Showing posts with label #TOPS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #TOPS. Show all posts

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I Am Powerless

I work at eating well,  similar to the goals I've followed for twenty years. At that time, I lost one hundred pounds and maintained the loss. Nevertheless, I've failed many times this last month. As usual, I use God's twelve step program.
Time and time again, I face days of eating out several meals in a row, though I believe I've got days to cook at home, I find time out of town when I eat in restaurants, and when I stay at home, my craving for sweets turns me into eating candy corn or a box full of Fiber One bars.

I'm powerless.  God is full of power and brings victory.

Never give up.
Always read my twelve steps.
Pray.
Rely on the Lord.
Though occasionally, I rise four to five pounds above my goal, but as God works in my life, I again drift down to goal weight. I'm a food addict. God is my strength.

I think again of the first three steps where I trust in God.

Honesty. 1. I admit I am powerless over food and that my life has become unmanageable.

Hope 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than myself could restore me to sanity.

Action 3. Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as I understand Him.

Thank you, Lord, for continuous power over food addiction.

On Oct. 29, I will be the speaker for the district meeting in Wichita Falls, TX for TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly). Lord, speak wisdom through me that day.

In December, 2016, Pen-L Publishing will be releasing Divine Dining Workbook. My upcoming book will compliment my first book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
 
The workbook will provide fourteen classes to begin a class to share problems with others to overcome compulsive overeating and lose weight. If you prefer to work at home by yourself, the new workbook will allow you to follow God's guidance at home.


Thank you, God, for confidence over my food addiction or compulsive overeating. Use me to maintain victory and touch other lives.

I am powerless. God is full of power.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Need a Boost to Your Weight Loss?

     Poet, John Donne, wrote "No man is an island."
     Hillary Clinton told us, "It takes a community to rear a child." 
     The fact is that we need each other for wisdom, encouragement, and strength.

Notice in my post about my 10 best tips for weight loss at


that number 7 on my list is going to the support group of your choice.



My devotion book, Divine Dining, gives 365 days of encouragement and inspiration to the food addict. Losing weight is a lonely road. Many times, no one is there to turn us away from a doughnut. At a dinner or pot luck, everyone there may indulge while we stand alone to withstand the temptations. Support from others, even if only given once a week, strengthens our resolve.

During my recent trip to Colorado, I had the pleasure of meeting two sweet ladies in person, who I had previously met online.

I first met writer, editor, radio interviewer, Patti Shene several years ago when I submitted a short story titled Victoria and the Ghost. Because of her advice, that story became my debut YA novel published by 4RV Publishing Co. out of Edmond, OK.

The other new friend, Dawn Orr, found me on Facebook, and purchased Divine Dining. When Patti interviewed me on her online radio station, Dawn heard the broadcast and explained that she and three other friends were doing a weight loss Bible study using Divine Dining as their guide. Of course, I wanted to meet her. How blessed I was to learn the book God gave me was helping someone else in their walk with the Lord.


Writing friend, Patti Shene on my right, Dawn Orr, who started a Bible study with Divine Dining on my left when we met in Pueblo, Colorado in August, 2015


Weight loss encompasses the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of our lives. During my weight loss journey, I've attended many support groups because I realize the need for me to be around others going through the same struggles.

I began this path twenty-two years ago when I attended a church group called "Christian Weight Controllers." When our music minister, who led the group, moved, I took over the leadership. The stress got to me, and I stopped the class. By that time, I had already lost about 65 pounds and had 35 more to go, so I still needed that group strength.

I then rejoined Weight Watchers and lost thirty more pounds. I maintained the 95 lb loss for eighteen years and last year lost another five pounds to make it an even one hundred pound loss.

After I lost the weight, I quit Weight Watchers. I accomplished the physical and much of the mental problems, but I found I constantly regained pounds, moving up and down, again and again. I faltered often. I rejoined Overeaters Anonymous. Some of the groups helped a lot, some, not so much. Once, our church offered a generic 12 step program that helped with any addiction or compulsion, similar to the now popular Celebrate Recovery programs. For a few weeks, I attended a TOPS meeting. For awhile, I went to both OA and WW because I felt the need for help in all three aspects of my life.

My next step was to teach a program through my church that addressed all 3: physical, mental, and physical. My first try ended in disaster. I taught with the wrong attitude, and God did not bless it. Divine Dining released in January, 2013. That September, I began a weight controllers class at my church. We named it for my book. Every September, when we start up new classes throughout the church, I debate whether to continue teaching. Always, I remember the importance of support groups.

Do you need a boost for your weight loss?

I know that I must eat healthy, get exercise, and change my mindset about food, but guess what ...

I STILL NEED MY SUPPORT GROUP.

The devil actively tempts me where I'm weakest: putting food in place of God, running to food instead of the Word, not asking for the Lord's strength when I want to quit.

Is it time you joined a good support group where you live? If there's not one, do you need to start one? If you live in or near Wichita Falls, TX., we would welcome you to the Divine Dining Weight Controllers Class beginning anew on Sept. 15 at 6 pm.