Monday, June 1, 2009

Weighty issue

Weight is something that will always be talked about in my family. I am not blessed with skinny genes & I have to work out to look good, but it's okay with me. My family works out a bunch and we all have our own style. Personally, I love weight lifting, swimming, walking, rock climbing, and aerobics! No running here due to Asthma and I am okay with that.

In high school, I did not really care about my weight and gained a bunch. My freshman year of college I lost a bunch of weight, forty pounds to be exact, and it felt great! So I was a little irked when I gained a few pounds back this spring, but have come to realize and remember the saying I made myself back in the fall of 2007. HE made me for who I am, I choose what I eat, HE gives me strength, & HE has a plan for me!

So I gained a few pounds this is OKAY!!! I am working on losing some more weight this summer and gaining muscle. I love being able to flex my arm muscles and am working on it... I actually like the way I look right now...granted, I want to loose a bit in the middle, but it's a work in progress!

Life is a work in progress & I truly believe my weight is too. There are days when when you eat whatever the heck you want (not every day) and then there are days where you follow a strict plan. No one is perfect...everyone has their flaws!!! Remember that!

Please know if any comments are harsh or rude, they will be deleted!!!!


Rachel said...

Oh girlie - no rude or harsh comments here. We women have such a hard time with body image sometimes. It is so easy to forget that He created us to do great things - regardless of how we look or how much the scale says we weigh.

He'd rather see us being obedient to His plan, rather than starving ourselves or feeling terrible about ourselves.

Sounds like you have a healthy way to look at it - and GOOD FOR YOU!

d.a.r. said...

Congrats on all of the weightloss, that is amazing!!! I am really in awe of your mature outlook on this topic.

Martha said...

Thank you Elyse! I was just feeling down last night about how I look, and your post really made me think about how God loves me just the way I am. I am planning on working out this summer, but I need to start out slowly. I think that life gets so busy sometimes that I can't even think about working out. Thank you for your post. Your'e the best!

Ace said...

That's so hard to remember, isn't it? It is for me anyway. I need to lose about 40 lbs but I also have to remember we were made in His image.

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..."

amanda said...

god made you perfectly. and me too. it is hard to remember that. but i feel it's also our job to take care of the perfection god made. we can't purposely eat a lot or the opposite not eat at all. there is a healthy balance and we all can find it. praying for you!

Murry Mayhem said...

You know girl, your so right! We should remember that He created us and that He has a plan...I wish I could sometimes when I think about my weight!

I've never been a small girl, always a 14...always! Every now and then I somehow get down to a 10, but that's it! I have a hard time with image most of the time, just because I'm so bottom heavy, and then after having Caroline, the tummy really started to catch up! Ohhhh, the joys of being female!

I figure if I just try to eat healthy {which I do for the most part...except for my love of dessert!} I'm doing okay. We just have to remember that we're beautiful no matter what size we are!

Thanks for the encouraging post!

Jenny said...

I'm with ya! I weigh about 10lbs more this summer than I did last summer, and I had a 6month-old baby last summer!! I think I'm supposed to weigh about 10lbs less by now, but I had a cortisone shot in Feb and ended up gaining weight- how fair is that?! And that means I have 20lbs to loose?!?! But I'm going to follow your fabulous philosophy and get exercising instead of getting overwhelmed;-) You're a blessing- thanks!

McCrakensx4 said...

that is the way I get through most of my days...knowing that I am His plan; and yea sure I know I have to take care of myself, but if I have a few extra pounds, I know that He won't leave me.

Congrats on the weight loss...that is so great! Keep up the god work!

E @ Scottsville said...

Just stopped in to say "hi" and check up on ya.

Busy summers with lots of activity will probably do all the work for ya, huh? I love SUMMERS!!! I sure got my work out compliments of my daughter last night. Stop by and check it out. =0)


The Drama Mama said...

Once again, I'm not sure how you do it all! I am killing myself trying to add this working out thing into my is hard work. So WAY TO GO!!! And 40 lbs?! You're amazing! Praying for you!

Emily said...

hi friend.. i have missed reading your blog!! and yeah to you for losing weight and having such a strong and mature attitude! u are going to do amazing!

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...


(God is not finished with me yet.)


BoufMom9 said...

Your outlook is just FANTASTIC! I wish i could remind myself and not beat myself up constantly for my weight.
Good luck to you losing the weight you want to and well done for loving you for being you :)

tbonegrl said...

Good for you!!! I need to lose weight, but it's not something I can focus on right now...maybe you'll be my motivation!!!

Sweet Annabelle said...

Great thoughts on this. Thank you - I 'struggle' with my weight, so I'll think about what you've posted -


Tobi said...

I recently watched a video about how much editing fashion photographers do to pictures to make the models look skinnier and taller. What kind of sick world are we living in when the models aren't skinny or tall enough to grace the pages of some fashion rag??!!

I think your perception of your body and your lifestyle is healthy and normal. Good for you Elyse!!

Aunt of 14 said...

I wish I had your discipline!!!

Aunt of 14 said...

I wish I had your discipline!!!

Nicole O'Dell said...

I hear ya sister! MAN, it's always a struggle for me. Once upon a time I was very overweight and I lost 150 pounds. I kept it off for abotu five years and was VERY fit--hours a day in the gym, half marathons, weight lifting.

Then I got pg with triplets.

UGH. I only have about 20 pounds to lose to be back to my pre-preg weight, but it feel like so much more after months of bedrest and 4 weeks in the hospital, plus carrying three babies and all of their luggage.

I'm working hard, and muscle come back pretty easily, but stretched out skin doesn't want to go back as quickly.

Anyway, all that to say--Good for you! Be happy with yourself and seek improvement for improvements sake, not to make others happy.