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It’s not about losing weight . . .

There are many people out there who want to lose weight, but how often is it really about losing weight? We all have our reasons to want to lose weight; attracting the right mate, being healthier, helping get a better job, or just plain tired of being sick and tired. Whatever the reason may be, we all have one.

Losing weight isn’t a diet.

You read the books, you watch the news and the weightloss shows and they all tell you it’s either about the diet or about the exercise or both, but how true is that really? How many people do you know that eat well and are still fat? What about exersize like crazy and are still over-weight?

Losing weight is about nutrition. The majority of losing weight falls square on what you put in your mouth, not how much of it. If you eat food that isn’t good for you it’s going to show. Have you ever stopped to wonder if sometimes its about what you aren’t eating as well?

Most of the food pyramids out there tell us that eating grains and starches should be the bulk of our diet, but how much of that is really true? For centuries before the FDA and other countries equavalent programs what did we eat? We ate primarly fruits, vegetables, and meats. Why then are those items the small part at the top of the food pyramid instead of the bottom?

We as a society are getting fatter because we eat these calorie dense foods that have little nurishment for our body in them. Every time heat is added to food it kills the good stuff in it. How many of us eat our vegetables raw, let alone the 7 to 9 servings a day the doctors recommend?

Here are a couple of photos to give you an idea:

McNasty McDouble
McDouble – 390 Calories

1 McDonald’s McDouble Calories = 390 Calories

VERSUS

Green Beans
Green Beans – 48 Calories

48 Calories – 1 Cup of green beans

Grill Chicken
Grill Chicken – 114 Calories

141 Calories -1 Grilled Chicken breast (approx 4 ounces)

Corn on the Cob
Corn on the Cob 70 Calores

70 Calories – 1 Corn on the cob, 1 5 in. ear

1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 114 Calories

114 Calories – 1/4 cup of shredded cheedar cheese

Grand Total = 373 Calories

Given the choice I’d rather eat meal 2 than meal one. It only gets worse from there.

Long term losing weight is more than just making the right choices.

Anyone can lose the weight by making right choices, but the weight won’t stay off if you don’t change your lifestyle. You can’t leave the weight off if you go back and do what you were doing that got you there in the first place.

So for myself I am making one small improvement in my life at a time. I am looking into my habits and hang-ups, trying to find out my weak points and working with God to deal with my past issues.

Some Wisdom from the Bible – Proverbs 23

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
observe carefully what is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to appetite.
Do not desire his delicacies,
for they are deceptive food.
Do not toil to acquire wealth;
be discerning enough to desist.
When your eyes light on it, it is gone,
for suddenly it sprouts wings,
flying like an eagle toward heaven.
Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;
do not desire his delicacies,
for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
and waste your pleasant words.
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
for he will despise the good sense of your words.
Do not move an ancient landmark
or enter the fields of the fatherless,
for their Redeemer is strong;
he will plead their cause against you.
Apply your heart to instruction
and your ear to words of knowledge.
Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
If you strike him with the rod,
you will save his soul from Sheol.
My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart too will be glad.
My inmost being will exult
when your lips speak what is right.
Let not your heart envy sinners,
but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.
Surely there is a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Hear, my son, and be wise,
and direct your heart in the way.
Be not among drunkards
or among gluttonous eaters of meat,
for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
and slumber will clothe them with rags.
Listen to your father who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy truth, and do not sell it;
buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
Let your father and mother be glad;
let her who bore you rejoice.
My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways.
For a prostitute is a deep pit;
an adulteress is a narrow well.
She lies in wait like a robber
and increases the traitors among mankind.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
Those who tarry long over wine;
those who go to try mixed wine.
Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
In the end it bites like a serpent
and stings like an adder.
Your eyes will see strange things,
and your heart utter perverse things.
You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
like one who lies on the top of a mast.
“They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt;
they beat me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake?
I must have another drink.”
– (Proverbs 23 ESV)

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Putting my money where my mouth is

Good Morning Again!

I was thinking that if a big part of this blog is going to be my journey to optimal health through weight-loss, that I should put my money where my mouth is. I need accountability from others and the best way to do it is to make my food diary and weight-loss history public.

I am using a site called “My Fitness Pal” to track my diet and exercise . I have tried other food logging programs but I like this one the best because of the mobile app. I can scan bar-codes off of products I pickup from the store and add them easily to my food log.

To access my food log I put a link in the menu to the left title “Shdwmage’s Food Log” and below that I put the weightloss tracker that my fitness pal created for me.

Have a blessed day!