...how did I lose 130+ pounds...
I replied, "Food had become my god. I turned to food for everything. It was my comfort when I was sad or depressed. It was my best friend when I was celebrating. It was my drug of choice for whatever ailed me. And together, Food and I watched my weight slowly creep up to over 325 lbs. (I stopped stepping on the scale at 325 but know that I weighed much more before I made the decision to stop destroying myself.)
So, how did I lose the weight? I made the decision to feed my soul with God's Word instead of food. I ate only when I was physically hungry and stopped when I was satisfied. The weight came off easily when it clicked in my brain that I had been substituting a relationship with food with a relationship with God.
For the past nine or ten years I've been able to keep off most of the weight that I lost. I gained 30 pounds with my pregnancy --and have since lost 20 of those 30, but have struggled to lose the last ten which will put me at my wedding day weight. And I'd like to lose an additional 30 pounds beyond that. It can be done. IF I choose to let God be my God again...and put away the food.
Today when Jessica asked me, "How did you do it?"....and I answered with..."I had allowed food to become my God - food could no longer be my God..." The Holy Spirit so quietly spoke to me..."you got it right once...time to do it again."
Lord, forgive me for allowing food to take your place - in so many areas of my life. I should be running into Your arms...not diving into a bowl of ice cream.
Photos: Top left: Me in 1987 - probably just over 300 lbs.
Next: Me at close to my heaviest --don't have a clue
how much I weighed then---sadly, that photo and others like it
are still how I often picture myself.
Bottom: At my best weight - although not my thinnest
--but where I thought I looked the best in 1981 - age 21.
Today, I'm probably 60-70 pounds heavier than that photo
--and I would love to at least get within 40 pounds of that "me"....