Battling Weight…Again [Day 3 of 31]

Part of Less Me, More Jesus is losing weight (less me:).

A year ago, I walked/jogged the Columbus Half Marathon.  I finished in three hours.

In the past year, I’ve continued walking and jogging daily.  Other than a few missed weeks while moving, I have worked out regularly.

However, my weight since January has remained almost the exact same…with a 10 pound fluctuation up and down.

I am currently on the “up.”


I truly believe God wants me to take care of my body.

I also know my eating habits can be classified as sin if I overeat or make unhealthy, unwise choices when I know God calls me to take care of myself  and commands me to abstain from sinful desires.

“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which [wage] war against your soul.” 1 Peter 2:11

For me, food can be a sinful desire.  I can justify all day long.  Here’s what I say…

I just like food.  That’s not sinful.

I am always hungry, so when I  eat, I am truly hungry.

Everyone else is eating it.

Blah, blah, blah!

God made me wonderful (Psalm 139) and in His image.  He did not make me to abuse my body with crap.  And, some food is crap. (Tasty crap, but crap nonetheless.)

He also doesn’t desire for me to be in bondage to food (or anything else) and sometimes I am.

Will I ever be stick thin?  Nope.  Is God calling me to stick thinness?  Nope.

He calls me to steward my life well.  His purpose for my life is to bring glory to Him.  I am in no way bringing glory to him 50 pounds overweight.

Yep.  FIFTY pounds according to my doctor.

But, except for a recent intolerance to gluten, I am blessed to be healthy.  No high blood pressure or high blood sugar.  Cholesterol is fine.  On paper, I am the picture of perfect health.

Until you get to the “weight” section…my doctor reminds me often:)

So, here’s the plan:

  • Pray.
  • Give the issue to Jesus.
  • Truly believe He can free me from this sin.
  • Revisit my favorite book on this topic:  Made to Crave. This book makes sense to me.
  • Rest in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:  “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”…For when I am weak, then I am strong. I already had to put this verse on replay in my mind to pass up pumpkin cheesecake.  I know what you’re saying right now…who in the world passes up homemade PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE?!?!?
  • Make wise food choices.
  • Train and complete a half marathon on November 17. (I passed up West Virginia University vs. Oklahoma tickets on this day, so you KNOW I am committed.)
  • Finish this half in 2.5 hours or less. This morning’s pace was about five miles per hour.  Good start.

My goal is to lose 30 pounds.  Yes, I know my doctor says 50, but that feels a bit like drowning in an ocean of hopelessness.

So, 30.  I’ll keep you updated on this journey toward less me.  If you’d like to pray, I’d appreciate it:)


  1. shastadaisy1408 says:

    Oh Sarah, your exact words could very well be my exact words. I feel like I’m trying in the flesh and I don’t know how to surrender it to God and do something about it at the same time. I keep showing up to the gym everyday. I keep tracking my food (I go to Weight Watchers). I have a WW buddy who I go to meetings with each week. Yet I am spinning my wheels it seems. I know that if I keep doing the right things that the weight will come off. I know that God will show me if I seek Him for answers.
    Your goal to do the half marathon reminds me I need a goal like that, something to aim for. I have a weight loss goal, same as yours. I need another goal. Your post has encouraged me to set one.

    • Thanks, Shasta:) I have to have a goal…seems I am wired that way. Without accountability and I am headed for failure! I also find that to lean on God I have to “fast” from something – like sugar. It serves as a “prayer reminder” – I want to eat sugar; I stop and pray. It helps me to remember to lean, lean, lean on Him. Keep me updated on your progress:) It sounds like you have a plan and are off to a great start!
      God Bless, Sarah

  2. Beth Elkins says:

    PRAYING! Girl I am with you! Wished we lived closer! I have walked 1 1/2-2 miles about 5 days a week since June. I am maintaining my weight but would like to lose about 15-20 more. my blood levels are, level. My energy level is high and my confidence is boosting. I am feeling good and loving it. I even started running this week. finished my first 1/3 mile without stopping. thats big for this gal. Jerry and I even talked about running a 5K next year.
    The thing is, I’m afraid. I’m afraid that this will all end. I’m doing so good. I’m afraid I will quit and be right back where I started…listening to the doctor tell me I have diabetes.
    So as I pray for you, please pray for me as well. I wish you love as your weight loss journey begins. Be kind to yourself. 🙂

    • Oh, Beth! I am SO PROUD OF YOU! Don’t be afraid…”Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

      You can do this! One day at a time:) I will pray, pray, pray with you! Keep me updated.
      Love ya, Sarah

  3. I battle with my weight as well. I love to eat and it now has me overweight. Your post today is very motivating. Thank you!

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