Weight Loss Update

Did I make my goal of losing 50 pounds by the end of 2007? Nope. I ended the year with an overall weight loss of 41 pounds. I went from 223 lbs. to 182 lbs. Am I disappointed? Not really. My body mass index (BMI) went from 33.9 to 27.7. I went from being obese to overweight. My fat percentage dropped and my pants size went from a 38 inch waist to a 34 inch waist. I thank and praise God for helping me to lose this much weight.

Even though I’m very pleased with the weight loss, I’m still a little dismayed. By Thanksgiving I had made it down to 178 lbs. and was in striking distance of reaching my goal of 173 lbs. by the end of the year.

But December was a crazy time. That’s when I moved from Illinois to Oklahoma and I started my new job. With all the stuff going on, exercising and eating right were not in the forefront of my mind. Unfortunately, I didn’t stay disciplined.

But with the new year, I’m renewing my commitment to treating my body as God’s temple. I’m setting an ambitious goal of losing another 18 pounds by the end of 2008. If I can do that, I’ll have reached my ideal weight of 164 lbs. Will I make it? Who knows. But I’m going to try. I’m going to ask God for strength and perseverance and we’ll see what happens.

Weight Loss Update

4 thoughts on “Weight Loss Update

  1. Michelle says:

    I’ve made a commitment this year to get in shape and lose a little weight while I’m at it. I am not what I would consider overweight but I have gained 10 pounds since taking this part-time ministry position just over a year ago. That is a fairly sizable percentage of my body weight and more weight than I have gained as an adult except for during pregnancy. It is a little overwhelming because I’m not even sure how it happened. More than the weight issue though, I really want to take care of my body so that I can serve God to my fullest capacity. I have always felt that health and fitness were an extension of good stewardship. I view my body as a resource. Weird huh?

    I truly hope that you meet your goal for 2008!

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