Sunday, October 5, 2008

Faithfully Fit

I wrote last week about how its time for me to start working on weight loss. This is not a new place for me to be. I've been at the beginning of a weight loss journey soooo many times. Usually I begin by choosing what diet I'm going to do, but this time I've decided I have to start somewhere new. The old way always worked temporarily and kept me from ever getting too far overweight, but it never solved the problem, just fixed it short term. This quote comes to mind:

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein

Here's the list: (I'm sure I missed some that I've repressed) : )

Weight Watchers
Diet Center
Nutri Systam
Jenny Craig
T-Factor Diet
Fit For Life
Slim Tea (Don't try this....EVER!!!)
South Beach Diet
Slim Fast
Gym Memberships
Drinking Olive Oil (this is HORRIBLE by the way)
Personal Trainer
Counting Calories

Is there anything left I haven't tried? If there is, don't tell me so I won't be tempted. : )

That's embarrassing, actually. Sometimes I wonder why I share so much about myself. : )
Obviously, I need a different approach to this if I'm going to find lasting change. I need to focus on the inside before I'm going to impact the outside for long term.

That's why I want to read Faithfully Fit. I guess the title describes me- "yo-yo lifestyle of chronic dieting." I bought this book seven years ago because my church was doing a small group using it. But as soon as I started it, I found out I was pregnant with Karissa, so I stuck it back on the shelf.

As I've been praying about what to do with the weight battle again, I keep coming back to this book. I think God is telling me to take my own advice and come to him for help first and to let him change me instead of just changing what the scale says or what jean size I wear.

That's also why I included this post on Daiquiri's Seek the Lord Sunday meme. Sometimes we think that we are only supposed to seek Him for the spiritual things and forget that there shouldn't be a separation between our secular lives and our spiritual lives. It should all be His. I've just gotten to the point where I don't even know what to pray for when it comes to fitness any more other than "help" and of course I add "please." : )

I really don't want to do this alone. Do any of you dear readers have the same issues or any issues regarding fitness, weight-loss, health, etc.? I always do best with support and think it would be more fun to do with friends. So I'm hoping you might want to read the book with me.

It is broken up into 42 devotions, so after I read each day's devotion, I'm going to journal about it on my fitness blog. Then I thought we could talk about it in the comments section or we can go to your blog if you blog about it. The book can be bought online for as little as .75 cents, so it isn't a big financial commitment and it isn't a diet, just devotions to help with the spiritual side of fitness.

It's OK if it isn't the right time for anyone else, it will still be good for me, but if you want to join me you can let me know here or on the fitness blog or just get the book and join me when I start on Oct. 20th.


Daiquiri said...

Hey Beck - thanks for your participation this week :)

Drinking olive oil? Oh, my dear sweet friend. I think you're the only one you know who doesn't see how beautiful you are!

Your post reminds me of Bob's sermon last night, when he talked about looking to others (ie. "elsewhere") to fill something in us that only God can fill.

But it's so easy to say that, understand it, and tell it to others...another thing all together to apply it to my personal life!

I'm gonna go see if I can find that book for $.75!

Love you.

Anonymous said...

I'm in! Oh, I guess I've been in on all the others on the list too. What can I say, I'll try anything. I've been on a few others too since, as Karissa says to Amy, I've been alive longer. But, I have to admit although I have NEVER in my 57 years of life lost those 10 lbs that I started to try to lose when I was 12 years old, at least I still weight what I did in high school, and not many others my age can say that. So, all I can say is--it's a hobby, and I at least now I'll only try the healthy ones! Love, Mom