My Seminary Pounds…

 1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible’ –but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is constructive.” NIV

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Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave books and study

My lifelong battle with inherited thunder thighs and hips is one of the many reasons I run toward a Philippians 4:8 life.

I cannot remember I time when I haven’t resembled a pear…. a large pear…with dimples.  In all honesty, I can tell you that I have coveted the petite bodies of many of my friends.  I am jealous of the fact that they can wear horizontal stripes and bold prints not look like a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgivings Day parade.

Five years ago, I lost 45 pounds on Weight Watchers, and it was amazing. I have loved the program since… tweaks and all! It works for me. I became a Weight Watcher leader, and I loved encouraging my members on their weight loss adventures. Working for Weight Watchers kept me on the straight and narrow. It was a ministry for me.

BUT… I stepped away from it to return to school. My safety net, my support system and my accountability of required weigh in’s were gone.

AND…That’s not good for someone like me, who could snarf down a package of Oreos and a bag of Stacy’s Cinnamon and Sugar Pita Chips in a heartbeat and a half.

I have to be diligent about maintaining my weight, and I haven’t for the last 6 months. My blame game is extensive… I gained weight because I was taking seminary classes, teaching, problems with my arthritis and my feet (a result of weight gain, I might add) and crazy schedules.

Yadda yadda yadda…whatever!  Bottom line…I became lazy.

My discipline slipped and I landed on my large pear-shaped keester licking my orange, Cheeto-cheese covered fingers.

I found myself battling to get back to my pre-seminary original Weight Watcher goal, which meant losing about 12 pounds.

My eating habits were just a symptom of other areas of weakness in my life and my heart. My daily quiet time had become rushed and honestly, non-existent on some week day mornings. I was spending too much time on Facebook, and shopping online (even though I didn’t always buy the items…I shopped).

Empty time…wasted time… Selfish time…

My current season of quiet has become a renewed time of discipline.

Food is an idol for me, and prayerfully, I must be very deliberate about what I eat. Lysa TerKeurst’s Made to Crave series has been rich for me. This is my second reading. Dog-eared, highlighted and underlined the pages remind me of God’s desire for me to find my balance in Him and Him alone…

Today I am 5 pounds less, and I struggle. I always will, but this battle is one I can only wage on my face before the Lord.

How about you?

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7 thoughts on “My Seminary Pounds…

  1. Mandy October 27, 2013 at 12:07 am Reply

    Great job, Berta! Keep up the good work! You are a blessing & your honesty is refreshing.

  2. Shannon October 27, 2013 at 4:12 am Reply

    Brought tears to my eyes as I read this. I too am one of those that since my second child have had to watch my eating or watch my pounds increase on my hips. I struggle daily to eat only 1200 calories a day to maintain my current weight. Like you, I LOVE food…chips, being the love and choice of all foods. I have to try so hard not to buy them. I will be your partner and prayer partner to hold each other accountable. It takes a team. We will lean on one another. 🙂

  3. Joyce October 27, 2013 at 11:38 am Reply

    Great job, Berta! I will look forward to following your blog! Miss you!

    • Berta October 29, 2013 at 12:55 am Reply

      Thank you, sweet friend!

  4. Sara Beasley October 28, 2013 at 12:17 am Reply

    For several months now I have wanted to blog about how God blessed me with a heart attack last February 18th. I am not crazy as some might think. It was a blessing – a gift. God was with me that night at the hospital no doubt. It was a true eye opener…my life flashed before me in a matter of a few seconds. He gave me a second chance and I took it! With a new eating style and a daily exercise routine, I am 52 lbs lighter and have a whole new outlook on life.
    After reading your blog, I am inspired to give it a try. The children in your class are very lucky to have you as their teacher. What a blessing you are!

    • Berta October 29, 2013 at 12:55 am Reply

      Thank you, Sara. You have an amazing story to share and you should!

      • Sara Beasley October 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

        Thanks … now if I could figure out where to begin!! HAHA

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