One of my favorite things about blogging is the opportunity I have to “meet” all kinds of amazing and inspiring people, literally all over the world. Lisa Shaw is one of those people. I found Lisa’s blog one night while I was out blog hopping, and I left a comment. She immediately responded, and we quickly became friends. I pray one of these days I’ll get to hug her neck in person.
Isn’t she so pretty???
One of the things I love about Lisa is the way she seasons every e-mail and blog post with praise and glory to God. She also has a real heart to help others—one of those women who just oozes Jesus all over the place. It’s so refreshing.
So this week, I’m handing the keyboard over to Lisa so she can ooze Jesus all over you!
In late 2006, I could barely walk across the street from the house to the mailbox. Getting in and out of my car took effort, and I was winded all the time. I love to sing to the Lord, and even that was challenging. I am a praying person and that, too, was becoming more difficult.
Sleeplessness was something I had grown accustom to from my childhood but as an adult, I could not lay back on my pillows without feeling like a HUGE weight was on my chest. I’ve never been small busted, but I had reached the all time high of 44DD (today a 42D).
The amount of soda, soy sauce, fried chicken, sugary goods and ice cream that I was consuming was outrageous! I was up to drinking a 3 liter soda and eating a half gallon of butter pecan ice cream in just a few days!!
In September 2006 preparing to travel to see my best friend in Pennsylvania, and I was 245 pounds—buying a size 22 jeans and a 24 jacket headed into a 26. The photos from my visit appalled me. I didn’t recognize myself.
I went to GOD…crying in the shower asking Him, “Lord show me myself! What has happened to me, Lord? Help me please. “
As the great LORD that He is, He embraced me and began to show me what I needed to do. And so I began my fitness journey…
I went to my husband just after Christmas 2006 and told him what I wanted to do and what I needed. He backed me completely. (By then I had lost 10 lbs from just removing certain things from my diet the latter part of 2006.)
*He went out and brought the scale I asked him to get.
*He used our digital camera to take the photos that I asked him to take of all the sides of my body, so that I could hold myself accountable and track my progress.
*I brought a pair of sneakers, a pedometer, a water bottle, some healthier foods, and joined Weight Watchers online.
January 3rd, 2007 I got up early, prayed, got dressed and cried quietly in our closet. I asked GOD to help me to get out of the door and to the park. If I could just do that I would start walking.
And I did! Praise God!
Afterwards, I asked Him to help me not only drink the water I needed, but to ENJOY water and exercise, and to REMOVE the taste for anything that was no good for me!
And He did! Praise God!
If you knew me, you’d know that the two things I hated the most prior to 2007 that were good for me were WATER and EXERCISE. And now just two years later I can’t get enough of either! Yep! I’m a workout junkie and I love water!
As a result, I’ve lost almost 60 pounds, and I wear Size 16 top and 14 bottom. I have never been skinny. Even in my teens I was not small. So, I am not attempting to be skinny. Instead, I am reaching, working and pressing toward living a fitter, healthier life.
More weight to lose? Yes, but in a steady and healthy way.
While drinking water and exercise are the easiest for me, it’s the “eating healthier” part that takes FAR more work!!! It’s a daily journey just keeping me away from those fried chicken wings or some Chinese food! O MY! I do treat myself to both–but reasonably. However, I never returned to white sugar, ice cream or soda, and I don’t miss them. (Fitness Friday Girl says “WOW!)
And there have also been other obstacles. As 2008 rolled in I was an emotional basket case. I didn’t recognize ‘Lisa.’
I had relocated to Florida mid 2006, felt cut off from friends and ministry, lost my Grandpa in 2007, lost my dog in 2008, was immersed with the problems of others, and to top it all off, I was dealing with wigged out hormones. Consequently, 2008 was a year where I battled just to maintain what I had lost the year prior. In fact, I regained about 15 pounds during that year.
With my Abba Father’s presence, the help of my Lord Jesus, the counsel of the Holy Spirit and the love of my husband, I kept working out and pressing in. Finally during 4th quarter of 2008 I began to feel a bit more settled with the hormones.
As I left 2008 and entered into 2009 I went back on Weight Watchers online and added some new twists to my workouts. Since I began on my Get Fit Journey Anniversary date of January 3rd I have lost 9.6 pounds of the 15 I had regained!
The Continuing Journey:
My journey is not over, and I don’t believe it ever will be. I believe living a fit life is a life long journey until the Lord calls us home. I also believe that living a fit life does not consist of dieting (starvation, liquid diets, diet pills, elimination of carbs or increased proteins). These types of measures, I believe, are temporary, and unhealthy solutions for a permanent problem.
We must learn to change our mind (thoughts) and behaviors (actions) to line up with what GOD says about us, so that we agree with Him instead of the world. Then, the changes we make on the inside (healthier thoughts and attitudes) will be manifested on the outside (healthier bodies).
Finally, I also don’t believe that taking care of our bodies as Christian women (or men) is vain or shallow, when done in the balance of the Word of God. We are a three part being: We are spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. All three must be cared for in order to live a healthier life to fulfill the call of God upon our lives, to show Him honor, and to take care of our families and all who God puts in our paths. (Fitness Friday Girl shouts a big AMEN right here!)
To read Lisa Shaw’s story in its entirety, including the reasons Lisa felt she put on weight to begin with, click here.
To keep up with Lisa’s progress, talk with Lisa, and get all kinds of encouragement and information on health and nutrition, check out Lisa’s Blog, Living a Fit Life