Monday, January 31, 2011

CHAPTER 3 - January Weight Loss Update


So far I have lost 140lbs. I loss 3lbs this month. I wanted to lose more but I am ok with what I have done. I am still fighting the good fight. Check out my most recent picts

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


"Have you learned nothing?" I am so glad that these are not God's words to me. What am I talking about? As many of you know, I started this journey 3 years ago. I have been fighting obesity in my life and with it, has come many ups and downs (more ups than downs however).

I set out this month to lose 10lbs and it is not going to happen. I just got home from a 2-week trip in Atlanta where for the first 1/2 of the trip, I was snowed in the house, on top of the fact that my relatives don't share my same healthy life style. There were many temptations. Some I gave in on and some I resisted. I LOVE FRENCH FRIES and I probably had them 4xs while I was there, on top of other things I ate on my tirp: biscuits, hashrowns, chips, candy etc. Don't get me wrong, I took every opportunity I could to shower my body with veggies, even had my aunt get me a big bag of spinach from costco and drank lots of carrot juice and water. I ate as healthily as I could and I also indulged in minimal "bad foods".

I just weighed myself this morning and I gained a pound. The old Liana would have been down on herself but I am not. It's like, "Why the heck would I beat up on myself after 3 years? Are you kidding me?" It would be as if I have learned nothing. Considering my vacation, a pound is nothing. What I mean is, you cannot disregard life and limit your evaluation to only the scale. In my attempt to be free from obesity, I cannot enslave myself to the process of losing weight. I tell people all the time, "This is a mind battle, Baby!"


While I desire to reach my goal this year and be totally free from obesity, if it takes another 3 years, I will still conclude, it was all worth it. Take note, it will not take me another 3 years but my point is, I have gained so much over these past three years. I have gained much more than the 130-140lbs that I have lost. I have drive, confidence, love, security, peace, hope, vision, compassion, openness, vulnerability, perspective, genuineness, joy, happiness, foundation, trust, relentlessness, motivation and so much more that all cannot be undermined because i gained a pound.

I was reminded the other day that if I never lose another pound, so what? My identity is not in weight loss. However, it is in Christ alone! If I gain it all back (which I won't), but if I did, my identity and value are STILL, in Christ alone! That is how much I am worth to Him. I did nothing to gain His love and validation and I can do absolutely nothing to lose it. But in His strength, I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR AND WILL FACE EVER DEMON/OBSTACLE/TRIAL this life will throw at me.

It is my hope that you nor I will ever lose focus....never focus so much on now that you lose sight of eternity. My body matters a lot to me but God is doing a greater work in my heart and this process is just the avenue He has chose to do it through. Your issue may not be weight but God is trying to teach you a lesson.

Let God not say to you, "HAVE YOU LEARNED NOTHING?"

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Join My Mission... #fightobesity

I have a page on facebook committed to fighting obesity. I am striving to get as many people as possible to join the mission and inspire people in their lives. I never realized how God would use my life in this area. I never really stopped long enough to imagine that my weight loss could be a tool for God to reach so many others. I am honored to be His vessel and committed to doing all that I can to help others in this battle. So please, support the movement. Go to my page and pass the word!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I am really struggling right now. I mean really. So, I really have this goal to be at my goal size by my birthday which means i have another 60-70lbs to lose by September. Realistically that will only happen if I lose about 8-10lbs per month between now and September.

I planned on losing 10lbs this month. It is January, the new year and I have already started with a 3-day cleanse which really had me pumped for the month. i knew the difficult part about this month was going to be my 2-week trip of visiting family in ATL but I had it all planned out. I was going to get up every single morning and go for a run and I would go grocery shopping for myself to ensure there were enough of the foods that I eat around me....Well it has not quite worked out like that for me. ATL decided to snow and freeze the streets and for the past 3 days I have been stuck in the house. This means no runs and no access to the grocery store.

My family does not eat like me so there are limited options. I have been doing alot of pushups but no cardio. Though I have been making good use of the stairs in the house. I just feel stuck and afraid. Afraid that I will not lose my 10lbs this month unless something changes in the weather, soon. I really want to be fit by my birthday and I can't afford to slack off now.

Lord please give me the strength to resist the temptations around me and place resources around me to help me be successful even while I am here in ATL. Help me no to beat up on myself but to give myself grace yet to stay focused and diligent on the mission set before me.

Help me to make wiser decisions from here on out and to trust that no matter what, you have not brought me this far to leave me hanging. I need you strength and direction.

These are just my thoughts for now...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Starting January 2nd, I embarked on a 3-day apple juice cleanse to get my mind and body ready for the new year. I am ready to knock off the rest of this weight and i knew that I needed to start off with a drastic move like the cleanse because I know the mind power that it takes to lose weight and to stay determined, focused and strengthened on the daily basis. I knew that if I could do the 3-day cleanse then I can do the vegan thing for the rest of the month and just all that it takes to be at my goal size and fitness by my birthday, which is September 1st.

It is my plan to have a huge 25th bday party/ finale party in September which means every decision I make right now either gets me closer to my goal or further from it. I don't have room to slack off, that is if I am serious about where I want to be and when I want to be there. I know the lifestyle of healthy living is never over but obesity in my life MUST be over this year.

I am so passionate about fighting this thing and helping others fight it. Thus, I need to live consistent with what I say. I am ready to knock it off I have already lost 142lbs and I have a little ways left to go but I have come sooooo much further then I have left to go and whenever I see that 142lbs, I know that I am more than capable of finishing this thing.

I am grateful to God for all the support He has put around me. He knows me and knows what I need and I am just in awe at how He continually meets me and my needs. May 2011 be the year of #victoryoverobesity

Saturday, January 1, 2011

CHAPTER 3 - week 32 - Mobile.m4v

First video of the year and I am super excited. Check it out and tell me what you think!