Sunday, April 22, 2007
The joy of the Lord is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10
Yep, I did it. I kept track of my food for my seven day streak, and it feels good. I was diligent and consistent for me. That is a lot. I am more aware of what I am putting into my mouth once again, although I did overdo the snacking today and I feel 'over full' tonight. But, it was a lesson learned, and I know know I can make better choices again. What I said in my earlier blog holds true. Everything I put into my mouth counts.
I also took a risk the other day at the "Y" and tried a machine I had not tried before. I believe it was the stepper. What an experience and what a workout. I lasted a whole 3 minutes. lol That was even with no
resistance. But at least I tried it and I will kepp trying it. A trainer suggested I start my work out with the 3 minutes, then move onto whatever else I will do that day, then he said to end my work out with another 3 minutes. He said once a week increase it by one minute at a time. Maybe I'm incorrect on the name of the machine. You can pedal backwards too, and the pedals you step down into reminds me of big foot. What is tis machine? Can anyone tell me? I'll check it out again tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to another challenging week food and exercise wise. See if I can't go farther this week, literally one step at a time at the "Y".
"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit." Yes!!! I believe.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Every morning tell Him, "Thank you for your kindness," and every evening rejoice in all his faithfulness. Psalm 92 :2
I used to think that if I didn't write it down, it wouldn't count calorie wise. WRONG!!!! Dah...how wrong can I be..of course "it" counts. I have learned to be more honest and accountable to myself. There are few things we eat that are free. At least things that can put weight on you. I have committed myself to a mini- challenge for a week to write down all that I eat and keep track of my portion control. It is so easy to lose perception of a serving, hence weighing in more at the scale on weigh-in day, I am also keeping track of my water intake to make sure I get all 8 or more glasses into my system.
For me it's back to basics. Since I am on WW as well, I will keep my portion size and point values that I eat in a day in a notebook, as well as my water intake and see what I come up with in a week. A good motto for me to remember is this:
'Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." It's an old WW motto, and is still
"Calories that do not count multiply and divide all over your body."
Taken from Weight Watchers Little Book of Wisdom
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring.---------------1 John 3 : 18 NRSV
I have always loved Easter. Even as a child Easter was an important time spiritually for me. My Mother and I were active in our respective church choirs, and we always sang at 2 services and sang in an Easter Cantada in the afternoon. Easter and Music always went together. The songs we sang were all happy ones with happy words. Christ The Lord is Risen Today. Alleluiah W here O Death is Thy Sting? Alleluiah ! Then of course we always sang the Halleluiah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. What a glorious piece of music that is. The Cantada usually held at 4 pm was always beautiful as well. My Mom was always the soprano soloist.
There was also the secular side of Easter for me as well....The new outfit, a corsage to wear on my dress just like Mom's, and the Easter basket and colored eggs. In my basket I usually found a new pair of gloves to wear with my new Easter hat. I remember the year I received my first pair of stockings to wear..seams and all. lol That was when I was in 7th grade, which would make me about 12. I know I am really dating myself now. Does anyone remember those days? There was no such invention as 'panty hose' when I was growing up early on. They came later. That same Easter I also received my first tube of light pink lipstick. WOW..was I grown up.
Now that I am an adult, Easter is still a very special time for me as well. I now fully understand more about the Easter Story, and what Jesus went through for me. To think that He suffered and died so that I might live is hard for me to comprehend. To have that kind of love is truly Divine. Because of Him I will have life Eternal. I will never die. I can look forward to being with my Lord and Saviour Forever. He has paid the price for my sin in full. All I have to do is Believe. Yes, Believe that He is Lord of all and that He died for me. Isn't that awesome? What a wonderful fellowship I have with my Lord.
We can celebrate 2 bitrhs at Easter. The first birth was Christmas, of course, and the second one is now at Easter. My re-birth. Without Christ's birth we wouldn't have the promise of eternal life at Easter. . . So I wish you and hope you had a Merry Easter. I know I did.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.---Luke 12 - 34
What I have to say today goes along with the OA Thought For Today. It
basically talks about the sudden turn of events, that unexpected call from a friend, when that call is needed most, or even that suggestion that presents itself when shopping for a special gift. Again and Again I see the hand of God in these events. God's way is smooth and uncluttered. My life would be that way too if I would remember that God is in control and not me.
Here's my experience. Last Monday, March 5th, I had a doctor's appointment at 9 am. I arrived in the parking lot at 9am. I have a handicap "thinghny "I hang on the mirror to park in the designated handicapped space. Well, I see this woman pulling out right in front of the clinic, so I thank God and park and go into the clinic. I came out about an hour later as I had blood work done at the lab there too. Get into our truck and notice that there is something on the windshield. When I look at it, I see it's a ticket. Yep, I had forgotten in my rush to hand that thinghny up on the mirror. Now, the ticket could have been for $250.00 because my sticker was not visible in the car. It was in my glove box) . Yeah, I know. I can hear the comments now! LOL
The amount I had to pay was $30.00. Thank you Lord. I went straight to the police station to pay the ticket, and they wouldn't take my Debit card, and I had no cash or checkbook with me. Sooo, I had to go back the next day.
The other thing I need to mention is that the truck is in both of our names, and when I told my husband, he was afraid of our city policeman running his tag and then being arrested for not paying a ticket and carted off to jail, which could have happened if I didn't pay the ticket within the 10 day period. I know it doesn't matter who was driving at the time. I assured him I was going to pay the ticket the next day, and that no further action would be taken. I am Very Careful now that I remember to hang that "thinghnny" on the mirror. I keep it on the dashboard now. However, this is not the end of the story.
The following Saturday, March 11, I received in the mail a check from the clinic with no explanation. Yep, you guessed it..for $30.00. I put it in my purse, mentioned it to my husband, and that was that. It didn't hit me until Monday when I was driving back from the same clinic that OH MY GOSH, the check was for the same amount as my ticket. All I could say was, "Thank You, God." My husband, Pastor, and church friends all agree that it was a gift from the Devine. a gift from God Himself! WOW I know I'm shouting, but it's a good shout.
My second undeserved surprise was I found out today at the doctor's that my sleep test shows I no longer have sleep apnea. This was a result of losing weight, she said. Yeah...Another reason to stay within my weight range. I'm getting there again. Back to weighing and measuring what goes into my mouth. I now now I cannot stop doing that. It's A Forever deal and I must accept it.
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