How I Ate This Weekend. Dieters Beware. Triple XXX Rating.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8 NKJV

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Last week a friend asked how I ate. I tried to answer her questions. She wanted more information. I thought a picture is worth 1,000 words, so I’ll just take pictures of my food.

Disclaimer: I apologize to all who eat clean, carb free, or follow diet rules. These food pictures don’t fit any of those plans. This is how God instructed me to eat. I’ve lost 87 pounds,  gone from a size 18/20 pants to size 10 pants and from size X-L /14-18 tops to size S/6-10 tops. Wow!

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Taken May 2013, weighing 241.

I’ve failed every diet I tried with 41 years of failure. My first paid weight loss group was in 1974. We ate tuna fish 5x a week. Yuck. It’s amazing what we do to lose weight. I never tried surgery, only because I was afraid.

In May 2013, I weighed 241 pounds. In desperation, embarrassment, and total defeat I cried out to God. I’d tried everything only to end up in failure. I was broken in defeat with no hope, no other options and turned to God begging for help. Considering all the people in the world with severe needs, it was pathetic.

IMG_6156God didn’t care how pathetic I was, He reached out to help me. I was a food drunk eating almost 24/7.

God whispered to my heart, “Eat three meals a day with no snacks. Eat anything you want including desserts, but no snacks. Do this for 40 days.”

Seemed simple enough. I thought maybe I can do this. It took  60 days to achieve 40 days of three meals with no snacks. Then I asked Him, “What now?”

Again He spoke to my heart, “Continue eating your three meals with no snacks. Now cut your food in half.”

You won’t believe how I eat now, yet continue losing weight. I feel like a walking, talking miracle. So here goes, food pictures:

Friday: Breakfast- I/2 apple with  peanut butter & a caramel flavored rice cake. (I like the flavor and crunchiness.)

Lunch- Forgot what I ate, don’t keep a food journal. Mostly I just eat half of whatever, so I don’t need to write it down.  It may have been soup & 1/2 sandwich.

Supper- We went out with friends to a new Italian restaurant. I ordered house salad with Thousand Island dressing, Penne Basilica with extra mushrooms, and Tiramisu for dessert. (Shared dessert with husband.)

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New Italian restaurant. ***** five stars- great food. Highly recommended. Large portions, enough to take home for later.
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Our friends ordered an appetizer of fried onion rings. I ate one with the mariner sauce.
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The side salad. I ate the large vegetables and left half the lettuce.
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Penne Basilica- chicken, broccoli, pesto cream sauce with pasta. I ordered extra mushrooms. My plate was the largest serving on the table. Wow!
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Tiramisu- Hubby and I both ate half. Not my favorite.
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I took home half the entrée with a piece of bread. I ate a half piece of bread at my meal.

Now for Saturday’s food :

Breakfast: One large serving cheese grits from a gas station that served breakfast. I left about three large bites and threw it away. Hubby and I were out and about.

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Lunch served on a saucer, half the leftover pasta. The other half was still in the go box. I added three pieces of fried squash. (Southern favorite. The only way Hubby will eat squash.)
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A favorite dessert, ice cream with pear pieces and juice. I usually eat half a coffee cup of ice cream (about 3 large spoonful’s.)

Lunch: Leftover pasta, fried squash, and dessert, ice cream with canned pear pieces.

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Saturday supper: I ate one whole can of soup 200 calories. Don’t count calories, but thought it was okay to eat all the soup due to low calories.
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My dessert with Saturday supper. One, yes I said one Hersey’s kiss. Let it melt in your mouth, lot of chocolate pleasure for only 22 calories

 Now for Sunday’s meals:

Skipped breakfast. Hubby insists on being at church at 8 a.m. for his music practice before church. Hoping someone brings a treat to our Sunday School class.

No treats in Sunday school. After church we ate lunch at a favorite neighborhood restaurant, “Neighbors”. Large servings, plenty to bring home for later.  Great food, whatever you order. Five stars. ****

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Almost forgot to take a picture. Ordered three-piece chicken dinner with sides of turnip greens, mac n cheese, and corn bread. The plate came with four pieces and a roll. I asked for cornbread. You can’t eat turnips without cornbread.
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I ate half the turnips, half the mac n cheese, two small pieces chicken, and one half of the corn muffins. There were four pieces of chicken, so I thought I could eat two of the smaller pieces. That’s half, right?

Sunday night after church there was a reception to honor our pastors. Since I didn’t eat breakfast, I could now eat cake. Yea, my favorite. This would be my second meal today.

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I love, love cake icing. I know, pure sugar and lard.
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Since I eat half the cake, I eat my favorite part, the icing. Throw away the cake part.

When we got home from church it was soup and sandwich again. I overstocked canned soup so we’re trying to eat it.

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For late supper I ate a whole can of soup. In hindsight, I think I should have eaten only half because I felt too full afterwards. Lesson learned, don’t eat past full. Hubby has two slices of bread and two slices cheese, grilled in butter. Mine is one slice bread, one slice cheese, grilled in butter. That’s a half serving, right.
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Another half coffee cup of ice cream with a half cookie for dessert. I like ice cream. Can ice cream count as a milk serving?

Then for dessert, more ice cream. I always eat my ice cream in a coffee cup for portion control.

I haven’t weighed since mid-Sept. I’m seeking God’s will for my goal weight.           Now I can wear size 10 dress pants. Wow! I don’t ever remember wearing that size in my life. I plan to weigh on November 1. I’ll let ya’ll know how it turned out. Then I guess I’ll discover what maintenance is.

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87 pounds forever gone!

So far, 87 pounds of excess weight gone forever. Since I’m not on a diet, I have nothing to go off of. I am eating normal just less. I can live with that. I feel like a walking, talking miracle. God has set me free from a lifetime of obesity, obsessive dieting, (another form of bondage, and a failure complex. I’m walking in the gift of His victory for me. It’s not through my works, but through His grace. He has healed me and set me free.

36 thoughts on “How I Ate This Weekend. Dieters Beware. Triple XXX Rating.”

  1. Well, who better than God to instruct us in all of life affairs. Thank you for sharing, oh and I don’t think it was pathetic that you cried out to God about your weight, I believe God wants us to turn to Him in all of life’s ups and downs, the small as well as the big. <3

  2. Reblogged this on susieshy45 and commented:
    I started reading this blog today. I have struggled with my weight almost all through my life and I found someone else who had and who conquered it. I think her journey is an inspiration and would love to share with my readers.
    Susie

  3. Deborah,
    This is the first time I read your blog and was so inspired. Ever since I was 10, I have struggled with my weight. I don’t know what it is but I have a love hate relationship with food. And finally this year, 36 years later, I have understood that I cannot run away from real food, it had been ages since I have had a guilt- free regular meal but contrast it with the snacks I have had, totally guilt free, justifying myself with the fact that I had just given up a major meal and so was entitled to a treat and the treats grew to be as big or even bigger than a regular meal and I grew several sizes. I am tall, so I look huge with all the weight that has piled on. With God’s help, I hope to develop a love relationship with food,which has tortured me almost throughout my whole life. I would like to reblog this post, if you will allow me.
    Thanks,
    Susie

    1. Awwww! Thank you so much. God has worked a miracle in my life.

      I just read your caramel banana recipe and can’t wait to try it. Yum. Since I’m not on a diet, I can eat half for dessert. Yum.

  4. You look fantastic!! I believe finding our balance is key to sticking with a routine that is healthy for each individual:) You are doing wonderful! Getting to the point where you just eat to survive and don’t enjoy the food is not healthy in my book:p

  5. I am impressed with your commitment to becoming more healthy! And you should be so proud of yourself because you look fabulous! I will give you a little blogging advice. I stopped counting your tags around 20+ and WordPress only recognizes 15 tags with a category. When you use more than 15 it is the same as using zero tags as WordPress doesn’t see you. Just thought it would help you.
    Danny

      1. No problem, just thought I’d share. Now more about your weight loss. Your story is so incredible I am going to reblog your post tonight when I do my general reblogs. I hope you can inspire others to take control of their health.

          1. I have living a healthy lifestyle as 1 of 4 Pillars for Successful Living and I am confused often when people ask me why I have that as one of the four. The vast majority of people do not realize how badly their health or lack of exercise is restricting their lives and their minds!

  6. U look absolutely fantastic ?… and all the food looks so yum! Your outfit is so cute and the God quote… I will think of often on my weight loss journey as well. AND yes… I’d count ice cream as a full serving of milk?! LOL ~bridgette

  7. Deborah – you look fantastic. Keep it up. I love your inspirational bible passages woven through your beautiful, honest writing. As for the diet, everything in moderation. Don’t beat yourself up too much for having a few cheat meals! Haha! I think you are doing everything right…and keep in mind that healthy snacks are ok! Just eat until you feel comfortably full. I read everywhere that the goal is six small meals a day. This really works for me as I’m always hungry. Haha! And I absolutely love this – it spoke to my heart this morning: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8 NKJV.

    Lots of love and encouragement,

    Dominique

  8. You inspire me. I tried your way, and I guess our body chemistry’s are different, as it didnt’ work for me, but have found something that does. So glad your way works for you. You look amazing!!! It reminds me to be patient, and let time do its work.

    1. Thank you for the compliments. Glad you found something that works for you. God created us as individuals. He knows exactly what works for each of us.
      Our focus should be to seek His guidance versus mans guidance.

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