Three years ago (or thereabouts), I stepped onto the scale at my doctor’s office, dreading the number that would pop up on the digital screen. It won’t be so bad, I told myself. This whole weight gain is not a big—
And then the number pops up: 244. My jaw dropped. I was 244 pounds. I am only 4'11 in height, and I weighed 244 pounds. It was official: I was obese. I had avoided full-length mirrors, ignored the fact that my bras were on too tight and I was spilling out everywhere. I even pretended not to notice that my pliable crew neck tops weren’t so pliable anymore, and that I could no longer fit into pants that didn’t have a stretchable waistband. And the fact that these pants had holes on the inner thigh area? Well, thigh-chafing is common, isn’t it?
But I couldn’t escape the number on the scale. A scary number indeed. I had already begun my journey with God, and had resolved to lose weight, but looking at that number on the scale made it all too real for me, and I allowed God’s transformation to take me in full force.
Joyce Meyer has always advocated a healthy lifestyle. She often talks about it in her sermons, so I’m not surprised that she wrote books about it. Even though I love her books, I find most of them to be repetitive, and I often recommend THE BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND, HEALING THE SOUL OF A WOMAN, LIVING COURAGEOUSLY, and CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE as her staples. Many of her Bible-teaching books and other efforts are great, and I recommend them, especially if they speak to you, but mostly they’re just variations or amplifications of the aforementioned books. I enjoyed LOOK GREAT, FEEL GREAT because she offers practical and compassionate solutions to your nutritional lifestyle. It’s not about losing weight — it’s about a complete lifestyle change. You’re not dieting to lose weight; you are changing your eating habits and exercise regimes, for life. This is for the long haul, something you’d have to do for the rest of your life, and yes, it requires discipline and a transformed mindset, and where better to go with this than to the Most High God?
And that’s when it comes in for me. Before my healing journey with God, I yo-yo dieted on and off, with temporary results and zero exercise. I stress ate when things went wrong in my life, and my health suffered as a result. I had an Eating Disorder when I was only twelve years old, and it went downhill from there. Once God took over, I noticed a shift in my mindset, and my eating habits changed. They didn’t change overnight, and I’m glad they didn’t. This time I didn’t lose weight in a few months — it took me over two years. Then I took an interest in fitness. God had placed the desire to exercise in my heart a long time ago, but I hadn’t acted on it until this year, where I added toning, sculpting and cardio (which includes HIIT and ab workouts) into my daily routine, replacing flab with loads of lean muscle. Best. Decision. Ever. My body’s strong, my metabolism is faster, and I take pleasure in eating protein-rich food and lots and lots of fresh fruit. My current eating lifestyle brings joy into my life, something I had never thought possible. It hadn’t even crossed my mind.
So I do recommend this book, especially to those getting a special calling from God that includes nutrition. If you feel that little nudging in your soul, that’s God calling out to you, saying, “Yo, move it!” Only nicer! :) You won’t have to fear the number on your scale anymore. I sure don’t! I’ve lost about 110 pounds! I have a thigh gap, for crying out loud! I went from thigh-chafing to a thigh gap. God is great indeed. Just five more pounds to go and I’m all set. I plan on seeing a nutritionist to help craft a lifetime weight maintenance plan. Four out of five Low-Fat Oatmilk lattes, with a dash of low-sugar hazelnut flavor.