When I weighed 241, as Hubby left for work I went to the kitchen. He went to earn money, I went to eat whatever I could find.
Have you ever been consumed with an overpowering desire for anything sweet? Or junk food? Doesn’t really matter what, it’s the act of eating that brings pleasure.
Have you ever searched through the refrigerator, the freezer, or cabinets and found nothing because you got rid of all junk food due to starting a new diet? So you settled for toasted bread, spread with butter, and pure sugar. Yep, that’s me. I’ve ate 6 slices and then made 6 more. Afterwards I’d waddle to bed to sleep off my food drunk.
It’s said that people won’t change until they hit rock bottom. My bottom was weighing 241 pounds, struggling with assorted diets for over 40 years, and a failure complex with no hope of success. Broken before God I admitted I was a food addict and couldn’t stop eating no matter what diet I tried.
In defeat I cried, “Lord, do I need to go to a professional counselor? I can’t stop eating. I’m out of control. I can’t diet anymore. It just won’t work for me. I’m burned out. Can you help me?”
He spoke to my heart, “I AM your counselor. Come to Me. I’ve waited all this time for you to come to the end of yourself so I could fill you. Only My Power can destroy strongholds and bring deliverance. It is My grace that saves you, not your works.”
Then He told me no more diets. When I asked, “Then what do I do? You can’t lose weight without dieting and I just can’t face another diet. I’ve failed all of them. It’s hopeless.”
He filled my heart with hope. “Come to Me for I will heal you. I will fill you with Myself.”
But Lord, what do I do? I can’t diet. Please don’t give me another diet. I just can’t do it anymore.
“Eat three meals a day with no snacks. Eat anything you want as much as you want. Do this for 40 days with no snacks, eat only the three meals.”
That’s it, just three meals a day with anything I want. No dieting. I used to eat nonstop all day but maybe, just maybe I could do this.
“Lord, can I have deserts too? I love deserts.”
“Yes, you may have deserts but only eat half.”
If I can half deserts maybe I can do this.
It took 60 days for me to achieve 40 days of just eating three meals a day with nothing in between.
Then I asked God, “I’ve done the 40 days, now what do I do?”
He spoke to my heart, “Now cut your food in half.”
This I have continued to do. Before meals, especially at buffets, I pray. “Lord, let me eat what is Your will for me to eat. Help me not to overeat, but only eat what is enough for me. I do not want to leave this place bloated. I want to eat just enough. Help me Lord.”
Now 91 pounds are forever gone without dieting or excessive exercise. 91 POUNDS GONE. Thank you Jesus.
This past January, a young friend issued the challenge for 5000 steps a day and now it’s become a rewarding habit. Presently I try to walk the 5000 steps.
This May, I started riding a stationary bike between 30-35 minutes about 3 out of 5 days. I do this just for the joy of it. It makes me feel good about myself to move, meet a goal, and know I’m growing stronger everyday.
I plan to be a ‘hot’ 60-something grandma and enjoy the rest of the life God has planned for me. Back in the 60’s women burned their bras to express freedom. In my 60’s, God has granted me a new life full of freedom and victory. Thank you Lord.
Years ago, I never dreamed this was possible. Look at me now. Wow!
— Lord, I give myself to You. You are healing me, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I want to please You for the rest of my life. Help me to walk according to Your plan. Amen.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9