Be inspired as you read about Lorinda’s persistence and trust in God throughout the highs and lows of her weight loss journey.
I “met” Lorinda when she stopped by my Facebook page to leave an encouraging note and she posted a couple pictures of her own weight loss journey. I was instantly inspired by her and asked if she would be willing to share her story with you. Her weight loss alone is amazing, but reading about how her trust in God developed through her struggles and insecurities touched me deeply. I hope and pray that her journey sparks your hope and your faith like it did for me.
Lorinda’s Weight Loss Journey
Hello, from the Southern tip of Africa!
After I landed on the So Very Blessed blog and posted on Becky’s FB page just a small part of my journey, I didn’t realize that my journey would reach so many people. About 2 years ago I would have never thought that I will be in a position to inspire those around me. Just reading Becky’s blog and her journey I realized our story is very similar but every story is unique.
As far back as I can remember I was overweight; the bullying and nasty comments never stopped until I was out of school. I tried everything from healthy shakes, exercising, and diets. It was a constant battle, and I always didn’t want anyone to know that I was on a diet because I was failing at it every day.
In 2010, I was 22 at the time, I went to see a doctor and he said I must quickly start doing something. I tried it and took up cycling and herbal shakes. I had success in losing 16kg’s but that didn’t last long because I tried so hard not to fail and it was a mindset of I can’t have that and I can’t do that and in the end when I was able to have everything I could – I didn’t stop. I had a very unhealthy view of food.
For the Love of Food
In 2012 leading into 2013 I decided that I want to become a chef because I love making food and sharing it with people. So here I was still keeping some of the weight down but fast food became the norm again because when I was driving home from a late night service rush I would suddenly get hunger pains and I didn’t want to make food for myself at 1 am. So my unhealthy view of food became very bad! At that moment my view of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit was also very shaky and I ran from everything I knew and ran from God because why would He use someone like me in my overweight struggle, feeling not good enough or not loved played a big role in my emotional eating habit.
In 2014 I had a big opportunity to move to Cape Town, South Africa about 1500km from my hometown and work at a five-star hotel. It went well for a few months and then old habits started up again. It was at this point in my life that everything came crashing down. I didn’t enjoy my own company, big issues at work, no community around me, felt so far from God that I didn’t know how to get back. Eating became my comfort and I locked myself in my small flat was the only thing I knew how to do at that moment. Till at the end of 2014 I met a lady, now one of my best friends, she is my biggest inspiration.
Try & Try Again
In 2015 I kind of decided to start doing something again, only to try eating healthier but that didn’t last. I opened my heartmore and went hiking with people I met where I stayed at that time. When I met up with my friend she would have so much joy in eating healthy and even when I would have eggs benedict she would eat fruit salad (because she was on a Daniel Fast- what!?!). Being a Christian, I know what fasting is but I never tried it as I always had a big excuse -“I can’t because of my medical condition.” Still, in 2015 but more towards the end, I said to myself that I don’t have an excuse anymore. I told my friend that I would like to join them at the gym and want to be held accountable
Still, in 2015 but more towards the end, I said to myself that I don’t have an excuse anymore. I told my friend that I would like to join them at the gym and want to be held accountable for what I eat. It was still hard because I just started a new job as a pastry chef and I did not practice self-control. Going to the gym went well until it didn’t anymore.
Doing It God’s Way
In 2016 I was working very hard at my job and trusting God for a promotion and when I got the promotion my health didn’t want to keep up. It was during this time that I made a decision that I didn’t want to try more diets or shakes to lose 50kg’s. I wanted God to teach me how He wants it done.
I did read 2 books that friends felt on their hearts that I can read and also I trusted God to help me. So with the promotion came a lot of responsibility and a lot more stress. September 2016 we went hiking and it was hectic and a lot of strain on my body, I enjoyed it but didn’t enjoy that at the end of the day I couldn’t walk on my feet and my body felt like breaking. End of October 2016, the busiest time of the year in the hospitality industry in Cape Town, I ended up in the ER because I got an allergic reaction to my blood pressure medication.
I Can Do All Things…
Now between September and October God started revealing things that I can change and practice more self-control. Iremember that day before I went to the ER I asked God to help me because I can’t do this out of my own. The next day I had the biggest fright of my life-my trip to the ER.
God encouraged me so much through His word and my faith and the community that was and is still around me, encouraging me in every step of this journey. In that week God gave me Phil 4:13: I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me-WOW!
I also needed to let God work through all the hurt (which He is still busy with). But once I gave everything to Him and laying down my body, soul, and spirit to Him I gave Him the opportunity to work and to continue. I didn’t believe in going to a dietician and one of my friends encouraged me to think about it. In this time I realized that I am not alone. I am not the only one struggling with weight.
One Small Change
Small decisions make a big impact. In 2015 I weighed 140kg’s when I went for my first visit to the dietician I weighed137.3kg’s. So I asked God for help in setting up short term goals and long term goals. My first goal was to weigh 130kg’s by the end of December 2016. With help from God and a loving community, I was able to reach that target and lost just over two rulers in centimeters.
In this same December, we as a community started to prepare for a 21-day Daniel Fast first 3 days are raw. EEEK! I was still trying to pull the excuse of I can’t do it when God changed my view in starting this fast. 21-days are very significant for me as it takes that amount time to make or break a habit. Before this fast I didn’t like salads or avocado; let me put it this way, I still struggled to put some healthy food in my body. I really trusted God in doing this fast, that He would come break habits and take away the need to eat junk food and that I will be able to build a healthy relationship with food. He was so faithful in that and so much more.
My view of food has completely changed. I still have to make the choice in choosing healthier foods and some days are not successful but my success doesn’t lie in failing, my success lies in getting the small things right and keep changing my mindset and overcoming those feelings and days that I feel like I am failing.
11kgs (Almost 25 Pounds) Down
Easter weekend in 2017 we went hiking 2 days in a row (that didn’t happen two years ago). The first hike we did on Easter weekend I hiked two years ago, in 2015, but this time I am 11kg’s lighter. It was and still is an amazing feeling and such an inspiration to not give up. It has encouraged me to keep pushing towards my goal.
This last year has taught me so much about myself and about our loving, gentle and humble Father. And about the impact of a loving community. This year was a year of laying down my idol of food and stress eating and by laying it down and following what God wants not only my body, but my soul and my spirit and by laying down my idol or crown-I worship Him truly. Rom 12:1-2.