My Weight-Loss Journey Part 2

You can read part 1 of my weight loss journey, here. I actually consider it more of my weight gain journey! Here is part 2 of my weight-loss journey.

The Middle {continued}

After Greg had his vasectomy, and the realization hit that we would not have any more children, I decided it was time to “get my body back.” I did it the way every one else does it: calories in, calories out. I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app and started to log every single bite that went into my mouth. I was using the 30-Day Shred for my workouts. They were 20 minutes and completely do-able. I lost 20-25 pounds in a few short months. Honestly, it was my coping mechanism. While I wasn’t angry or bitter, I didn’t really know how to deal with the facts. So I turned to working out.

Diet Meme

I felt good. I felt like I looked good. But just like most Americans who follow this rigid way of losing weight, it got exhausting. Depriving myself of foods I wanted-exhausting. Counting calories-exhausting. The feeling that I have to workout almost every day-exhausting. I wasn’t trying to create a lifestyle change, I was trying to lose weight. I was tired of being a slave to my food and fitness. I was tired of obsessing over my body.

A few years went by, and you guessed it. I became a statistic. I not only gained the weight back, I gained more. It was a slow gain for me. My addiction to sugar most certainly didn’t help me keep my weight down. The “I don’t care anymore” attitude didn’t help either. I comforted myself with food. With 5 young children, I felt stress a lot of the time. Even though I loved my children and I knew how important of a job being a mom was, there were times I just felt unhappy. I would console my unhappiness with food. Comfort food wasn’t just a cute saying, it was a way of life for me. I flip-flopped from obsession to neglect.

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The Beginning of The End

In April of 2015 I was listening to KLove. I had already been thinking “I really need to do something. I really need to start working out again. I need to start eating salads for lunch.” The eat less- exercise more mentality was kicking back in. They were talking about a ministry out of Phoenix, AZ called Revelation Wellness®. This ministry was a faith THEN fitness ministry who was ministering to the poor in the city of Phoenix at the annual Hope Fest. Immediately, I got on my phone to look it up. They had workout plans and Instructor Training. There was a tug on my heart that I needed to go.

“What? But Lord. I am NOT a fitness junkie. I’m not a gym rat. I don’t even really like working out. How can I afford to go??”

I started by signing up for RevWell TV®- their on demand workouts. I began having life spoken over me during my workouts. It wasn’t “Get ripped! Work harder! Lose weight! Look good! Make people jealous!” It was “Move in love! You be you! You are invited in to this. Do what you can do! Rest when you need rest! This is our get-to!” It was a completely different from what I  was use to. And it hooked me. For the first time in YEARS, I was sticking with a workout program!

I began the at-home Bible study from Revelation Wellness® called Weigh Less to Feed More® which has been updated to “The Wellness Revelation“! This is when my perspective began to shift on what God was really calling me into. It was way more than just being a group fitness instructor. It was being healthy and whole- in all areas of life. Not just in my body, but in my spirit, in my relationships with others, in relation to myself!

In May, I approached Greg about becoming an instructor. Of course he thought I was crazy. My heart sank when he said “How will we pay for it? Why do you want to go?” I was totally bummed. But God…. I remember talking with my enrollment advisor. I shared how Greg was not totally on board and she encouraged me to have his “yes” before going forward. Wow. This ministry not only preached “God first,” they lived it!

In July we talked again and Greg agreed to let me go through training. I started fundraising. We had a yard sale. Training began in August for 9 weeks of weekly conference calls. In November I was gone for a week to Arizona for our retreat. I became a certified Revelation Wellness® Instructor and certified Weigh Less to Feed More® facilitator in December. My life, forever changed. They way I look at fitness- forever changed.

Stay tuned for part 3!

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