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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!
- 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.
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!
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:
- 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
- Green Smoothie
- SNACK (ONE):
- Handful of almonds or cashews
- Cheese/fruit mix