Food for Thought: Navigating Your Weight-loss Resolutions

04 Jan 2011

Happy Tuesday girls!

Instead of our regular HerStory post, I thought we thought we’d spend the rest of this week’s blog focusing on the hot topic this time of year: dieting, losing weight and pursuing perfection in our physical appearance.

I think if we were to take a poll at least 90% of us would probably admit to making a health related resolution.

In my mind, I’ve always thought I should look like her:

But this is me:
I’m curvy and strong, not slim, crazy toned or skinny. I have “child rearing hips” as my Grandma would say. Rarely do I wear single-digit size pants. And I have premature cellulite. Sorry if that’s TMI.

While I’ve struggled with food and body image issues for over 15 years, God has set me free from the bondage of disordered eating and put me on a path of health, freedom and peace. I’ve decided to love, honor and respect my body. And I do, but it’s not always easy. As I continue on my HEAL Journey this new year, here are some thoughts I’d like to encourage you with:

1) Examine Your Motivations
Let this be our prayer:Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ask God to point out any impure motivations and self-destructive rules you’ve established.

2) Forget Skinny – Choose Health!
Your body is a precious gift that has been entrusted to you for your care and management. No one else can do this for you. “Skinny” does not imply health, and your weight is not always an accurate indicator. Shoot for a healthy weight range and consult a physician for a proper analysis of your physical health.

3) Focus on Freedom
Remember, no number on the scale feels as good as freedom! As I write in HEAL: Healthy Eating & Abundant Living, “Diets and rigid ‘get fit’ plans don’t address the root of the real problem in our lives. They overlook why we may have an unhealthy relationship with food, our body, exercise or other aspects of our lives.”

I’d like to leave you with this quote from my mentor and co-author Judy Halliday:

“A solid sense of your identity and worth is the precursor to your ability to eat and live according to God’s intent and being the person he designed you to be.”
– Thin Again by Judy Halliday

How are you navigating the pressures to become your “ideal” weight and shape this new year?

You can learn more about my book and Wonderfully Made’s HEAL program HERE! Come back tomorrow for more HEAL-related posts!

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Comments

  1. I’m so glad we’re talking about these topics this week–there is so much pressure to pursue our imaginary ideal bodies, and I don’t think we can ever talk about it too much. Looking forward to more posts this week on being healthy without being image-obsessed.

    Love you girl!

    PS…Doesn’t everyone have cellulite? You’re not alone!

  2. i admire your honesty and courage! an important thing my trainer always stressed was maintaining a healthy body fat percentage, which is important to be aware of especially when trying to lose weight. i also liked what you wrote about focusing on freedom. one of my resolutions is to exercise more! cheers and happy new year

  3. Natalie, I feel so much better. I’m telling you it’s scary coming out of the “cellulite closet”!!!

    Reuben, I think you may officially be our first male commenter. I feel like I should mail you a present or something, but everything we have is probably a little girly for you! Haha.. Thanks friend.

  4. Holly Miller Says: January 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks so much for this post Allie! And you are God’s gorgeous princess….fearfully and wonderfully made! You are such an encouragement!

  5. Thanks Holly! We need to catch up soon! Love & Hugs,

    Allie

  6. I loved your TMI, because I feel like we are often real/genuine but only to a certain extent. We don’t want to be too superficial but we also don’t want to go too deep or reveal too much. Thank you for stepping up and speaking truth and the Truth!!!

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