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.
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