Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Confessions of a Fat Man

I am obese. I'm tired of being obese. I'm trying to do something about it. I like food. I believe I have sometimes idolized food. I love to eat, especially late at night in front of the T.V. I hate exercise. My six-year-old daughter tells me at least once a week that I should exercise so I won't be fat anymore. I believe people look at me differently because I am obese. I have hindered myself with many opportunities because of my weight. I hate flying because of my weight. The arthritis in my knees and ankles make it hard for me to exercise. I believe my lack of self-control in the area of food is a sin. I dislike that my children want me to do all these activities with them but I can't, or won't, because I don't have the energy. I began a healthy eating plan yesterday to help me lose weight. I need to lose about half of myself in weight to be in the zone that the medical field considers to be healthy. I will spare you the shirtless before and after photos. I wasn't always obese. The weight really began to take off after I moved from home and started eating out more and not taking the time to cook for myself. God has given me satisfaction with the food that I've eaten the past day-and-a-half. I have a long road ahead of me.

Raise one of your 8 daily glasses of water...here's to healthy living!


  1. We love you for who you are and no matter your size. We will support you in your journey to get healthier...let us know if there is anything specific we can do to help.

  2. We support you as well bro. Let me know if there is something I can help with. It helps to have accountability people. We're looking to start something new with keeping each other accountable in our eating. There is a site called www.fatsecret.com that will allow you to enter a food journal each day and then share it with your friends to see how you're doing. There is a pretty extensive food list in it. I think it's something we're going to try. We just keep looking for ways to keep improving. Let's all work together!

  3. I will be praying for you Shane. You can do this. Through Christ Jesus you have been given immeasurable power. Go for it buddy!

  4. I'll raise two of my glasses... Praying for you Shane. Perry Noble has just started a series of posts regarding his struggle with weight and losing it. The first two are here: http://www.perrynoble.com/2010/12/22/youre-fat/
    The next should be up tomorrow. He's "been there" and may have some helpful insight. I pray for the determination and discipline you'll need to walk this road, and friends who'll walk with you.

  5. I understand the call of food, and have wondered at times myself whether I've idolized food. Self-denial is a lesson I am trying to understand.

    There have been several food-related "quotes" that I keep in my phone to refer to when the macaroons from Emporium begin to call to me from across town (among other things). They have been helpful for me; maybe you can find some truth in them as well (these are all questions/comments I direct at myself, not at others, and not at you):

    "I'm worth more than this crappy food." --The Biggest Loser

    "And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace."

    This isn't you, Michele. You were made for more than this." --God

    Romans 8:37-- No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

    Proverbs 3:5-8: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. THIS will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (emphasis mine)

    "Indulgence in food is for what purpose? For the glory of God? Or for my own personal pleasure? Overindulgence says that I give in to me; it shows my lack of self-control. It is selfish and hurts my witness for God."

    "Eating in its proper context is not the problem. God gave us food for nourishment, strength, and even celebration. But when pleasure becomes unrestrained, there's a problem." --Made to Crave

    Family or country is "to die for". Food is to eat. --Martin Crane, Frasier (This is my personal favorite.)

    "Pick up your mat and walk." --God heals us by asking us to do what we think we cannot.

    "Food is designed to be fuel, not entertainment, and not a reward for having survived another stressful day." --Nancy Clark, registered dietician (this one is particularly poignant for me.)