How I lost 25 pounds (for FREE) in 6 months – Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Lose weight for FREE

Six months!  I know what you’re thinking.  “I don’t have six months.  I need to lose 25 pounds in 6 weeks!”

Well I’m just going to be honest with you. Number one it would be very unhealthy and unsafe to lose 25 pounds in 6 weeks and secondly, it wouldn’t stay “lost” if you did that.

Those of you who know me know that I am a nurse.  I’ve been a nurse for 40 years.  I will explain to you how to lose weight just like I tell my patients.  I’m going to give you the short, no nonsence version, just like I do with my patients, because nurses don’t have time for long explanations.  There are call lights ringing everywhere and someone else needs my help.  There is a lot of “scientific proof” behind what I am going to share with you but you don’t have time to read it and I don’t have time to write it.  Besides, I know you have heard this all before.  But I’m going to tell you again because someone has to.  I’m not even going to get in to what your health will look like at 40, 50 or 60 years of age if you don’t do what I’m about to tell you. Maybe you are already 60 or even 70 years old.  That’s OK. Not great, but OK.  There is always room for improvement in this area.  Don’t ever let anyone tell you any different!

Do these five essential things…

1. Don’t make your reason for losing weight just about the number on the scale or how you look!

This is NOT about body shaming.  I need you to hear me on this.  Nurses are not in to body shaming.  It doesn’t matter if you are tall, short, the color of your skin or the size of your body parts.  God made you just like He wanted you and you are perfect just the way He made you.  But the INSIDE does matter.  God cares about the inside of your body.  The physical part, your mind and your soul.  He cares very much about that!  In this section we are only dealing with the physical.  Later we will deal with the heart, mind and soul.

We are to take responsibility for the body God gave us.  That means not putting into our body things that will cause harm to it.  Putting too much food or the wrong foods into our bodies causes harm. We need to be the “CEO” of our own bodies.  Make it our responsibilty.

Many of us take better care of our pets, cars and businesses than we do our own bodies!

With that in mind, you may know that you weigh more than you should or what is considered healthy by the experts.  But you need to make your reason for losing weight something that will get you up in the morning.  Something to aim at.  A goal to reach.  An-I’m-gonna-finish-this-race-called-life-well-if-it-kills-me-mentality!

Some reasons…our “why”

  1. Get healthy and lose weight that stays off so you can be good parents and grandparents.  That job never ends and if you can’t even walk up a flight of stairs or play ball with your kids you are missing out.
  2. To be able to influence and help your adult children and grandchildren.  You don’t want them to have to take care of you too early.
  3. To have time to leave a legacy or change your legacy.
  4. To be healthy enough so you can do ministry when you retire.
  5. To stay out of or not be forced to live in senior living.  It’s expensive!  Why not use your money now to stay healthy instead of paying someone to take care of you.
  6. To avoid or get off medication.  That’s expensive too.  In the last year or two especially, insurances are declining to pay for a lot of medications.  I manage my mom’s medications and my husband’s medications.  I take a few also.  In the last year alone I have been notified by the insurance company that several medications are no longer going to be paid for under our plan.  This will only increase.  We need to take responsibiltiy to manage our need for medications because we are going to be paying for them.
  7. Most of us have a lot of wisdom to share as we reach retirement age.  But if our physical health is poor we don’t have the energy to impart that knowledge to other people.  I recently heard a popular podcast host say his priority for managing his physical health was at a 5 out of 10 because it wasn’t that important to him.  He said relationships are more important.  Well guess what?  If you are sick or dead because you don’t make your physical health a priority, you will not be able to do anything about your relationships or make them a priority either!  It’s a balance.  We need to make our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health equally important.  One does not trump the other.
  8. To enjoy retirement years and feel rewarded for all the hard work you did during your working years.
  9. To not be a burden to your children or family.
  10. We only have one body and we are called to take care of it.  Most of our parts are not replaceable.  And the ones that are replaceable generally don’t work as well as the original.  So take care of it.

Before you decide to take the plunge and finally get healthy or develop a longterm plan for life, take a few days (or a week) and think about where you want to be in 10, 25, or 50 years. Picture yourself in retirement.  Picture yourself at 80 years of age.  Do you want to be on cruises, travelling the world?  Do you want to be able to play on the floor with your grandchildren? Run in the park with your grandchildren?  Influence your children or grandchildren?  Do you want to serve others and do ministry because you finally have the time to do it?  Or do you want to be living in a senior living facility, tied to an oxygen tube or worse, and being cared for by others.  You can have some measure of control over this.

Once you decide what your future health goal is then you need to look at what you are doing now or can do now and put a plan in place to reach that goal.  Early twenties is not too early to start.  As soon as you are old enough to manage your own health you should do it.  Even teens can do this.  This is what a visionary does.  See the big future picture or goal and then put the smaller parts in place to reach that goal.

If we are doing the latest, random, fad health kick, but don’t have a goal or a picture of where that will take us 25 or 50 years from now we are wasting our time.  Make a goal then work backwards. Choose an intelligent workable plan to make that goal happen.

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