Some people have asked me how I started my weight loss. My first few months in the blog archive explain it all.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

“You Can’t Be Thin In Ignorance”


I read a book, I think it was “Cold Sassy Tree” (amazing book) The grandpa told his grandson Will, something like “if you want to end up somewhere different you have to walk a different path.”

That week I placed in my bathroom: my copy of Dr. Phil’s book “Ultimate Weight Solution” “Set for life” and “Stop the insanity!” and other books like that along with every magazine that said something like” I lost ½ my size!!!” I decided to have a daily weight loss devotional in that one safe spot mothers have found the world over. I had already read and filled in all of the blanks of the Dr’s book, but it was hard to remember every day what I read a week ago. For one week I decided to read books on weight loss every morning and find one idea that I could try that day. If books can help ordinary people to become doctors, lawyers, runners, and mountain climbers then I could learn to be thin.

It takes humility to learn from someone else. But if you are fat like I was your knowledge isn’t getting you anywhere. For example, one magazine article I read said, “I was always hungry” I was shocked! I didn’t think I was going to make that kind of sacrifice. Was I willing to be hungry sometimes? I didn’t know. I usually avoided that feeling by constantly eating. I read so many different points of view and most of the ideas I had never even thought of.

So, my next step was that after my prayer, I would come up with a strategy suggested by someone else and try it that day.
Anyone else have a favorite inspiring piece of literature to place in bathrooms the world over?

11 comments:

Agent Forks said...

that is funny! keep on writing!

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

I love "Uncle John's Bathroom Readers" in my bathrooms. But it doesn't do much for weight loss pursuits, unfortunately. It encourages sitting for long periods of time.

I'm enjoying all your good ideas.

Kimberly said...

I'm so glad Carrot gave you some linky love...I need a kick in the pants right now. =)

My favourite weight loss reads are, YOU: The Owner's Manual, YOU: On a Diet (the writing style is weird, but the info is great), Intuitive Eating, and Eating Well for Optimum Health.

I've studied nutrition a great deal this past year, and I certainly can't claim ignorance. I've got behaviours that need changing, but the knowledge, it's there.

Kimberly said...

p.s. One post wasn't enough. I've just finished reading them all. Glad to see that fab writing skills run in your family. =) Can't wait to read more.

Carrot Jello said...

I kind of enjoy the Bathroom Reader. Lots of miscellaneous stuff in there.

Lisa said...

I added Health magazine to my reading list and it helped a lot! Thanks for posting this. I really need the extra boost to start exercising again. I thought it would be a habit after 3(?) months?! I guess not for me...I went for a good 10 months and have been a bit lazy lately. Maybe it is something I should be adding to my prayers!

Anonymous said...

I try not to read about dieting because it may cause thinness...oh uh I just read your blog....I feel myself shrinking...

Marc and Megan said...

I come back from my week off to find you've finally taken the plunge. I'm excited you've joined the blogging world!

Carrot Jello said...

Well, my comment would have been hi-freaking-larious had Millie not taken it. I didn't notice she said the same thing. Only I was going to say Uncle Tom's Bathroom reader. I knew that didn't sound right. Uncle Tom has the cabin. Uncle John reads in the bathroom.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Hee hee @ Uncle Tom's Cabin Reader. For those times when you're stuck in a cabin in the woods with nothing else to read but "Quail Hunters Weekly."

Amy G said...

Found your blog today and I love it! In the past I followed a similar system. I've let the world overtake my life and slipped but your site has reminded me of the power I have access too. The book I used that helped, inspired and guided me was "He Did Deliver Me From Bondage" - it's very similar to your game plan - I highly recommend it. I don't know if it's still available but at Meridian Magazine you could read it for free. I look forward to read the rest of your blog to see what other ideas I can glean. You've got me ready to get up early tomorrow and walk! Something I haven't done in ages. Thanks!