It's been a great week so far! Oh, there's been challenges for sure, but each day gets a little better as it goes along.
I weighed in Thursday, 9/25, and came in at 368 pounds. 401-368=33. So, 33 pounds gone since I started on 9/4/14! Yay!! Praise the Lord!
This week brings a birthday party for our oldest child. He turns 13. He has requested a cake, and so he has not 1 but 2 cakes--he must share with other children. So, I baked them, and yes, I licked the beaters.
This week has also brought about nice changes. More inches have left, and a huge blessing came in the way of an old coat I had hanging in the closet. Now, what in the world would an old coat have to do with a blessing? I've had it a while, and the last 2 years, I've not been able to get the zipper to even remotely touch to zip up. It would have a good 4 to 6 inch gap and not have a prayer of touching to zip. Today I put it on, zipped it, and it fit nicely. It's a 22/24. Yes, still a plus size, but still much smaller than just 4 weeks ago.
Something I've experienced this week is how I see my size. I measure now at a 24/26. I *know* there are significant changes in just about every area, with fat leaving all areas and in different levels. I *know* the scale shows a smaller number, and clothes fit much better and in smaller sizes that I was. But in my eyes, I'm still the beginning size, and over 400 pounds as in the very first picture of me in the gray top/blue skirt. I have heard this is a normal reaction when you've been heavy a long while. The Lord continues to work on that, and it is my prayer if you are having this as well, that He help you see yourself as He sees you.
I've also been so encouraged by all the comments you all have been leaving. You all are such an encouragement, and I'm also grateful to be encouraging to others who have a lot of weight to drop. There's many of us out there who have fed the heart with food instead of the Word, who have to continually work on that temptation and try to remove it. Just as with any sin, the Lord can and will forgive it and you can move on and live for Him. When you are walking along the way the Lord gives you, you will have temptations, whether it's a Snickers bar, a piece of cake, an extra serving of whatever. The devil doesn't like it when you turn away and listen to the Lord, pray for Him to help and protect you, and follow Him. When/if you give in to temptation, pick yourself back up, start back where you were, and keep going forward. This isn't a sprint, it's a marathon!
Remember as well to stay in His Word! That is the most important part of the journey, for without God this is for nothing.
Matthew 4:4 - But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
God loves you so much! Be encouraged dear friend, and keep on going!
Shared at: The Modest Mom, Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth A Proverbs 31 Wife, What Joy Is Mine, Time Warp Wife, Cornerstone Confessions
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