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It all started with a 30 day Challenge

I talked about the 30 challenge in my previous blog . Well its time to reflect on what this has kicked started for me and my life. A great friend of mine Brigitte told me “Eat to live don’t live to eat” It took a while to really wrap my head around that concept.

I was the person that just lived to eat. Hang outs with friends was an eating affair. I would obsess over food, mainly sweets. And when I say OBSESS this was the process: OoooO I am craving a burger, a Red Robin Burger, then I will think about this burger probably all day then get home and then go to Red Robin, then look at the menu and get a basket of fries to start, then think Clucks n Fries sounds better than a burger then after looking at ALL of my complete options, just to make sure I am not missing a better choice, then get the deep fried chicken & another basket of fries (already consumed over 1800 calories in one meal) and still left wanting something sweet so maybe I get a dessert or not because I don’t want my husband to think I am a pig … but then think, something sweet sounds good maybe some ice cream or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. If I didn’t get that sweet that night then in the morning it would switch to “OoooO a donut sounds good or maybe coffee cake at Starbucks with a super sweet coffee drink…. And then the next meal ….. and the next. All the while just wanting to sit on the couch and do NOTHING but talk about wishing to be “skinny”

Now when I look at the menu I think “how is this going to nourish me?”  What am I putting into my body? If I can’t pronounce an ingredient I don’t eat it. I eat to live now. It was such a hard concept to understand but now I.GET.IT. I still am amazed at how my tastes have changed and something that I use to eat ALL THE TIME (Reese Peanut Butter Cups) now taste like wax to me and because I have cut so much sugar out of my system, just one piece of Sees Candy is enough more than one I feel sick.

So now that I talked about eating lets talk about the physical part of me. I use to watch HOURS upon HOURS of TV. Just sit there on the couch with no energy or motivation to do anything. Now I can photograph a whole wedding for over 8 hrs and not be out of breath. I went from holding a plank for barely 8 seconds to over a minute and a half. I have bicep muscles!!!! I can dead lift over 117lbs. I lift weights!!!!  The biggest thing though is that if I don’t work out … I get SO cranky. What a complete change. I can barely sit to watch tv for 2 hours without getting antsy.

I have become the person I have always wanted to be but said “I will never be like that”

People ask all the time “How did you do that” the best thing is CONSISTENCY

With consistency you form a habit and you replace bad habits with good ones and then it becomes routine

If you are in the North San Diego County and you want an amazing experience with an awesome community of people please sign up!!!

http://181fitness.com/services/30-day-transformation/

The challenge is donation based so you can tailor it to your budget.  There is no judgement- just a bunch of people getting healthy. Please feel free to contact me with any questions weightedfaith@gmail.com

Here is my year comparison picture. This is 65lbs down and a whole heck of a lot of inches :-) -A

An Ordinary Girl doing Extraordinary things

In my weight loss journey I discovered that my friend Shasta was doing the same thing. Getting healthy, eating right, exercising, obtaining practically the same goals as I am. Its nice to have people to take your journey with so you aren’t alone and can relate to your struggles. On top of it Shasta is a single mom of a VERY awesome little girl Madi (short for Madisyn).

Once we realized that we were on the same road to a healthy life style, Shasta and I started to friend each other on Instagram & Myfitnesspal. Shasta has been very supportive, always encouraging me, pushing me, and sharing information. She always comments on how great my food looks when I post pictures on Instagram. She has been an awesome cheerleader and I am very blessed that God has put her in my life. She recently, all on her own, lost 100lbs! AMAZING … Most people can’t lose 10lbs let alone 100lbs.

Well as an amazing friend and cheerleader that she is, she was supporting another friend on Instagram and posted a picture of her most troubled area… her stomach. This is how great Shasta is – she went out of her own comfort zone to comfort someone else. With this she was mortified, in tears.  She immediately saw all of her insecurities come to light – Stretch marks, hanging skin, fat, imperfect, damaged, embarrassed, disappointed, ashamed,  the list can go on and on. She told me “All I see is fat, no guy will want me like this, I had no confidence when I was 100 lbs heavier and now I have even less”

But in reality EVERY comment on her picture was in line with my reaction- courage, mom, bravery, inspiring, loving, amazing, strong, hero, fearless, role model, again the list goes on. Never in my life have I heard or witnessed someone being negative about someone else for getting healthy or bettering their lives.

Why is it that its so easy to focus on the negative of ourselves when most everyone else in our lives sees the positive first?   We all do this … I can tell you a million things I hate about myself, but most of it is physical. AND it all can be changed, fixed, worked on.

The thing you are most ashamed of, God uses that to shape Christ in your heart”   – Shawn C Beaty

This is true for me, for Shasta, for everyone. If you take the courage and jump head first, you will find people to catch you and be inspired by your willingness to overcome your shame, struggle, and heartache. Shasta had a very traumatic moment being vulnerable that day to help support a friend, but in the end she had over 105 comments on that picture. 105, people that she inspired, touched, and encouraged just by being courageous and jumping head first.

So I leave you with this exercise, as I started doing today …. When you first wake up, say one positive thing about yourself, whether its out loud, through social media, however, I promise, it will be contagious.