My Picture A Day Weight Loss Journey #PADWeightLoss

It’s December 19th, 2016, and this is it. This is what it’s going to take to change my life – I mean, really change it.

As of this moment, I am 31 years old, 236 lbs., size 22 jeans, my lower back is basically ruined from a perpetual state of obesity, I have constant acid reflux and digestive issues, my knees and ankles buckle constantly under the strain of my rotundity, I dread going up and down my stairs, and I am terrified that I will develop diabetes, a disease that runs on both sides of my family.

I’ve tried everything: fad diets, work out dvd’s, martial arts, stress weight loss, counting calories, sports, just everything. But in my alone time with the Lord and in prayer, I have been convicted of my slothfulness and lack of discipline. The Lord recently showed me that I have come to worship sleep. I love it, I mean, really, really LOVE it. And now that I am transitioning out of the work force and into the stay-at-home-mom routine, I know it will be a bigger temptation for than ever to sleep longer and be less active.

Realizing this, I knew I had to repent of my laziness and lack of self-discipline and BEG the Lord to give me the ability to stay faithful to Him by maintaining my body for His glory better than I ever have before. That’s where this post comes in.

For one year I am going to take a picture a day to catalogue my weight loss journey.

Yes, of course it’s about feeling more comfortable in my own skin and being able to buy and wear the clothes I want to, but its also about surrendering my idols to the Lord and allowing Him to give me the strength to do the miraculous. Because, believe me, any success I achieve at the end of this process will absolutely be a miracle of God’s own doing – not my own.

So, please, if you think of it – pray for me! I need it more than I can ever say. And, if you have the time, please leave me verses, prayers, and words of encouragement here or on my Instagram page @PADweightloss. This is not the sort of goal I can reach on my own.

If you do that for me, I’ll do these few things for you:

  1. Clearly articualte my goals to you in a follow-up post
  2. I will provide a picture a day that catalogues my progress toward those goals
  3. I will provide a daily (probably very short) journal entry about this journey to show you the reality of the ups and downs inherent within a project like this as well as all of the things I will be learning about diet, discipline, and dilligence
  4. I will provide weekly statistical updates that quantify my progress, as an encouragement to myself and anyone else willing to start their own #PADweightloss journey
  5. To the best of my ability, I will encourage you as/when you start your own #PADweightloss journey

So thats it! Let’s do this thing!

Until Next Time My Friends,

S. Taylor

The Taylor of All Trades

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