Celebrating One Year

Today marks my first anniversary of signing up for SparkPeople and beginning my journey towards a healthier me! It’s hard to believe that there was a time when I didn’t even know about SP, but now I can’t imagine not having it! It’s been such a valuable tool and a huge source of encouragement and guidance, and I’ve learned so much about myself and fitness and nutrition because of this site. Without SP, I doubt I ever would have thought to track all of my food and exercise, nor would I know nearly as much about exercising and eating and staying on track (/end unsolicited commercial). As of today, I have lost 54.6 pounds, and I couldn’t be happier!

But even more than a number on a scale is the value I have found in feeling more confident about myself and what I can do. I have proven to myself that I am worth the effort it takes to say no to all the junk and yes to exercise and more fruits and vegetables. I am worth the effort it takes to wake up and work out. I am worth the effort it takes to push myself through a strength training session or an interval session. I am worth the effort it takes to avoid mindless snacking. I am worth it, and I am strong!

My life has changed, and I don’t want to go back to who I was before. That person was lazy and unmotivated and unconcerned with her health. That person was drowning in self-pity and discouragement about her body. That person was convinced she would always be fat, that fat was her destiny. That person is GONE! In its place is a woman who wants to take care of her body, wants to cherish the temple God has given her, that she may honor God. In its place is a woman who knows that she is more than a number on a scale or a number on a clothing label. She knows she is loved by God no matter her size but doesn’t let that excuse her from taking care of herself.

Essentially, I want to continue becoming the woman God has called me to be, in ALL areas of my life, not just health. But I have learned that by neglecting my weight and bingeing on food, I was allowing gluttony and self-pity to have a stronghold in my life. I think I will always battle an addiction to food, but I know that it will not control me. Galatians 5:1 tells me that it is for FREEDOM I have been set free, so I will not let myself be burdened again and be a slave to food! I will embrace who I am in Christ, and I will live each day in gratitude that He has brought me out of darkness and into His glorious light.

3 thoughts on “Celebrating One Year

  1. Bless your heart, Erin, I’m so happy for the transition you’ve made in your life! (I’m down 15 pounds since Jan. 2, Val’s down 4, so we’re trying to follow in your footsteps!)

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