So many of us have scars from past comments which keep us from seeing our body as beautiful, no matter what we do to it. However, as Lysa Terkeurst reminded me today in an email from a 21-day "Made to Crave" challenge I am taking, it's important to see our body as a gift from God and do all that we can to take good care of it.
I'd like to give you a little background on how I came to be overweight, and then I'd like to give you a tip that could help you not only lose weight but keep the weight off, just like I have been able to do for almost 15 years now. As Christian marketplace leaders, it's so important to take care of the bodies that God has given us so that we have the energy to do all that God has called us to do.
I was pretty thin as before I became a teenager. I could pretty much eat anything I wanted and I played outside with my friends all the time, so I was very active. When I turned 13, I moved to another city. We lived in a big city in an apartment where I hardly ever went out to play with friends, so I became a lot less active. On top of that, I had not learned many good eating habits, except that fruits and veggies were good for me. I loved my mom’s cooking and all her wonderful desserts like brownies and chocolate care, and she baked on a regular basis. She warned me to watch what I eat since she had a weight problem herself with which she struggled all her life, and was constantly yo-yo dieting, but I did not listen to her. I was so sure I would never have that problem.
Well, I went on making unhealthy food choices, and rarely got any exercise. On top of that, I had lots of emotional problems since I was unpopular in the new bilingual school my parents chose to enroll me. I steadily put on weight and one boy made a comment that I was uglier than a witch. This made my self-esteem go down even more, and it made things worse it seemed. My only friend, which I met in my junior year, commented in my senior year on how heavy I had gotten, since she was extremely thin and beautiful. I had gone up from a size 10 to a size 14.
Then it was off to a year in Germany at a Latvian school; I was 17 at the time. Here things got worse and I continued gaining weight and not even realizing it. I was emotionally distressed since I did not fit in, and I attempted suicide once. I didn’t care what I ate nor when I ate, either. They had food out for us for a night snack, and I would go ahead and make myself something to eat. I truly didn’t care at all and didn’t realize I was even gaining weight, since I didn’t have a scale around.
Then came my 4 years of college in the States, from 1990-1994. In 1994, I was trying on a bridesmaids dress, and could not believe that I had to wear a size 16!! I cried so much, but did not do anything about it; not really. I felt powerless. My excuse was that I lived in a dorm and had only cafeteria food to eat, and, since I did not have a driver’s license, I could not go get myself any other food. If I wanted to eat, it had to be the unhealthy cafeteria food. There was no way around it.
I finally got real sick in my 3rd year of college. I had to go to the doctor and it turned out to my my gall bladder, which obviously could not process any more fat. She put me on a no-fat diet and on some pills for a month. During that month, I barely ate anything, so obviously I lost weight. However, I regained it right away after that month.
In my 4th year, in my spring quarter, I spent three months in Latvia for my internship. Here I had to prepare my own food, and I had to walk everywhere. I lost weight, though I didn’t realize I did since I didn’t have a scale. When I got back to college, some of the boys I knew commented on how good I was looking. They couldn’t believe my physical changes during those three months.
A year later, I got married. I worked on losing more weight for my wedding, but the bulk of my weightloss was after the wedding, since my husband made the comment that he preferred to see me with my clothes on, then off. He also would comment on how beautiful other girls bodies were, which devastated me to no end. This was the turning point for me, and why I decided to do something about it.
In spite of the fact that I got divorced and went through some really tough years, I learned how to take care of my body, thanks be to God. I learned that it was important to adopt healthy habits in order to not just lose the weight, but keep it off - and that is my tip for you too. I never wanted to go back to feeling sluggish, having migraines or suffering through horrible stomach cramps almost daily, so I realized that I needed to make my healthy habits LIFETIME HABITS. I continue to learn more each day, and if I realize that something has helped me, I love sharing it with others.
Since I now realize that keeping our body healthy is important so we can serve better, God called me to help others get healthy as well. He led me to the foundation of the Abundant Energy HealthClub, an online site for all who would like to be fit, healthy and energetic for a lifetime. I would like to invite you to check out the site, see my body transformation through the years picture "video" that I have there, and read through the blogs I have written. My coaching is free so you can keep the money to get the things you need to get fit and healthy, so feel free to contact me by email if I can be of service in any way. Go to any of the three websites I have buttons for there, depending in what area you need help, and let me know if I can help you set up an account so you can get a good fitness program you can do at home (Team BeachBody), or so you can get healthy supplements and healing oils as well as personal use products that are not only non-toxic, but very healing for our bodies, at a 24% discount (Young Living Essential Oils), or so you can get wonderful foods and beverages that go BEYOND organic standards at a 15% discounted price. I'd love to help you get fit, healthy and energetic for life. Contact me and let me know how I can be of service.