Despite carrying more weight than I would like, I have always been very healthy...that is until recently.
This past September when I went for my annual physical, my weight was the highest it has ever been, my blood pressure had elevated into pre-hypertension, and I had a spot on my back that was later diagnosed as melanoma.
Thankfully, I'm very good about preventative check-ups and everything was caught early, but it was a sign for me. A sign that my weight was manifesting into my health.
JAMES 4:17 says: "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them."
After years of battling my weight, I knew what I ought to do, but I didn't know how to do it.
I was NOT going to make a New Year's Resolution. I was NOT going to join a weight loss challenge. I was NOT going to go on a diet where I had to count calories or give up an entire food group. I was NOT going to do anything that created a sense of failure for me in the past.
I FINALLY REALIZED I NEEDED TO PRAY ABOUT IT!!!
As the season of Lent came closer, I stumbled across a Food Combining Chart that focused on the science of how food should be eaten so that it is properly digested by the body. If you are interested, there is a lot of information on the internet about proper food combining and how you should eat for optimal digestion. The book "Fit for Life" is also a good read.
For Lent, I gave up beef and pork to help cleanse my system as these are the meats that take the longest for your body to digest. I also followed proper food combining suggestions.
For the past 40 days, I have realized that making healthy choices is about changing what is going on inside of your body long before seeing a difference in the physical appearance on the outside.
Going forward, I will continue with proper food combining and only eat beef or pork one time per week.
I saw my doctors again this month. I have lost 11 lbs, my blood pressure is back to normal, and my dermatologist has not seen any changes in my skin.
The only "medicine" I am taking is a Vitman B-3 which researchers suggest has the potential to prevent melanoma.
I focus more on my diet and have slowly been introducing more exercise into my life. We are so fortunate to have a walking lap pool at our local gym, The Powell Wellness Center. My husband and I walk 1 mile 3 times per week in the pool. I'm grateful for my husband's support throughout this journey as we reinvent our relationship with food and exercise!
I am so thankful to have Jesus as my personal trainer. He listens and answers my prayers in unexpected ways. All I have to do is listen. I was so proud to wear my newest shirt #jesusismypersonaltrainer to Sunrise Service on this beautiful Easter Sunday!#ourshirtsareinspiredbyourlife