*This picture shows just 9 days of tracking macros, eating healthier, working out for 20 minutes 5 times a week*
Alrighty folks, I am sure you are here to see exactly how I went down from a size 16 in pants to a size 12 in 1 month. Well, I am here to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Now, let me just state, this post is not for the faint of heart. It’s not for the complainers. It’s not for the ” I will achieve my goal sometime next year”. It’s not for the “Once I get this done, I will then start on my health.” It’s not for those people. It’s for those who need and WANT to change their lives. So if you are thinking this a get thin quick post, you can look elsewhere darling.
Secondly, I do not nor will I ever endorse any kind of weight loss gimmicks or pills. Weight-loss happens when discipline kicks in. Old school hard work and discipline will get you the results you want.
Now, lets get to those truths I mentioned earlier.
Truth #1: It
was is HARD. I am not here to tell you I took some non FDA approved BS that gets the credit for this weight loss. Heck, green tea didn’t do this for me. Waking up at 6 am in the morning, getting before God to give Him my life let alone my day, and being disciplined did this for me. And yes, it took exactly ONE month to achieve these goals.
Truth #2: DISCIPLINE comes in all shapes and forms. I was not only disciplined in my morning prayers, and work out routine, but also in my food intake. I did not just eat whatever the heck I felt like. I mean honestly, it was that habit that got me to a size 16, with high cholesterol at age 27.
Truth #3: I had to do the work. As in, I had to not only seek the Lord for why I couldn’t release the weight, but I also had to do some research on how to best lose the weight. I can not tell you how many countless and sleepless nights I had, staying up online reading research papers and consulting the Lord on what I should do next. I happened across a book called “Weightloss, God’s Way” written by Cathy Morenzie. This was my devotional! I urge everyone to purchase this book. Its like $5.00 on Amazon e-book. I watched gauge girl health videos on YouTube to learn my body shape and also calculate my macros. I meal planned. All of this took time and work on my behalf, but it has and is paying off tremendously.
Truth #4: I made an INVESTMENT. I invested in my health, in myself. In other words I stopped being cheap and I stopped cheating myself. I did not buy anything organic. Because as a chemist, I can tell you half that junk on the shelves isn’t truly organic. I simply used the research I had done to plan out my grocery list and I implemented that knowledge on a daily basis. COUNTING MY MACROS was HUGE in my success. It wasn’t so much that I had stuck to the macro scale, it was that by doing this, I was able to get a visual of just how much I had been over-eating and under-eating.
An example of this is my breakfast: I would have 3 small pancakes, 2 sausage patties and some fruit or hash-browns for breakfast. I thought that was pretty good meal. I used 100 % maple syrup instead of plain table syrup, I cut out the butter etc. Yet, when i counted the macros of just that meal, I learned that I was overeating my fats and carbohydrates in just that one meal.
Here’s the breakdown: *These are MY macros.
- 160 grams of protein a day
- 64 grams of fat per day
- 134 grams of carbs per day
Now, here lies the issue. My 3 silver dollar pancakes packed a huge carbohydrate punch: rolling in at 40 carbohydrates. Then, my two pork sausage patties packed 20 g of fat each, and my hash-browns rolled in at 30 carbs per 0.5 a cup. I was eating a full cup. So in total, my morning looked like this:
- protein: 21 g
- carbs: 100 g
- fat: 45 g
Now you may look at this and say, well no big deal. You’re still under your numbers Gladys. Well, no, technically I am not. You see this was calculation for 1 meal. I still had 5 small meals to consume in the day, which means I only had 19 g of fat left to consume, 34 carbs left to consume and over a hundred grams of protein to try and place in those 5 meals. It became ridiculously apparent to me why I needed to meal plan and track my macros.
I am writing this example guys so you can see just how important tracking my food intake was. It not only showed me where I was overeating, but when. By keeping a food journal, I was able to look back and see, when I am to tired to cook, I make poor food choices. When I am sad or upset, I crave bread and sugars: i.e carbs but when I pray and work out, I make more conscious decisions.
Side note: I now eat 1 Chobani Greek yogurt with 2 oz. of Jennie-O turkey sausage for breakfast. It gives me 25 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 16 grams of carbs. Excellent compared to my old breakfast.
Okay, so back to the truths 🙂
Truth #5: I encouraged myself and I did not look for it from other places. Remember how I told you guys I’d wake up and pray before working out? That’s because I needed God’s strength.
I was battling something that had taken my whole life to develop: Unhealthy eating habits due to stress and depression. That doesn’t go away over night. That doesn’t go away in your own strength. That goes away by God fighting your battle.
When I first started working out in times past, I would go for about 2 weeks really hard, really strong, and then because no one was patting me on the back, I would give up. It’s almost as if, because I had absolutely no validation from man, I felt it wasn’t a worthy goal to fight towards. It wasn’t until I gave my health over to the Lord that I began to realize that being healthy was my right as a child of God. And it wasn’t satan that made me fat. He wasn’t up in hell like, “Bruh, we gotta make Gladys super fat so she can not be happy with her self image. Yo’ go get that coworker to offer her a doughnut.” Ummmm……no. It was my straight lack of self-discipline that did the trick. It was my rebellion of not talking to God about what was really going on deeper than the surface level. It was my holding on to anger and bitterness and flat out unforgiveness, that caused me to be silly and foolish and not care for my health. And as embarrassing as it is to admit, it was my not believing I was worth being healthy that caused my weight to spiral.
Truth #6: I say all of this^^^^^ to tell you, YOU MUST CHOOSE LIFE. The bible says in Deuteronomy 30: 19
” I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
I choose life everyday, so that I and my seed can live. What’s my seed? Lily. What else? My marriage. My ministry. My purpose. All of those things suffer, if I do not choose to live. (For the smart-booty who will misinterpret this and say, “Oh, she lost weight for her husband.” No sweet heart. I am getting healthy so I can live to be with my husband. It’s not fair to be riddled with High-blood pressure, diabetes, and God knows what else and have him worrying about me when I could’ve prevented that from even happening by just making healthier choices.) That brings me to something really cool guys. Once I started working out and just growing in this journey with the Lord, my husband joined. He and I now both work out together and encourage each other to eat healthier. He’s become my accountability partner. 🙂 So even though it was a period where I felt alone, and felt I had no one rooting for me, God worked it in such a way that my obedience in this one thing has trickled down into my marriage. It is amazing to watch. Not to mention how sexy my hubby looks lifting weights :).
But…back to the program (*wink wink*)
My last truth.
Truth #7: This is EVERYDAY! Yep, I said it. EVERYDAY you have to track your macros. EVERYDAY, you have to make healthy choices. EVERYDAY you have to work out. EVERYDAY you have to pray. EVERYDAY you have to give your health over to GOD. You know why? Because everyday, the world is going to bombard you with things that go against the grain of what you want for yourself. The world doesn’t stop for you. Your family and friends aren’t going to stop eating your favorite chocolate cake just because you don’t want it anymore. No. They will continue to and offer you some while at it, right after you just told them you’re trying to CHANGE. You’re not going to feel like waking up early to pray and seek God. You’re going to want to take this into your own hands. But believe me, placing God first in this entire process is huge. You have to understand, your weight—-that’s surface level. Waking up to prayer every morning begins training you in discipline. That’s the key. That’s what you need. The discipline to say no, when you want to say yes. Let Him help you.
I know this post may seem soooooo deep, but truly it’s not. These are the key truth’s I learned that has helped me drop the weight and to continue to drop it. And if your wondering, I am not perfect nor do I aim to be. I simply work hard. I had Domino’s pizza one day and man, did I cry after. I was so disappointed in myself. But it wasn’t because of the pizza. I’m not going to die from eating a slice of pizza lol. It’s because I knew that after eating it, I would feel sick. I knew that I could’ve chosen something healthier. I knew that it was crazy to spend 20 bucks on fast food when I could’ve bought so many more groceries for my family that were healthy. I knew I had done something that worked against my goal. That’s what upset me. But I didn’t wallow. I cried, I prayed, and I kept it moving. I haven’t ordered out since. It’s impossible to go the rest of your life not eating foods. That’s not what this is about. It’s about finding out why you crave them, how they make you feel, and finding a healthier alternative. It’s about changing your relationship with God. I feel heavy after eating lots of bread. Do I still eat bread:yes. But instead of everyday, I have it once a week and if I know I am going to have it, I plan my other meals accordingly.
Again, I know this wasn’t the most encouraging post. It wasn’t filled the usual “Eat this, not that” Mumbo Jumbo or the “Work out 30 minutes a day”, talk. That’s because you already know that. You have Google just like I do. You know what you should and shouldn’t eat. You know to get up and move. You can find that info anywhere. What I am trying to stress is the importance of giving God every aspect of your life, even your weight and allowing him to make you disciplined and willing. That’s how I saw success. For my readers who don’t know Jesus, you can definitely still apply these truth’s but it is my earnest prayer that you would give Him a try. He is absolutely amazing 🙂
Much love to you all.
P.S: If you would like to see some weight loss videos that will motivate you to get your tush moving, or even videos on how I meal prep please check out my YouTube (HIT that SUBSCRIBE and LIKE BUTTON) or if you want to see a healthy lunch option check it out here!