body doesn’t require a lot of food.
It’s wonderful to be able to eat whatever I want and maintain my weight – of course, I just can’t eat as much as I want. I usually do just fine with that. I was naturally thin growing up, but was not a naturally thin eater. I was just blessed with a fabulous metabolism! I love that there are no “rules” – just some boundaries. I love that I can still eat out a lot and drink my sweet tea (which is about all I drink).
I released five pounds in that first month of dieting and then released 72 more pounds with God’s way of eating. I had set my goal a few pounds higher than I normally did because my usual goal seemed so far away and I had always lost weight slowly. I reached that goal (62 pounds released) in just over a year (in the middle of August 2011). I continued eating this way and released to my usual goal and then a few pounds beyond that. I’ve been maintaining that for over a year.
This way of eating was not quick and easy, but it was the quickest and easiest way that I have ever lost weight. I prayed throughout the years for help with my weight loss, but I sure wish I had been more diligent to seek God’s help. I could have been to this place a lot sooner! I used to live to eat and now I am finding that I am not quite so obsessed with food. I still think about and enjoy food, and eating, but it doesn’t consume my thoughts like it used to. I truly praise the Lord for that!
~ Molly lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been married to her very best friend, Keith, for over 30 years. She is a housewife and loves to spend time with Keith, visit waterfalls, go antiquing, garden, play on Pinterest, and watch the birds in the backyard. She enjoys being “thin within” and gives God all the glory!
How About You?
Have you decided it is time to do something to get things under control? It is never too soon (why wait until January 1st?) or too late!
What questions do you have about this approach to releasing weight?
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