Yesterday, I talked about the three times I've been successful with weight loss and exercise through accountability. Today I'm going to share what I'm doing to be accountable to others to improve my success once again along with a mindset change necessary to succeed.
God laid it on my heart to take hold of the next opportunity I had to commit to a 5K run with a friend. A week later, I was at a barbecue with some church friends and two of my friends mentioned a 5K in September. I agreed to run the 5K with them. Now I’m committed. I’m a lot less likely to sleep in each morning because I know come September I’m going to need to be able to run a 5K. I committed to them and I know they expect a follow through. I don’t like to disappoint when I’ve committed to something.
In April a friend and I began the Made to Crave bible study with Lysa TerKeurst. We’ve missed a week here or there, but on Wednesday we will have completed the entire DVD and both the book and workbook. As we went through it I felt convicted that I needed to do some major overhaul to my diet (here I’m using the word diet simply to mean the food I generally eat). I didn’t need to make small changes for the short term. Rather, I needed to make BIG changes to my lifestyle for the long term.
(By the way, most fat people know all there is to know about healthy eating, exercise, and all the fad diets. We’ve tried most of them with little results!)
I wanted the changes I made to be something I could maintain for the long term. This was going to be a blueprint for my regular eating habits. Most importantly, I had to make sure God was in control and not me.
The plan I picked (with God’s guidance) was South Beach, because it would work with my body’s medical issue (people with PCOS do not do well with higher levels of carbs, especially simple carbs) and would be something that can be sustained for the long term. (Like on my birthday, when I am DEFINITELY eating CAKE!)
For the past week, I have had no starch based foods. No breads or grains of any kind, no fruits, no potatoes, no corn, no sweets. I’ve eaten meats, eggs, nuts, beans, cheese, and veggies. I’ve also been accountable to my friend who’s doing the bible study with me and knows about my eating plan along with my husband, who is doing the first two weeks with me.
I’ve made it through seven days. I’ve made it through a function with delicious looking brownies for dessert. I’ve made it through a few days with a pulled back muscle. I’ve made it through National Donut Day. I made it through a barbecue with my in-laws and even made a dessert I was choosing not to eat. But I couldn’t have done it on my own.
Chicken, tomatoes, parmesan, baked in the oven...Yum!
I needed accountability. Accountability in my exercise. Accountability in my eating. But most importantly, I needed to have my heart focused on God and not on the world when I traveled this journey. I believe I will be successful this time both because I’m being transparent and because I’m focusing on God.
Lysa TerKeurst sums up best what I’m doing in Chapter 16 of Made to Crave, “So I’m not on a diet. I’m on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline for the purpose of holiness.” (p 158).
For the purpose of holiness…that’s why we need accountability.