By Karen Fritzemeier

I lost 11 pounds during December, but I didn’t do it alone. It took a village of family, friends and Sweet Change Christian Weight Loss Coaching Group to support and help me. Even during the midst of holiday parties I stayed with the plan.

It wasn’t easy, but by God’s grace, I committed to and stayed with the plan resulting in my largest monthly weight loss since I began this journey.

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Some of the foods on Karen Fritzemeier’s elimination diet.

Elimination Diet

I started following a strict elimination diet in hopes of reducing inflammatory arthritis pain. The food plan is simple and in some ways it is similar to the way that Teresa eats. The menu is meat, veggies, fruit, healthy oils, lentils and quinoa.

Gradually I will add other foods in to see how I react to them. Physically I have noticed improvement overall. The pain levels are definitely decreased, but not consistently.

This was intended to be a 21-day elimination, but I have had to prolong it. In fact, I had to take out some vegetables which are possible triggers for me. In all, it has been a good reset to start eating healthy consistently.

Healthy Holiday Eating

There were four holiday gatherings we attended or hosted this year. Four times I volunteered to bring vegetables, salad or fruit instead of my normal holiday baked goods.   Four times I admittedly found myself depressed the day of the party because I knew the food I would be missing.

Four times I found grace to stay faithful to the eating plan and went home content and relieved. Four parties I enjoyed as a clear-headed woman, focusing on my friends and relatives instead of plotting my next turn up to the dessert table and hoping nobody would notice I had already been back up for seconds.

Sufficient Grace

God’s grace is sufficient. Some people think what I am doing is absolutely impossible. They think it requires incredible discipline, self-control or willpower to say no to all the holiday goodies. The fact is, I am one of the most undisciplined people you will ever meet when it comes to food.

All it took for me was admitting this to God and asking for His help. It certainly wasn’t my great discipline, it was that God alone is giving  me the strength to follow the plan. His power is made perfect in my weakness.1

Thankful for Support

Following this food plan last month would not have been possible with my village of others to support me.  My husband cheered me all the way.  He also washed lots of dishes and helped get meals for the family when I needed extra time to prepare my own food.

Both my mom and mother-in-law asked me what I could eat and tried to accommodate my diet when we went to their homes. I shared with a wonderful group of friends who supported me in prayer.

How could I continue without mentioning  the Sweet Change Weight Loss Group?  Teresa added an option this month where we could list our food daily to help stay accountable to one another.  Knowing I would be sharing what I ate with others was a good motivation to stay on track.

Teresa and the group also helped me to process the many emotions that came up as I could no longer run to food for comfort.  When it comes to extreme weight loss, I’ve learned it takes a village.

I thank my God in all my remembrance of each of you2 who are part of my village.

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Many people ask me, “How did you lose all that weight.” Although there are many keys to losing the amount of weight I’ve lost, one of the main ones I’ve found is being committed and staying with the plan God gives me. I needed a mentor, a group of peers and the power of God to help me through my journey. You’ll find all this and more at Sweet Change Christian Weight Loss Coaching Group. It’s a new year. It’s time for a new beginning. We’re ready to help you. Just go HERE for more information.

Karen Fritzemeier is a homeschooling mom to two children. She and Dean have been married for nine years and live in Michigan.  For other posts by Karen, go here. She blogs at  http://blueandgreentogether.com/.

1 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

2Philippians 1:3 NIV

 

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