Several have asked me, “How have you lost weight? What are you doing?”
This is my story:
Weighing 241 pounds I cried out in desperation to God.
After 40+ years of struggling with numerous assorted diets and compulsive overeating with a food addiction. I was now defeated, hopeless, and broken with a failure complex. I had reached the end. I wondered just how big would I get? Would I just explode? None of my clothes fit. I wore a pink blouse, the last one that still fit me until I hated it. I waddled when I walked.
I felt like a complete helpless failure. I could not see food, smell food, or even think about food without getting something to eat. Food commercials sent me to the kitchen, the store, or the fast food drive through. Sometimes I’d overeat until I went to bed sick or pass out to sleep it off on the sofa. Food and the compulsion to overeat controlled me. I was a food drunk.
Then on May 25, 2013, during a personal time with God, I cried, “I can’t stop eating. Do I need to go to a professional counselor for help?”
He spoke to my heart, “I am your counselor. Come to Me.”
“Lord, I’m a failure. I can’t stop eating. I can’t diet anymore. I’m burned out and I’ve failed all of them. I think I might need to see a counselor. What can I do?”
“This is what you do. Come to Me for I am your counselor.”
“But Lord, how do eat? I’ve failed every diet. Please don’t put me on another one.”
“Eat just the three meals each day with no snacks.”
“But what kind of food do I eat?”
“It doesn’t matter what food you eat, it doesn’t matter how much you eat. I just want you to follow one rule, eat only three meals with no snacks.”
“Lord, can I have a desert with my meal? You know how I love deserts.”
“Yes, you can have your deserts. It doesn’t matter. Just eat the three meals with nothing in between. Do this for forty days.”
I thought, “I can eat anything I want, it doesn’t matter what or how much. . . . I can even have deserts. . . . Maybe I can do this.”
“Okay Lord, I’ll try this.”
(It took me sixty days to achieve consecutive forty days with three meals and no snacks. The Lord knew I needed to taste success and baby steps was the best I could do. He gave me something I could succeed at even if it did take me sixty days.)
Once I reached that goal, I asked the Lord, “Now what do I do?”
“Now cut your food in half. Continue to eat just three meals a day with no snacks. You can still have anything you want including your desert, just cut it in half. Do this for forty days.”
I finished that second forty days and still continue eating three meals a day, half portions, and no snacks. Occasionally I’ll give up deserts. Sometimes I decide to give up other foods for a short time.
When I go out to eat, I ask God to direct me about what to order. Then I eat half and bring the rest home to eat later. This way I feel like I get two meals for the price of one. I get to enjoy eating that meal twice. That’s a good deal.
I do not count calories, carbs, or servings. I don’t do meal replacements of any kind. I don’t take pills. I haven’t had any surgery for weight loss. I haven’t tried to exercise to lose weight until now. Now I’m trying to walk 5,000 steps a day to help with the last five pounds of this healing process.
The sweetest time of my day is when I get up before the sun to spend time with the Lord. During this private time with Him, I write my thoughts, meaningful scriptures, prayers and praises in spiral notebooks. It helps me focus. I value this precious sweet time in His Presence. It’s like I’m talking to my very best friend. He is my best friend.
I feel that I’m healed from my excess weight, compulsive overeating, and food addiction. It amazes me when I try on clothes that fit last month and now they’re too big. Food no longer controls me.
I’m free and delivered from obesity. This weight loss has not been a fast weight loss, but it has been the easiest weight loss. I am able to live this way.
Hubby asks, “Why didn’t you do this before?”
My answer is, “I never knew about this before. I always tried another diet. I thought I had to diet to lose weight. God told me what to do. He gave me the answer that I’ve been looking for my whole life.”
I Need Thee Every Hour
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord; No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby; Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain; Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will; And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One; Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son
Refrain: I need Thee, oh, I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; Oh, bless me now, my Savior I come to Thee.
Written by Annie S. Hawkins 1872 Copyright: Public Domain