May 26, 2010

Weigh In: 1 lb. Loss


182 lbs.

Tick tock. Tick tock.

Waiting for the weight to come off is a trying time. I am always happy with a loss and these days a WHOLE pound seems like a lot! But it is still human nature for us to want things right away. Where are the weeks of 3 or 4 lb. losses? They are stuck back in a period of time when I weighed more than I do now. I don't want those weeks back. I'll take the 1 lb. losses.

I can honestly say that I am in this for the long haul. I don't even worry about eating less on a weigh-in day anymore. Weigh-in days are no different than any other day. The weigh-in doesn't define my progress. The day-in, day-out choices that I make define my progress. Will I eat healthfully? Will I work out? Will I plan? Will I make time for Bible Study? Will I pray for guidance and strength?

The answer to these questions define my progress and in essence, they define me. Much like the song I posted about yesterday says: The choices you make say who you are and who your heart beats for...

Many people have followed my journey thus far. I am asked for tips and advice quite often. Usually I will tell people to eat less, eat better, move more and plan like a fool. I think all of that is sound advice, but none of that will matter unless you figure out who you are -- why you do the things you do. You have to know what is at the root of your problem because if you don't those four bits of advice I mentioned above won't amount to much in the long run.

It is SUCH a process. My Savior is continually reavealing to me who I am. I am actually not the same girl I was 6 months ago. That was only who I thought I was. That was who I thought I had to be. But I was wrong. This life has changed and it will never be the same.

The pounds coming off are not what is making me change. The pounds coming off are a result of the change taking place within me.

This is why I can wait patiently for God to finish what He's started in me without the added pressure of failing at weight loss:

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3



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14 comments:

Molly said...

Yay for you! A pound is a pound! You're almost to the 170s!

{Absolutely, Positively} Josie said...

lovely, as usual.

i am at my best with weight loss (and everything else in life) when i surrender all to God and have faith; only then do i find the right kind of patience.

eating well and exercising never comes more naturally than when i respect that there's something more important than how much i weigh.

Jen said...

Good for you Keelie! 1lb is one pound!! Your hard work is paying off so much and the progress you've made... amazing!

Lindsay said...

Woot Woot!!! You rock girl :)

Kara said...

I have never commented on your blog before but I have started reading it lately and I have to say this post really really hit home with me. You are an amazing person and I am in awe of your success.

Kristen said...

what a beautiful post! you're such an inspiration to someone who has just begun their journey.

Kristen

http://oneshrinkingmommy.blogspot.com

Julie, The Accidental Fat Chick said...

Congrats on the pound! I have to remind myself to be happy with the little losses these days too. I always find things in life go much smoother when I remember who is really in charge - God, not me, lol. :)

Brandy said...

Again and again you hit the nail on the head! It's great to hear what God is doing in you!

Stacey at Living by Faith said...

So profound and awesome!

Love...Love...Love this...

"The pounds coming off are not what is making me change. The pounds coming off are a result of the change taking place within me."

Knowing those changes are from a change in your relationship with our God is what makes it even more special than just a decreasing number on the scale.

I am so happy for you!

Hugs!

99ToGo said...

I love the Scripture you quoted. It was a reminder I needed as well. I've been thinking a lot about patience while waiting for the next pound to drop. You do know you should never pray for more patience, right!?! :)

And what I've concluded, is that we are learning the lessons God wants us to learn while we wait. If it all dropped off in one day (or even 6 months, perhaps) our hearts and minds might not be ready to stick with what has helped us change on the outside.

So, on the days when I don't see a loss (or GASP, see a gain!) I look at it as a day that God is teaching me something...even if it is that darn patience :)

Tammy said...

You are SO close to MY goal of 170 lbs....great job on another loss! :)

Deb Willbefree said...

LOVED this post. I'm so glad I read it--it's a perfect timing kind of a reminder. God's good that way, isn't He? :D

Just the whole post was so right on. Becoming who God knows us to be--that's what is going to happen through the struggle, lessons, falls and victories that is weight-loss.

You might like the I wrote awhile ago, then repeated it earlier this month. It is similar to this post of yours.

http://debwillbethin.blogspot.com/2010/05/restless-i-need-to-get-back-to-my.html

Watching joy arise as we travel,

Deb

klg0816 said...

I'm so incredibly proud of you, in every way. I hope that doesn't come across as bad...I sincerely mean it. I've always thought of you as a very close friend and, so, I'm truly happy for you...whatever makes you happy, makes me happy. I'm one of your biggest supporters!

klg0816 said...

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