Next Monday…..

Welcome Weight Loss Wednesday gals!!!!

I look forward each week to our little cyber group that is cheering on one another in our weight loss journeys. After last week’s Proverbs 31 devotion about my triple-braided cord that invited new women to join us, I thought we might pick up a few more gals who would meet with us here once a week.

I about fell over when nearly 1,000 of them responded.

God is truly amazing.

And I feel VERY inadequate!!!!

Pouring over the comments, I saw women who were frustrated. Ones who felt alone. Some were scared for their health. Others were embarrassed and ashamed. A few were sick and tired of being sick and tired.

All of them wanted support and encouragement.

That is what WLW is all about.

Please be assured, I am no weight loss guru. Although I have lost over 100 pounds, I also regained a good chunk last year and am still trying to get it back off. I need this group as much as anyone.

And please know, we already have a core of amazing women. I love to see how they cheer each other on, offer gentle advice and heartfelt prayers for the other gals here.

We are thrilled to make our circle even bigger. Before we do, however, let me just go over a few things real quickly.

First, I’ve had many ask “Just how does this work?”.

It is simple.

  • Just click over here each Wednesday and read the post that is up.
  • Leave a comment about the topic if desired. At the very least, let us know how your week went. Did you struggle? How? Did you make some good choices? Pick that apple over the fudge brownie, etc…
  • You can also let us know what the scale did IF YOU WISH. (Not required.) Did it go up or down? How much? Please note our rule of thumb: If the scale went down, you lost solid fat. If it spiked up slightly, you are retaining water! ;-)
  • Finally, hop back on later in the day or the week if you can to read the other comments and offer words of encouragement if you wish.

That’s it!

Now, I have had some ask if I can set it up that the WLW posts come into your email box. I’m sure it can be done. I however, have no idea how to do it. I will get with my web gal, the amazing Vicky Hughes to see what can be done about that.

Now, for today’s topic.

Starting over.

How many times have YOU started over at losing weight? I have no way to accurately add it up, but I’m sure my count would easily be in the hundreds.

You know the routine.

You feel fat. Ugly. Disgusted. Compared to others.

You vow you are going to start over…first thing in the morning.

So, you eat everything in site that night.

Tomorrow comes. You do fine at breakfast. But by mid-afternoon, the munchies are calling.

You answer their call, fall off of the bandwagon and straight into a huge vat of gooey guilt.

So you again pig out, vowing you’ll start over.

Tomorrow.

Tomorrow comes.

Tomorrow isn’t so hot either and by 2:00 pm, you are plum out of calories (not from eating plums, but from cramming cookies down your throat or opening the hatch and downing nearly a pound bag of peanut M & M’s!!) so you tell yourself, “I’ll start next Monday.”

Then you eat like a pig until Monday comes, try to start over, blow it again by noon and promise yourself… “Okay, let’s try next month. Yeah, that’s it, I’ll start the first of next month…..” and on and on it goes.

Enough already!!!

Let’s stop the “start over” cycle of defeat! Let’s all vow to begin again RIGHT NOW.

No, not once you’ve eaten up all the “bad food” in the house.

No, not once you get a large fry on your way to pick the kiddos up from school this afternoon.

No, not next Monday after you pig out at a fattening function this weekend.

Start RIGHT NOW!!!

And hey ladies…I am talking to myself here! I started off great guns last October, dropped a couple dozen pounds by February and then have been hovering around the same number on the scale ever since. And I still need to drop 20 more pounds. Dropping these last 20 is harder than the first 80!!!!!

So there you have today’s topic.

Please comment with your thoughts. Can you relate?

If you are a current member of WLW, also tell us how your week went. And for motivation, if you will, tell our new cyber sisters how much weight you’ve lost since you joined WLW.

If you are a newbie, let us know your goal. How much do you want to lose? Why? What habits do you want to break or to begin?

Okay….here we go….comments please!

Praying for you,

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107 Comments

  1. I just got back from a few days vacation and ate alot. we got home yesterday and had no food in the house so we went out again. I have been doing great and now it seems that my weight is creeping back up. I have a sluggish thyroid (am on meds) and also take a water pill and BP pill. I want to be off these meds so I need to loose weight. I start out with great intentions lol and then someone wants to eat out and I loose all resolve. I am like the Israelites going around the same mountain over and over. I want it to stop once and for all.

  2. I am a Newbie and have officially weighed in this morning and have 12 lbs to lose. May not sound like much but I am so tired of working on the same 10 lbs every year. I know what it’s like to be overweight because years ago I lost a large amount of weight and promised myself that I would not gain it back.
    Why is this such a hard area to give over to God? I don’t want food to be the thing I turn to when things are not going as they should. I want God to be the one I depend one, NOT FOOD.

  3. Karen, I would like to “join” your group. I AM beginning today. I loved the questions you ask yourself. (In one of the early posts) I am going to keep them posted by my computer. God is good.

  4. I know this feeling all too well. Lost a bunch a year ago and now am up a again by about 20 lbs. Trying to lose this is harder than the 50 lbs. I previously lost! I am just taking one day at a time and not doing this all by myself. Praying lots and asking the Lord for self-control.

    I, at times, envy those who can eat whatever they want and don’t gain an ounce. Sometimes I feel cheated that I have to watch every single thing that goes into my mouth. I am sure there are others out there that feel the same way.

    Thank you for listeing and God Bless.

  5. Newbie here…I’m ready to “start over.” I’ve kinda already started but definitely needed to read this post. I’m really trying to eat better, exercise more (but not excessively) and controlling portion size and snacking. The biggest thing I’ve realized is that I need to be more conscious of how much I eat when I feed my girls (ages 1 and 3). I tend to “snack” on lunch with them and then eat lunch for myself. Too much food! I would love to lose 50-60 pounds but I’m taking it slow. Down 10 since the beginning of March. Here goes to life change…

  6. Asked two friends to be my other two braids in the cord and they have been so good encouraging me. Texts, calls, prayers each time they eat. I am down 5 lbs this week doing med. weight loss at my hospital!! I am not starting over this time. Did Rocky decide to go pig out before he started training against Apollo? No, he got out the door and moved it. I am resolved. And grateful and believing we can all claim our lives back. You can do it!

  7. Oh wow, can I relate to this! I’ve done this so many times over the years I can’t even count. I don’t know how many times I would eat what I shouldn’t and then just throw the whole day away eating junk instead of starting over right then. I don’t know if it even occurred to me to start over right away until I read this! This week I’ve been sort of on and off as usual. Trying to get my motivation back to eat right. I am somewhat under control but still have been giving in to those cravings more often than I should. I will keep reading here and getting encouragement. Thanks everyone for posting your stories…it helps me a lot! We can do this!

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