Weight Loss Wednesday with Lysa TerKeurst

Welcome Weight Loss Wednesday gals. Today, you are in for a treat! My friend and our president at Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa TerKeurst is joining us with a video blog post. The topic is one I have found to be totally true: You crave what you eat.

While it may be hard at first to stop eating the junk our bodies have been craving, the more we make healthy choices, the more we want to make healthy choices.  Click below to view Lysa’s encouraging words and then join me below for the rest of this post. Here’s Lysa: :-)

So what unhealthy cravings do you desire to give up? Anything you have been eating that is permissible, but not beneficial?

I know for me, even though for our last three months together I have eliminated many unhealthy foods from my diet, I still have a few items I have been feeling God tell me to give up. In fact, my best friend from college just asked me last week if I’d like to join her for a short “cleanse”. For those of you unfamiliar with that term, it is a way of eating that eliminates all foods from your diet except lean meats, non-starchy veggies, nuts and berries.

Yep, no dairy, no wheat, and NO DARK CHOCOLATE!

Now, I have been (and still am) a believer in building treats into your eating as a reward and to keep you on the straight and narrow. (It is permissible.) And I have enjoyed a little dark chocolate each day for our three month journey and have lost over 30 pounds in the process.

However, now I  feel God nudging me to give up the dark chocolate for a while.

From now until Valentine’s Day to be exact.

Ouch!

The reason? I need to obey in my eating because it pleases God, not just so I can reward myself with chocolate.

Anyone else in? Is there something you need to give up for a while, maybe just until Valentine’s Day? Perhaps the craving will subside just as Lysa said.

Please leave a comment with your thoughts on this topic. Or, just let us know how your week went. I love being able to pray for you!

Cravings-Busting Blessings,

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  • Hello Ladies- I’m late posting this week. MLK day threw my schedule off! Okay, this week was an alright week. I lost about 1.3 #’s which was somewhat disappointing. But I am trying to remember I am taking a strength training class twice a week that builds muscle too. I am doing cardio, weight training and yoga so I was pretty sad when that was all that came off. Jesus really convicted me this afternoon I admit, I pouted when the scale did not creep down as much as I hoped. He said, “Erin, is this about the number? Or about Me? If it is about the number you need to change your heart.” Then I remembered what He thinks about me. Psalm 139:14 says “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” God thinks I am wonderfully made. I need to remember that I am not doing this for the worlds perception of me or for the scale. But because God has more for me then pints of ice cream, cookies and constantly giving in to temptation.

    I am going to give up sweets (Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream) and Starbucks. I was grocery shopping this evening and I could not resist a tall latte. Although I tried a skinny vanilla latte despite the blaring temptation of the usual tall white chocolate mocha with whip the habit needs to stop. I am giving it up until Easter. Hot tea instead :) And I love the strawberries idea. I discovered I like granny smith apples with lemon on them, which I think is so odd.

    Praying for this next week!

  • hi ladies! thanks again for all of your insight and encouragement this week. i am having a hard time. i have been doing better, especially with exercising daily, but i gained 2 pounds this week!!

    i think i am going to have to go all out and do a no sweets diet because a little doesn’t seem to be working. sweets are my stress reducer and my calming medicine. i have to find a way to rely on God and not food. this, however, is easier said than done. so i am going to take your advice and give up sweets in hopes that my cravings will go away.

    many blessings to you all in the week ahead!

  • Hi Jenine. I feel your pain. I love food too and before I started on my weight loss journey the more I tried to give up, the more I desperately wanted the restricted food. (Even yesterday after saying I would forgo lollies and chips, I was craving them, but not too bad so was able to resist.) I found Weight Watchers to be great because nothing is off limits. It helps you to realise, though, exactly how much the food you are eating is costing you compared to the volume of healthier food you could be eating. Its great that you enjoy exercise cos it goes a long way to success. Keep up the good work – I have lost 36 kilograms so far and have another 11 to go.

  • I didn’t do well this week-gained 1 pound… :(

    I am fortunate enough to work at home, though I to am on a computer all day long. We also have a treadmill in our home that was quickly becoming the $600.00 coat rack (oops). Well, to make a long story short, my husband made me a treadmill desk so for 60 minutes almost every day, I set up my laptop on the treadmill desk and walk while I work. The key is to walk at a really slow pace, with no incline. I think the recommendation is 1 mph. It’s not like I’m burning tons of calories (126 to be exact) but it’s exercise none-the-less. It really did not take that long to get used to either… Just a thought for those of you out there who might have a treadmill and a laptop. If anyone wants to see what it looks like, I’m sure I could send some pics around-believe me it’s nothing fancy (unlike the ones that cost thousands of dollars).

    Wish me luck-tomorrow I have to go to the doctor-cholesterol levels are ridiculously high. drat…..

    Good luck, everyone-

    Susan

  • I am really struggling since I started. I am the type of person that, the more I’m told I can’t have something, the more I want it. Then my husband and I had a discussion about our kids and some potential allergies that we see sprouting in them. We wonder if some (or most, maybe all) of it is due to our extremely poor diet. My husband and I are both obese and self-indulgent when it comes to food and drink (all 3 of our kids are healthy weight so far). I LOVE FOOD. I don’t want to give it up. I’m having a difficult time motivating myself, even for the sake of my family. Please pray with me for my selfish will to be turned to God’s will. I am trying to give things up a little at a time, but it is so hard for me. The good news is, though that I have begun exercising and really enjoy it so far! Thank you for your words of advice and encouragement. Blessings to all as we continue this journey together.

  • Thanks to all who responded to my ranting this morning and thanks for letting me rant. I do think I gained some insight all the way from genetics to enjoying eating to laziness on my part (ouch).