Weight Loss Through Wise Counsel

I haven’t written about weight for awhile, because I haven’t been thinking about it as much as usual . . . just losing it! How?

Proverbs 12:16 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel.” I've been a fool about my weight for a long time, and it sure seemed right in my own eyes to eat chocolate first and ask questions later! I finally wised up and, following the advice of an interesting Christian weight loss book called Made to CraveI sought professional help.

Ruth Harper is an amazing dietician who has helped me figure out why I’ve been gaining more than a few pounds every year. Ruth, whose nutrition coaching business is called NourishMentor, has been helping me examine why I was eating so much. Each time we meet, we talk about one or two areas in which I could take a different approach. Some of my past unhelpful habits:

  • Screenshot 2015-03-16 20.45.26I used to eat at night for a quick dose of self-care and a mood booster. As a busy single mom who’s basically working two jobs, I never felt like I had time to take a break. But I always had time for a snack!
  • I stayed at the lunch table and got second helpings to prolong the relaxation that lunch represents.
  • Because I was raised with strict food rules, I often worried that there wouldn’t be enough food or that I’d be really hungry before the next meal. This was pretty subliminal . . . it took some probing on Ruth’s part for me to realize what my vague food anxiety was all about.

Once those problems were identified, it wasn’t that hard to come up with solutions. Ruth helped me figure out that I could take other kinds of breaks besides food breaks and rehearsed some self-talk with me about food. It’s been about three months since I started doing the following:

  • Most evenings when I’m at home, I give myself half an hour to read an inspirational book, take a hot bath, or knit and watch a relaxing sitcom. Non-emergency interruptions by kids, cell phones, or pets are not allowed. There are ways to take care of myself and boost my mood that do not involve Cool Ranch Doritos!
  • After lunch, I take ten minutes or so to drink a cup of coffee and relax, rather than jumping right back into work. That way, I don’t have to eat seconds just to prolong my lunch break. I had to realize it’s okay to need a break and to give myself one.
  • At most lunches or dinners, I stop halfway through and think about what it would feel like to stop eating soon. I continue to eat, but at a slower pace, and I often choose to stop eating while there’s food left on my plate. Important: this is not a rule, and I can clean my plate if I’m still feeling hungry.
  • I remind myself often that another meal or snack is coming soon and that I will be able to eat as much as I need at that time.
  • I only weigh myself a couple of times per week, rather than every single day.

Simple stuff! But I have been having calmer evenings and fewer bloated feelings after lunch. I’ve been HerReunionBond300-2able to leave a few bites of food on my plate without much anxiety. I have few cravings and I’ve stopped thinking about food all the time. And, yes, I’ve been slowly losing weight—about nine pounds so far—without dieting, forbidding myself any particular food, or going hungry. It’s kind of magical!

How about you? Do you ever use food as a break or a mood-booster? Could you substitute a different self-care strategy? I'd love to hear your story in the comment section.

If you like to read Christian fiction and you also struggle with your weight, check out Her Reunion Bond, my inspirational romance featuring a heroine who’s gained a few dress sizes and feels bad about it . . . until she gets back together with an old boyfriend who adores every inch of her! Though it's part of a series, this novel can be read as a standalone.

By the way . . . professional help might be more affordable than you think. I was surprised to learn that, because I have a medical diagnosis of high cholesterol, seeing a dietician is covered under my medical benefits.

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