Daily Archives: June 20, 2011

The Truth about Truth…

We get asked often what we did to lose the weight.  That might be the part people SEE… but the transformation I feel on the inside – is now finally visable to others.  I’ve been pregnant and post-partum so much in the past 11 years that most people had no idea what a healthy me looks like.  Myself included.

I’ve often shared the books or magazines I’ve read, the food I eat, the workouts I’ve seen the most results with, but the TRUTH is –

It isn’t just a workout program.

It’s not a secret diet.

It’s not a pill you can take that magically melts fat away.

It’s God’s Truth – and YOU can have it too!

I know some people want this quick fix, an easy answer – some “guaranteed” solution to something that works.  Well I’m going to tell you the truth.  The TRUTH is – you’re going to get everything OUT of your health, mind and your body that you put IN on your journey to get healthy.

I was encouraged that we needed a spot to layout some of God’s Truths in regards to health – so we had a place to point people who were struggling like I was.  People who were like me and earnestly seeking CHANGE in their lives, through His word.  A place we could come and be encouraged by some REAL moms who are being transformed by the Truth too.

The truth about the Truth is… God has provided the answers in His Word to transform your mind about how important your health is and how worth it you are to Him.

I didn’t used to think about it honestly…  I mean, I read God’s word, and I studied all sorts of topics to deepen my relationship with Him in other areas.

But God’s Truth and my health?  I guess I wasn’t at a point to be convicted they went hand in hand.

It’s RIGHT there, and yet, some how, I missed it.  After I had gestational diabetes, I began reading a book by Christian author, Chantel Hobbs.  The book was appropriately titled, “Never Say Diet Again.”

Perfect.  Right?

I disliked the word diet SO much, I knew this book would speak to me – and it did.  I learned the changes I had made that year were good – but if I was going to live a life to glorify God in the body, the transformation was going to need to happen inside out, and the conviction to change was going to need to come higher up than just my desire to be healthy.

Uh oh – more education….  and more change…  and now PRAYER??  *Gasp!*

Yes, definitely EXTREME measures.  But these are extreme times!

It’s ok, it really is – a little bit of education, will last you your life time – and keeping yourself accountable to God – is definitely a standard worthy of aspiring to.

You are going to be SO thankful you know more so that you can do better for your body…

YOU. JUST. WAIT and SEE!

As women, society often puts out a bunch of untruths and halftruths and we soak them up and program them in.  As I read books about being healthy for God, I began to realize all of the ones I believed…

THE LIE:

It’s selfish to spend time working out, after all – my job is to take care of my children.  Putting myself in front of anything would be SELFISH and vain.

THE TRUTH:

This couldn’t be further from the Truth – God tells us in His word to care for our bodies for His glory.  If we don’t take care of our bodies by the food we eat, and the exercise we do…. who is going to?  We NEED to be healthy for our families – we are one of their main caretakers!

THE LIE:

I don’t have time to work out.    (Did I mention I had 6 kids at this point – surely God knew I didn’t have TIME to work out – right?)

THE TRUTH:

This applies to SO many aspects of our health.  We all get 24 hours in a day – so none of us has MORE time than the next person.  We need to get over ourselves and realize it US who decides how that time gets split up.  If your health is a priority – show God it is.  MAKE THE CHOICE to make it a priority for Him.  I often work out after 10pm.  It’s not ideal – but sometimes that’s all I have… so I make it happen, and I’m always glad I did.

THE LIE:

I just can’t stop eating.

THE TRUTH:

Yes.  You can.  Unless someone else is force feeding you… I doubt it.  NO ONE is forcing you to put that extra bite or dessert into your mouth.  It’s YOU.  Own up.  I often would eat 3-4 cookie bars a day… in the name of “I deserve this”, “I’m stressed out” or “I’m nursing, I need extra calories”… all those empty calories did – was make me feel worse than I did to start with.  What’s the saying?  A minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips?  Yeah – that’s exactly what was happening.  Stop the cycle!

LOOK at that plate of french toast. Looks good eh? It's from a restaurant we used to like to go to once in a while... any guesses on how many calories are in this puppy?

God made our bodies PERFECT calorie counting machines.  As one of my favorite authors, Danna Demetre pointed out to me in her book “Scale Down”, our bodies are like the perfect accountant – they will not lie.  If you put more calories in than you burn – it’s going to turn into FAT.

And THAT, my friend, is the Truth.

“Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”  Luke 12:23

To Eat it All or Not Eat it All? That is the Question…

Now and again I’m going to share some stories with you of other people, like me who have committed their ways unto the Lord, and had success.  Meet Steph.  She’s a stay-at-home mom of many littles.  Three beautiful girls and a handsome boy to be exact!  Read about her personal struggle… and see if you can relate!

For years I have struggled with my weight.

I blamed it on the “pregnant and nursing” years of my life, but the TRUTH is that I ATE IT ALL!

We have all been told, “Clean your plate” a million, gazillion times (well, that might be a bit of an exaggeration!)

…and so I did.

And I didn’t stop there.  I filled it up again and cleaned that plate too!  You get the picture.

So, for many years I lived this unhealthy lifestyle.

I believed the lie that because it tasted good, and because it was there, I had to eat it.  WRONG!!!

The TRUTH is:

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. 

All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 

Food is for the stomach and the stomach is  for food, but God will do away with both of them.”  1 Corinthians 6:12-13

Sadly, I let food master my life and those extra pounds were proof of the lies I believed.

I weigh 25+ pounds less now, I have been set FREE and so can YOU!

Don’t let food master your life.

Remember that ALL food is legal but not necessarily good for you.
Make the choice to reduce your serving sizes today and remember that
MODERATION is the key to a healthy lifestyle!

Did you just say DIET??

Let’s get this straight.  Most people don’t care for the word DIET.  The word “diet” comes with all sorts of negative connotations.

Restrictions, sacrificing and…. CHANGE.  Change is tough for most people.  It was ugly-tough for me.

With the gestational diabetes – came all of that – and the word DIET (huge sigh).  Diet can be referring to your way of eating well… or LACK of eating well.  At any rate, at this point – it was negative in my mind…  and I cringed at the thought.

Diet and pregnancy do not belong in the same sentence, and it would suffice to say I went kicking and screaming when they told me I would be treated as diabetic, with a 75% chance of having Type II diabetes in my future.

They had to be wrong.  I couldn’t believe this.  How did this happen??  Denial was a beautiful thing.

It’s supposed to be hereditary.  I didn’t have anyone in my family that I knew HAD Type II diabetes.  This was just NOT. FAIR.

Then I began to look at the facts…

My favorite snack before the diagnosis. These deadly treats were 190 calories EACH and 37 net carbs. I ate TWO at a time. *face pop*

During pregnancy – I liked to skip meals often, carb-load at other meals, drink regular Pepsi (must.stay.awake.)and I loved pop tarts!  I also lived on about 4-5 hours of sleep, worked part-time as a photographer as financially we were majorly stressed, and home schooled 3 of our 5 children.

I was internally overloaded to the max with stress and was a prime candidate for gestational diabetes… yes, I was in total denial.

When I first learned of my diagnosis, I did apparently what most uneducated people do – I went right out and bought a ton of sugar-free foods, thinking I would beat them to the punch!

Hah!  I’ll show them!  I didn’t need someone else to tell me HOW to eat.

I quickly learned what sugar-free means (other than poor tasting and filled with all sorts of other junk)… it’s NOT the easy answer for diabetic eating or healthy eating for that matter. Lesson learned.

Within a week, I was educated on carb counting, what a carb choice equals…  and how to implement healthy snacking – something I was raised not to do between meals.  BUT I was still… NOT happy about the change.

I was determined to do go about this curve ball with diet and exercise changes…   The meetings were several times a week, and often left me frustrated, nauseous and more stressed than normal for a mom of 5 littles under the age of 6.

Oh, I tried being positive, but on the inside – I was ashamed and angry at my body.  I felt like it had failed me, and pregnancy was supposed to be 9 months of no rules on food… this was (in my immaturity) a nightmare.  I wanted cookies.  Scratch that … I *needed* cookies AND ice cream.

Within 2 weeks I had lost 10 lbs from eating mostly salads, enjoying “healthy snacks” and carb counting.  I watched keytones to insure I was getting enough calories, and forced myself to eat a balanced diet (*ack* that word!).

BUT… I had to admit – my vericosities felt better, and I wasn’t retaining fluid anymore.  I actually didn’t feel as uncomfortable as before. Amazing.

For exercise, I walked some and worked a lot.

I also went through white sugar withdrawal, and fiber overload and it was rough. As the pregnancy wore on, the tougher it got for my body to process sugar.  I had fewer and fewer opportunities to enjoy any bites of fun foods.  The dietitians threatened the “I” word a lot – but we were blessed to squeak through without insulin intervention.  (Praise God, as I know that isn’t always possible!)

By the end, of the pregnancy – I was pretty sure I HATED diabetes, and was going to do anything I could to never go there again, or at least keep it at bay as long as possible.

The changes in our lives started there, over the course of that pregnancy.  IT was a necessity to change…  and thankfully my husband was on board to keep me encouraged in the roughest of days.

One of the most important changes we made was going from cereal only breakfasts, to actually enjoying a balanced breakfast.  We began eating scrambled eggs, sausage/bacon, yogurt and a smaller whole wheat carb choice each day.

This wasn’t only a bonus for us, but for our children.  They got their days started off right, and we noticed a change in their moods and work ethic.  They actually had some protein to give them some energy vs. just sugar and carbs that would leave them hungry again in an hour.

Many people I know SKIP breakfast altogether – which is one of the worst things you can do to your metabolism.  YOU don’t do that – do you???  I encourage you to get your day started off right – with some protein and a balanced breakfast.

You might be saying to yourself… “BUT… I don’t have the time…”

If we think we don’t have the time – it’s because we’re not MAKING the time.  We all make time for what it important to us.  How important is your health?  Show God!!  It doesn’t have to even be the same breakfast – it has to work for your family – but make it work!

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”

– 1 Corinthians 6:19

Where to begin?

Me holding our 6th child, following the gestational diabetes pregnancy.

I’ve totally been there.  Angry, frustrated, in denial…

I feel terrible.

I’m so tired.

I don’t feel like it.

I don’t want to.

You can’t make me!

The fact of the matter is, how we feel inside and out affects everything we do, or don’t do.

My big wake up call was gestational diabetes with my 6th pregnancy.  I had always been a “stringbean” all through school, maintaining my small frame at 5 ft 9 inches was never an issue.  I enjoyed being “naturally” thin.  I worked out when I wanted, I ate what I wanted…

And then – I started having children…  and I realized how much I liked to EAT with no boundaries.  (Brownies, cookies, ice cream and carbolicious things in particular!)  I enjoyed that, for the first time in my life, people encouraged you to get BIG and eat a lot!  I took “eating for two” to it’s fullest measures and ignored any goals of gaining a certain amount.  Sure I watched the main things for the first 4 pregnancies, no caffeine, no hot dogs, warm up your cold meat sandwiches and the like… and things began to slip further, and further away from my ideals and the post pregnancy weight kept adding another 5lbs to the bottom line.

Over the next 10 years I gained and lost 50-70 lbs on a regular basis, as I carried and and gave birth to our 8 children.  I would get down to around 140-150,  soon enough, with little to no work and then – I would be pregnant again and back up to 190-200+.  People often told me, “you look good …. for having X number of children.”  I know they meant well, but after a while – I started realizing that *I* was beginning to settle for looking a certain way, vs. how I felt and more importantly my worship to God IN the flesh.

Don’t get me wrong – we are SO thankful for our children, and the blessing of being able to have each special one… but being healthy, wasn’t ever my main focus during pregnancy – until it had to be.

If you’re a mom who thinks – “this is good as it gets, I’ve had 1,2,3… or more children” or if you’re just sick and tired, of feeling SICK and TIRED.  Then join us on an adventure of being encouraged to become healthy for HIM! 🙂

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17

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