This blog was intended to be a journal of my weight loss – the struggles, triumphs and everything in between. Obviously, it hasn’t quite worked out that way, but that’s OK. 100 days ago is where my true weight loss story begins. On November 5th, 2017, the Lord took my hand in His and together, we began a journey.
It all started on November 1st: the day I had chest pains; chest pains that scared me into the realization that if I didn’t do something about my weight, I was going to die. Up to this point, I had been so frustrated and defeated, because no matter how hard I tried, I could NOT stop eating. Sweets and carbs were my favorites, and even though I had cut sugar out of my diet NUMEROUS times, I always went back. For the most part I ate healthy, or so I thought. So, on the morning of November 2nd, I sat in my car in the parking lot of my office crying out to God. My exact words were, “Lord, either You get me some help, or let me come home.”
Several months prior, I had researched a new doctor as mine had retired. Long story short, I found one, but I ended up never needing to go to her. Well, when the prayer left my lips that day, the Holy Spirit brought her name back to me. I researched her again that morning and found something I hadn’t seen prior: she is not only a medical doctor, but she specializes in obesity medicine. The first time I found her, I wasn’t in the mindset to finally be free. I truly believe that’s why I didn’t see that bit of info then. God has a way of knowing what’s best, doesn’t He? He’s cool like that.
I called as soon as her office was open, and they got me in THE NEXT DAY! Another long story short, I sat in her office and through many tears explained my situation. Years of struggle, defeat and frustration poured out of me in that short amount of time. As she offered me a box of Kleenex, she said something that would allow me to see the light at the end of a seemingly endless, dark tunnel: “I recommend low carb/high fat.” She went on to explain that when we eat too many carbs and sugar, our hormones become incredibly imbalanced, and no amount of willpower will keep us from overeating. It wasn’t MY fault! I literally couldn’t help it! Slowly, the burden of thinking I was to blame began to lift off of me. My next question was, is this something I can do for the rest of my life? I explained if it’s not, I’m not interested, because I’ve had enough quick fixes. Much to my relief, I not only CAN do this forever, I SHOULD. Low carb/high fat is 20-50 grams of carbs per day, and Keto is less than 20 grams per day. Keto is actually the path God led me to, because when I started eating this way on November 5th, I found it difficult to even GET to 20 grams a day, which is just fine. My heavenly Daddy, through this sweet doctor, saved. my. life.
I won’t say where I started, but I will say where I am now. I am 42 pounds lighter and over 34″ smaller overall (as of last weight/measurements). I’m no longer eating too much. In fact, there are days where I don’t eat much at all, because this way of eating is a natural appetite suppressant. Do I still crave carbs/sweets? Sure, sometimes. But, all I have to do is ask the Lord for help, and He IMMEDIATELY rescues me. His grace and faithfulness have kept me on track through this entire journey. He took my hand that day, and He’s never let go. I have absolutely no doubt, He will do the same for you.
One of my favorite scriptures proves this. Hebrews 13:5b in the Amplified:
For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
Need I say more?