How ya’ doing?

I hope things are well with you because they’re pretty well with me. I want to report some progress in the weight loss arena for me. In a way, I don’t like to talk about it since it’s a lifestyle change kind of thing, rather than a diet. Anyway, it’s going well and I’m losing weight. I’m not going to post frequently about it but I will let you know as I hit major milestones. How’s that?

Otherwise, life is good. I read an article recently about people who had weight loss surgery who ended up trading one obsession for another. This probably happens most with emotional eaters. Since they can no longer turn to food to manage the obsession, they now turn to drugs, sex, gambling, shopping, anything else to give the “high” or the “relief” that food gave. Here are a couple of links about it:

Other compulsive behaviors replace overeating

Gastric bypass patients trade eating for shopping

Now isn’t that amazing? It is to me because it makes clear that for many of us, food is not the problem; food masks the problem. If you take away the food, we just find something else to mask the problem. And the God that we serve allows no masks. That’s just the way He is.

Have you ever felt like you keep going through the same thing over and over, as though God is trying to teach you something that you don’t seem to be able to grasp? I think it’s like this with those of us who wrestle with eating issues. We must learn the lesson or we’ll continue to wrestle. Forget shortcuts. We’ll still end up back in the same cycle, trying to learn the same thing.

The God of “no shortcuts.” That’s the God we serve. You gotta love it and Him.

Be blessed as you learn the lessons He puts before you. I pray we all learn much faster.

Have a great week!

3 thoughts on “How ya’ doing?

  1. Hi Angela,
    Off topic…I work for BellSouth…I mean the new at&t. I was talking to my boss about writing and the romance slam jam that I attended in Miami. He mentioned you. He says he worked with you. His name is Ram Kumar. Anyway, I told him that next time we blogged, I’d tell you. He complimented your writing as well…oh, I’m a technical writer for BellSouth and he is an RM now.

    On topic…the way we eat is a lifestyle thing. I worry about people who diet because unless you are going to continue eating the diet food forever, what’s going to happen when you eat regular food again. After getting married, I went up three sizes. I was normally a small portion, eat 6 times per day person, but after marrying, I adopted my husbands way of eating-3 huge meals–NOT GOOD. So I refused to stop eating the food I enjoy (unless it was unhealthy…like white sugar); instead, I changed my eating style back to eating 6 small meals per day. It worked.

  2. Hey Angela. I finally have limited access to the computer again! Yaaaay! Since last June, I have lost 32 pounds! That may not seem like alot to some that are on crash diets and lose that in two months…LOL :). But the difference about mine was that it was done the old fashioned way–through proper diet and exercise, so I’ve managed to consistently lose weight each month. Even during the winter months when I didn’t work out as much I’ve built so much muscle mass, that I continue burning fat and calories!! So if anyone is intersted in losing weight and being truly healthy, do it the old fashioned way–work out three to five days a week–some cardio and resistance training; and eat right—baked versus fried, I stay away from pork, shellfish, milk and alot of processed foods. I drink only water which cut down my daily caloric intake considerably, and started eating five to six small meals a day to keep my metabolism high. Don’t eat within three hours of going to bed–eat lots and lots and lots of fruits, veggies and some lean meat. Stay away from sugars and starches and alot of breads. I wish everyone the best!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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