A Journey

17 Apr


I’m starting a journey this week, friends.  I’m getting back on my healthy living/eating bandwagon.  I honestly didn’t realize that I had fallen completely off…  And really, I’m not completely off.  We still eat mostly at home, and the majority of our weekly grocery shopping is fresh produce.  I’m still organic, free-range, and hormone free.  🙂  For the record, I realize that those things don’t necessarily equal weight loss, but they are part of a larger goal for my family to be in better health.

I’m just going to throw it out there that I need to lose around 75 pounds.  Yikes…

Can I tell you how I got here?  Seven years ago I had my second child.  Not an excuse, I know… For some reason it was just harder for me after kiddo number two and so the weight I gained during pregnancy was coming off slowly after she was born, but it was coming off…

And then life turned upside down…

The year my girl turned one, my parents were in a car accident.  They were taking my youngest sister to school when an eighteen-wheeler ran a stop sign.  It was bad.  My mom didn’t make it; she was 46 years old.  My dad was not in good shape.  He required extensive surgery.  Three weeks after the accident, my husband lost his job.  He was out of work for about six months…with a slightly crazy wife, a five year old, and an almost two year old.  Then a job opened up for us in another town, so, we packed our little family and moved.  There is so much more to the story but…

Needless to say, it was a stressful time…

And my weight ballooned.  I think part of it was stress but another part was plain old rebellion.  I like order in my life and everything was in disarray.  So, to counter that, I ate what I wanted, when I wanted.  I don’t think I consciously said, “I’m rebelling against you, God!”  But, it was there.  And it was something that I thought I could control when life seemed to be spiraling.

That was six years ago.

Since then, God has shown me what was at the heart of my problem.  He has put a “new song in my heart, a hymn of praise to our God.”  Psalm 40 became my song.

But sometimes, I still feel like I’m carrying the old baggage.  And in a way, I am.   When I look in the mirror I can see what I did to my physical body, the effect of my sin.  So, I am shedding the last remnants of my old self.  It’s something that I’ve needed to get serious about for a long time, an act of obedience.

Now my question for you is, would like to join me?  I would love for you to come alongside me in this journey.  Whether your journey is with weight loss or something else it’s always easier to follow through with accountability.  How is God calling you to be obedient?


11 Responses to “A Journey”

  1. Stephanie April 18, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    The Heart of the Problem…Yay! Yay! Yay! Having been there, done that, and having the tee shirt neatly folded in my drawer (as you know) I can now say yay. When I used to say all sorts of other whiney things waaaaay more often.

    Thank you for posting this…

    WAIT. Your last line convicts me. So…

    I got some prayin’ to do.



  2. Stephanie April 18, 2010 at 10:12 am #


  3. Lauren Pate April 18, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Becca, I was there too..you all saw and knew me in my moment! 🙂 The best news of all is, it always the perfect time to start over!!! God is always patiently waiting right there to forgive us and welcome us back to obedience. Im so thankful..because I’ve lost count of the times that I have needed it. If there is ANY WAY I can help you, let me know…I know the wall you feel like you are hitting over and over. Time to get out the sledgehammer and KNOCK IT DOWN!!!!!

  4. Stephanie April 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Actually, Becca and I know how to kickbox that thing down. We actually have skills.

  5. Dad April 19, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    I love you sweetie and I’ll always be there with you and for you. I am soooo proud of you.

  6. Holly @ Crownlaiddown April 19, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Walking this journey with you! It has been 6 months and I have lost 35 pounds. I’m also planning to run a half marathon next year…in obedience and also just getting that full life God intended for me back. Praying for you, too!

  7. Amanda April 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm #

    I love you, and you know I am walking along side you in this journey. I must tell you, this blog was pretty convicting… I’ve got a lot to pray about and work through. However I did start a “Walk Away The Pounds” video yesterday. That’s a start, right? (Assuming I do it again tonight, and the following night, etc.)

  8. Candace Chaney April 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Oh my goodness… I just saw that you commented on my blog and I clicked your profile, found your blog and I stand amazed.

    1. My favorite hymn- Come Thou Fount
    2. My parents were in a car accident about six years ago. My mom made it, but my dad didn’t.

    I think the Lord may be joining our hearts together in this journey…

  9. Rene' April 24, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Becca…so proud of you! Really, really, really enjoy your thoughts!


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