Thin Within For Life

"A Grace-Oriented Approach to Lasting Weight Loss" ~ Judy & Arthur Halliday, authors.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Learning

In my TW book or lessons yesterday it said something that really hit me:

"QUIT TRYING AND START TRUSTING BY FAITH"


It is not in OUR power or strength (Zech. 4:6) that we release this weight and follow these 8 keys. I know this is fact because whenever I try to do it on my own, I fail (just look at last week! I completely fell off my wagon!). But, when I keep my focus on God (Ps.37:4), and pray to Him EVERY time I eat, and THROUGHOUT my meals, He is the one that empowers me to stop when I should (ie...Did this last night, and stopped at 4!). Whenever I tell Him about my being tempted to eat when I’m not hungry, saying, “Lord I REALLY wanna eat ____ right now, but I’m not hungry, so can ya help me out a bit here, please?!!!”, He helps me find something else to distract myself (1 Cor. 10:13?). A bottle of water is great in the afternoons when I still feel the pull to eat out of boredom.

I’m still struggling. I really did poorly last week. But, see, even when I type that, I’m recalling what the book and lessons have said --- DON’T GET OUT THAT “CLUB OF CONDEMNATION!!!” “There is now NO CONDEMNATION for those that are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). I have to remember that God’s grace isn’t a one-time thing as a pardon for our sins (though, it is that *too*!). It’s an “ongoing power, presence and provision” for our everyday slips and missteps (Titus 2:11, 12). I can just get up, dust off those cookie crumbs, and keep pressing on toward that prize! I can keep marching toward that Promised Land! (Jer.29:11) :)

An arsenal of Scripture has really helped me, too! I've written down all the lies I've believed, all the way's Satan's been "messin' with me!", and all of my doubts, and then I've gone through my Bible and found verses to defeat these lies! "You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you FREE! - John 8:32. I mean, just look at what I've written above! All of those verses are ones that I've been learning via TW! Before TW I didn't have ANY of these in my head!!!

Praise the Lord, I've been learning sooo much! :-D

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Update 08/28

I'm struggling. This past week I've not listened to my body, and have eaten outside of the boundaries of hunger and fullness. I've opted for desserts when I knew I was already past 5, and I've not had as much water to drink as I would've liked. As a result, I've not released any pounds this week -- only maintained. But, maintaining's good, right? ;-P

I did exercise 4 times this week! I even did one 2-mile walk! :)

This coming week I am starting again. I know there is "no condemnation" for me (Romans 8:1), so I can just pick myself up, dust off the crumbs (;-P), and try again.

My GOALS for this coming week are:

** exercise 3-5 times
** do a couple of strength-training sessions
** drink 2 bottles of water DAILY
** don't eat by the clock ... instead, follow my hunger numbers (eat from 0 to 5)
** keep my house clean
** remember to focus more on God, and everything else will fall into place
("...and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern." - Matthew 6:33, NLT)

Monday, August 15, 2005

Quote

This is a quote I got from one of my online support group friends ... it's TOTALLY true! I'm going to be hanging it on my wall as a reminder!


"FEAR IS FAITH IN WHAT SATAN SAYS."


Whoa.

Update - 08/14

Well, things are still coming along. I've released another 2 lbs. this past week, and another 0.8 inches! :o) PTL!

I'm doing okay with waiting for "0", but I'm still struggling with stopping at "5". I did all right yesterday, I think. Had a bagel for lunch - only 1/2 - and didn't take more than I should at dinner (spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad). I didn't *feel* stuffed after dinner, so I think I managed to stop at 5. :o)

I've been learning soooo much from this program! It's far more than just a weight-loss plan! It's a whole life makeover! I'm feeling closer in my walk with God, and I'm learning more about Him each day! The lessons, the book, and the sermons at church -- as well as the posts from my online friends in the support group -- have all helped tremendously!

The online support group is great! It's so wonderful to have ladies who are doing the same plan, and who are striving for the same goals, to talk to! They are a great encouragement, and a blessing to me. :o)

I'm still exercising -- "walking away the pounds!" My goal for this week is to walk EVERY day, not just Mon-Wed-Fri. :o)

Back when I was doing the WDW stuff, I read that God will give you "jewels" as you go along. Well, I've gotten LOTS of jewels! My mom keeps commenting on my weight-loss (though, that's my Mom ... she's *supposed* to say stuff like that, right?! LOL). Also, we got 2 bags of clothes handed down to us for my DS, and we'll be getting another bag of clothes for my DD! That'll save us money when we have to go shopping for new school clothes ... always a good thing! :oD Most recently, I received to RABCK emails (Random Acts of BookCrossing Kindness) -- 2 people from Bookcrossing have offered me books off my wishlist there! :oD Yay! In 2 days, too! :oD

So, things are going not too badly. I'm still THRILLED to have found this program! I'm always wanting to talk about it to everyone I see, but God's told me to chill ... I should mention it if asked, not to every single person I meet! LOL. :?



Tuesday, August 09, 2005


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Beginnings...

I find it funny that I began my journey on July 4th, 2005 -- Independence Day. ;-P I started out with 24 lbs. that I wanted to lose.

I actually started on this journey because I'd first heard about the principles of hunger/fullness through Gwen Shamblin's book "The Weigh Down Diet". I followed this plan for 3 weeks before I found out what/who is really behind that program -- if you've been deceived as I was, please read the article here for VERY important information! You'll be shocked, believe me!

After finding out the truth about WDW, I followed a link from the above article to a different program that used the same principles ... THIN WITHIN. The difference between WDW and TW is that TW is grace-oriented. It's totally Biblical ... no twisted Scriptures, no legalism.

Okay, so now I had a new plan. I'd already lost 7 pounds through WDW. The basic method for weight-loss was the same, so I continued to lose.

I am now 5 weeks into following the principles of hunger and fullness, and I've released a total of 12 pounds, and 3.5 inches!

The greatest thing about this weight-loss program (besides the fact that I'm finally growing closer to God!), is the fact that I can EAT WHATEVER I WANT ... including chocolate!!! ... just so long as I'm actually hungry. :o)

The hardest parts for me have been 1) not snacking (I'm a snack-a-holic), 2) stopping before I'm full (I usually stuff myself and then feel rotten afterward), and 3) slowing down while eating (I inhale my meals). But, I'm learning. God is changing me from the inside - out! :-D

Last week I added exercise to my days. I hate exercising, but have found that I don't mind doing Leslie Sansone's WALK AWAY THE POUNDS DVDs. I walk in my living room and I break a sweat! (In case you're wondering, yes, it's basically walking-in-place. But, it's got 3 other moves, too: knee-lifts, kicks, and side-steps.) The program is low-impact, but it improves strength and endurance, and helps me sleep better. There are three DVDs to choose from: a 1-Mile, 2-Mile, or 3-Mile walk. I've been able to do the 1- and 2-Mile walks, but the 3-Mile one is still out of my league! LOL

Anyhoo. I'm going to keep posting here to my new blog, and will journal my journey to my Promised Land! God has a plan for me ... to give me "a future and a hope". (Jeremiah 29:11)


Why I'm Here

Since blogs are "web logs" or online "journals", I've created this blog to track my progress while I learn and incorporate the THIN WITHIN weight-loss program into my life!

What is THIN WITHIN? It is a grace-oriented, Christian weight-loss program that follows the principles of hunger and fullness. Hunger is when your stomach is completely empty (0 on the "hunger scale"). Fullness is where you are just satisfied -- not stuffed or uncomfortable (5 on the "hunger scale"). For more information, please visit Thin Within Online.

If you're tired of dieting and being restricted in what you eat, consider joining THIN WITHIN! You'll never be the same! ;o)

Thanks for checking out my blog!