Friday, September 2, 2011
About Lauren - an introduction to "Defrump your Diet"
Posted by Lauren Blake
But first things first -- I am 29 and live in Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks! My husband Zack and I have been married for almost 8 years and have three beautiful children: Sara (4), Tucker (3), and Paisley (1). We are a busy household (though no more busy than many of you, I'm sure), and I find myself often feeling overwhelmed, frazzled, and ... frumpy. =\ I have such visions in my head! But I either feel too insecure to try it (like in my style), or too poor to make it happen (in the home). What lame excuses! God has called me to be a homemaker and the joy-maker in my family, and I can't do that if I succumb to the "why bother?" voices in my head. Each of us ladies brings something different to this defrumping table, and I am excited to learn from my wonderful friends.
I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. I played basketball in high school, which gave me tons of exercise that I totally took for granted; so I quickly put on the "freshman fifteen" upon entering college. But I was still walking all over my very "hilly" campus, and I was very involved in various activities with my college group at church, so that helped me not get too OOC (out of control). Then .... I got married. And I suddenly loved trying new recipes and cooking for this man who was very appreciative and complimentary (thanks for that, MIL!) of my efforts for him. And worse, I got busier with a job and found a love for fast food -- one that I still fight today! And THEN I had 3 babies in 4 years. Wow. Needless to say (though I'm saying it anyway), the pounds found me.
BUT, I have been convicted from God about my lack of control in this area, and so I have already started a journey not just of losing weight (though that's a great side benefit), but also of eating healthy foods and taking care of the temple God has given me. I am a researcher by nature, and I also love cooking, so I will be looking for the best, most frugal recipes I can find that will feed our families good food. I also firmly believe in the necessity to PLAN if you are going to eat healthy foods on a budget, so I will share my menus as well. As of today, I have lost 18 pounds already, and I have loooottttts more to go! :-) Maybe towards the end of it I will tell you how much, ha! There is so much more to making my body healthy that I look forward to discovering and sharing. I'm also looking forward to the accountability that journaling this will give me. ;-)
I am looking forward to this journey of defrumping myself! My husband and family deserve it, and my testimony demands it. As my pastor once said, "We want to be separate from the world, but we don't want to be outlandish." I don't want people to think that being a Christian homemaker is equivalent to being a frump. Modesty does not have to equal being totally out of style, and finances don't have to dictate our creativity! So. Let's go!