How To Lose Weight Naturally

How To Lose Weight Naturally
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Today I want to share with you how I lost weight naturally, without the use of diet pills or weight loss surgery. I am 52 years old, in full menopause, handicapped, with limited mobility, AND with lots of hard work, determination, tears, and God’s help, I have managed to lose over 100 pounds. I won’t go into all the details today, but you may read my full story here. 

A Bit of Back History First

I remember the day my husband and I went down to New York City for my first consultation with the orthopedic surgeon. I didn’t have much hope of getting  approved for hip replacement surgery because I had already gone to several local orthopedic surgeons and they all said the same thing, ” You are too young.” ( I was 46).” You are too over weight, and the hip won’t last.” I fully expected to hear the same thing from this doctor.


After I had gone for x-rays, the doctor came in to speak with me. I was ready to hear the same speech; however, I didn’t get it. Imagine my surprise when the doctor said he would be willing to perform the necessary surgery! We talked for a while about the procedure, and then I addressed the “white elephant” in the room. I asked the doctor about my weight; by this time, I was well over 300 pounds.


I’ll never forget his response. He looked me square in the eyes and asked, “And just what would you like me to say about your weight?”
 He wasn’t being fresh. He explained while my weight wasn’t ideal, I needed to cut myself some slack because lack of mobility had played a huge role in my weight struggles. He told me our first objective was to increase my mobility and then think about addressing the weight. To make a long story short, I had the surgery; my right hip was replaced, and after many complications, I have completed the first step to increased mobilization. I still need to have three more surgeries, one to replace my left hip, and two to replace each of my knees. There’s a story here, too, but I will save it for another day.


As I have already explained, there were many complications with the surgery. My new hip dislocated at some point between the operating room and recovery. This required another total hip replacement. That’s two major surgeries within 24 hours! Because of this complication, physical therapy was more intense; a normal three day hospital stay turned into five days. I received excellent physical therapy at home, and wonderful nursing care; however, there were more complications. My wound wasn’t healing properly. As a result, I was hospitalized again, because the wound needed to be opened to flush out a strep infection that had begun to grow. Thankfully, the infection had not spread far. The doctor was able to clean everything without going all the way to the new hip. I am grateful, too, because this would have required a third total hip replacement!


I was sent home after ten days to begin the long road to recovery. I did heal physically, but emotionally, I was a mess. This time in my life was probably the darkest. You can read why here. 


My hip had healed, but my heart had not. Heart-breaking family drama plunged me into a life style of “comfort eating.” 

 

At the age of 46, I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, all the aches and pains of carrying around the equivalent weight of an extra person on a daily basis, and a multitude of other health issues related to obesity, all of which were being treated with medication and costing lots of money.


Many of my friends recommended weight loss surgery. Although weight loss surgery may be the right choice for some, it was not the right choice for me. Jesus had other plans for me. Little did I know His plans would one day lead me to the creation of In Abba’s Kitchen, but here I am.


The road to get here hasn’t been an easy one, but Jesus has walked beside me every step of the way. The way I think about food has changed. My tastes have changed, and my habits and cravings have taken a 180 degree turn. I have allowed God to heal the emotional relationship I have had with food, and He’s working to help heal the emotional relationship I have with my body. And as an added bonus, He has taken my joy of cooking, my passion for teaching, and my love of writing and turned them into something wonderful!


I haven’t traveled this road alone; God has placed many amazing people in my path. My husband has been a tremendous support; he rejoices with me for each victory and picks me up when I fall. He’s also the one who patiently tastes each and every creation I make, even when it doesn’t taste good :). There have been friends who have shared healthy recipes, and others have introduced me to raw foods and healthy fats. Some have encouraged me to keep going when all I wanted was a huge piece of chocolate and a large bag of chips. I couldn’t have reached this part of my weight loss journey without them.


How To Lose Weight Naturally

By now I hope you have seen that my weight loss hasn’t come about because of the latest diet or through some kind of weight loss pill. I’m not bashing either of these methods. I’m just saying I have chosen to lose weight naturally, eating healthy has become my life style. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t given up chocolate or ice cream, and cheesecake is still one of my favorite desserts. The difference is moderation. Moderation has been one of the keys to my success. I don’t claim to be a weight loss expert; I’m simply sharing what has worked for me.  Maybe it will work for you too.

 

Most of my meals are between 300 and 400 hundred calories and they are low carb. This doesn’t mean to say that I don’t eat carbs; I still eat them but in moderation. My calorie intake is about 1200 calories per day. This is an estimate because I don’t count calories. Who has the time? Vegetables and proteins are the stars of most of my meals, and I eat dessert if I want it.


To give you an example of how I eat, I will be posting some of my menus over the next few weeks. This week, I am posting a breakfast menu because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you decide to try any of the recipes, please leave a comment. Feel free to leave a comment even if you don’t try any of the recipes. I promise, I will get back to you as quickly as I can. 

Breakfast Menu

Monday-Cheesy Scrambled Eggs; Sliced Strawberries

Tuesday- Good Morning Sunshine Squash and Egg Bake; Greek Yogurt

Wednesday-Greek Yogurt; Mini Kale Crustless Quiche

Thursday-Kathy’s Banana Smoothie; Hard Boiled Egg

Friday-Strawberry Banana Quinoa Breakfast Bowl; Scrambled Eggs

Saturday- Open Faced Egg and Cheese Tortilla; Fruit Salad

Sunday- Greek Yogurt with Bananas; Hard Boiled Egg

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Author: Kathy

Hi! Welcome to In Abbas Kitchen! I would love to sit with you at my dining room table, getting to know you while we sip hot cups of tea and nosh on slices of warm banana bread. However, since that won't be possible, I'll settle on letting you get to know me.I am passionate about loving God with all of my heart, mind, body, and soul. I love to laugh at myself and with people. I believe laughter is contagious, and it establishes a sense of connection between two people. I love heart-to-heart chats with friends and loved ones because I believe transparency is the foundation of all meaningful relationships. I believe in the power of prayer; God listens. I try to see the good in people, even if I am the only one who can see it. I enjoy food; my food philosophy is to eat clean, whole foods while maintaining proper portion control. I work hard to maintain a realistic balance between healthy salads and not so healthy coffee mocha chunk ice cream. :) I believe moderation is the key to creating lasting healthy eating habits.At In Abba's Kitchen, you will find healthy recipes, Bible studies designed to inspire you to grow in your faith, ideas for wholesome living, and product reviews for my favorite kitchen tools and foods I use. You will also find my weight loss story.Although weight loss is not the basis of this site, it is a major component of my life. My weight loss journey has inspired the creation of this site, and it has given me a new found freedom and confidence. My desire is to walk with you on your journey, helping you with your weight loss struggles, inspiring you to grow in your faith, and helping you to find freedom from the things holding you back from being all you were meant to be.

12 thoughts on “How To Lose Weight Naturally”

  1. Dear Kathy,
    When I clicked this articles’ title I expected to get few tips and tricks how to lose weight quickly. But then I run into your personal story… I was so touched by your story that it made me cry…
    I realized God was with me along the way only in the last 4 years of my life. Every day I thank God for all the miracles he did for me.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story and these great recipes! I really love that I can print it or save as a pdf on my computer.
    It’s wonderful

    Thanks again 🙂
    Love from Paris

    1. Dear Paris,
      Thank you so much for stopping by! I am glad my story was able to touch you. This is the reason I have shared something so personal to me. Knowing that I have been able to touch even one person is great encouragement. One of the many things I have learned on this journey is that it isn’t something that happens over night or very quickly. It has been a process. I think in my case, the process has been what has helped me keep the weight off this time around. Please stop by often.
      Kathy

  2. We certainly have an awesome Lord. He has been good to you :o). Such a nice story Kathy. Even though there has been such sadness in the paths your life has been down, you have come out on top – He seen you through!!! PRAISE THE LORD. And now we have you to look up to, and a wonderful website where we can read wholesome posts and…AWESOME recipes, hahaha. Thanks once again for such an inspiring post. :o)

    1. Hi Paula,
      Yes, most definitely, we serve an awesome God! He has always been faithful to me. He has been my constant companion for the last 37 years. Thank you for your encouraging words. Please come back often and feel free to share your story. We can learn from each other and be inspired together.
      Kathy

  3. Kudos to you girlfriend! I am so proud of you! Life throws us some terrible twists and I truly feel for those without our Almighty God …He loves his Kathy!

    That soup looks AMAZING! You gave me some ideas for some more things to do with eggs too. Thank you so much for the recipes…I wish I could only eat 300 calories per meal….I do that then I’m slamming 1/2 gallon of ice cream for a snack. Bravo on your journey!

    1. Hi Pam,
      Thank you for the encouraging words. Yes, I am well loved by my Heavenly Father. This I know for sure! Soup is one of my favorite meals. I could eat soup 365 days out of the year. Sometimes I get hungry in between meals too. I have to eat a healthy snack or i would be slamming down the ice cream too because I could also eat ice cream 365 days out of the year too. 😉 I drink lots of water, and this helps keep me feeling full. And…if I am to be totally transparent, there are days when I slam the ice cream. It’s a journey and it’s a process.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Kathy

  4. Hi Kathy,
    I am so excited for you! This is a wonderful site and I praise God for leading you to this place. I know you but have so enjoyed getting to know you better. I look forward to your recipes and your enthusiasm in sharing them. God bless you!
    Darlene

  5. Kathy, a lot of work here, this site and the weight loss. I’m going to try some of your recipes and I’ll let you know how we do.

    1. Hi Kathy!
      Thanks for stopping by! Please do share how you do. I’ll be posting more recipes soon. Yes, it has been a lot of work. I’m not where I want to be, but I also not where I was. 🙂
      Kathy

  6. I too love soups, and can’t wait to try the Roasted Cauliflower soup.

    Kudos to you on your determination, your love for the Lord and sharing your story, and your recipes. Can’t wait to try some more.
    GOOD JOB.!!!!!!!!

    1. Hi Wanda,
      Thank you for your kind words. I have some more soup recipes on the back burner. They will be coming soon. Stop by again, and let me know how your soup turned out.
      Blessings!
      Kathy

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