Saturday, December 28, 2013

Weight Loss Devotion ((My experience with GodFit))


This was me in June. Happy, loved, but screaming  for help on the inside. I'm  the blonde with two chins in case you had doubts.  Lost and defeated I allowed myself to gain 70+ pounds between  my two pregnancies.  I never lost the weight and had honestly GIVEN UP on enjoying the reflection I saw every day. I made excuses. I lied to myself. I divulged in self-hate and eating to solve my everyday stresses and worries. I got a large Dr. Pepper everyday as a "treat" and ate fast food at least 4 times a week. I did NOT exercise. I was dying on the inside while trying to create the "everything is wonderful" image among my family and friends.

 This past May I had a melt down on my back porch while thinking about who I had allowed myself to be. Was I really just agreeing to be unhappy for the rest of my life? Was I really just giving up?

Searching for a way to motivate myself I learned about GodFit. What really got me interested was the hashtag #fitforChristfitforlife. Catchy, right? I decided to give it a try.

Can I get specific with you? The first thing that drew me to this program was the idea that it wasn't a weight loss "program". I had already  failed lots of those.  Two weeks in  and motherhood, crazy schedules, and craving comfort I'd give those programs the slow fade and brush it off that it just wasn't for me. What gave me hope that perhaps this could stick were the words staring at me on the front cover:

"Six weeks to pursue God through spiritual disciplines, healthy choices, and physical fitness."

Pursue God? Pursue God. Pursue God!  Had I ever really pursued God in my past failed endeavors? The answer plain and simple was no. I decided that perhaps there was something to this idea that showing devotion in God's faithfulness would in fact help me get over my hurdles of being obese, low self-esteem, self-hate, and feeling defeated. I had given my life to Christ--why couldn't I give him my biggest struggle? Because it was embarrassing?

I knew I was prone to fail. However this time would be different. I was going to view this journey to reclaim my health as an act of worship to the Lord. I would seek strength through Him and I would  DEVOTE my  habits and health to God in a way that would please Him. GodFit set me in the right direction from the start.

As a mom of two toddlers my life can be pretty hectic. Squeezing in time for myself is a struggle and one of my biggest excuses was that I simply did not have time to get to the gym. The workouts in GodFit helped me debunk that myth that fitness happens in the gym.  For me, fitness now happens in my living room with two children mimicking my every move and often hanging from my appendages. The workouts in this program are INTENTESE and easy to fit into my schedule. I love that.

The Metabolic Acceleration workout is my favorite. My four year old loves the names of the moves and yells out to me "More Sumo Squats Mommy!!".  By the end of this 20 minute circuit I'm sweating, laughing, and feeling great.  Let me share this awesome secret -- my one year old naps like a champ after helping mommy get fit (can you hear the angels rejoicing?)

This journey has been hard work. Besides wading through four year old emotions, its the hardest thing I've ever done. There were days when I wanted to quit. There were weeks I didn't see any loss. There were curse words muttered. There were tears of pain. But. BUT I was devoted this time. I stuck with it and those prayers that I prayed before every workout, run, and session were answered. The Lord gave me strength like He said He would. He was faithful. God is such an awesome and powerful God who cares for His children.


As of the beginning of December I've lost 45  pounds. I'm so stinking proud of those pounds that I lost, but I have to tell you I'm more proud of what I've gained.  I'm stronger. I'm devoted. I'm proud. My happiness oozes from the inside out. I'm so thankful for the tools that GodFit set me up with.  My God and I did this together and so can you. I pinky promise.

16 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for your candor about your journey! I share so many of your struggles, and your story is really encouraging. Maybe......just maybe...I can shed my own 70 extra pounds.

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    1. Hi Sarah! It's nice to know that I'm not alone. There were/are many blogs and instagram feeds that I follow for inspiration. It's comforting looking to people that I can relate to to keep me on track. You can do it Sarah. :) Happy 2014!

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  2. As soon as I read this I knew I had to go get information on it. So I sent them an email and I cannot wait to hear back from them! I want to lose weight so badly and I think this will be perfect. I am using a ton of your methods from all your posts and can't wait to get them put to use. Thank you so much for your inspiring stories.

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    1. oh libby! i'm right here cheering you on. if you want to do it---nothing can stop you once you get going. i think you are beautiful the way you are but I know what it feels like to WANT to make changes. :) Right here with you friend!

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  3. Amazing! Thank you for sharing! I follow you on Instagram and love seeing your progress. I've struggled with weight for SO long and I feel like I know failure better than anyone else. I'm currently on my own journey of losing weight (again) and my goal for 2014 is to STICK WITH IT. Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up the awesome work! :)

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  4. You look so good! Congrats on all your hard work this year!! One question is the link working? It sent me to a advertisement type page? No sure I was on the correct site??

    Thanks
    ~Brooke

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  5. You look amazing and are such an inspiration. I have struggled with weight loss and gain since my son was born last June... I think GodFit sounds like a great "program", and I'm going to look into it!!

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  6. Laura Beth, I just found your blog from Katie Ballie (Loves of Life) tonight and am SO encouraged and inspired by your weight loss these last six months. I think our stories (and hearts) sound similar, and I'm at the VERY beginning of changing my lifestyle in order to lose weight and be more of the wife/mother/friend/ etc. that God has called me to be. I LOVE the idea of God Fit. Can you share some more with me? Specifically, where can I get this devotional and more information?

    I am a new blog follower and will be checking back for more updates/advice/encouragement. Thank you for sharing your struggles and successes!!
    E

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    1. Wow. I thought I recognized your name, and I just realized that it's because we worked together (you gave me a beautiful necklace to review on my blog) when I was pregnant with Sam three years ago. The blog world is so small! :) Fun!

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  7. Your story is great! I can't get the link to work. Can you post a link to Godfit? THANKS so much!

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  8. New follower... i love your blog! :) You are looking wonderful! I have been really discouraged in this area. I was doing so well. I did whole30 (cut out bad food, ate the good stuff!) & lost 16 pounds. That was right before the holidays & then i just went crazy eating JUNK!! I have gained so much back. I am also going through infertility which is not an excuse just to say that i feel so defeated & sad most of the time. Blah! Anyway... thanks for sharing your story. I know i am going to do this... just got to get back to healthy eating & exercise!!

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  9. The link doesn't work. Is there anyway you can repost it?

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  10. So, I haven't really been in the blog world in a LONG time, but I just found you again and you look AMAZING! Look at how young you look! Hope everything is going well :)

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