I am re-posting this series at the request of one of my readers. This is the year that I chose to do something about the weight I gained 3 years ago in Alaska. It has proven to be quite a bit more stubborn than my “freshman 10” and my “baby weight”. I have seen the positive effects of this slow, but steady, plan. I hope you do too!
Welcome to Scaling Back. This series on Tuesdays will be following some practical tactics for losing weight. While I don’t adhere to the typical New Year’s Resolution thing, I am pretty committed this year to dropping my ‘Alaska’ weight. While living in Alaska and hibernating during the long, dark, cold winter days, I was able to pack on quite a bit of weight. I ran to thrift shops and purchased a size I have never had to purchase before and discovered that I had ballooned to a pregnancy weight…without having a ‘baby on board’. While I begin this slow and methodic journey, I thought I would share my common sense tactics with you just in case you are hoping to shed some pounds this year and would like to make the difference stick.
I am not a doctor, nor do I promise you “amazing results in just weeks!” Studies prove that weight loss is about changing habits and lifestyle, so that is the approach I plan on using myself. Scaling back will be taking a slower approach with long-term goals. You won’t be satisfied with this series if you are looking for a quick fix to years of poor habits. I have no magic pill nor do I promote physically altering medications or surgery. I do have practical suggestions that are working for me 🙂
This week, I want you to pray or meditate on why you are wanting to lose weight. After some thoughtful prayer (or meditation if you are not the praying sort), I want you to consider your goal. What are you hoping to accomplish with your weight loss. You have to have a goal, something that you keep your sights on. I sought the Lord about my weight gain and found that I simply wanted my energy levels back. I won’t be staring at a scale and I won’t be counting pounds shed. I want to be able to keep up with these children without feeling winded. Heck, I want to climb the stairs of my house without feeling winded. That is my goal: energy. What is yours?
Have a great week and I will see you next Tuesday for the first tactic in Scaling Back!
This is part of a blogging series: Scaling Back.