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Topic: Breaking the Rules (08/16/04)

TITLE: Breaking the Rules
By Jennifer Harrison


In high school, keeping thin was second nature to me, because when you are around thousands of other teenagers, you want to look your best. Itís expected, nay required, because if you donít, then you canít be one of the cool people of the world who wear khaki pants and hang out at Starbucks. So, I did what I could, even though coffee is a detestable taste to me. Then, well, I am not sure quite what happened, but about 200 pounds, four years of college, three years of ďthe real world,Ē and one child later, I suddenly looked in the mirror one day and realized that not only was I lacking a waste line, but my chin had sort of turned into some mutated blob of skin, and khaki pants had turned into sweat pants that hung about me in yards of material.
This person could not be me! I looked again and grimaced because I knew it was, but this was not going to beat me! So I purchased every ab-roller, and starvation diet kit known to man, and about 200 dollars later, I realized there was no easy way out of this. With much support from family and friends, I took some well-heeded advice and went to a Weight Watchers Meeting. Now, Iím not trying to ďsellĒ Weight Watchers here, Iím not the Duchess of York, but for me, this is working. Iíve been going all summer, and havenít missed a meeting yet, even though Iím sure all the skinny people use me as their reminder to quit eating, you know, like I am sure they all sit around with their salads and bottled water and say things like, ďSuzanne, donít put that extra crouton on your plate! Do you want to look like Jennifer from our meeting?!Ē
So nevertheless, I struggle with the ďrulesĒ of my plan which consist of staying within a certain amount of points for the day, and everyone gets ďflex points,Ē which is basically to assure us overeaters that we can blow it every once in a while. Now, Iím not picking on anyone here, but I have a friend who attends with me and is not having much luck. While I bend the rules every once in a while for that extra chip or one more lick of the ice cream cone, she completely breaks the rules. For example, she says things like, well the points start over again when you leave the zip code you are in and go to another. And whenever we go to eat, sheíll say, desert doesnít count if you eat it first because then your body has more time to break down the fat. Now, I donít where she gets this stuff, but while I have lost a whopping 35 pounds eating carrots and rice paper, she has managed to lose all of nothing this summer.
When I think of her and her rule breaking, though, I have to think of my walk with Christ. It is so easy for me to break the rules a little, just like my friend, and then before I know it, I am breaking all of the rules, and find myself with nothing. Just like my friend who makes up her own weight loss rules as she goes along, I hear people all the time making up their own rules and translations for what they think the Bible really says. The bottom line is that there is no miracle diet, but there is healthy eating and exercise. There is no easy way into heaven, but there is the miracle of Christís resurrection. The only real rule is to follow him and everything else will fit into place. Only by following the rules of my program will I see weight loss, and only by following the rules of God will I see Heaven. So I guess the next time I think about switching my radio from Christian music to secular music, or skipping a prayer I know I need to have, Iíll think about my points system and my friend, because at the end of the day, I would rather be the one who is following the rules and seeing the results, and the results of a close walk with God are unweighable.

Member Comments
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darlene hight08/23/04
Nice piece and good point! Try leaving a little white space between paragraphs next time for an easier read.
Lynda Lee Schab 08/23/04
Nice article, Jennifer!
I also have done WW off & on. It's true that any diet works as long as you STICK to it - that's the key! Just as it's true of our Christian walk - life just seems to "work" when we're following the rules! So why is that so difficult?? LOL
Great job - I enjoyed your entry!
Blessings, Lynda
Lucian Thompson08/23/04
Beautifully said, Jeni. You so take after your precious mother Pat Sheets. Beautiful in spirit and so beautiful to look at. You have inherited her talent to write as well. You are my most favorite young person in the world! Much, much, love! Lucian
Donna Haug08/23/04
love this line: "the results of a close walk with God are unweighable"
Patricia Sheets08/23/04
Wow, Jen, this is great! Unfortunately, I fear you inherited your mother's warped sense of humor. Could have been worse though. You could have inherited her hips!
Marina Rojas08/23/04
From someone who couldn't figure out that point system if she'd been slapped in the head with it, I salute you! And I love how you realized as Christians we have our own point system--thank God He doesn't keep track of them the same way we do! Good article!
L.M. Lee08/23/04
congratulations on your weight loss & the wisdom you are gleaning from the experience.
Melanie Kerr 08/24/04
My husband joined wieght watchers a month ago and has lost 13 pounds so far. He has got the points learned off by heart - the ones that matter eg a pint of beer!
Theresa Knight08/24/04
Good for you Jennifer. I went to weight watchers for a while and lost weight. It is a good organization. This is a well written article.
Kenny Paul Clarkson08/24/04
Your focus on the "results" of following the rules is excellent.
Trish Thompson08/25/04
Love your humor, Jeni!
I liked how you compared the two, and made your point with grace! Good job!
Karen Treharne08/26/04
Good for you Jennifer, from one who has struggled with weight for years. I liked the way you worked this into the theme and used it for God's glory. You are on your way to better health, and may God continue to bless you as you share with others about your faith. Karen