Losing weight…

Why is it that when my husband decides to lose weight all he has to do is cut back a little and the pounds literally FALL off him?

Not so with me, and most women over a certain age I imagine. I had a few years in my teens that I was slightly overweight. Then I hit college and those pounds were gone in a few short weeks. Can we say crackers and soda for lunch, sandwiches for dinner? And I lived at home. I was too busy to eat. I walked all over campus because once you got a parking spot, you did NOT move your car.

Now…ahhh…sweet age. NOT!!!  I tried cutting back on what I ate. Then I started using an app on my phone called MyFitnessPal (not an endorsement, I don’t get paid to say anything about them). It told me I wasn’t eating enough (less than 1000 calories) – thus no weight loss. Huh! So I ate more, and believe it or not it was hard, very hard. I had become accustomed to eating very little.

We went on vacation and I slacked off – for a month. Not the vacation, but the slacking. Previous to vacation, I lost five pounds. My slacking = weight gain. Now I’m back to where I started. *sigh*

I hate weighing this much. I hate looking at myself in the mirror. I hate denying myself yummy stuff (cookies, soda, ice cream). But the first two and the last one are in contention. I can not eat what I want and lose weight. I know that. So why do I keep doing it?

It reminds me of the words of Paul in Romans 7 – my paraphrase – “I do what I don’t want to do, and don’t do what I want to do.” Ahhh, an age old dilemma. I think Eve probably felt the same way after eating of the fruit.

Why is food always so much of an issue?

I don’t want to look like a run-way model. They look ill. I want to be healthy and toned. I want to not feel tired half-way through the day. I want to have energy to enjoy my children for many years to come. And when grandchildren come (not for several more years yet), I want to enjoy them as well. It’s not too much to ask, not of myself. So why do I always fail?

Okay, off my soapbox about myself and my poor eating habits. If you’ve found something that helps you, share it with us. Words of encouragement are always appreciated.

As always – under HIS wings,