The weight loss business is a multi-million dollar industry, and it’s no wonder. We as a culture are the heaviest we’ve ever been. If you’re looking to lose some weight, you can count points with Weight Watchers, meet one-on-one with a counselor at Jenny Craig, follow the glycemic index with Nutrisystem, enjoy healthy eating with Seattle Sutton, work with an innovative weight loss medication called Alli, and on and on…

Overwhelmed yet?

Then there are all of the other plans out there that are shared within the ranks of the dieters. Grapefruit, Cabbage Soup, Master Cleanse The list goes on ad infitum. There are probably as many plans out there as there are dieters.

It’s no wonder so many people simply give up.

Besides being long-time friends and former co-workers, Kath and I share a common struggle with our weight. We’ve both come to a point in our lives where we’ve simply said “enough is enough”. We’re tired of the plans that promise a “quick fix”. We’re tired of eating enough chicken breasts to put Perdue and Tyson out of business. We know that there is no quick fix, but we’re smart women.

We know the secret to weight loss.

Kath is the marketing queen of our dynamic duo, and if we really put our heads together, we could probably come up with a business plan that would make us rich and we’d be set for life. We could call it “The Fat Girls Diet” or some other such nonsense. We’d more likely be able to call it “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Weight Loss”, because I’m pretty sure that thin people sometimes think fat people are stupid.

You know the secret too. When your well-meaning family and friends tell you “just take the stairs instead of the elevator” or “just park in the spot furthest from the store entrance”, they think they’ve got knowledge that you don’t have.

The secret to permanent weight loss?

Burn more calories than you consume.

While healthy eating is important for a multitude of reasons, weight loss is really quite simple. You could eat solely Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream (or Land-O-Lakes Butter, or Gina Portillo’s Almost-Famous Chocolate Cake, or whatever your poison), and as long as you burned more calories than you ate, you’d lose weight.

Of course, you’d likely see a whole host of other problems, such as crazy blood sugar, hair loss, poor complexion, low energy…

You get the idea.

So it’s good to eat healthy. The dieticians I’ve worked with (in an eating disorder treatment program, no less) have all said basically “everything in moderation”. Follow the food pyramid and with rare exception, you’ll be good-to-go.

So here we are, Kath and I, two women ready for a change. Trying again for the umpteenth time. Ready to eat less and move more. But knowing that we already know the secret, we also know that there’s one more component, one more partner in this process.

Without Him, we’ll fail (and have failed) miserably. With Him, we’ll bow down and be grateful for this amazing life He’s given us, and pray for His guidance as we work to take better care of His wonderful gift. “The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up those who are bowed down.” (Ps. 145:14)

The blog will be a work in progress, just like we are. It will morph and change, and maybe by the time we’re happy with the blog, we’ll be a bit happier with ourselves.