17 February 2008

Not on a Diet

I should be doing a few other things, but I just have to blog while I have that first cup of coffee this morning. It's too good of a revelation not to share. I have lost 10 pounds. If you want to be technical 9.8 pounds - but I feel comfortable rounding to 10. I got on the scale this morning and it confirms what I have always believed - that you don't have to diet to lose weight. Diet, as in seriously restrict your food intake till you're starving all the time.
I did the Weigh Down Workshop years ago with my friend Carol, and we both lost a lot of weight. We also learned a lot of scripture. There was a big hoopla in the Christian community when the founder was outed as a Unitarian - which I didn't bother me nearly as much as her hair! More recently I had started to participate in a similarly Bible based weight loss program online that I failed at rather quickly. I learned something from both of these studies that I have applied with success this week - that God designed our bodies to work a certain way. He created our bodies to function properly under certain conditions. The problem for me was that these programs also required a great deal of Bible study.
Whoa - before anyone gets offended or feels I just made some sort of shocking revelation about an aversion to the Bible, please understand - I love the Bible. But, I personally refuse to use it as some magic formula to get me from point A to point B as far as my weight loss. I just can't do it. I personally don't like it when someone seeks to get close to me with ulterior motivation, and I personally can't imagine God does either. This is not to diminish in any way the successes that others have had - but for me, I know that all the scripture memorization and Bible study had an ulterior motive. Which is why when it ended, I gained all the weight back, and failed. The Bible study was a stumbling block for me - a program of guilt and obligation - when I didn't get to it or stay consistent with it, how I ate and the numbers on the scales reflected it.
But recently I have been thinking so much about what we are supposed to eat and not eat. I have also pondered the all things in moderation - meaning that nothing need be eliminated but put in its proper place. I have had the hunger pangs of an empty stomach. I have experienced the joy of eating cake again, and still been dropping pounds here and there. When I realize that my body is working the way it was designed, I am worshipful towards a Creator who made me this way.
No secret formulas. No guilt and obligation. Just me and God. He is teaching me all about His marvelous creation of the human body - my own.


  1. Congratulations on the 10 pound loss! I have gained and lost numerous times since I got married. It's so frustrating, but I love what you shared here. A breath of fresh air...

  2. Congratulations. That is a big accomplishment.

  3. Oh Julie, I lost 20 pounds following the "not on a diet- eat when you're hungry" philosophy. I really need to get back into that frame of mind. It's a battle. Congrats on your 10 pounds! That's great!!

  4. I think I once saw something on that Weigh Down woman... she was really weird and I couldn't believe people actually followed her diet. All I really remember is a bizarre prayer, her eating a few M&M's and chewing them for a long time, and a bunch of very odd southern baptist followers. She definitely frightened me.

  5. Awesome, but that hair is frightening.... it looks like she put everyone's fat under there to poof it up!

    I am so proud of you. two thumbs way up on the weight loss.

  6. Pretty cool! Diets don't work and I see no need to deprive yourself just because of calories or guilt or whatever. My weight has been up and down my whole life and I am heavier right now than I want to be but I'll get back to where I need to be in time.

  7. Congratulations! That's really great. But I don't see what you are doing different than what the study was about. And you were never a failure. It just sounds like it took a little longer to click. :-)

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Well done on the weight loss. Well done too on getting away from that SCARY HAIR!! Oh my word, what was she thinking???????


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