A Faith Filled Fitness Journey.
Featured Guest Post: By De Bolton- Faith Fueled Moms
Three Years Ago I started my weight loss journey
Three years ago I started my weight loss journey so; I guess it’s my anniversary! When August 4th came this year I questioned myself, “Should I celebrate it? Write about it? Are people sick of hearing me talk about it?” That’s when the whisper,
1 Thessalonians 2:4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel,
so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.
which reminded me why I do what I do!
Why did I start my weight loss journey?
Three years ago today I decided I had enough!
I needed to do something different!
Lonely, depressed and a Stay at Home Mom of three little diva’s I connected through Social Media, and that’s where I began my journey.
That is where I began holding my self-accountable through blog post
A friend gave me the idea. I told her privately that I wanted to journal my weight loss and she
Being vulnerable and sharing the realities of weight loss and I found others like me.
When I began this journey, I never started intending on creating a business. I was seeking a program that catered to Christian Women, and that is what I am beginning to develop three years later.
This all began because I was tired of being tired.
I used to hate exercise
Growing up my parents never spanked us they chose an alternative form of discipline that has it owns consequences.
Although my parent’s intentions were good, and children do need discipline,
For God’s Glory
This weight loss journey I was motivated by something different than in the past.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Why I do what I do?
There is absolute power in prayer, worship, and devotion.
According to the National Weight Loss Registry, “We have also started to learn about how the weight loss was accomplished: 45% of registry participants lost the weight on their own, and the other 55% lost weight with the help of some type of program.”
I can show that a program, consistent effort will get results. Most importantly I can show what happens when you use Scripture, prayer, and devotion as your motivation.
I really don’t believe I could have achieved what I achieved in the last three years without God. In the past when I have tried it on my own, I have cheated or failed.
My goal is now to be a light for His glory and share where my strength, motivation, and faith comes from in all that I do.
What I do differently than I did three years ago?
I pray frequently some people would consider it obsessively but those aren’t my kind of people. As much as, you would talk to yourself out loud. I talk to God (and myself still too) sometimes.
Now I am not a saint, and there are lots of times that I don’t consult God about my decision. Those are not my good days and usually when I make mistakes or fall from grace.
For example, We have three prayers in Bibles and Bootcamps to help us when tempted.
“Lord, Give me the desire and commitment to honor my temple daily. In Jesus name, Amen”
That one is my favorite prayers in the Bible and Bootcamps because it helps me to stay on track. God is in the business of answering prayers, so I find that He daily delivers on that prayer.
Three years ago when I started this weight loss journey, I wasn’t aware of food fixation. Through a Book Study that I did with my FaithFueled Life Members about two years ago. I learned more skills of dependency on God over food which I can share today.
Three years walking through this journey has not only strengthened my bond with Christ but has instilled a passion in me to help others honor their temple.
7 Tips I have learned in Three years from starting my weight loss journey
- Everything you can’t do God can; so, lean in and hold on for the ride.
- This is a journey, not a race.
- You have to show up and do things you don’t want to do (at first).
- The consistent effort pays off
- Don’t count the days, count the gains
- If you don’t challenge yourself, you can’t progress.
- You don’t care how long it took you once you get there.
That’s the hard part this year! I have no idea! I have never imagined getting on stage, being featured in National Publications or having two online fitness apps: Bibles and Bootcamps and PerFIcT App; that is really helping people or working at an amazing gym surrounded by amazing trainers.
Right now, I can’t afford to do another Figure competition. I tried Ninja Warrior Training, and my ankle is still not ready, unfortunately.
Honestly, I am seeking something different than just dumbbells and barbells.
For those of you who prayed, encouraged, and motivated me in the last three years:
Your comments, likes, double taps, retweets, direct messages, gifs, and in real life hugs and love have also gotten me here today.
“I still remember the days that I prayed for what I have now! “
I would love to help you with your journey!
Let’s Meet De!
De Bolton is the mother of three little girls ages 14,10 and 3 and wife to her best friend Coach Ed Bolton for fourteen years. Hopped around a few places on the East Coast but finally settling and making our home in Cinnaminson near her hometown in Moorestown, NJ.
Majored in Business Administration emphasis in Marketing at Columbia Union College which is now known as Washington Adventist University.
De began blogging in May 2015 as a Christian Mom; In August 2015 she began her weight loss journey. In the last three years De has lost over 80 pounds and gained a degree in Fitness and Exercise Science. Obtained her
De has been sharing weight loss journey through social media three years; debut as a Figure Competitor in October 2017. De has taken a personal weight loss journey and it has fueled her desire to Personal/Virtual Training and Group Coaching. She is building a community of women who are glorifying God through honoring their temple.
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