After birthing four babies in 5.5 years I carried 25-30 extra pounds. It doesn't sound like much but when you are barely five feet tall ANY extra weight makes a big difference. And this extra weight was impacting my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.
At some point during the discussion with my husband I said, "We will NOT weigh this much next year."
He agreed with me, again, that we had to make changes. We always agree that we need to make changes. It's the actual changing part that we have problems with.
My efforts floundered along with minimal success until the beginning of June. At that time I joined a focus group for Lysa TerKeurst's book Made to Crave: Satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food.
Wow!! While reading Made to Crave things started changing for me. In chapter 3 Lysa's says you need a plan. So I looked around and found a healthy diet plan. In chapter 9 Lysa talks about exercising (ugh) so I found a couple of exercise DVDs and began using them. And I continued to read Made to Crave.
Actually, I didn't just read Made to Crave, I highlighted it. I underlined it. I circled it. I wrote in the margins. And on the cover I wrote quotes that really struck me.
"I'm not on a diet. I'm on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline for the purpose of holiness."
The "scale indicates body weight, NOT WORTH!" (emphasis mine).
"All things are permissible but all things are not beneficial." (1 Corinthians 6:12)
By the end of the summer my self-discipline had paid off. 15 pounds lighter, I fit into sizes I never dreamed I would see again! My energy level had increased exponentially and my emotions were more even-keeled. And I felt closer to God than I had in years.
|January 1, 2010|
Now here comes the fun part! Last week I received 2 books from Lysa's assistant Holly. One for me and one to give away to a lucky reader.
BUT I believe in the message of this book so much I am willing to buy my own copy (the final version has a few changes from the manuscript I received this summer) so I am GIVING AWAY TWO COPIES of Made to Crave.
Here are the giveaway rules:
- Visit MadetoCrave.org.
- Leave a comment on this post telling why you want to win a copy of Made to Crave.
- Comments will be closed the evening of Sunday, January 16 and two winners will be selected.
- Winners will be notified by email and have until Wednesday, January 19 to respond with their addresses or another winner will be selected. REMEMBER to include your email address when you comment. Otherwise I have no way to contact you.