Grace & StrengthSeptember 15, 2010
I had no idea it’s been 2 weeks since my last post.. oops! It’s been kind of crazy. In fact, I had to call Cyndi on Saturday and confess some stuff. You know, nothing major just a little cheese here, a double double with fries and a chocolate shake from In-N-Out there… For reals! I don’t know what happened to me, but on Friday night it was on! I don’t even know how I fit it all in me, but I immediately regretted it.
Anyways, no excuses. I was tired, and touring was tiring, the studio had worn me out, and I made a choice; a poor one. But the In-N-Out “episode” was kind of confirmation of something I had been dealing with all week, which was whether or not I should go off the drops for a while during our crazy tour schedule because it’s become increasingly difficult to adhere to the 500 calorie protocol.
I love the Grace & Strength diet, because there was no judgment on the phone with Cyndi on Saturday; only Grace. She listened to my failures, and my thoughts about the reset and her only reply was this, “I just want to make sure that you’re not resetting because this is hard.” (or something to that effect. I probably shouldn’t have quoted, because I’m not sure that’s exactly what she said, but you get the drift). She wanted to make sure I wasn’t giving up. And I’m not.
I’m being realistic. I have felt like such a failure the last week. I’m up 1.6 pounds from 10 days ago, so I’ve spent the last week and a half doing nothing! I felt like a loser! But most of all, I felt like I had set myself up for the failure.
“It’s going to be a rough day, I’m probably going to cheat.”
“I’m exhausted and hungry, I’ll need the extra calories today.”
The truth is, they were rough travel days, and I was exhausted, and I probably did need the extra calories, but I was admitting to defeat before the day had even begun! The next two weeks are going to be super busy. I leave today and have 4 shows in a row, then 3 studio days, then shows, then studio, shows, studio… So I decided I need a break. Emotionally, spiritually and most definitely physically I need to refocus and not be stressed out about everything I’m putting in my mouth. That’s how the “old Amy” dieted and that’s why she quit every time.
So, I’m not sure how long we’ll reset, but at least this first week of touring. It’s funny, this was the first time I’ve really felt discouraged since I started the diet. I feel like I’m the only person whose ever plateaued and I’m never going start losing again. Then I remembered, oh yeah, that’s a load of crap! I’m not the only person to plateau, it’s totally normal to go through this, and I AM NOT ALONE!!
That being said, I put out a note to the Grace & Strengthers to see if anyone would like to share their journey with us. I need the encouragement right now, and hopefully someone reading needs it to. I got a lot of responses, so I won’t be able to post them all at one time, but over the next week I’ll add them.
Here we go…
My name is Aaron Davis. I am a Pastor and Retired S.W.A.T team Member in the Nashville area. When I started the Grace and Strength Diet with Cyndi Benson Ministries I was 252 pounds and had been taking prescription strength meds for heartburn and GERD for 8+ years for a Hiatal Hernia. The heartburn was so bad that if I didn’t have a pill in a 24 hour period of time I would not be able to sleep because of the pain and discomfort.
After a week on the Grace and Strength diet I noticed that I did not have heartburn. I quit taking the pills and have not had one since (14 weeks). I lost 30 lbs in 40 days with virtually no exercise (3 days of exercise in 40 days) and have completed all phases of the diet now for 5 weeks and am maintaining my target weight with no difficulty. I have tried several different diet and exercise programs over the years and the significant difference in this one, for me was the lack of hunger pains and what I would term “Hunger Jitters” where in times past I would get extremely irritable, shaky and even fatigued along with HUNGRY… I did NOT feel any of those previous symptoms on the Grace and Strength Diet after the first 2-3 days…I was actually amazed how well my body responded and even cooperated with the diet…I was a skeptic going in and a believer coming out… Thanks Cyndi!
I know Aaron personally, and I’m so proud of him!!!
I have struggled with my weight for years. With each added pound came a pound of guilt. I hated the way I looked, in fact I began to hate myself. I sing on our praise team at church and I had begun to stop accepting times to sing because of how I looked. My weight had come between me and my service to the Lord. It was then that I realized I was going to do something about it, no matter what the cost.
I had been reading your blog, Amy, for a while and realized that there was someone else out there who felt somewhat like I did. When you mentioned the Grace and Strength Diet, I was all over it! I contacted Cyndi that minute and got started on my weight loss journey. I have learned so much over the past couple of months. God has been with me every step of the way. My confidence level has soared, I feel tremendously better, and I sleep so much better! I am down 33 pounds and 17 inches! Woo-hoo!! Besides God, I want to thank you, Amy, for being so transparent on your blog. If it weren’t for reading your blog, I never would have found Cyndi. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you two!
That’s all for today… I know this post is long…
I’ll post some more in a few. If there’s anyone else who wants to share their weight loss journey, send it on; either to my email or as a comment!