Throwing Down the Little Debbie Cakes

If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. 1 John 1:9 (The Message)

Every morning, I see myself in the mirror. There are things to do: wash with my special facial cleanser, pat dry, apply anti-winkle cream (with SPF 30), brush my teeth, comb my hair, and gear up for another day. Over this last year, though, I’ve watched my face getting puffier, my chin growing “a second row,” and I don’t like it.

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In 2013, I lost nearly 35 pounds. My best weight was 175. I was able to maintain that for almost a year. Then other things started happening in my body and slowly but surely, all that effort I put in losing the 35 pounds got lost in the fog of my chronic pain. And as I stood on the scale yesterday, I stared down at the number. 215 pounds. I stepped off, let the scale reset, and tried it again. 215, exactly the same as the first time. Just for good measure, I tried again. Nope, there it was: 215 pounds – all 35 pounds that I’d lost had, like the prodigal son, found its way back home…and those 35 found a 5 pound friend and invited it to visit as well.

I wasn’t shocked — in fact, I was glad it wasn’t more. I knew I had put on the weight. Now, it was a question of what I was going to do with myself — throw out my desire to trim this “temple” God has given me and just become comfortable in my fat or throw down the Little Debbie Cakes and say, “No more. I can do this. I need this. I want to be healthy. I want to clean up the temple and keep it sparkling!”

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I had already decided BEFORE I stepped on the scale that I wanted to at the healthy weight that just a year before had been just a few pounds away. I knew that I needed to eat low carb because carbs are not my friends. I just wanted a simple plan that did not include adding up calories. I had a lot of friends that have had success with the new Weight Watchers points plan and I joined yesterday (September 1). I loaded the WW app to my phone and found that all I had to do was list what I ate and it tracks my points for me. I like what the WW points plan offers me — simplicity and choices.

I got down on my knees and had some quality alone time with God. I repented for my gluttony. I discussed at length with God my greatest pitfalls (my love of sweets and carbs, my habit of gorging myself late at night, the fact that I could eat ice cream breakfast, lunch, supper). I talked with him about my “shame eating” — the times I’ve bought $25 worth of candy bars and hidden them from the rest of the family, eating them when I was alone, and hiding the wrappers WWAAAYYYY down at the bottom of the trash can. (Come on…I know some of you know what I’m talking about!) I was honest with Him about my unwillingness to call on Him in the grips of fighting off a craving and praying for help.

This morning, my morning devotional verse was 1 John 1:9. I was not surprised that God aligned my morning devotional scripture with the very subject for which I’d been baring my soul to Him. That’s how He works. Isn’t that cool? Here are the words that struck me like a lightning bolt (additions and emphasis mine):

We are fooling yourself, Sandy — God already knows your sin.

Admit your sins, Sandy, and come clean with God.

He won’t let you down, Sandy.

He’ll be true to Himself, Sandy.

He’ll forgive your sins, Sandy, and purge you.

So, with a clean slate, I’m on my journey to health again. If you are in a less-than-happy place with your weight, I understand. If you’re willing to start with a clean slate, God understands. If there’s something you want to share in the comments, I will pray with you. This is not a place of judgment. None of us is perfect. Our God loves to give second chances…and third, fourth, fifth, sixth…endless chances.

Pray for me and I’ll pray for you.

shr

MORE: New Food Reviews (Satisfries/Progresso Heart Healthy Soups)

While I am focusing on being a healthy person, I am also focusing on becoming a more Christ-centered person.  It’s not about me at all, but about Christ living in me.

So I am not the one living now—it is Christ living in me. I still live in my body, but I live by faith in the Son of God. He is the one who loved me and gave himself to save me.  (Galatians 2:20, Easy-to-Read Version)

I am finding that LESS is MORE when putting Christ first.  I truly believe the reason I’ve been so successful in losing my weight and not giving up when it’s gotten hard — and believe me, every day has not been easy — is because I’m worshipping at the foot of the cross, not at the “foot of my fridge.” It’s been a struggle against putting things of the “flesh” (food) before things of the Father.  So, as strange as it may sound, in my journey to weigh LESS, my goal is MORE:

More Jesus - Less MeImage Source:  www.bing.com

In my quest for MORE, I’m opening myself up to new foods and discarding old foods that do not fit my healthy lifestyle. Part of becoming healthy is knowing what foods are and aren’t reliable sources of good quality nutrition.

My son, Martin, is working at Burger King while he’s in college.  I was intrigued when he came home and told me about a new menu item:  Satisfries.  I don’t eat fast food often and I never order french fries anymore, but in the interest of a scientific experiment and for the good of YOU (my faithful readers), I sacrificed myself and ordered some for lunch one afternoon last week.  (Okay, I hear all you out there laughing about my sacrifice!)

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I have always loved crinkle cut fries and that’s what the Satisfries are.  According to the Burger King advertisements, they’ve been working on the formula for these fries for ten years.  They reportedly have 30% fewer calories and 40% less fat than Burger King’s and McDonald’s regular french fries.

I did not eat the entire order.  I shared them with five other people whose opinions about food matter to me.  We all agreed that we loved the crunch of the Satisfries.  None of us could honestly tell the difference between the regular french fry taste and the Satisfries.  The clincher was my niece, Reagan, who is the pickiest eater in our family.  (This is a child who actually leaves the dessert in her lunch untouched.  And she’s related to me?  Go figure!)  Reagan gave the Satisfries her “two thumbs up” approval.  Overall, I’d say that the Satisfries did truly satisfy our french fry cravings.

All that being said, I would not call them an “optimal” food choice, but a “better” food choice if you’re going to eat fast food fries.  The biggest benefit that I see is that the Satisfries are significantly lower in sodium.  Let me share the nutritional information directly from the Burger King website.  You can decide for yourself:

Regular Fries, Small:  340 calories, 15 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 480 g sodium, 49 g carbohydrates, and 4 g protein.

Satisfries, Small:  270 calories, 11 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 300 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrates, and 4 g protein.

The air is crisp and the leaves are changing. It’s fall and my favorite time of the year — time for SOUP!  Did you know a small salad AND soup for lunch is filling and keeps your satisfied throughout the afternoon longer than a salad alone?

The big buzz at lunchtime for me in the past week has been sampling the new Progresso Heart Healthy soups.  There are ten flavors:  Creamy Tomato with Basil, Creole-Style Chicken Gumbo, Homestyle Vegetable Beef, Italian-Style Wedding Soup with Meatballs, Minestrone, Roasted Chicken Noodle, Savory Chicken with Rice, Savory Garden Vegetable, Southwest-Style Black Bean and Vegetable, and Tomato with Parmesan.

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So far, I have sampled the Tomato with Parmesan, Minestrone, Creole-Style Chicken Gumbo, and Garden Vegetable.  I LOVED EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM!  I can’t wait to try the rest.  You can find the nutritional information for all the soups here.

Please let me make something clear — Burger King nor Progresso gave me samples to try, nor paid me for these reviews.  I just think it’s important to pass on information to others who are on their weight loss journey about satisfying, healthy foods.  (Or on the flip-side, foods that will sabotage that journey!)

God bless you.

shr