It’s More Than Just Losing Weight

I have always battled my weight. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had it as a new year’s resolution {back when I did those} or a goal to lose __ lbs. And, each year that number would become larger because not only did I not lose those pounds, but now I had to add on the extra pounds I had put on over the course of the year.

This has been an ongoing battle that I haven’t been able to conquer.  So, I had to get really honest with myself about why this was such a big problem area in my life.

Here’s the truth:

  • I am addicted to food.  I self-medicate with food.  I eat when I’m worried, sad, stressed, happy, disappointed, and celebrating.  I go to bed at night thinking about what I’ll get to eat the next day.  I have committed the sin of gluttony almost daily.
  • I am addicted to Diet Coke, especially from McDonalds.
  • I allow sleep, projects, tasks, goals, and other people to occupy the time I’ve scheduled for exercise.
  • I don’t really believe that I can succeed in this area.  Yikes!  I have tried numerous times and haven’t been able stick to a plan, so I’ve felt like I would never really succeed.  Therefore, I’d just quit after a few weeks {or sometimes just even a few days} as soon as it got difficult.

Now that I recognized the real problems, I’m ready to begin pursuing a permanent healthy, lifestyle.  However, this journey isn’t just about losing weight for me, instead it’s about my relationship with God.  I want to learn how to rely on God the way I’ve relied on food and Diet Coke in the past.  I am ready for true transformation.

The information below is hanging on my bathroom mirror as my daily reminder.

The Goal:  iChoose2 Love My Life:  I will live a healthy, active lifestyle!

My Action Plan:

  • I will strictly follow the my healthy eating plan.
  • I will NOT drink Diet Coke.  Instead of Diet Coke, I will enjoy ice cold water and iced tea.
  • I will move for at least 30 minutes every day.
  • I will daily surrender my addiction {and love} for food.
  • I will model for Sophie everyday what it means to have a healthy, active lifestyle.

Key Verses:

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13


I will know that I’ve been successful when:

  • I see food as a vital component for fueling my body to do the work that God has called me to do.  I no longer turn to food for comfort or during times of celebrations.  When I need comfort, I will spend quality time with God and when it’s time to celebrate, I will thank God for His abundant blessings!
  • I recognize that my body is a temple and that the way I treat it {what I eat/drink, how I move, sleep} is an act of worship.  I am daily choosing to give God my very best by what I put into my mouth and how I care for my body.
  • Our family has a healthy, active lifestyle!  We enjoy walks around the neighborhood, going on hikes, and actively playing together.
  • I am at my healthy weight and maintaining.
  • This plan is my new way of life, not just a “plan” to follow for a few weeks or months.

I know that I’m not alone.  If you can relate to “my truth” then I hope you realize that you are not alone either.  If you want to experience transformation, then I invite you to join me on this journey.  Every Friday here on the iBloom Blog, I will give an update.  This is where I’ll share my successes and challenges, then you’ll be able to do the same.  My goal is that we can all experience a more intimate relationship with Christ as we work on this area of our life.

If you’d like to join me on this journey, then I would invite you to get really honest with yourself.  Spend time with God and ask Him to reveal the why behind this current battle.  Then, be really courageous and leave a comment below sharing “your truth.”

Photo credit: Monachromatic / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA


  • Kari

    July 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for sharing this Kelly! I’ve been on a similar journey this year with my realization of how much of an idol food has become in my life. The thought thoroughly disgusts me and I have to take it to God constantly every day!

  • Lakecia Harris

    July 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    You have blessed me with your candor and honesty…count me in ! This is the very thing that is causing me to pause and do a major re-set in how I view myself and who and what I want to be, which is healthy, strong, and focused on living my best life.

  • renee

    July 12, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for being honest your words are my words this is when I will turn to God instead of food remember we are more than conquers

  • Jane

    July 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

    So proud of you and the steps you are taking to overcome this battle. Thankful to be on this journey together!

  • Amanda Taylor

    July 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Such an amazing post Kelly. I love how you structured your plans and goals around not a number but the true physical and spiritual goals that you are striving for. I need to take a step back and figure out my plan too. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Kyla JN

    July 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I think so many women can relate to your first truth!

    Food is humankind’s original medicine, so it is completely natural to heal the body using the food with which we have been blessed! However, we also live in a world that unfortunately markets poisons as the ‘healthy’ options, so it is no surprise that people are self-medicating with food for all of the wrong reasons too!

    Food is never the problem, just like money, it is an object; it is what we do with it and what we associate with it that makes the difference between weight loss and gain.

    We cannot and should fight our natural instincts for real food! When we do we become deeply unhappy, and that goes for starvation, fad diets as well as overeating beyond satiety.

    Whatever you decide to do or plan you choose to follow, make sure it’s one that leaves you feeling happy and like a human being. I refuse to give up all of the things I love to eat and sometimes, I still enjoy foods deemed ‘unhealthy’, but I don’t eat them every day and I enjoy my small victories as and when they come!
    “I allow sleep…to occupy the time I’ve scheduled for exercise.”

    I hope you don’t mind me saying this but that’s a very worrying statement. As women we are often the care-givers in every sense of the word but we don’t make enough time to care for ourselves! If you feel guilty for sleeping, you’re clearly not getting enough! Put aside the other barriers you mentioned and make some time for yourself, but the sleep is yours to enjoy!

    What you’re doing is really encouraging and so many of us are on a similar journey too! Be kind to yourself as you start and the best of luck!

  • Dianne

    July 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I’m right there with you, Kelly. Well said.

  • Sue

    July 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story. Can relate to much of what you said; love your key verses — the 1st one being my Confirmation verse! Appreciate what you are doing to inspire women esp in their faith walk!

  • Betty Mullaney

    July 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Kelly, this has been God’s “theme” for me today. This is a copy of my facebook post from earlier in the day: “Working on breaking sugar addiction, not giving in to temptation, and obeying the Holy Spirit’s promptings. He is using food (of all things) to teach me things of the Spirit across the board in my life so He can take me to a whole new level in and for His Kingdom! Humbled and excited at the prospects!”

    I am FINALLY getting it! It isn’t about the weight at all but He is going to use my trials and my obedience to bring me to a deeper, more intimate and anointed relationship with Him.

    I’m with you sister…

  • chasity bissett

    July 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    This is my story, down to the mcd coke (not diet). I am currently in the process of meeting with my doctor to have a gastric surgery done. I am so frustated with myself that I know in my head what I need to do but the relentless dieting failing and starting again, just tired and want results. Not sure the surgery is the answer either but just at a loss of what to do…. Also thanking you for sharing your heart and will be praying for you, to keep your strength and focus on Him!!

  • Kim Hawkins

    July 15, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Love how you share from the heart Kelly. It’s so encouraging to be surrounded with like-minded women facing similar battles in day to day living. I’ve had to watch my weight all of my adult life and I’m healthier now than I have been in years. Keeping a good support system around myself has been key. Another thing I have found helpful is mixing up my routines–some days I walk, other days I may do yoga. I try to keep it fresh and have alternate plans to get myself moving when the weather is a factor. Praying for small victories each day for all the ladies–the little stuff adds up to the BIG whole of it all.

  • MaryLou Caskey

    July 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Kelly, what you have shared is absolutely beautiful. It is great to see how real you are. Bless you. I know from personal experience that this is one of my most rewarding journeys. It’s worth the effort and what I gained as a result of this beautiful journey is priceless. Bless you.

  • MaryLou Caskey

    July 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Would someone share with me how to follow the blog? There’s so many wonderful articles here at iBloom. I tried clicking the RSS link and it didn’t work. I would love to be able to get these blogs in my inbox. Thanks for your wonderful work.

  • Karina

    August 8, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Thanks for your honesty! So good to read about other people’s battles. So many women are going through the exact same thing. I wrote about my own weight loss journey here. http://karinarose.com/blog/?p=63
    Stay strong! You’re an inspiration.
    God bless.

  • Jill Japenga

    October 4, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Kelly. praying for your success. I like you just started the same journey with a friend 4 weeks ago. I have been crying out for a person to come along for years and God blessed me with a co-worker who had been right in front of me for 6 years. But it was during that time we needed to build trust. We meet once a week and dump EVERYTHING. It is an authentic relationship that I was crying out for. http://www.jillcjapenga.com/authentic . If you ever need a sounding board (even though you don’t know me) I would be happy to listen as well share. I completely agree..diet coke from McDonalds is the BEST! 😉 Good luck. Blessings in your journey to filling the void in your life not with food, but with love and acceptance, knowing that you are a valued, respected, and loved woman of God.


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