Stop eating C.R.A.P. That was the teacher’s encouragement in a weight loss seminar I attended. I didn’t work.
Hi. My name is Roger. I work out 6 days a week, drink plenty of water, and still struggle with my weight. The culprit?
It stands for:
Carbonated drinks and coffee
Artificial preservatives and additives
I want to share my story of weight loss and gain, and loss and gain, with the hopes of encouraging you in your journey.
It’s been close to a year now, since my wife and I started putting the desire to get healthier into action. We have lost around 32 pounds and KEPT IT OFF. We are exercising regularly and eating better. Not perfect. Better. Here is how we are doing it:
- Guilt, shame and imposition did not work.
I’ve always been a vegetarian so that part was easy. But it is perfectly common to see vegetarians that are unhealthy. I know. I was one of them. I was out of shape, and added a couple of pounds every year. That doesn’t seem like a lot, except that it went on for around 15 years. I don’t aspire to know all the answers as far as what works, but what I do know DOES NOT is shaming, guilt and imposition. I had an acquaintance who was extremely involved in veganism. His approach was to make me feel less than, stupid and incapable. I ran the other way. If you want to change someone, explain and set an example, leave the enforcing to the Holy Spirit,
- Desire and goals are two different things.
Desire is what you want. Goals have timelines, deadlines and are:
We did not set out to lose 100 pounds. We just took it day by day, doing T25 this week, then the next week, then the next. We haven’t stopped.
- I decided.
That phrase was key. If you notice, most of the conversations with people that achieve something important, forgive, or overcome obstacles have that phrase somewhere in there. We decided to start working out. It wasn’t our anniversary. Birthday. New Year’s resolution. It was 17th of December. A day just like any other. We don’t promise. We decide. Promises keep you living in the future, frustrated about your past. A decision involves the present. Today. Whether I feel like it or not.
We are not where we would like to be. I still eat C.R.A.P. on occasion. But it’s improving. Understanding that I am after progress and not perfection, after my goals and not yours, has helped.
Pray for us. Share your story and tips about what worked for you.