Thursday, December 25, 2014
Happy birthday Jesus! Merry Christmas! May peace, joy and love fill your day. May good health lead the way!
God bless you!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I am no longer wearing 3x. I fit into 1x, and today l even tried on X large. That's a huge joy because once l got on the steroids and gave up on my health, just simply gave up period. August 1st l changed my lifestyle. I decided to forgive myself, l decided to change. I decided all the things l really wanted was to be present in this moment, and food was never going to be the answer.
I was headed toward 4x, l was miserable, sad at my defeats, sad at my health crisis', sad for my losses.
Change takes place when you realize what you are doing isn't working for you. It's slowly sucking the life out of you. I was done. That's all. Just simply done.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
I am losing count of the days since l started my lifestyle changes. Not because l am slipping, but rather it's because l don't need to think in terms of each and every day, l am thinking in terms of months!
I'm down 31 pounds!
Some days are more difficult, but l keep plugging along. I make good choices. Some times l want to eat whatever, but l don't.
The Lord is my strength.
You are not alone.
You are worth the effort.
I am rooting for you, let's keep cheering each other on!
Our health is important.
You are important.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I just wanted to check in and let you know that l am still free from sugar, gluten, and dairy. It's 112 days free!
Why l changed my lifestyle:
l wanted to stop as much inflammation as possible
l wanted to not have to fall asleep in the middle of the day
l was tired of being tired
l didn't want to just sit and let all God has for me go to waste or waist!
I want to be able to play with my new grand baby that will arrive in March
l wanted to tie my shoes without grunting
l wanted to be in control instead of having food control me
l wanted to kick the cravings, and be free
l wanted more quality in my life by not being encumbered by weight, self loathing for my repeated food failures
l didn't want to hide in every picture
l didn't want to bust out of my Spanx
l was wearing 3 X and l hated it
l wanted to choose health
( and for those who have read my other blogs know l've had more than my share of struggles)
I was tired of making excuses
l was sick of food being my comfort because that's His place
l hated seeing what diabetes was doing to my friends, and l wanted to be free from type 2 diabetes even if my mom and aunt had it didn't mean l was destined to
l could go on and on and on
What l am learning is that l not anyone's food police
there is no hierarchy between informed and uninformed. I am not a better human being, l am not more worthy, or less worthy because of what l eat or don't eat.
I can always eat tomorrow, when l "feel a bit sorry for myself" l don't use food to change my feelings because it will bring self hatred and l'm done playing that record.
So, life is a journey. You are not alone. Food doesn't love you, can't solve your problems, heal your hurts, provide for your bills.Food is fuel. Food is strength. Food is life.
This is just a small blip in my life journey. Thought l'd share. Take care!
Monday, November 03, 2014
I began my lifestyle changes 95 Days ago. That's 95 Days without gluten, dairy, and sugar.
I've lost 22 pounds now, and several inches. The things l can change about my health are changing. I am wanting to stop as much inflammation in my body as possible. My CT of my abdomen shows my liver was "unremarkable" which is VERY remarkable because l used to have fatty liver disease, and my liver was 1 1/2 X's normal. NOT anymore! So it is indeed very remarkable! :)
I'm still on steroids, but l will not let it stop me. At my daughter's wedding ( June of '13) l was the "thinnest" l had been in years, but because I had to go on high doses of steroids, and inactivity l gained over 30 pounds. It was tough to see myself getting bigger, my face distorted by the puffiness the steroid moon face. I was beginning to hardly recognize myself in a mirror. I felt miserable, and no matter what l did l just couldn't get any weight to budge, defeat was calling my name, and essentially l was giving up on trying anymore. Then l received what l belive was a word from the Lord, l wrote about it in a former blog, "Sometimes you have to give up what you think you want in order to receive what you really need. " Then my cancer survivor friend came to see me, and shared what her specialist recommended, no sugar, gluten, and dairy for 3 months. She did it, and looked so amazing when l saw her that if this is supposed to stop inflammation, then l had better listen carefully and I did. The next day l began what l was saying l would do for only one month, because it seemed like a reasonable goal, and l thought l could stick it out for that long. When you fail as often as l have, l didn't want to set myself up for failure with an unreasonable goal, 30 days seemed doable.
Well, the month came and went and l just kept on going. So 95 days, l'm not dieting. I'm changing my lifestyle.
l hope you are encouraged in your journey towards better health. I also wanted to say if you only kick one thing maybe it should be sugar. I think it fuels your cravings, by sugar l mean all forms, read your labels carefully, learn the different names, you will be shocked that it's in just about every thing. By the way, my friend is almost 7 months in, and reached the goal weight loss her Doctor advised of 40 pounds! No sign of cancer! Take care of yourself. I'm rooting for you!
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