I am not a bad person, but I am subject to breakdowns in my resistance to certain things in life, especially those dealing with food. I have been fighting the “battle of the bulge” for 50 years and although there have been times I was the winner, unfortunately there have been many more times I was soundly defeated.
In February 2011 I put myself on a very strict diet that eliminated most carbohydrates and all white sugar and refined flour. Within 4 months I had lost 50 pounds! Unfortunately, over the next 10 months I lost ZERO pounds. My weight leveled off and varied little no matter what I did or did not do.
My mother-in-law is currently living with us for an indefinite period of time due her home being sold back in Pennsylvania. We love her being here and she loves our fellowship, support and love. But, “Houston we have a problem”. She is a VERY GOOD COOK and to keep her busy, we have allowed her to take over much of the daily cooking chores around the B2Y ranch.
Well, needless to say, the battle of the bulge has resumed and the daily fight is intense at times. With nightly deserts and meals heavy on potatoes and light on salads, there has been an bit of an extension of ye old waistline. Thankfully not much, but that one hole in the belt usually means other holes will soon follow.
Awhile back my mother-in-law mentioned how she loved the candy “good and plenty”. I had never eaten it so I got a box to bless her and try it. I hated the first piece for it had licorice in it. If I would have just left it alone, we would not have this problem. But, no, I had to try it again and again and in due time I sort of liked the taste. Currently there are 3 boxes of this candy in the house, and they all are opened. Grrrr.
Why is it that even when we know it is a bad thing to eat, drink or do something; we do it anyway? Why is it that despite knowing the results will not be good, we go ahead and open the door to a binge that usually either makes us sick or drives us into condemnation? Yikes, we are truly weak people aren’t we?
Well, last night I tossed two of those pesky boxes in the trash, for neither my mother-in-law nor I need to be eating that candy. We have already switched to only occasion deserts and when one is made, a sugar substitute must be used. We are slowly switching back to the way we used to eat and purging the kitchen of things that just taste good but lead to bad things.
Sorry for such a worthless blog, but I needed a break from my “heavy stuff” that I usually write about. Thank you for your patience with me and all your prayers for me!
I really believe that the "Battle of the bulge" is a fight that most of us have taken aup arms against, but has been a foe that has not been easily defeated.
At this moment I too am trying to lose a few pounds. I can lose keys, credit cards, where I parked my car even, but I cannot lose pounds .
I feel your pain!!!
I feel it too. After years of up and down battles I have taken up the battle cry of "slow and steady wins the race" (The Tortoise and The Hare). It has been slow. Painfully slow to say the least but it has been moving in the right direction and... I've been building muscle thanks to deep water aerobics twice a week and regular ones once a week plus a brisk (for me) one-mile walk work-out with Leslie Sansone a few days a week.
I have to fight the battle of impatience. Yes, I have lost weight much more quickly before. I have lost a lot of weight much more quickly but I have also found something I can live with. As a diabetic, I can't do just any old diet and with the help of my dietician this is truly something I seem to be able to live with.
As of this morning, I have lost 27 pounds since mid-December. Though I go through long periods of being stagnant, that comes out to an overall average of about 1.5 pounds a week which actually is within the range doctors like to see. I am also constantly being reminded that I am building muscle and muscle weighs more than fat.
Truthfully, I became more intense and started adding the exercise in February right after I had my A1c. I will have that done a week from today and I am very curious as to what the results will be. :D
Peace and Blessings and I really feel your pain. As a guy at the age of 36, I was tired of being fat and dealing with the bulge. I think the problem is that we use the word "diet" and we restrict ourselves of various foods in an effort to lose weight. It works for a while, but then we go back to eating what we used to eat and the weight quickly packs back on and then some. God gave me a plan. In December of 2011, I was 286 pounds. Ashamed to look in the mirror, ashamed of who I was, so I decided to take a stand. I left the "diet" label alone, and devoted myself to healthy eating on a daily basis and a rigorous work out routine. Not to mention, I am a basketball official, so I am constantly running. As of today, May 10, 2012, I am a proud 235 pounds. Changing my eating habits was very difficult, as I had to discipline myself to shy away from "snacking" and eating things I shouldn't eat. Now, do I eat sweets, I sure do, but I do in moderation. Instead of gulfing down a doughnut, I will eat 3-4 mini doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts. Instead of eating a large slice of cake, I may eat a sliver here, or a sliver there. Whenever I eat out, once I get my food, I always ask for a to go box and remove half of it, "out of sight, out of mind." There are a lot of natural and healthy supplements that can help kick start the process and help you through your journey. Plus, I recommend watching a certain doctor that comes on television and visiting his web site. He has tons of information for weight loss and management. You can do it! God bless.
I think we can all relate to this weakness that you speak of. We do things even though we know the results will not turn out in our favor. Human nature, huh? - revelationist
I am confused by the "worthless blog" bit. Clearly, this is a topic that many have issue with, myself included.
"Made to Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst is a truly wonderful book, whether trying to lose weight or not. I highly recommend it.
I wouldn't be concerned about my weight if I were you not when you say' "I'm not a bad person." Yes you are bad. We are all evil, wicked and depraved. If we were not Jesus would not have had to die in our place to pay the penalty for our sin. Our sin put Jesus on the cross. How could you say that!
Well, B2Y, if I was closer to you, that is something I would be glad to help you out with:) The food. Sounds like she can cook!
I have probably lost 1000 pounds through the years. And gained a 1000. ( I do remember that big burger at Craker Barel though:)
I know what you mean about the heavy stuff. It is good to lighten up and have some fun humor at times. God Bless Brother. (And you ain't fat)
I can certainly relate to your problem with the "Battle with the Bluge" I have been fighting this battle since the sixth grade.
But - Warning -Warning-Warning!!! Licorice is a candy that no one with any kind of heart problems should eat. My hubby's heart doctor told him it has an additive in it that has a very negative effect on the heart. Please leave the licorice alone.
I just had to pop in! I am also one who is not thin! My husband calls me his Botticelli Babe! We're not fat, we're just born in the wrong century! And, did you know real licorice is used to help with the secular treatment of alcoholism? Weird, uh?