Thursday, March 13, 2014

Weight Loss & Motherhood: Letting Go of the Numbers


Over the past year, I have slowly lost twenty pounds. I messed up a lot, tried as hard as I could to lose the weight without exercising, then slowly learned to love running, and to love taking care of my body. This love story started with me, overweight, overwhelmed by motherhood, miserable with a PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) diagnosis, skin problems, and depression. It hasn’t ended yet, as I still have another twenty or so pounds I’d like to lose, but I have changed, both outwardly and inwardly. I stopped getting on the scale and let go of the weight loss numbers altogether. You may be wondering why, since the numbers on the scale are an important part of weight loss and health management. Or are they? 

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Life overweight is not what God wants for us. Jesus said He came to give us life, abundant life! (John 10:10) I was battling depression on a regular basis. I was fatigued, taking naps every day, and not enjoying the life God gave to me as a gift. I didn’t feel good in anything. I was constantly bloated, dehydrated, and hiding my chubby thighs and thick arms for photos. I blamed childbearing and the chaos of motherhood for my weight, even though I was making the choice to eat greasy foods and ordering soda with lunch nearly every day. My Starbucks order was loaded with sugar and calories, and my water intake was incredibly low. This is not abundant life! God clearly spoke this truth to me one day as I cried on my bed, throwing myself quite the pity party after seeing an awful picture of myself from a family gathering. This is when I started making changes. 

I started drinking jugs of water daily, started making better choices (although still enjoying my favorite foods, just less often), and after six months of not much progress, got myself a treadmill and began doing walk/run cycles in the garage while my kids napped. I stopped with the excuses. My oldest quit napping during the day, and that normally would’ve been my excuse to stop working out, but instead I got her a special book set that she could only read while her brothers napped and I hit the treadmill. All these small changes added up to fifteen pounds. Once I hit that number though, my scale got lost in our move. I kept meaning to get a new one, but it slipped my mind. In the weeks I lived without a scale, my clothes got looser quicker than ever before. I began to truly enjoy making healthy choices and looking forward to my alone time on the treadmill- listening to music and tuning out the world for thirty minutes a day. Could this have anything to do with me no longer focusing on the number on the scale? It had everything to do with it

Suddenly, I was living a healthy lifestyle for more than the compliments, the pant size, the thrill of inching closer to that ultimate goal weight. I was doing it for the energy, for the joy of overcoming food addiction, for the fun of running around with my kids, for the look in my husband’s eyes when I undressed, for no more midday naps. I was doing it for the right reasons, and experiencing abundant life! 

Today, I am at twenty pounds lighter. How do I know that? I don’t really. I just estimate by how my clothes fit, and you know what? I don’t miss weighing myself one bit, and there won’t be a scale purchase in my near future. I am just living healthy, making good choices, tracking my food in my trust MyFitnessPal app, and smiling when I look in the mirror. I don’t need to reach the perfect number. If I’m taking care of myself, I’m healthy, and that’s what it’s about. Life this year is much more abundant.  
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Allie is wife to her high school sweetheart and mama to their three littles- all five-years-old and under. She is a lover of books, all things Jane Austen, hot cups of coffee, and I Love Lucy. You can follow her simple, but abundant life on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or straight from her blog, The Purposeful Housewife  here she writes about everything from mom life and style to heart issues and seeking Jesus.







                                        

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