the secret to losing weight: faith

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It’s no secret “happy relationship weight” made its way on me. Dustin and I have lived an eventful life to say the least, and being from the South hasn’t helped my case either (God bless you, Cajun food). I’ve struggled with losing weight for years and have tried it all, but it just kept creeping up. And you know that look people have…that look when they can’t say what they’re thinking, but you know it’s about how much weight you’ve gained (yeah, you know what I’m talking about)…

I couldn’t see that look anymore. 

I want to share with you how I fully relied (and still rely) on God to change my body and mindset to lose 35 pounds this year. As of today (4/25/17), I have lost 22 pounds in about 3 months. I am no expert, and anyone who knows me personally knows my absolute love for pizza and sugar, but I did it. And you’ll see how having just a little bit of faith will push you to your goals.

LOSING WEIGHT BY FAITH
1. Talk to God about your goals. Why are you losing weight? Try to block out materialistic desires (i.e. “feeling sexy”) and focus on something impactful. Ask Him for guidance on what will be best for your journey and pray for strength. For me, it was getting my body to a normal weight in order for Dustin and I to start having kids!

  1. Write it down. Goals can easily become excuses when they stay in your head. Set milestones along your journey–every 5lbs you lose, give yourself a non-food reward. I love to track my progress and keep myself accountable with cute notebooks like this (P.S.- use promo code LYS10 for 10% off!). I even use it to write my thoughts when I’m struggling or need help from God.

  2. More water, less carbs and sugar. There is no secret meal plan to follow; just consciously incorporate more water and avoid breads and sweets where you can. The days I didn’t eat those things, I felt more energized and light on my feet. Whenever you feel a craving, remember you’re doing this with and for God, and He can make the impossible happen. I carry my 32oz water bottle with my everywhere!

  3. MEAL.PREP. Look, I didn’t join the meal prep/coconut oil/apple cider vinegar train until this year. I really thought people who did that were crazy and must have had too much time on their hands. I keep it simple–here’s what my typical day looks like:

    • BREAKFAST:
      • 2tbsp organic raw apple cider vinegar + lemon juice + water shot (a.k.a the REAL test of faith)
      • 8oz brewed coffee (black)
      • overnight oats with greek yogurt and frozen fruit
        • 1/2 cup quick/rolled oats
        • 1/2 almond milk
        • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
        • 4 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
        • 1/4 cup frozen fruit
    • LUNCH/DINNER (HOT):

      • 2tbsp apple cider vinegar + lemon juice + water shot
      • 3oz protein (chicken, steak, eggs, black beans)
      • 1/2 cup veggies (we like to use frozen)
      • 1/4-1/2 cup of a healthy starch (quinoa, sweet potatoes)–I took this out once I hit a plateau
    • LUNCH/DINNER (COLD):
      • Green Smoothie
        • 1 cup kale
        • 3/4 almond milk
        • 1 tbsp almond butter
        • 1 banana
  • SNACK (ONE):
    • Handful of almonds or cashews
    • Cheese/fruit mix
5. Tell people you’re losing weight! I try to convince myself I am on one of those weight loss shows where all of America knows my starting weight and sees my weigh in each week. Never be embarrassed about your starting point. God will give you the confidence you need to share your story or even try something new. My mom and I recently picked up running and we are not natural born runners!
6. Most importantly…KEEP PRAYING. Yes, you will be “livin’ on a prayer” after about week three of this journey. The good news is that we have a God of our detours who brings us back on the straight and narrow when we ask for His strength. Even if you do slip up, ask Him to refresh your mind and get on track. All who ask of Him will receive His Grace!
If you are interested in learning more specific details on my weight loss, feel free to comment below or contact me personally! Losing weight for a meaningful purpose will help you experience things about yourself that you never have. Good luck! 

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  1. Lol this is great advice. It also impressive how you've lost so much so quickly! Good luck on your journey and I'm really enjoying your blog so far.

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