"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Friday, January 6, 2012

Weigh-In ... 1st of the New Year

Today's Weight: 178.0
Loss/Gain: - 3.5 lbs

First off, yes I'm doing a little happy dance over here.

(Can you look at anything Calvin and Hobbes and NOT smile?? )

My joyful dance isn't solely because I lost all but half a pound of what I gained over Christmas week, but also because I had some great non-scale victories as well.

The first being that I participated in a time of fasting and prayer earlier this week with my church. We do this corporately twice a year in prayerful preparation of our semi-annual Bible conference at our headship church. Sometimes I can commit to the entire time of fasting, sometimes only part of it, but I always commit to the praying.

Usually as the fast approaches I begin to miss food. Yes, like days before I know I'm going to fast I begin to mourn the fact that I won't get to eat. It's pretty pathetic, but also common so I don't feel so bad. I also wake up the morning of the fast and terribly, horribly, excruciatingly miss my coffee.

We do a water-only fast and I am a woman of ritual, which includes, I'm sorry to say, a very strong addictive habit of two cups of coffee every morning. Fasting from it breaks up my routine AND gives the worst headache. *smirk* Both of which I dread....

However, this time around I did not dread not eating food, nor did I dread giving up my coffee. I knew it had to be done and I knew the food and coffee would be there afterwards.

[dramatic pause] I am convinced this is due much in part to the fact that I am breaking that all-consuming relationship with food in my life.

My second victory came into play post-fasting when I did not overeat to make up for the time without food. We always eat a large meal to break our time of fasting and I did eat plenty at that meal. The rest of the time I ate until satisfied and I actually kept drinking water (which I usually despise for a couple days after fasting...blech..).

Not making up for lost time in the calories department showed on the scale this morning. It also showed me that I can do this!! I'm very encouraged...in fact so encouraged I think I'll do another happy dance.
Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. congrats on the loss

    yuck fasting i could never do it
    but awesome job

  2. YAY!! 178 - can you believe it?? Congratulations on making it through the fast, and not feeling like you had to make up for the food you didn't eat for those days.

  3. Your "I am convinced this is due much in part to the fact that I am breaking that all-consuming relationship with food in my life." comment really stuck with me. I think it's because my relationship with food has been all-consuming and for far too long - 27 years now.

    If I wasn't eating I was overeating. It's been a vicious cycle and one that I am tired of. It's time to take our lives back and find the healthy balance we desire and deserve. This is an awesome post, I love it and I have gained so much from it - thank you :)