Hello Everyone! I am so excited for the second installation of God is Able. Writing for you today is the beautiful Maegan Dockery of Running with Random! She is talking to you about God and Weight Loss and I hope you enjoy reading her beautiful story!
Weight loss is tough. It's one of those journeys that is never-ending, even if you do make it to your ultimate goal weight. Once you reach that magical number, you can't just go back to eating horribly and never exercising. You have to stick with it. You have to keep trying. You can never give up, or you might end up right back where you started.
I've been on a weight loss journey for almost two years. I've needed to be on one for quite a bit longer than that, but there was a lot of denial going on. Brownies and pasta were more important than looking cute in my clothes. I was in college, stressed out, and bad-for-me food was cheap and easy to come by. Once I got married, things didn't get any better. My husband and I were “fat and happy,” as they say. Only, deep down, I wasn't happy.
I was feeling really self-conscious about none of my clothes fitting anymore. I am a social person, but I didn't want to go out because I hated the way I looked. I felt like everyone was judging me, and I was terrified of that.
In January 2014, I decided I was ready to do something about the negative feelings I was having. I was tired of wallowing in my own self-misery, complaining about how big I was getting while living a sedentary lifestyle. I started Weight Watchers and pretty much never looked back.
These past two years, I have learned so much. I have learned that I can do anything I set my mind to, even become a runner. That one still shocks me sometimes! I have learned that it's okay to eat something unhealthy in moderation. One salad won't make you lose all your weight just like one brownie won't make you gain it all back. And the main thing I've learned is that I couldn't have done any of this without God.
You might think it's odd to think of weight loss as a Godly thing, but it has made all the difference on my journey.
God created us in His image, molding us and defining us to be His perfect creations. He gave us these bodies, and we are to glorify Him through them. The way I was treating my body was in no way glorifying Him. I was feeding it awful-for-me foods and never, ever exercising. I was saying horrible things about this body He gave me, things I would never dream of saying about another human being. I was being downright terrible to this precious gift, and it was time I changed that.
I think anyone can be successful on a weight loss journey if they really want to be. It takes time, patience, motivation, determination, and willpower. It takes sacrifice, courage, and maybe even tears. I also think, though, that it takes faith.
Faith was and is a huge part of my journey. I have faith in God to get me through the workouts when I want to quit. I have faith in God to help me stop at only one brownie or maybe no brownie at all (but, hey, it's good to treat yourself sometimes!). I have faith in God to remind me that I could not do any of this without Him.
Yes, I have put in a lot of work on my weight loss journey. I have carefully measured portions, calculated calories, and gone for runs in one hundred degree weather. I have said no to foods that I wanted desperately and exercised when a nap sounded far more appealing. But I could not have done any of these things without Christ. He pushes me to be my best and to glorify Him in all things. He wakes me up each morning, motivated to continue this journey by His side.
It's important to note, also, that I fail. A lot. I do sometimes eat the things I shouldn't or watch Netflix instead of exercise. I'm not a failure, though, because I haven't and I don't plan on giving up. I extend grace to myself, just like I know Christ does when I fail in my walk with Him on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.
I have lost 55 pounds on my weight loss journey, but I have gained even more. I have gained a confidence in myself that I didn't know existed, a love for fruits and vegetables that really surprised me, and a deeper relationship with my God. God has shown me that I am beautiful, no matter my size, and that I am enough, no matter how my clothes fit, and it really has made all the difference.