Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I Don't Just Eat Salad!!



It is always interesting when people find out that I am on Weight Watchers. They respond in various ways. Most people are very encouraging of the lifestyle choice that I have made for myself. They look at my before and after picture and are amazed at how much weight I was able to lose. However, there are other people out there who do not have a clue about what my life looks like on Weight Watchers. This group of people can only relate to me based off of diets that they have subjected themselves to. My most recent interaction has been with people who try to get me to eat like they do. Let me explain.

Today, I was invited to join some of my co-workers for lunch. These ladies go to lunch on a weekly basis it is like clockwork. I usually turn them down when invited for various reasons. As expected I was invited to eat out with these ladies and I politely declined. However, after I turned them down I received a comeback that I was not expecting. One of the ladies said, “I’ll eat a salad with you”, thinking that this would make me change my mind about going to lunch. I really could not go to lunch for reasons other than the food. However, as my co-worker turned to leave her comment lingered in the air. I wanted to shout at her that, “I Don’t Just Eat Salad!” After she left, I began to wonder about what people think my life on Weight Watchers is really like. Do people really think that I can only eat salads? If you are one of those people who think this then please take a moment to shake that picture right out of your head, because it is not true. What is true is that I have chosen to make better food choices.

This is not the first occasion where I have had people say something like this. There are times in my life when satan uses these interactions to discourage me. I have a deep longing to fit in and the enemy will use that against me. I want to be “normal”. What I forget is that I became overweight while I was trying to fit in and be normal, but that was not God’s best for me. I have chosen to listen to the Lord and obey what He has asked of me, whether other people like it or not. The truth is that I do not fit in with everyone and I do not want to. I do not choose to eat what everyone else eats, because it is an area of temptation for me and I do not want to fall back into my old ways.

Do not be discouraged, the enemy attacks when we make choices that please and glorify the Lord! Continue to make good choices and stand up to those who would lead you astray. For more information about this please check out the Weight Watchers Meeting Summary that talks about your friends and family sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

8 comments:

TeamRB said...

Thanks for being so transparent in this post. I have to admit it made me chuckle a little bit and it also made me a little sad. I know there are many others who have been/are struggling with their weight and I think it is a great reminder that weight loss isn't about 1 special something. It is not about just eating salads or just exercising. It is about making good choices on many different playing fields. I am glad to know that you are keeping your head up from hurtful comments and I know you don't "just eat salads" :) I LOVE all your recipes. Keep em' commin!!!

The Newsham's said...

You’re welcome! Thanks for being such a faithful reader of my blog. You encourage me so much! It really is about making one good choice at a time. I know that many people have good intentions, but they just don’t understand how much work it has taken me to get to this point and I am not willing to sacrifice that for anything. I hope that if anything my blog screams that I don’t just eat salads, because of all the new recipes I am always collecting and trying! Don't worry I'll keep them coming. : )

TeamRB said...

Well, I have to admit, I have a longer list of "want to try" that "tried" on the recipes. Hopefully we can try them soon!

The Newsham's said...

I know what you mean. If you can let me know which recipes you like!

TeamRB said...

Will do. I am actually going to make a list this weekend and pick out some recipes. I sent my parents the link to the Diet Coke Chicken (They LOVE diet coke) I will ask her how it turns out!

The Newsham's said...

Great! Thanks.

Thorn246 said...

I really like your blog ! I am just getting started on my weight loss journey and see so much of myself in your words. It really does make me feel better to know I am not alone or weird and it isn't just me that goes through these things. I also LOVE that you bring your faith into your words. I am a strong believer that in Christ all things are possible ! That's what keeps me going.

Living a Changed Life said...

Thorn246 - Thank you! It is great to get to know some many other people who are on their weight loss journey's as well. I am not sure I could blog without talking about Jesus, because of all He has done for me!

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