Weight Loss Journey (Battling Food Idols)

Jesus, as we begin this new year, we dedicate our lives to You. Remove the things that distract our gaze – turn our eyes upon You alone. We long to rest in Your presence and  in Your peace. We desire to see Your hand move in our lives. Teach us to submit to Your Spirit and watch You work in and through us.  We yield our wills, our hearts, our lives.  Flow through us in power. We want to abide in You. We long to feast on the living water and the daily bread of Your Word. We plead for more of You in our lives Jesus.

Amen

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Hello my friends!  I have decided to share my journey as I battle the idol of FOOD in my life.  For those of you joining me – I’m still working on formatting, so bear with me!  (I’m a homeschooling mama and I work part time, but sharing my life with you is also a top priority!)

If you’re here on this page, maybe you can relate to my struggle with food.  I eat when I’m upset.  I eat when I’m bored.  I eat when I’m depressed, lonely, watching TV, and to celebrate.  My life has an unhealthy focus on comfort foods – high fat, high salt, high calorie, high sugar, high carbohydrates.

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It’s not that I eat constantly, or live on soda pop and potato chips.  I have what I would describe as a moderately healthy diet that involves lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  However, I have lost the ability to listen to my body.  I don’t know when I feel full, until I’m absolutely stuffed.  I have learned to fear the feeling of hunger, so at any pang I’m seeking to relieve it.  And when big emotions wash over me, I’m in the pantry sneaking chocolate chips.

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Like many of you, I have tried many diets.  If you are self-controlled about it and stick with it, almost any diet can have results.  The longest I ever made it on a diet was 6 weeks, during a “Biggest Loser” contest at work.  The shortest I ever lasted was one day (yes, one)…  While I lost small amounts of weight at the time, I would invariably go back to my old (unhealthy) eating habits and gain it all back.  And more.

It has become clear to me over the last few years that my battle with food is one of idolatry.  I am tempted to turn to food for comfort, over Jesus.  This year (2019) I hope to persevere and break free from this spiritual stronghold in my life!  I invite you to join with me!

Track My Progress:

Week 1 – Keto Diet

 

REFERENCE SECTION

Adult BMI Calculation:
Metric: weight (kg) / [height (m)]2
Imperial: 703 x weight (lbs) / [height (in)]2

BMI calculators can also be found online.

BMI Ranges:
Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
Overweight = 25–29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

Body Fat Estimation:
Adult Women:
(1.20 x BMI) + (0.23 x Age) – 5.4 = Body Fat Percentage

Adult Men:
(1.20 x BMI) + (0.23 x Age) – 16.2 = Body Fat Percentage

(This calculation is said to be as accurate as skin-fold and bioelectric measurements, according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 1991. However, it might overestimate the body fat percentage in those who are very overweight.)

Body Fat can also be measured via skinfolds, or by taking bioelectric measurements.

Healthy Body Fat Ranges:
Women:
20-40 yrs old: Underfat: under 21 percent, Healthy: 21-33 percent, Overweight: 33-39 percent, Obese: Over 39 percent

41-60 yrs old: Underfat: under 23 percent, Healthy: 23-35 percent, Overweight : 35-40 percent Obese: over 40 percent

61-79 yrs old: Underfat: under 24 percent, Healthy: 24-36 percent, Overweight: 36-42 percent, Obese: over 42 percent

Men:
20-40 yrs old: Underfat: under 8 percent, Healthy: 8-19 percent, Overweight: 19-25 percent, Obese: over 25 percent

41-60 yrs old: Underfat: under 11 percent, Healthy: 11-22 percent, Overweight: 22-27 percent, Obese: over 27 percent

61-79 yrs old: Underfat: under 13 percent, Healthy: 13-25 percent, Overweight: 25-30 percent, Obese: over 30 percent

All body fat estimations are subject to errors, and should be used as a general guideline only.

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