Wednesday, February 01, 2012

{baby} weight loss wednesday - obedience edition

Been on my new eating plan for a month now...exciting news is that I'm down 5lbs.. not so exciting news is that I'm a bit bored with what I'm eating!  Sunday night we had NO groceries in the house and traditionally Sunday nights are frozen pizza night here at the household. The 3 previous Sunday nights before I'd found something else to eat. We literally had no groceries so I ate pizza along with my family.  

It was either pizza or a can of diced tomatoes.. no joke.  It's all we had in the house.

Then Monday night hit.. grandma Yoder night. What was for dinner? A casserole ladened with cheese, cream of mushroom soup and macaroni noodles, but of course. 

Last night I made manicotti in which I ate one.. did I want 3 of them?  Yes. But I ate one.

This whole time I've been decently good at avoiding white flour. Until the past 3 days. 

But talking with Darin last night I realized a few things.  Number one, I want this healthy lifestyle to be just that.. a lifestyle. I don't want rules about no sugar and no white flour dictate my life. Is pizza and pasta bad for you?  Not totally.. it's all about moderation. I can't avoid sugar and white flour my entire life.
Number two, I think God called me into OBEDIENCE with my eating and exercising. 

Have I been honoring God with what I've been eating? 
Yes.
Have I been overeating?
No.
Have I stuck to my exercise routine?
Yes.
Am I striving for health, not a magic number on the scale?
Yes. 
(But I'd be lying if I wasn't a little concerned at what the scale says in 6 months!)
Have I been obedient in what I believe God has called me to do with my body and what I'm putting into my mouth? 
Yes.

I feel like my last 3 days of little bits of white flour have been a lesson to me.. a lesson in obedience. I have worked hard and felt like I'm eating and exercising in a way that would make the Lord proud.  He's not going to be mad what I've had a few white flour items.
Nope. 
So I'm going to press on.. and not feel bad if some sugar or white flour enters my mouth!  God's not legalistic so I'm not going to be legalistic with my eating. =)

3 comments:

Shannon said...

I am in the exact same place as you. I have been trying to not eat white flour/sugar/processed foods. I have been doing very well, overall. But I am finding that it is not the easiest way to eat in our society. It takes preparation and that isn't always easy when you have a family and a busy life. When I do something, I tend to do it full force & this is one of those things that I have to be flexible with.

It sounds like you are doing great!

Angie said...

The most important thing to remember in all this is that you don't feel deprived at any point. If you do, then chances are you'll resent the "diet" you're aiming to follow. And, I would think, it will have low sustainability.
I think that allowing yourself to have white flour is minor in perspective of the big picture. It sounds so cliché but "everything in moderation" really is true.
I have found MyFitnessPal to be a HUGE help! You can use it online if you don't have a phone with the app available. It keeps track of my calories, fat, fiber, cardio, etc. for me. I'm down 4 pounds so far, so that can't be a bad thing! :)
I wish you the best of luck!

Laura said...

Question for you--did you work out during your last or previous 2 pregnancies? I'm expecting baby #2 and wondered if you had any tips or workouts that you used. I'm thinking the less I put on now, the less to work off later!