Believing The Lie

I read a post on a Bariatric forum about a nurse who was caring for a woman who was a recovering heroin addict who stopped using after many years of active addiction. The nurse asked her how she was able to quit after so many years of using. The woman said: 

I had to stop believing the lie. 

The nurse had weight loss surgery and this statement really hit her… just like it hit me. I’ve often spoke of the commonalities of addictions. The feel good hormones your brain releases with drugs and food are the same. Those short lived good feelings is the drug or the cookie! The lie is that you believe you feel good when in just a few short minutes the pain/guilt/shame return. 

Food is seductive. So is anything else that allows you to lose yourself in its grip: drugs, TV, internet, sex, whatever you consider your “lure of choice.” You convince yourself that you’ll feel better with it – or worse – that you’ll never feel good without it! You believe that maybe you’re too far gone to change or that change is just impossible for you. You believe that it just doesn’t matter anymore. 

Don’t believe the lie. 

Overcoming anything is a challenge. Have faith, believe in the truth and never underestimate the power of prayer. There are so many days where the ONLY thing keeping me from diving in a sea of food is God’s amazing grace!  

They who wait on the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

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